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Thursday, May 28, 9:00-10:30PM


Friday, May 29, 4:00-5:30PM

You Are Already in the Club: Harvard, the Ultimate Membership Robbie Kellman-Baxter
Pros and Cons of Choosing an Artistic Life Jean Kwok
Myth vs. Reality: Changing Demographics and Hispanic Influence in Education, Politics and at Harvard Fidel Vargas
When Granny Wants You Dead: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Biotechnology Nathaniel David
The Upside of a Chronic Disease Bill Brazell
The Rise of the Super-Rich  
Chrystia Freeland
Why I Was Banned from Harvard Wen Stephenson


Friday, May 29, 2:00-3:15PM

All of Us Are Journalists Now: How to Cope with the Era of Fast news and Digital Media
Getting Past the Mania of College Admissions Today

Saturday, May 30, 9:00-10:15AM

What We Didn't Learn at Harvard: Life Lessons We're Still Learning
Practicing Medicine in 2015:  Challenges and Rewards
High Impact Non-Profits and Current Trends in Social Investing

Saturday, May 30, 10:30-11:45AM

Your Money or Your Life:  Defining Ambition, Achievement, Contentment and Worth in Ways that Aren't (Only) About Income  
he Way of Art or the Artist's Way
Fighting Climate Change with Clean Energy:  The Great Moral Imperative of the 21st Century

Saturday, May 30, 2:00-3:15PM

Covering the Forever Wars
See you at our 250th reunion:  The Innovation of Aging
Making Technology Work for You

Saturday, May 30, 3:30-4:45PM

Opportunities and Tensions in 21st Century Education 
Waging the War on Terror (ending at 4:45, followed by joint Q&A with Covering the Forever Wars panelists 4:45-5:15)
The Adaptive Life (Panel and breakout discussions.  Ends at 5:00PM)



Seven Minute Stretches: Mini TED-style Talks
Friday, May 29 4:15-5:30
Science Center Hall B
Coordinator:  Kim Harris Gardner
Moderator:  Robbie Kellman Baxter
Robbie Kellman Baxter - You Are Already in the Club:  Harvard, the Ultimate Membership
Jean Kwok -  Choosing an Artistic Life
Fidel Vargas -  Myth vs. Reality: Changing Demographics and Hispanic Influence in Education, Politics and at Harvard 
Nathaniel David -  When Granny Wants You Dead:  Dispatches from the Frontiers of Biotechnology
Bill Brazell -  The Upside of a Chronic Disease
Chrystia Freeland -  The Rise of the Super-Rich
Wen Stephenson - Why I Was Banned from Harvard


Robbie Kellman Baxter 

At our 25th Reunion our bonds to Harvard are affirmed.  We feel re-connected and remember what it was like to be a member of that student body. Robbie recently published The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue (McGraw-Hill), which focused on understanding community and belonging in the business world.  With this perspective, Robbie will deconstruct our relationship with our Alma Mater.  Where did we feel a sense of belonging?  Was it through just being admitted?  In Class? In the Houses? At Final Clubs?  Sports Teams?  How does Harvard foster and encourage its relationship with alumni and to what end?  At this juncture in life, what do we gain and give up in order to join Harvard's Membership Economy?


Jean Kwok 

Who hasn't wrestled with whether they (or their children) should become a painter or a lawyer? Jean never thought she would do anything as risky as becoming a writer, and yet she did. She also worked as a professional ballroom dancer for three years. Jean Kwok is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the award-winning novels “Girl in Translation” and “Mambo in Chinatown.” Her work has been published in 17 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. Her writing has been featured in Time, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Vogue and other publications. She lives in the Netherlands with her husband, two sons and three cats. 


Fidel Vargas

A record 13.3% of the newly admitted Harvard class of 2019 identified as Latino. Today one in four students in public school are Hispanic and there are three times as many Hispanic students as Asian Americans in college.  Fidel Vargas has served on many boards and commissions including Bush and Obama’s Commission on Presidential Scholars.  He left the investment world in 2013 to pursue his advocacy efforts as President & CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which helped him through undergrad and Harvard Business School.


Nathaniel David

Nathaniel “Ned” David has founded five biotechnology companies.  While his pharmaceutical efforts worked out (i.e., one company was sold, while two others are public on NASDAQ), his energy efforts . . . well let’s just politely say that re-inventing fundamental aspects of how humans make and use energy is really, really hard.   In the process, he has raised over $1.5B, created two FDA approved drugs, flown a 737 on jet fuel made from algae, and become a father.  He gets to work with scientists far smarter than he is on problems he finds indescribably beautiful.  Ned will share company building anecdotes from both his successes and failures—some of which will make you ask, “Wow, your grandmother actually did that?”


Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland’s New York Times bestseller, “Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else” describes how globalization and the technology revolution have created surging income inequality. The consequent hollowing out of the middle class of industrialized economies has enormous social and political implications. What can be done to mitigate the upheaval? With a background as a journalist and editor and an interest in Ukraine and Russia, she has appeared on many shows including Real Time with Bill Maher and The Colbert Report. Canadian Chrystia Freeland has been a Member of Parliament representing Toronto Centre since 2013 and is the Liberal Party’s trade critic.  


Bill Brazell

While getting a physical so he could row freshman crew, Bill Brazell learned that in addition to some height and intelligence, he had also inherited polycystic kidney disease from his late father. Looking out his Stoughton Hall window onto the Yard, he wondered why the passersby could anticipate long, full lives, while his might already be half over. He doubted he should get married or pursue a long-term career. Then he heard of an experimental treatment that could change the future of the 12.5 million people with PKD. Today Bill, very happily married with three young daughters, will talk about the good things he would not have experienced without his diagnosis — including getting to feel, for one New York evening, like Brad Pitt.


Wen Stephenson

Wen Stephenson calls himself a recovering mainstream journalist. A former editor/producer for The Atlantic, Frontline, The Boston Globe and NPR’s On Point, he’s now an independent journalist and climate activist, a contributing writer for The Nation, and the author of the forthcoming book “What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice.” Engaged since 2012 in the Divest Harvard campaign, he explains why he and three fellow alums were “banned” from campus following a civil-disobedience protest in Sanders Theater during last year’s reunions—and why climate justice is a cause worth going to jail for.


All of Us Are Journalists Now: How to Cope with the Era of Fast News and Digital Media
Friday, May 29, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Science Center Hall D   
Panel coordinators:  Julio Ricardo Varela and Molly Bingham
Moderator:  Julio Ricardo Varela
Panelists:  Molly Bingham, Farai Chideya, Betsy Reed and Jonathan Shecter

In a world where a story is just one tweet, one post or one smartphone video away, the way we report and consume news has both disrupted and more often than not, frustrated, us all. Not only have we gotten inundated by a 24/7 barrage of media, it now comes from anyone and anywhere. What does this all mean for the professional journalists who work in this new digital space, and what does it mean for people who rely on being accurately informed?

Julio Ricardo Varela

Julio Ricardo Varela is the Digital Media Director at Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit news organization led by award-winning journalist María Hinojosa. He is also the founder of, one of the top U.S. Latino sites in the world. Previously, Julio was digital producer for Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream” and his work has been featured in many global outlets, including The New York Times, Quartz, NPR, Le Monde, Face the Nation, MSNBC, Fusion, Univision, and Telemundo

Molly Bingham

Molly Bingham is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist, who has covered news and conflicts around the globe. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Vanity Fair, and she has appeared on top network and cable television and radio news programs. Named in 2012 by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of “20 Women to Watch,” Molly the driving force behind a new journalism organization, Orb.

