December 6, 2017

2018 Global Business Summit Speakers

Read more about the experts who will speak at ReadyNation's 2018 Global Business Summit on Early Childhood

Current Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston Police Department
  • Adekanla Adegoke, Head, Oando Foundation (Nigeria)
  • General John R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired; President, The Brookings Institution
  • Rob Arning, Vice Chair of Market Development, KPMG LLP
  • Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Ecolab Inc. (Fortune 250 company and the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services)
  • Elaine Baxter-Trahair, General Manager, Children’s Services, City of Toronto (Canada)
  • Dr. Richard Besser, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Gabriel Biris, Founding Partner, Biris Goran; Former Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Finance (Romania)
  • JD Chesloff, Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Roundtable
  • Steffanie Clothier, Investment Director, Gary Community Investments
  • Sasha Cohen, U.S. Champion, Figure Skating (2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, Three-time World Championship Medalist, 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and 2006 U.S. Champion)
  • Prof. Kenneth Dodge, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University; Co-Author, Puzzling It Out: The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects - A Consensus Statement
  • Prof. Ronald Ferguson, Director, Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University
  • Prof. R. Edward Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration; Academic Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Ian Gourley, Creative Director, Barrows Design and Manufacturing (PTY) Ltd. (South Africa) (global communications firm)
  • Jeff Gardner, Chairman, LaundryCares Foundation; President, The Laundry Doctor
  • Keith Hansen, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank Group
  • Isabelle Hau, Investment Partner, US Education Lead, Omidyar Network
  • Jane Hunt, CEO, The Front Project (Australia)
  • Dr. Laura Jana, M.D., pediatrician and author, The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow
  • Jo Kirchner, CEO, Primrose Schools
  • Dr. Noora Laitio, CEO & Co-Founder, WellEdu Fennica (Finland)
  • Jung Eun (Angela) Lee, Manager, Sumitomo Chemical (Japan)
  • Carmen Lica, Founder, ReadyNation RO (Romania)
  • Cynthia McCaffrey, Director, Office of Global Innovation, UNICEF
  • J. Scott McCain, President, JSM Capital Corporation; former President & COO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (major Canadian consumer packaged meats company); Director, McCain Foods Limited; Director, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation (Canada)
  • Sumitra Mishra, Executive Director, Mobile Creches (India) (social enterprise that works with real estate developers and construction firms to provide child care at work sites)
  • Carmen Niethammer, Program Manager - Women in Work, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
  • Mel Ochoa, COO, Landmark Ventures (strategic and financial advisory firm); Organizer, Social Innovation Summit
  • Baris Ornarli, Washington Representative, Turkish Industry and Business Association (Turkey)
  • Kasper Ottosson Kanstrup, Vice President, Global Head of Communities Through Play, LEGO Foundation (Denmark)
  • Diana Peacock, Senior Vice President, Development Alliances, First Book
  • Mike Petters, President & CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries (Fortune 400 company and the largest American military shipbuilder)
  • Eduardo Queiroz, CEO, Maria Cecilia Suoto Vidigal Foundation (Brazil)
  • Art Rolnick, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Former Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Ellis Rubinstein, President & CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences
  • Maia Sharpley, Partner, LearnCapital
  • Dr. Stacy L. Spencer, Senior Pastor, New Direction Christian Church
  • James Lee Sorenson, Founder & Chairman, Sorenson Media (global software company specializing in digital video and TV coding technology based in Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Jim Spurlino, CEO, Spurlino Materials
  • The Honorable Teresa Surita, Mayor of Boa Vista, Roraima (Brazil)
  • Brian Wallace, President & CEO, Coin Laundry Association; Executive Director, LaundryCares Foundation
  • The Honorable Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester, New York

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