Randi Zuckerberg is the founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a boutique-marketing firm and production company, working with high profile organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as The Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, Conde Nast, and PayPal.
She is the author of two books. Dot Complicated, a New York Times bestseller, and Dot., a children’s picture book, features an energetic little girl who learns to find balance between her gadgets and playing outside with her friends. She is also the editor-in-chief of digital lifestyle destination Dot Complicated and host of “Dot Complicated” on SiriusXM.
She is a television producer and contributor. In 2011, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her innovative blend of online/TV coverage of the U.S. mid-term elections. In 2012, she was the executive producer for a TV docu-series on Bravo about Silicon Valley’s startup culture, and she regularly appears on camera as a contributor for The Today Show and the Katie Couric Show to discuss life in the digital age.
Zuckerberg sits on the board of Professional Diversity Network, a publicly traded company that helps with diversity staffing and training for Fortune 500 companies. In Fall 2014, she launched her first app, Wake Up World!, tasked with teaching children the story of Rosh Hashanah.
Marcus Buckingham has dedicated his career to addressing the complex issue of utilizing personal strengths in a workplace ruled by efficiency and competency. Using his nearly two decades of experience as a senior researcher at Gallup Organization, he has challenged entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success.
The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in Buckingham’s best-selling books: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman; Simon & Schuster, 1999); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton; The Free Press, 2001); The One Thing You Need to Know (The Free Press, 2005); Go Put Your Strengths To Work (The Free Press, 2007); The Truth About You (Thomas Nelson, 2008) and Find Your Strongest Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).
His latest project is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller StandOut, a book and strengths assessment combination that uses a new research methodology to reveal your top two “strength Roles” — your areas of comparative advantage. StandOut goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provide managers with quick insights on how to get the best from each of their team members.
The goal is to move companies toward greater success and productivity by creating a workplace in which employees spend more than 75% of each day on the job using their strongest skills and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they want to do. Companies that focus on cultivating employees’ strengths rather than simply improving their weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency while allowing for maximum personal growth.
If such a theory sounds revolutionary, that’s because it is. Buckingham calls it the “strengths revolution,” and he founded The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) in 2005 to help jump-start a worldwide conversation about how to get people focused on their strengths.
Kevin Carey directs the education policy program at New America. An expert on Pre-K12 and higher education issues, Carey has published articles in The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic, Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Democracy, and others. Carey's research includes higher education reform, improving college graduation rates, online education, community colleges, and the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. His writing was anthologized in Best American Legal Writing and has received two Education Writers’ Association awards for commentary. He appears frequently on media outlets including CNN, CSPAN, and NPR. His book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, was published by Riverhead Books in 2015.
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Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It is an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue.
Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has called Stevenson “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” His work on individual cases has generated national attention and his efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. Stevenson’s remarkable twenty-minute TED Talk on the subject of injustice has been viewed over 2.35 million times on the TED website and another 299k times on YouTube; The New Yorker named it one of five essential TED Talks.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1985, Stevenson moved to the South, a region on the verge of a crisis: the states were speeding up executions, but many of the condemned lacked anyone to represent them. On a shoestring budget he started the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The cases he took on would change Stevenson’s life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever.
Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction, and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. Stevenson is a tenured law professor at New York University School of Law.
Watch Bryan Stevenson's Speech: https://www.nais.org/events/pages/2016ac/2016-ac-videos.aspx
Jaime Casap is the chief education evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. Jaime works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. Jaime works across all the teams focused on education at Google, including the Google for education team, the Google fiber team, the Google policy team, the YouTube team, and the Google education outreach team.
In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Science Foundation, New Global Citizens, and Inquire Schools, and serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education, equity, and access. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes and guest lectures.
You can reach and follow Jaime on Twitter at @jcasap