Farai Chideya 

Multimedia journalist Farai Chideya is a former television and radio host who has covered every election since 1996. A journalism professor at New York University, she is the author of five books including “Innovating Women”; "The Episodic Career," out in January 2016, explores the future of work.

Betsy Reed

Betsy Reed joined The Intercept, at First Look Media, as Editor-in-Chief in January 2015. Previously, she was executive editor of The Nation, where she edited many award-winning investigative features. She and Nation executive editor Richard Kim co-edited the New York Times bestseller “Going Rouge: Sarah Palin -- An American Nightmare.”

Jonathan Shecter 

Jonathan Shecter is a music and media professional best known as the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine, the essential hip-hop publication that launched from Harvard’s radio station, WHRB, in 1988. He has spent 25 years working at the intersection of music, multimedia and communications. Jonathan is currently the editor-in-chief of Cuepoint, an innovative music publication living on the Medium platform.


Getting Past the Mania of College Admissions Today
Friday, May 29, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Science Center Hall C   
Panel coordinator/moderator:  Dan Dougherty
Panelists: Beth Heller Gelles, Jennifer Harris, Andrea “Pip” Sanders and Lynn Mooney Teta

For most people, a college degree markedly changes life’s prospects, so it is understandable that parents and students care deeply about getting into college.  But does a child’s Pre-K program really determine his or her fate?  Does a first grader need to be “college ready” as a recent headline asked?  The title of a new book by New York Times op-ed columnist, Frank Bruni, contends, "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be." But then, we went to Harvard. Would any of us even be admitted to our alma mater today?  Join your classmates for an informed discussion of college admissions trends, concerns and perspectives.

Daniel Dougherty

Dan Dougherty is Vice President at Xavier High School, an academically rigorous, Catholic, Jesuit college preparatory school in New York City that educates a student population of nearly 1,100 intelligent, motivated young men of diverse backgrounds and means.  Dan’s responsibilities include strategic planning, school governance and institutional advancement.  Prior to joining Xavier’s administration, Dan was Assistant to Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education for the Jesuits’ New York Province.  In that capacity, Dan served on the board and chaired board committees for seven province schools.  Dan began his 22 year career in education as a college guidance counselor and baseball coach at Regis High School and subsequently served as Dean of Students at Regis.  Dan is married to Hee-Sun Hong whom he met when they were both hired to work at Regis in 1993.

Beth Heller Gelles

Beth Heller Gelles is the co-founder and partner of Acceptance Ahead, an independent college counseling practice in Scarsdale, NY. After graduating from Harvard with an A.B. in English Literature and an MBA from Northwestern, Beth spent 15 years working in advertising and marketing for consumer products and start-up media companies.  With her robust understanding of the admissions process, she has counseled hundreds of students in their quest to select and apply to the right college. Currently, Beth serves on the Advisory Board of Yonkers Partnership in Education (YPIE), a Westchester County not-for-profit that provides college counseling services to local high schools with underserved students, and on the Scarsdale Schools Compact Committee, which addresses current needs of the community. Beth has completed the NY State Association of College Admissions Counseling Training Institute. She is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA) and of Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). She enjoys life in Scarsdale, NY with her husband Jeff and her three children.

Jennifer Harris, M.D.

Jennifer Harris is a psychiatrist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, treating both children and adults.  In addition to seeing patients in her private practice, Jennifer teaches and supervises at Cambridge Health Alliance Child Psychiatry Fellowship, and is a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

Andrea "Pip" Sanders

Andrea "Pip" Sanders is a Seasonal Reader at Stanford Undergraduate Admissions and reads 500 applications a year from students in New York, California, Illinois and Georgia, as well as international files from India, Korea, China, the Middle East and Europe.  Formerly, she worked as a Product Marketing Consultant in Silicon Valley and held marketing positions at Advent Software and Swiss Bank Corporation.  Pip also spent 10 years as a stay-at-home mom.  She and her husband, Lee, recently moved back to the Bay Area; both are Class of 1990 grads.

Lynne Mooney Teta

Lynne Mooney Teta is the Head Master of Boston Latin School.  Her work at BLS is guided by the mission of this historic institution, the oldest public school in the country, and the core values of equity and excellence.  She has worked to increase educational opportunity for all students and to recruit and retain more Boston Public School students to the exam schools.  Lynne began her teaching career twenty-four years ago in Belmont, Massachusetts.  Previously, she served as assistant principal in Dedham, Needham and Boston.  She earned a BA in Psychology from Harvard College and a Masters in Administration, Policy and Social Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.   She earned her Ed D from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where her research focused on supporting urban school leaders.  Lynne lives in West Roxbury with her husband Tony and two children, Amelia and Michael.


What We Didn't Learn at Harvard: Life Lessons We're Still Learning
Saturday, May 30, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Science Center Hall D
Panel coordinators: Tom Connolly, Lois Leveen, Anjali Rao McCormick
Moderator/panelist: Jason Patent
Panelists: Benjamin Cooley Hall, Julie Kay and Steven Wu

In his address to our class on Commencement morning, the Reverend Peter Gomes noted, "You can always tell a Harvard graduate—but not much."  Nevertheless, life has a way of teaching even a Harvard grad a thing or two.  These lessons come in many forms, and they can be humbling, exhilarating, devastating, or enlightening.  Twenty-five years after graduating, some of us are exactly where we thought we'd be, but we've discovered the route hasn't been what we imagined.  Some of us are where we swore we wouldn't be, yet we don't mind a bit.  Some are in a place we couldn't have possibly imagined back then.  Join us in this session to talk about how and what we've learned from life, and what we're still learning. 

Jason Patent

Jason D. Patent is Chief of Operations and Director of the Center for Intercultural Leadership at International House Berkeley. At Harvard, he was certain that his concentration in East Asian Studies had prepared him perfectly for living in China after graduating. Jason was wrong. All the intellectual preparation in the world could not have prepared him for the real-time emotional reactions and challenges of intercultural interaction. After ten years of living off and on in China, Jason is now certain about very little, and relishes the opportunity to explore the dusty corners of his own perceptual and cognitive biases with his classmates.

Ben Cooley Hall

Ben Cooley Hall still uses his undergraduate training as a visual artist and filmmaker, but his vocational path focuses on helping people heal in the context of relationship.  After earning his M.Div., Ben worked in pastoral care for twelve years, serving for nine years as department director at a state hospital that provides long-term care.  To deepen this work, Ben has transitioned into the field of clinical psychology.  He's nearly completed his doctorate, with a research focus on balancing autonomy and connectedness.  Ben is also guided and nourished by his practice of insight meditation.  Among Ben’s greatest joys and best teachers are his wife Stacy and his daughter Ren.  He looks forward to sharing his personal and professional perspectives with his classmates.

Julie F. Kay

Julie F. Kay is a legal consultant specializing in women’s human rights.  She graduated with a major in Women’s Studies and Social Studies.  Julie’s Harvard education is shockingly relevant to her career, the highlight of which has been arguing a lawsuit successfully challenging Ireland's ban on abortion before the European Court of Human Rights.  Yet, bumps along the way that she somehow never thought would happen caught her off guard.  As it turns out, biology is destiny, or at least it felt like it when unexpected health crises struck for her and for a family member.  Dealing with that reality derailed yet enhanced Julie’s feminist vision of “success.”  She looks forward to hearing about classmates' similar surprises, successes and setbacks since graduation.

