We wrap up our day by gathering inspiration from three engaging, thought-provoking talks. Our Lightning Speakers will share their insights on what it takes to tackle systemic change -- so we can fuel up with new ideas and practices for our work addressing the Grand Challenges.
Todd is the Managing Partner at SecondMuse. For the last twenty years Todd has been involved in the study and application of systems theory, in particular as it applies to economic development. Beginning with the use of biological systems as models for cashew farming cooperatives in Honduras, he went on to develop and build businesses in multiple industries.
For the past ten years since co-founding SecondMuse he has accelerated over 300 impact businesses, raising over $500M and generating over $13B in market value. At the center of this work is the development of economies that create social and environmental justice.
Todd is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of TechSoup Global, a leader in capacity building for civil society world-wide, and Circulate Initiative, whose mission it is to end ocean plastic waste.
Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities, and showing the rest of us how we can, too. A bestselling author on innovation and collaboration, a TED mainstage speaker, and the recipient of the “Future Thinker Award” from Thinkers 50 (who also ranked her in the top 50 management thinkers in the world), Nilofer reveals new ways of connecting our ideas to the world, in an era when the potential to make a difference is wide-open.
Nilofer began her career in business 25 years ago as an administrative assistant, quickly rising to division leader, to a CEO, and even to a board member of a NASDAQ-traded company. Along the way, she gathered monikers such as being the “Jane Bond of Innovation”, for her ability to guide organizations through impossible odds.
She has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in sales, and has held executive positions everywhere, from Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Autodesk, to start-ups in the early days of the web, such as Golive, which was later bought by Adobe.
Logitech, Symantec, HP, Yahoo, VMWare, and many others have turned to Nilofer’s guidance on new product strategies, entering new markets, defending against competitors, and optimizing revenues. She is one of the few people who can say they’ve fought a competitive battle against Microsoft and won, when she bid for Symantec’s Anti-Virus $2.1B annual business.
Her second book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra, was chosen by Fast Company as one of their “Best Business Books of 2012.” Nilofer’s newest title, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World, reveals proven strategies to unleash the power of a new idea, no matter how weird or wild it may seem.
As a speaker, Nilofer has headlined alongside Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Sinek, Arianna Huffington, Margaret Atwood, and other inspirational individuals. She has also delivered keynotes for clients such as ICBI Fund Forum, IBM, JP Morgan, Credit Union Executives Society, and AT Kearney.
Her famed TED Talk, “Got A Meeting? Take A Walk”, has been seen by nearly three million viewers.
Anne Milgram’s work centers on reforming the criminal justice system through smart data, analytics, and technology. She is currently a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law, where she runs the Criminal Justice Lab, dedicated to using data and technology to transform the American criminal justice system. She also teaches seminars on criminal justice policy and human trafficking.
Based on her experience as a state Attorney General, Anne co-hosts the popular Café Insider podcast along with Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She also appears regularly as a contributor on CNN, sharing her valuable insight into our legal and political systems. Additionally, Anne provides her expertise as a technical consultant to television shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Power.
From 2007 to 2010, Milgram served as New Jersey’s Attorney General, where she led the 9,000-person Department of Law & Public Safety. Milgram was New Jersey’s chief law enforcement officer. In that capacity, she directed the State Division of Criminal Justice and had oversight responsibility for state and county prosecutors and more than 30,000 local law enforcement officers statewide. Milgram also oversaw, and significantly reformed, the Camden Police Department.
From 2011-2015, as head of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Milgram led the creation, development and national implementation of the Public Safety Assessment, a national pretrial risk assessment tool.
Milgram began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She then served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice, where she was the Special Litigation Counsel for the prosecution of human trafficking crimes. Milgram was awarded the US Department of Justice Special Commendation for Outstanding Service and the US Department of Justice Director’s Award for her work.
After graduating summa cum laude from Rutgers University, Milgram received a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a law degree from New York University School of Law. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson in Federal District Court in Trenton, New Jersey.