AUTHOR AND PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American presidential historian and biographer. She is the author of seven best-selling books, including, most recently, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005) and The Bully Pulpit: Thedore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (2013). As an historian and political news analyst, Goodwin frequently appears on television, including on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show, Meet the Press, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She consulted for and appeared on the PBS and History Channel’s documentaries on LBJ, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns’ “Baseball” mini-series. Goodwin was a White House Fellow and worked as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, later aiding him in the preparation of his memoirs. She holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Colby College and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught for ten years.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, HIGHER AIMS, LLC
Stephanie Khurana is founder and Managing Director of Higher Aims, LLC, a boutique firm created to allow top-tier, high caliber MBAs the opportunity to work flexibly with corporate clients and employers on strategic and operational initiatives. Clients range from early-stage to established organizations in the non-profit, healthcare, and technology sectors. During 2010, Stephanie served as Acting Executive Director at the Tobin Project. She previously was Co-Founder, CEO, and Director of Surebridge, Inc, a web-based software provider recently sold to Time Warner, Inc. Ms. Khurana received a B.S. in Applied Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She serves on the President’s Council of Cornell Women and is a co-Master of Cabot House at Harvard University.
HIGHFIELDS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
Charles H. Ledley is an Analyst at Highfields Capital Management. He joined Highfields in May 2010 and serves as a generalist focused on special situations. Prior to joining Highfields, Mr. Ledley was a partner at Cornwall Capital, a private investment firm focusing on special situations across a wide array of asset classes. Prior to joining Cornwall, Mr. Ledley was a consultant at Bain & Company. Previously, he worked for Golub Associates; at the time, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments. Mr. Ledley serves on the boards of directors of Democrats for Education Reform and Pig Iron Theater Company. Mr. Ledley received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts cum laude from Amherst College.
CORNWALL CAPITAL; THE MAI FAMILY FOUNDATION
James A. Mai is the Chief Investment Officer of Cornwall Capital, a New York City-based private investment firm he founded in 2002. Prior to that, he was an investment professional at the private equity firms Housatonic Partners and Golub Capital. James started his career in the audit department at Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of Duke University and the Stern School of Business at New York University. James serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
PAUL WHITON CHERINGTON PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
David Moss is the Paul Whiton Cherington Professor at Harvard Business School, where he chairs the Business, Government, and the International Economy unit. David's research focuses on economic policy and especially the government's role as a risk manager. In addition to numerous articles, case studies, and chapters, he has published three books on these subjects: Socializing Security: Progressive-Era Economists and the Origins of American Social Policy (Harvard University Press, 1996), When All Else Fails: Government as the Ultimate Risk Manager (Harvard University Press, 2002), and A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics: What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know (Harvard Business School Press, 2007). Prior to joining the Business School faculty in 1993, David served as a senior economist at Abt Associates from 1992-1993, a public policy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He joined the Business School faculty in July 1993. David holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in history from Yale University.
POORVU FAMILY PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT PRACTICE, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Arthur Segel is the Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice in the Finance Department at Harvard Business School, where he has been writing cases and teaching the Real Property Asset Management course since 1996. He was a co-founder and co-owner of TA Associates Realty, a large private equity real estate development and investment advisory firm. Previously, he worked as a Vice President at Boston Properties and as Deputy for Finance and Administration at Massport under Governor Dukakis. He co-founded and serves as chair of the Advisory Committee of Xander Funds, a real estate private equity firm in India. He helped found the 21st Century Fund, a non-profit for public education, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, PREA, NAIOP, a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a board member of the Rothschild Family Foundation Yad Hanadiv in Jerusalem, overseer of the Brookline Foundation and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the 2009 Boston co-chair of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and a lifetime trustee of Temple Israel. He holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.