Steven Wu

Steven Wu is a pediatrician and Associate Medical Director at Mead Johnson Nutrition. Since graduation, he has lived and worked in places progressively more different from Cambridge—first Boston, then New York, Los Angeles, Utah, China and finally the small-town American Midwest. Looking back at the trajectory of his life and career, he identifies repeated points of not just uncertainty about the future, but of complete certainty which turned out later to be wrong. Like many other young people drawn to Harvard he was sent out into the world full of self-assurance and belief in his own exceptionalism.   He is very grateful to Harvard for teaching him to think creatively and aim high. But he has discovered that failure can sometimes be your friend, and that life is probably more about chance than it is about will—both lessons learned well outside these walls.


Practicing Medicine in 2015:  Challenges and Rewards
Saturday, May 30, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Science Center Hall A
Panel coordinator/moderator:  Rhonda Bentley-Lewis
Panelists: Anju Nohria, John Rodarte, Lee Sanders and Julie Clifford Smail

Although our Harvard education was invaluable in launching us into incredible medical careers, it could not teach us everything! Come listen to these outstanding Harvard ’90 classmates share with us their insights into critical aspects of practicing medicine in 2015, from coping with tragedy and difficult patient situations to caring for patients in academic and community settings.

Rhonda Bentley-Lewis, MD

While at Harvard, Rhonda concentrated in Psychobiology, sang with Kuumba all four years, and was active in ABHW and Philips Brooks House. She earned her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her MBA from The Wharton School. She completed Internal Medicine internship, residency, and Endocrinology Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. During this time, she earned her MMSc from Harvard Medical School focusing on clinical investigation. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where she focuses on clinical management of type 2 diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy. She is married to Eldrin Lewis, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and they have three children.

Anju Nohria, MD

Anju was President of the International Students Association and was involved in the Dramatic Club during her college years.  She earned her MD from Harvard Medical School, MMSc from Harvard University, and MSc from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internship, residency, and chief resident year at Yale University. She completed Cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she focuses on the management of cardio-oncology and cardiac transplantation. She has also co-authored numerous articles in these areas. She is married and has one daughter.

John Rodarte, MD

John concentrated in biological anthropology at Harvard and was active in CityStep and Phillips Brooks House. He earned his MD at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California and served as chief resident of pediatrics for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA (first Latino chief resident). His honors include Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics; President of the Board, Huntington Foundation Medical Group; and recipient of the Silver Mic Award for Outstanding Service in Public Relations from the Montrose Search and Rescue Team. He currently serves as the medical director for Healing Hearts Across Borders, a nonprofit group delivering free medical and dental care in Tijuana, Mexico. He is the father of two sons and active as their Little League Baseball assistant coach.

Lee Sanders, MD

Lee concentrated in History and Science as an undergraduate.  He earned his MD from Stanford University and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, where he is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics.  He is a Co-director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention (CPOP) in the Center for Health Policy. He was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar for his leadership on the role of maternal health literacy and English-language proficiency in addressing child health disparities.  He also leads several research teams funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and National Institutes of Health. He is married to fellow classmate, Andrea “Pip” Piperakis, and is the father of two daughters.

Julie Clifford Smail, MD 

While at Harvard, Julie concentrated in History, was a member of the 1990 National Championship Lacrosse team and played Varsity Field Hockey.  She graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, then completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She served as the Medical Director at the Center for Primary Care/Internal Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.  Julie now practices Internal Medicine in the outpatient setting with Lahey Health Primary Care in Ipswich, MA.  Julie and her husband, David Smail, a General Surgeon, live in Massachusetts with their three where Julie enjoys coaching their lacrosse, basketball and soccer teams.


Current Trends in Social Change-making and How I Can Make a Lasting Impact  
Saturday, May 30, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Science Center Hall C
Panel Coordinators:  Barbara Garza and Nicole DeHoratius
Moderator:  Melinda Tuan
Panelists:  Leslie Crutchfield, Mike Mathieu, Heather Grant McLeod and Linda Rottenberg

Highly successful entrepreneurs have helped transform numerous nonprofits into sophisticated organizations having wide-reaching impact and encouraged philanthropy to consider grantmaking as social investing. This panel explores the strategy behind high-impact nonprofits and successful philanthropic endeavors and how these organizations are delivering significant and measurable results. Incorporating the perspectives of entrepreneurs, investors, social innovators and consultants, we ask: “What does it take to create a successful, high-performing nonprofit organization?” “How is the philanthropic field incorporating the interests of today’s more involved donors?” “Where do corporate social responsibility and impact investing overlap with charitable approaches?” How does one measure social impact?” Through this discussion, we will improve our understanding of the challenges faced by the social sector and highlight several cross-cutting, innovative initiatives that yield long-lasting results.

Melinda Tuan 

Melinda Tuan is an independent consultant, published author, speaker and expert in high engagement philanthropy, strategy development and evaluation. She works with leading philanthropic institutions such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to help them be more effective in their philanthropic efforts, and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy.

With George Roberts of KKR, Melinda co-founded REDF, one of the first social venture capital funds and developed its Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology. Additionally, she co-founded several social-mission-driven organizations and serves on the board of the Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite. Melinda holds an AB from Harvard, MBA from Stanford and lives in Narberth, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.

Leslie Crutchfield

Leslie Crutchfield is an author and senior advisor with FSG, a strategy consulting firm that helps foundations, corporations, governments and nonprofits worldwide solve pressing societal problems. She co-authored with Heather McLeod-Grant “Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits,” recognized by The Economist on its “Best Books of the Year” list. Leslie formerly served as a director of the Ashoka USA & Canada division, the first and largest venture program for social entrepreneurs.  

Leslie is a frequent media contributor whose pieces have been published in Fortune, Forbes and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has served as a trustee of SEED Foundation of Washington, D.C. and  Leslie holds an MBA from HBS and resides in the Washington, D.C. region with her husband and three children.

Heather McLeod Grant

Heather McLeod Grant has over 20 years of experience in the social sector. She is the founder of McLeod-Grant Advisors, which focuses on creating transformative leadership and networks for social change. She has expertise in scaling impact, social innovation/entrepreneurship, nonprofit management and organizational development.  Heather worked at Monitor Institute and helped lead their social impact practice. She is a former McKinsey & Company consultant and co-founder of Who Cares, a national magazine for young social entrepreneurs published in the '90s.  

She is a member of the American Leadership Forum and Social Venture Partners Silicon Valley, and the Women’s Information Network at Stanford GSB.  She holds an MBA from Stanford, an AB from Harvard, and resides in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter. 

Mike Mathieu

Mike Mathieu is a serial entrepreneur focused on the power of technology to advance the common good. An active founder, investor or advisor to dozens of civic, political and for-profit tech startups, he is Chairman of Front Seat (a high-tech for good business incubator), a founding board member of New Media Ventures (a national network of political-tech investors), a long-time partner in Social Venture Partners (the leading venture philanthropy network) and an investor in Impact Hub Seattle, Fledge and SVP Fast Pitch. 

Mike was Co-Founder and Board Chair of Walk Score (the leading measure of neighborhood walkability, used by more than 30,000 real estate sites), and founder and CEO of All Star Directories (an INC 500-listed online marketing company serving the higher education market). 

Linda Rottenberg

Linda Rottenberg is Co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, the premier organization focusing on the scale up phase of entrepreneurship. Headquartered in New York with 50 offices across the globe, Endeavor identifies, mentors and co-invests in “high-impact” entrepreneurs: those with the biggest ideas, the likeliest potential to build companies that matter and the greatest ability to inspire others. Since 1997, Rottenberg’s network has screened 40,000 candidates, handpicked 1,000 Endeavor Entrepreneurs and helped them grow to provide 400,000 jobs and generate $7 billion annually.  

