Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Clara Miller, Heron Foundation


Closing Keynote

Richard Parker D'68, Harvard Kennedy School

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Clara Miller

Clara Miller is President Emerita of the Heron Foundation, which helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. She was President of Heron from 2011 through 2017. Prior to assuming Heron’s presidency, Miller was President and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund which she founded and ran from 1984 through 2010.

Miller serves on the boards of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Family Independence Initiative, and StoneCastle Financial Corp. She is a board member of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and is a BridgeSpan Fellow. In 2017 she was named Social Innovator of the Year by the University of New Hampshire.

In 1996, Miller was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Treasury’s first Community Development Advisory Board for the then-newly-created Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. She later became its Chair. She chaired the Opportunity Finance Network board for six years and was a member of the Community Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for eight years.

Ms. Miller speaks and writes extensively and has been published in The Financial Times, Medium, The Atlantic Blog, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Nonprofit Quarterly and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has spoken recently at Aspen Ideas Festival, Sciences Po, Oxford Saïd Business School, Bloomberg L.P., SOCAP, and Mission Investors Exchange.

Richard Parker

Richard Parker is Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Fellow of the Shorenstein Center. An Oxford-trained economist, his career before coming to the Kennedy School in 1993 included journalism (he cofounded the magazine Mother Jones as well as Investigative Reporters & Editors, and chairs the editorial board of The Nation); philanthropy (as executive director of two foundations he donated more than $40 million to social-change groups); social entrepreneurship (he grew environmental group Greenpeace from 2,000 to 600,000 supporters, helped launch People for the American Way, and raised over $250 million for some 60 non-profits), and political consulting (advising, among others, Senators Kennedy, Glenn, Cranston, and McGovern). From 2009 to 2011 he was an economic advisor to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

His books include The Myth of the Middle Class, an early study of widening U.S. income and wealth distribution and Mixed Signals: The Future of Global Television, a critical assessment of the spread of satellite-based news and its political impacts. His intellectual biography, John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics, which traces the history of 20th century economic theory and policy through the career of Harvard's most famous economist, was described by William F. Buckley as "the best biography of the century", by Sean Wilentz as "the best progressive history I've read in 15 years", and by Keynes' biographer Robert Skidelsky as "an unparalleled achievement."

His academic articles appear in numerous academic anthologies and journals and he writes regularly for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Nation, Harper's, Le Monde, Atlantic Monthly, and International Economy, among others.

He received the Kennedy School's Carballo award for outstanding teaching in 2011 and ALANA's Teacher of the Year award in 2007 from the School's students of color.


Panel: A Conversation on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria in Capital Markets

Evolving investment frameworks and risk factors may result in capital markets which approach decision making differently. Doug Grim, a senior investment strategist at Vanguard, and our own Peter Fisher, a senior fellow and clinical professor at Tuck, will discuss the current view from investors on ESG as a criteria for investment decisions, constraints associated with implementation, and potential solutions which may broaden the appropriateness of ESG for assets under management.


Doug Grim, CFA, Senior Investment Strategist, Vanguard Investment Strategy Group


Peter Fisher, Senior Fellow, Center for Business, Government & Society; Clinical Professor, Tuck School of Business

Peter Fisher

Senior Fellow, Center for Business, Government & Society; Clinical Professor, Tuck School of Business

Peter R. Fisher is Senior Fellow at the Center for Business, Government & Society at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he also serves as a clinical professor.  From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Fisher worked at BlackRock where he served in several capacities, including head of Fixed Income Portfolio Management and Chairman of BlackRock Asia.  He also served as a Senior Director of the BlackRock Investment Institute, a part-time position, from 2013 to 2016.

From 2001 to 2003 Mr. Fisher served as Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Domestic Finance.  From 1985 to 2001 he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, concluding his service as an executive vice president and the Manager of the Federal Reserve System Open Market Account.

Mr. Fisher currently serves as a Director at AIG, Inc., the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Peterson Institute for International Economics and is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Systemic Resolution of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Previously, he served as a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Agence France Tresor and as a non-executive director of the Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom.

He received a JD degree from Harvard Law School and a BA in history from Harvard College.