Linda is also author of the New York Times bestseller “CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags.” Linda lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters.


Your Money or Your Life:  Defining Ambition, Achievement, Contentment and Worth in Ways that Aren't (Only) About Income     
Saturday, May 30, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Science Center Hall C
Panel Coordinators:  Lois Leveen, Anjali Rao McCormick and Tom Connolly
Moderator:  Lois Leveen
Panelists:  Karen Berman, Mike Gaw, Kate Ford Laird and Mark McKee 

Higher incomes don't correlate to higher levels of happiness — but that doesn't mean eschewing an income-driven existence is easy or automatically gratifying.  If we resist the allure of earning more and more money, what should we focus on instead?  What factors help us elect to do mission-driven or creative work, or to prioritize family or "extracurricular activities" over high-paying professional pursuits?  What are the expected and unexpected trade-offs we have to make to pursue these choices?  Does the privilege and imprimatur of a Harvard education make it easier or harder to define our own success in ways that don't necessarily correlate to income? Join us in this session to explore how we can create better measures of value and purpose in our work and in our lives.   

Lois Leveen

Lois Leveen has worked in K-12 and postsecondary education, in nonprofits and philanthropy, as a strategic communications consultant and is now a full-time artist (at least for the duration of her current book contract).  On good days, she feels like she believes that "net worth" should be measured in terms of things like creativity, community and contentment.  Other days, she wonders whether she's just deluded and ought to be more ambitious.  She's lucky to live in Portland, Oregon, where many people work just enough to support their real passions.  But as housing prices rise and ever more fancy restaurants and stores open, she worries that the local culture is shifting, and soon she'll be the token nutty fifty-something still wearing cheap (but awesome!) thrift-store dresses.

Karen Berman

Karen is the Chief Executive Officer of YRF Darca, the global development and strategy arm of Darca Schools. Working only in disadvantaged communities, Darca is Israel’s leading network of high schools and currently serves more than 15,000 students and employs more than 1450 teachers. Karen’s career began in the private sector. She was an early participant in New York’s Silicon Alley community and ran the US operations of an Israeli technology incubator prior to transitioning to the not-for-profit arena. Karen is a frequent speaker on education, leadership and philanthropy, and has published articles on the same. In addition to her BA from Harvard, Karen earned her MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Manhattan with her two sons.

Mike Gaw

Mike Gaw moved to Washington DC after law school and has been a civil servant ever since. He joined the Federal Reserve in 1995, then moved to the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2000. If Mike puts “salary” on the X axis and “job satisfaction” on the Y axis, he does okay on both, but is nowhere close to the far end of either scale.  Mike makes decent money, but not nearly as much as he would if he worked for Wall Street.  He appears to be Pareto efficient in his work choices:  he could find a job that increases his salary but decreases his job satisfaction; he could find a job that increases his job satisfaction but decreases his salary; but he can’t see a job out there that would increase both. By participating in this panel, Mike hopes to gain insight from his classmates on whether there are different ways to approach these trade-offs or whether he needs to blow up his model entirely and start with a new one.

Kate Ford Laird

After setting off across the Pacific seven days after graduation, Kate has spent most of the last twenty-five years sailing in remote parts of the world and writing about it for magazines and newspapers, apart from a brief stint earning a master's and teaching.  She and her husband, Hamish, built a 56-foot sailboat and have raised their family aboard while sailing to Greenland, Antarctica, and Alaska.  (The only difference between work and vacation is the number of people on board the boat.)  Their daughters (now age 14 and 13) have been entirely homeschooled (and provided material for a nearly-finished book).  After learning she has metastatic cancer, Kate is looking to answer “What do I want to achieve in the time I have left?”

Mark McKee

Mark began teaching high school English after graduating from Harvard, and through a series of happy accidents, he has made a career as a teacher, administrator, head of school and will soon become Headmaster at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California.  His career choice was inspired by one of his students who incredulously asked, “You went to Harvard and you’re a teacher?” echoing his parents’ chagrin at a life in non-profits.   He finds satisfaction in leadership and life in recruiting and developing teachers to work in mission-driven schools that transform children’s lives. His dissertation research focuses on paying teachers fairly and strategically.  Mark and his wife, Cathy, met as teachers and have two children ages 17 and 22.


The Way of Art or the Artist's Way
Saturday, May 30, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Science Center Hall A
Panel Coordinator/moderator:  Claudia Cottle Hinz
Panelists:  Jenny Lyn Bader, Elke Baker, Jennifer Copaken, Rebecca Lawton Flatters, Vanessa Lann and Dawn Clifton Tripp 

Were the seeds of our artistic pursuits in Harvard classrooms, libraries, galleries or studios? What are the decisions and sacrifices we make in choosing art as our profession and committing to the daily practice of this work? Is a career in the arts risky business? A novelist, playwright, visual artist, composer, Scottish fiddler and choreographer/director will share their choices, adventures and discoveries along the way of art. 

Claudia Cottle Hinz 

Claudia Cottle Hinz began her career as an on-air television reporter in Northern California, Seattle and Dallas before returning to the classroom to get her degree in English Literature at S.M.U. Her first novel, “A House of Bones,” is out on submission, and she is busy revising a second novel centered on the architecture of Le Corbusier. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, Tony, and three children, Luke, Nicole and Anna.

Jenny Lyn Bader

Jenny Lyn Bader’s verse play, “In Flight,” received its world premiere this spring. Her other plays include “None of the Above” (Lion Theatre, Theatre Row) and “Manhattan Casanova” (Hudson Stage), winner of the Edith Oliver Award (O’Neill Center). Ten of her one-acts are included in Smith & Kraus’ annual Best 10-Minute Plays series. She co-founded Theatre 167, where she co-authored “The Church of Why Not,” “I Like to Be Here,” and “The Jackson Heights Trilogy.” Jenny Lyn wrote the internet drama “Watercooler” (MSN); and with classmate Bill Brazell, co-authored “He Meant She Meant” (Warner). She lives in New York with her husband, Roger Berkowitz, and their children, Madeleine and Alfred.

Elke Baker

U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker has played in Japan, West Africa and Scotland, and at venues including the Kennedy Center, the Birchmere and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. She was a faculty member at the Washington Conservatory of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Montgomery College, has been Music Director of the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club since 1993, and is a popular instructor at fiddle workshops across North America. Her recording, Over the Border, was featured in the film “The Boyhood of John Muir.” Her most recent release is Out of the Wood. Elke lives in Maryland with her husband, Bruce, and their children Julia, Iain, and Eric.

Jennifer Copaken 

Over the past 25 years, Jennifer Copaken has choreographed, directed, assistant choreographed and taught for a range of projects and companies ranging from the Broadway revival of "Into The Woods" to her town's recent middle school production of "The Wiz." Along that spectrum includes time working in studios with the Shanghai Ballet, flash mob dancers, Knightsbridge Theater Company and some very enthusiastic line dancing seniors in the Bronx. She currently lives in Los Gatos, CA with her husband, Todd Yellin, and two children, Samara and Oliver.

Rebecca Lawton Flatters

Rebecca Lawton Flatters is a conceptual painter and sculptor.  Her work centers on issues of identity with her main body of work being an ongoing series of non-iconic self-portraits conceived well before selfies were a thing.  Strains of humor and minimalism intertwine in these works. She was awarded a residency at the Millay Colony in 2006 and has shown widely in group and solo shows and is in many private collections. She lives in Oyster Bay, New York with her husband and two children, who are seven and nearly two. 

Vanessa Lann

Award-winning composer Vanessa Lann has over 70 titles to her name, ranging from solo, chamber and orchestral pieces, to interdisciplinary projects. Her opera, The “Silence of Sarah,” was premiered in 2013. The large-scale choreographed work “O Whispering Suns” (2011), for 100 professional singers, violin and cimbalom, is a setting of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. Her most recent orchestral piece, “Dancing to an Orange Drummer,” was created for the Boston Pops Orchestra and receives its first performance in Symphony Hall, Boston, on the occasion of the Harvard Class of ’90 Reunion.  She lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with her husband Neil Wallace.

Dawn Tripp

Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for fiction, Dawn Tripp is the author of the novels “Moon Tide,” “The Season of Open Water” and “Game of Secrets,” which was a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in the Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, Psychology Today and on NPR. Her fourth novel, “Georgia,” a biographical novel about the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, will be published in 2016. She lives in Westport, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.


Fighting Climate Change with Clean Energy:  The Great Moral Imperative of the 21st Century?
Saturday, May 30, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Science Center Hall D
Panel Coordinator/moderator:  Jason Anderson
Panelists:  Merrill Jones Barradale, Susan Legro, Laura Stern and Kathy Washienko 

In September of last year, Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced that “we fought apartheid, now climate change is our global enemy.” He supports Harvard divesting from fossil fuels, a movement that parallels the activism that the class of 1990 caught at the tail end of our freshman year.

Several classmates are active in the field of climate change, divestment and investment in a new clean energy economy. New energy technologies have gone from the esoteric to the mainstream in the past 25 years and are now booming globally. So in fighting the great 'global enemy' are we on the winning side of a technology shift the likes of which we've seen repeatedly in the past few decades, or is there a moral battle underway against a way of life that most of us share? 

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson has been the Head of Climate and Energy at WWF’s EU office for the last six years. After getting his degree in biological anthropology at Harvard, he worked on solar energy at the US Department of Energy and at an NGO in Honduras, then did Master’s degrees in public policy and energy and resources at UC Berkeley. Afterwards, he went to Belgium on Fulbright grant and ended up staying. He was a policy officer at Climate Action Network Europe and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy. He has written numerous publications on international climate and energy issues, including as a lead author of two IPCC reports.

Merrill Jones Barradale 

Merrill Jones Barradale is Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy Policy and Economics at Copenhagen Business School. Her research interests include climate policy and investment in energy infrastructure. Merrill’s engagement with environmental issues started at Harvard with PBH’s Environmental Action Committee and continued after graduation with the Czechoslovak Environment Ministry. Merrill’s current research on the investment side of energy and climate issues, in particular the non-rational, behavioral aspects of those decisions, was influenced by work in the energy industry as an investment banker at Chase Manhattan Bank and consultant with McKinsey’s Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice. Merrill has a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics from University College London, an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.

Susan Legro

Susan Legro is a freelance consultant specializing in the development and assessment of international projects in the field of sustainable energy and low-carbon development.  Since 1991, she has worked on climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in more than 30 countries in Eurasia. She also advises clients on how to strengthen in-country capacity to implement the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and other Rio Conventions.  More information about her work, publications, and graduate education is available on LinkedIn, but she looks forward to sharing the parts of her job and work history that will never appear on LinkedIn. Susan lives in Prague.

Laura E. Stern 

Laura Stern is the co-Founder and President of Nautilus Solar Energy, one of the nation’s leading distributed generation solar energy providers. In her role, she leads the company’s strategic direction, including corporate equity and debt investments, project financings, M&A transactions, strategic partnerships and new product and market and entry. 

She has sourced, structured and executed over $3 billion of power, energy and infrastructure investments. At BayernLB, she specialized in originating and structuring renewable energy financings, primarily in the wind sector. Prior to that, she structured and syndicated leveraged loans and senior debt financings in the power sector at CIBC and worked at Price Waterhouse. Ms. Stern serves on the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Board of Directors.

Kathy Washienko

Kathy Washienko is a climate strategist focused on catalyzing bolder climate action.  She co-authored a research-based climate narrative for public and private sector leaders, hailed as a “must-read” by top climate blogger, Joe Romm.  Kathy co-led the creation of a national network of political donors to demand stronger climate leadership from the Obama Administration.  She serves on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and on the board of Seattle-based Climate Solutions. She is a member of Element 8, a clean tech angel investor group, and was appointed by the Mayor to Seattle’s Green Ribbon Commission.  Kathy earned her MPH from the University of Michigan and worked as a researcher at the University of Washington.  She lives in Seattle with her two children.


See you at our 250th reunion:  The Innovation of Aging
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Science Center Hall C
Panel Coordinators: Brad Guth and Beth Pegg Frates 
Moderator: Roy Rosin
Panelists: Beth Pegg Frates, Julie Reardon and Joon Yun 

Must we acquiesce to the rules of aging?  Innovations in healthcare research and practice allow us to assert control of our present and future well-being like never before. In this session, we will address new frontiers of aging research where scientists and futurists seek to crack the aging code. We will also discuss actions we all can take today to feel mentally and physically at our best while aging in style. Our panel of experts will explore the cutting edge of a topic on all of our minds – what is known, what is still to be discovered and what remains controversial.

Roy Rosin

Roy Rosin is Chief Innovation Officer at Penn Medicine, working to rapidly design, test and implement high impact health care delivery practices.  His team focuses on reimagining health system interventions to achieve materially improved patient experience and clinical outcomes.

Previously, Roy served as the first VP of Innovation for Intuit, a leading software company best known for Quicken and TurboTax.  In this role, he led changes in how Intuit managed new business creation, allowing teams to experiment quickly at low cost.  Roy built innovation programs that dramatically increased entrepreneurial activity.  Prior to his innovation leadership position, Roy was General Manager for Intuit’s consumer division.  Roy received his MBA from Stanford and graduated with honors from Harvard.

Beth Pegg Frates, MD

Beth Pegg Frates is a physician as well as a certified health and wellness coach specializing in lifestyle medicine.  Beth’s passion is healthy living and behavior change.  Enabling people to adopt healthy habits including eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, sleeping soundly, managing stress, combatting addictions and fostering healthy connections are all part of a lifestyle that adds years to your life and life to your years.  Beth is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and faculty at the Harvard Extension School where she taught Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine this past fall.  Currently, she serves as the Director of Wellness Programming at the Spaulding Stroke Research and Recovery Institute here in Boston.  In addition, she has her own lifestyle medicine consulting company, Wellness Synergy, LLC.  

Julie Reardon, MD

Julie Reardon has spent the past 25 years on a journey to empower individuals to advocate for their own health and wellness.  She currently has a private Integrative Family Medicine practice in Austin, Texas.  She is also a wife and mother of two sons. 

After graduation, she spent a year studying cultural wellness in Bangladesh as a Rockefeller Fellow, then received her MD from UConn Medical School and trained in residency at the University of Minnesota.  She is a Fellow of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and The American Board of Integrative Medicine.  She is a medical thought leader and mentor for her peers.  She is pioneering a non-insurance based medical practice that incorporates both ancient wisdom and modern technology.

Joon Yun, MD

Joon Yun is the President of Palo Alto Investors, LLC, an investment management firm founded in 1989, currently with over $2 billion in assets.  He joined the firm in 1998 as a healthcare analyst.  Joon served on the clinical faculty at Stanford from 2000-2006 as a board certified radiologist. Joon received his MD from Duke and completed his residency and fellowship at Stanford.

He has served on corporate and nonprofit boards and is a founder of the Palo Alto Institute, a private foundation and think tank. Joon has published numerous patents, peer-reviewed scientific articles and books, and is a contributor to Forbes. He is the founder and sponsor of the Palo Alto Longevity Prize, a $1 million life science competition that challenges teams from all over the world to “hack the code” to improve healthspan.


Making Technology Work for You
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Science Center Hall D
Panel Coordinators: Yazmin Medhi and Vindu Goel
Moderator:  Vindu Goel
Panelists:  David Adams, Joshua Auerbach, Marc Bodnick, Nick Dowling, Jason Eisner and Lucy Koh

In our modern lives, we are awash in technology. Our smartphones are always with us. Instant messages, Facebook posts and tweets bombard us. Our email boxes are overflowing. Yet technology has also made our lives easier. Apps like Uber and Lyft summon a car within minutes to transport us wherever we need to go. We can order virtually anything online, from movies to groceries, and have it delivered almost immediately. How do we take control of technology and make it work for us instead of overwhelming us? What are the social and legal implications of this technological revolution? And what technologies loom in the near future that could make our lives easier – or drive us to distraction?

Vindu Goel 

Vindu Goel is a technology reporter at The New York Times, where he primarily writes about social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, with occasional detours into wine fraud, commercial real estate and the auto industry.

Before joining the technology reporting team in May 2013, he was an editor for The Times in New York, where he oversaw coverage of energy, the auto industry and labor and workplace issues. From 2008 to 2010, he was a deputy technology editor. He witnessed the dot-com boom and bust firsthand when he moved to Silicon Valley in 1999 to join the San Jose Mercury News. Earlier, he reported for The Wall Street Journal and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jennifer.

David Adams

David Adams is a senior technology executive whose career has centered on designing and building digital products and consumer experiences. After graduating with a degree in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, David began his career by helping brands and agencies extend their traditional communications to video, CD-ROMs and, eventually, the “world wide web.” 

For the past ten years, David has been working with both “brick and mortar” and “pure play” Internet retail companies, serving as the chief digital technologist for Handango,, GameStop and Ralph Lauren.  His teams have helped launch new mobile applications, online communities and personalized shopping experiences, while establishing the digital competencies necessary for companies to compete in the face of rapidly evolving consumer technologies.

Joshua D. Auerbach

Joshua Auerbach is a partner and the chief financial officer at Betaworks Studio LLC, a “startup studio” in New York City that creates new digital-media companies. He joined Betaworks full time in May 2009, but had previously advised several Betaworks companies. Among other roles, he is responsible for managing a dozen or so engineers and visual designers who create new products and companies at Betaworks.

Before joining Betaworks, he was vice president of strategy and corporate development at Quantcast, and held executive roles at Time Warner, America Online and GreenPoint Financial Corp. He and his wife, Nicole Armenta Auerbach '95, live in Manhattan with their two daughters Catherine and Vivian, one dog, and a rotating cast of other pets.

Marc Bodnick 

Marc Bodnick leads the business team at Quora. He joined the company in 2011 as the company's 18th employee. There he runs product marketing, writer relations, finance, communications and legal. Before joining as an employee, Marc was an early Quora beta user and one of the community's most active writers. Prior to Quora, Marc was a co-founder and managing director at Elevation Partners, where he managed investments in Facebook and Yelp. Previously, he worked at Silver Lake Partners and The Blackstone Group. Marc and his wife, Michelle, live in Atherton, California, and have two daughters (11 and 8) and a son (4).

Nick Dowling 

Nick Dowling is the President and CEO of IDS International, an international government services firm focusing on emerging challenges in security including cyber security, cyber warfare and the security dimensions of social media.  IDS International provides training to the US Army and US Marine Corps, conducts research and provides logistics and training support in conflict zones, and provides both training and exercises to help military and civilian organizations better respond to cyber and social media challenges.  Prior to founding IDS, Nick was Vice President with Intellibridge, a web-based open source intelligence start-up.  Before that, he worked in the Clinton Administration both as a Director on the National Security Council Staff and a Defense Fellow with the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Jason Eisner 

Jason Eisner is a professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University.  His research involves getting computers to understand human language. This branch of artificial intelligence underlies technologies such as IBM's Watson, Apple's Siri, and Google Translate.  His work brings together linguistic theory, mathematical modeling and machine learning algorithms to develop programs that  learn from various kinds of data.  He is also designing a new programming language to serve as an infrastructure for AI research.  

After concentrating in cognitive science through Harvard's Psychology Department and spending a year in South Africa on a Fulbright Scholarship in creative writing, Jason completed a math degree at Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has received two school-wide awards for excellence in teaching.

Lucy Koh 

Lucy Koh, a U.S. District Judge in San Jose, has presided over three Apple v. Samsung jury trials concerning smartphones and tablets as well as privacy cases involving Facebook, Google, Apple, LinkedIn, Yahoo and She has also presided over data breach cases involving Adobe and antitrust employment cases involving Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Lucasfilm, Pixar, DreamWorks, Sony, Oracle and Microsoft. Previously she was a California Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County, litigation partner in Silicon Valley, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, Special Assistant to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow on Senator Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff.  She is married to California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar '93.  They have two children.


Our Wars Panels (3 panels)

The years since we left school have been dominated by three wars and, for better or worse, the Class of 1990 has been intimately involved in all.  Three sessions this afternoon relate to them.  The first, Covering the Forever Wars, features five eminent journalists who covered the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan.  It will be followed by Waging the War on Terror at 3:30 PM, composed of four leaders of the War on Terror.  After all have spoken and fielded questions, we will conclude with a friendly dialogue between participants in both panels, journalists and policymakers, at 4:45 PM. You are welcome to join us for one or all of the sessions.


Covering the Forever Wars
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Science Center Hall B
Panel Coordinator: Michael Goldhaber
Moderator:  Henry Chu
Panelists:  Molly Bingham, Susan Glasser, Spencer Hsu and Niko Price 

Every journalist who returns from the Green Zone must answer two questions: What's my war story? And was I coopted? Five illustrious veterans of the Fourth Estate recall Iraq and Afghanistan from the vantage of embedded reporter or (in one case) interrogated prisoner. Did the press do enough to shape public opinion?

Henry Chu 

Henry Chu is London bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and currently a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He has been a foreign correspondent since 1998, with postings in Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi and London, and has reported from more than 30 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to joining the paper’s foreign staff, he was based in L.A. and was a member of the teams that won Pulitzer Prizes for the paper’s coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake and a street shootout in North Hollywood. He appears regularly as a panelist on the BBC, and is a former board member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Molly Bingham

Molly Bingham is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer and journalist who has covered news and conflicts around the globe. Her work has been featured in leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent and Vanity Fair, and she has appeared on top network and cable television and radio news programs. Named in 2012 by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of “20 Women to Watch,” Molly is the driving force behind a new journalism organization, Orb.  At the cutting edge of defining journalism in the digital age, Orb has a unique mission to tell the story of our human community, discover and cover global stories while making original content accessible and engaging. Molly was awarded a Neiman Fellowship in 2004.

Susan Glasser

Susan Glasser is editor of POLITICO, overseeing its coverage online, print newspaper, subscription news service and POLITICO Magazine, which she founded in 2013. Glasser was previously editor in chief of the award-winning Foreign Policy magazine. For a decade, she worked at The Washington Post, starting as an editor overseeing the paper's coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal then becoming co-Moscow bureau chief, during which time she covered Vladimir Putin's rise and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the battle of Tora Bora. She later became editor of the Post's Sunday Outlook section and of its national news coverage. She wrote "Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution" with her husband, Peter Baker. They live in Washington with their son Theo.

Spencer S. Hsu 

Spencer S. Hsu is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post.  He is a two-time Pulitzer finalist and national Emmy award nominee. His 2012 series on weaknesses in forensic science was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service. He received the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Ursula and Gilbert Farfel prize for excellence in investigative reporting, the Society of Professional Journalism’s Sigma Delta Chi award for public service and the Innocence Network Journalism Award. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Post’s homeland security correspondent, reporting on Washington’s immigration debate and the response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.  He received the American Immigration Lawyers Association Media Leadership Award in 2010. He lives in Washington with his wife, Lori Aratani, and their daughter, Sophie.

Niko Price

Niko Price is an award-winning foreign correspondent and editor for The Associated Press. His work from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States has appeared in thousands of news outlets around the world. He won awards for coverage of Hurricane Mitch in Central America, the 2000 elections in Mexico and the 2003 war in Iraq and its aftermath before stepping away from reporting to lead regional AP operations in Latin America and now Europe. He has also helped shape strategic initiatives for the company. He lives in London with his wife, Ruth, and son, Max, while his daughter, Karla, has already flown the nest.


Waging the War on Terror 
Saturday, May 30, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Science Center Hall B
Panel Coordinator/Moderator:  Michael D. Goldhaber
Panelists:  Preet Bharara, Viet Dinh, Lisa Monaco and Lee Wolosky

Top officials from each administration will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of terror policy during the eras of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The leading prosecutor of our time will discuss the role of civilian courts in trying terror cases. And a pioneer of terror litigation will examine the role of private prosecution.  

This panel will be followed by a dialogue between panelists from this panel and those of Covering the Forever Wars at 4:45 PM. 

Michael D. Goldhaber

Michael Goldhaber is Senior International Correspondent and "The Global Lawyer" columnist at The American Lawyer, where he also served as London bureau chief. In those roles, he has launched ALM's Global Legal Awards, Arbitration Scorecard and Global Pro Bono survey, while helping to select the Litigation Department of the Year. A graduate of Yale Law School and Columbia Journalism School, he is the author of “A People's History of the European Court of Human Rights” and the ebook “Crude Awakening: Chevron in Ecuador.” Goldhaber recently received the 2015 Neal Award for best range of work by a business journalist. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Shoshana, their 5-year-old daughter Mira, and their daughter Devra, who turns 8 this weekend.

Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara is U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As U.S. Attorney, he oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the district. He supervises an office of more than 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle cases that include domestic and international terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, white collar crime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime and civil rights violations. Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Bharara served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He graduated Columbia Law School in 1993. 

Viet D. Dinh 

Viet D. Dinh is the founding partner of Bancroft PLLC, specialists in Appellate Litigation and Corporate Governance.  He is also Professorial Lecturer in Law and Distinguished Lecturer in Government at Georgetown University, where he specializes in corporations and constitutional law.  Viet served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003, where he played a key role in developing initiatives to combat terrorism, including the USA Patriot Act and revisions to the Attorney General’s Guidelines for Criminal Investigation and Intelligence.  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox Corporation and Revlon, Inc.   He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Jennifer and their three sons.

Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco assumed the duties of the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor in March 2013. She advises the President on all aspects of counterterrorism policy and strategy as well as the coordination of all homeland security-related activities.  Previously, Lisa served as Assistant Attorney General for National Security and the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. 

Prior to joining the Deputy Attorney General’s office, Lisa was the chief of staff to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller. While serving as federal prosecutor, she was appointed to the Enron Task Force, serving as a co-lead trial counsel in the prosecution of former Enron executives. For her work on this Task Force, Lisa received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Justice Department’s highest award.  Lisa earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Lee Wolosky

Lee Wolosky is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where he specializes in high profile international litigation. His recent clients have included American victims of terrorism in litigation against Bank of China Ltd. He has also served as counsel to 9/11 families and to plaintiffs in litigation against Chiquita Brands International, Inc. Lee previously served as Director of Transnational Threats on the National Security Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founder and member of the board of directors of the National Security Network. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995.


Joint Discussion of panelists from Covering the Forever Wars and Waging the War on Terror
Saturday, May 30, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Science Center Hall B
Coordinator/Moderator:  Michael D. Goldhaber
Panelists:  Molly Bingham, Preet Bharara, Henry Chu, Viet D. Dinh, Susan Glasser, Spencer S. Hsu, Niko Price, Lisa Monaco and Lee Wolosky

Who's more to blame for messing up the world over the past generation: the government or the media? What have we done right? Will "our wars" be remembered in another 25 years as a tragic sideshow, or as a just necessity?

Abbreviated biographies:

Molly Bingham covered Iraq & Afghanistan (including 7 days in prison) as an independent photographer and filmmaker.

Preet Bharara is U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he has made terror prosecution a top priority.

Henry Chu is London bureau chief for the L.A. Times and has reported from 30-plus countries including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Viet D. Dinh, the founding partner of Bancroft PLLC, was architect of the Patriot Act as Assistant Attorney General from 2001 to 2003.

Susan Glasser covered Iraq & Afghanistan for the Washington Post. She went on to edit Foreign Policy, and now Politico.

Michael D. Goldhaber (moderator) is the Senior International Correspondent for American Lawyer Media.

Spencer S. Hsu covered homeland security for the Washington Post from 2005-10, where he is now an investigative reporter.

Niko Price covered Iraq & Afghanistan for the Associated Press, where he is now Europe Bureau Chief.

Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General from 2011 to 2013, is President Obama's chief adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism.

Lee Wolosky focused on terror policy at the National Security Council pre-9/11. He's now an international practitioner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, with a focus on antiterror litigation.


Opportunities and Tensions in 21st Century Education 
Saturday, May 30, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Science Center Hall D
Panel Coordinator: Dan Dougherty
Moderator:  Heather Grant McLeod  
Panelists:  Sarah Beck, Jill Berg, Jen Holleran, Ben McGraw, Laura McGiffert Slover, Josh Solomon and Duncan Wilson

Parents, teachers, the popular press, decision-makers and the general public are thirsting for an understanding of what works in the public education system and what will finally bring equitable opportunity in education.  Is it the Common Core?  Charter schools?  Technology?  Teacher development?  Something else?  In this discussion with classmates who have been “in the field,” we will explore what is working, what is not working, why we remain hopeful, and why we need your help to continue to make public education work.

Heather McLeod Grant 

Heather McLeod Grant has over 20 years of experience in the social sector. She is the founder of McLeod-Grant Advisors, which focuses on creating transformative leadership and networks for social change. She has expertise in scaling impact, social innovation/entrepreneurship, nonprofit management and organizational development.  Heather worked at Monitor Institute and helped lead their social impact practice. She is a former McKinsey & Company consultant and co-founder of Who Cares, a national magazine for young social entrepreneurs published in the '90s.  

She is a member of the American Leadership Forum and Social Venture Partners Silicon Valley, and the Women’s Information Network at Stanford GSB.  She holds an MBA from Stanford, an AB from Harvard, and resides in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter. 

Sarah Beck

Sarah Beck is an Associate Professor of English Education at NYU, where she directs programs leading to initial and permanent teacher certification. After completing her own teacher certification requirements through Harvard's UTEP program, she taught college-level writing and high school English for several years before returning to Harvard's Graduate School of Education for her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology.  Since completing her doctorate she has been at NYU, where she conducts research with teachers and students in New York City schools, and is involved in multiple efforts to improve the quality of teacher education through school and university partnerships.

Jill Harrison Berg

Jill Harrison Berg went straight from Harvard College into the teaching profession.  She spent the first half of her career teaching middle school students and the past decade teaching teachers and leaders.  Jill is also a researcher, author and consultant concerned with teaching quality and teaching as a profession, and is the founding director of the Boston Teacher Leadership Certificate Program, a teacher-powered program for strengthening teachers’ leadership skills.  She lives in Boston, where her children attend the public schools, and her husband, Erik Berg (’89), is a second grade teacher.

Jen Holleran

Jen Holleran leads Startup:Education, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s education philanthropy, whose mission is to take a startup approach to improving education for all students, especially those in low income communities.  Jen is focused on Startup's recent commitment of $120 million to support initiatives around personalized learning and innovation to improve education in the Bay Area.  She also oversees its first commitment of $100 million over five years to dramatically improve the public schools in Newark, NJ, working closely with district and charter schools.  

Jen spent the first decade of her career as a high school teacher and principal.  Prior to Startup, she worked in district improvement in Oakland, founded and led the Bay Area New Leaders program and co-authored a book on principal training and support.

Ben McGraw

Ben McGraw has been a middle school teacher since 1994, working in the Boston area as well as a year in Berlin, Germany.  In 2003, Ben was one of two founding teachers in an innovative, integrated sixth-grade classroom at the Oak Hill Middle School in Newton, Massachusetts.  Basing their work on the concept that real-life problems and challenges rarely fall into clearly defined subject-area categories, he and his co-teacher removed literal and figurative walls between their classrooms and shared their team of 40 students.  In 2010, they were finalists for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.  Ben is interested in how schools and teachers foster students’ ability to think, problem solve and reflect on their successes.  He lives in Newton with his wife Katy and their three teenaged children. 

Laura McGiffert Slover

A former high school teacher, Laura McGiffert Slover is the founding CEO of the nonprofit Parcc Inc., which leads the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a multi-state consortia working to build a next generation assessment system to improve teaching and learning. Previously, Laura was senior vice president at Achieve, a bipartisan education reform organization that works with state education leaders to prepare students for success after high school and build coalitions to support reform. In that role, she worked with states to develop the Common Core State Standards.

Laura lives in Washington, DC with her husband Bill and daughter Avery. From 2007-2014 she served on the District of Columbia Board of Education. Laura is a Pahara/Aspen Education Fellow and has an MA in education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MPP in education policy from Georgetown.

Josh Solomon

Josh Solomon is the principal of Business of Sports School, a public high school he founded in 2009 in midtown Manhattan. BOSS is the only sports-focused Career & Technical Education high school certified by New York State to grant diplomas in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. He also manages a co-located building of four public high schools and a charter elementary school. Previously, he taught math and Japanese, after making the career change from banking to teaching at age 31. Josh received his MBA from HBS and Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers College, where he recently completed a Cahn Fellowship for Distinguished Principals. He is currently a trustee of Teachers College and the Japan Society, and lives on the West Side with his wife, Geula, and three children.

Duncan Wilson

Duncan Wilson is the Principal of the Fox Meadow Elementary School in Scarsdale, New York.  He is also a doctoral candidate at Columbia Teachers College where he is researching the convergence of educational assessment, accountability and reform.  He has been working with a team of teachers from Scarsdale along with Harvard's Project Zero on an initiative called Agency by Design which is studying Maker Spaces and design-based curriculum nationwide.


The Adaptive Life 
Saturday, May 30, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Science Center Hall C
Panel Coordinators:  Karen Singer Cohen and Jon Spira-Savett
Panelists:  Eve Davison, Suzanne George, Linda Spencer and Duke Pascucci

We have all experienced life changes during the twenty-five years since graduation.  Some of the changes were rewarding, some for the worse, some initiated by choice, and some caused by circumstance.  What impacts how successfully we navigate these transitions?  We will begin with a full group session in which panelists with varied professional expertise in handling life transitions – financial, social, professional, and medical – share their perspectives. Then in small-group discussions we will search for common themes in what has helped or hindered us when undergoing significant shifts in our lives. Lastly we will reconvene as a full group to share our insights on how people can successfully move forward in light of change, gleaning understandings that may guide us in our years ahead.

Jon Spira-Savett 

Jon Spira-Savett lives in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he has been serving for seven years as rabbi for the Jewish community in the area.  Jon has tried to support and advise people as they adapt to various kinds of life changes:  the "second coming-of-age," when people realize they are old enough to have teenage children; divorce; cancer diagnosis; death within the family; financial difficulties and loss of professional status.  At these moments, he hears people clarify out loud for themselves what is truly important, sometimes in ways they hadn't before. Jon is co-chair of Circles of Greater Nashua, an interfaith, grassroots anti-poverty project, and one of the founders of the Jewish teen philanthropy movement.  Jon is married to 1990 classmate Laurie Spira-Savett and father of three children.

Eve Davison 

Eve Davison has worked as a clinical psychologist in VA Boston for the past 15 years. She directs an outpatient mental health program for women Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and related struggles and is assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Eve also coordinates the clinical training for her division and conducts research on trauma, aging and the life course. Previously, Eve completed a fellowship in geropsychology and worked with aging trauma survivors. She was struck by the unique ways in which trauma experienced at various points across the life course interacted with aging.  In her work with Veterans whose lives have been disrupted and often derailed by trauma she is struck by her patients’ ability to adapt and grow. Eve and her husband Ryan have an eight-year-old daughter, Tessa.

Suzanne George

Suzanne George is a medical oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. She is the Clinical Director of the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Over the past 14 years, Dr. George has established a large clinical practice caring for patients with sarcoma, a rare cancer in adults, in addition to working in drug development in this field. Through her clinical practice, she has learned a tremendous amount about courage, coping and adjusting to unexpected health challenges, and continues to be humbled to be involved in the care of people dealing with what is often an incurable cancer.

Linda Spencer

Linda Spencer is an Assistant Director at the Harvard University Office of Career Services (OCS). Linda oversees career services for students and alumni from the Harvard University Extension School. As an experienced career development professional, Linda is passionate about counseling, advising and coaching others to effectively market themselves, and to explore and achieve their career goals. She enjoys working with and inspiring diverse populations, including traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate students, distance students, alumni and adults in transition.  Prior to OCS she had career development experience in corporate, higher education and nonprofit organizations, including Right Management Consultants, Simmons College and the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union. In her spare time, Linda enjoys hot power yoga, traveling and hiking.

Duke Pascucci 

Duke Pascucci, CFP is a Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President for Morgan Stanley in Boston.  His primary role is managing money for individuals and small businesses, per their specific objectives. In the context of managing their money Duke has counseled numerous clients through many life-changing events such as death, divorce, job loss and job change.  These events, along with the up and down nature of long-term investing, couple to form a strong behavioral aspect to his practice.  In his observation, an individual’s behavior, as in their response to a life-changing event or a stock market drop, is the key determinant in their long-term success.  By providing proper education and guidance, in order to promote productive behavior, Duke helps his clients make smart decisions.


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