Doug Grim

Doug Grim, CFA, is a senior investment strategist in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, where he leads the team that conducts research and provides thought leadership on issues related to factor-based portfolio construction and due diligence for investors.  Before his current role, he was a senior investment consultant in Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services®. In that position, he provided asset allocation and portfolio construction recommendations, investment policy consulting, and capital markets research to institutional clients. He also served as team leader responsible for assisting other consultants with all asset allocation and asset/liability modeling studies conducted for clients.

Mr. Grim earned a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia.

Panel: Labor, Technology & Education

Technology has increased efficiency and changed the nature of work. The pace of change will not only continue to accelerate over the next thirty years, but also impact the labor force in ways we can only speculate. This technological progress poses both incredible opportunities and challenges in the way we think about and build our education and training systems. The Labor and Technology panel grapples with these shifts and how traditional education systems, educational technology, and industry can respond and address these changes. 


Adam Medros, President and COO of edX; Jessica Cunningham, KIPP Charter Schools, Washington DC


Tiffanie Wen

Maura Banta

Maura Banta is IBM’s Director of Citizenship Initiatives in Education. She joined IBM in 1973 as a marketing representative and held positions in Sales, Insurance Industry Consulting and Marketing Management before joining the Corporate Citizenship Department. In 2006 Maura was named Eastern Regional Manager for IBM’s corporate philanthropy, government relations and community relations. She assumed her current role in 2012. 

Ms. Banta is a board member of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Boston Plan for Excellence, The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, and The Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Maura is a former chair of the board of the Mass Business Alliance for Education. She served for 6 years on The Massachusetts Educational Management and Audit Council under both Governor Swift and Governor Romney. Maura chaired the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2008-2014 under an appointment by Governor Patrick.   In 2014 Governor Patrick appointed Maura to the Board of Higher Education.

Jessica Cunningham

Executive in Residence KIPP As Executive in Residence, Jessica provides critical on-site support to KIPP schools. She works with regional leaders and board members side-by-side to identify and execute the steps needed to produce superior results and healthy growth.

Jessica joined the KIPP Foundation after 14 years with KIPP DC. She began her career as the sixth-grade math teacher at the region’s flagship school: KEY Academy. Upon completing the Fisher Fellowship, Jessica founded KIPP DC’s third middle school, WILL Academy, and served as the school’s principal for four years. Jessica then served as a Chief Academic Officer for two years before deciding to return to school leadership in 2012 as the very proud principal of KIPP DC’s high school, KIPP DC College Prep.

She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and a 2015 Milken Educator Award winner. Jessica earned a Bachelor’s degree in African American History from Florida A&M University and a Masters in Elementary Education from American University. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and bonus daughter.

Adam Medros

Adam Medros is President and Chief Operating Officer at edX, overseeing the day-to-day management and oversight of edX’s operations, contributing to edX’s strategy and growth. Adam brings extensive operational expertise to power our innovation and growth at a global scale. He will lead the effort of taking our current success to the next level; transforming education in the learner, university, and business setting. Prior to joining edX, Adam was Senior Vice President, Global Product at TripAdvisor, Inc. where over 13 years he helped grow TripAdvisor into a global, public company with 400 million monthly users across 49 points of sale and 28 languages, 500 million reviews and opinions, and over $1.5 billion in annual revenue. At TripAdvisor, Adam was a member of the executive management team, led worldwide product development including core functionality, content operations, mobile, and revenue optimization. He was most recently the leader for the hotel vertical, TripAdvisor’s largest business unit. Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Adam held Senior Analyst and Product Manager positions at Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the Board of Directors of Wordstream and was previously Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX). Adam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and German with Honors from Dartmouth College.

Tiffanie Wen

Tiffanie Wen is an award-winning writer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in BBC Capital, The Atlantic, Daily BeastGuernica, New Hampshire Magazine, the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and others. She's also a columnist at BBC Future. When she’s not writing, she’s traveling the world and looking for her next story. She currently lives in New Hampshire, where her husband is a current Tuck student. You can connect with her on Twitter @tiffaniewen.

Panel: The Climate Economy

In the next thirty years, we will live in a world with a new market—based around the impacts of climate change—one that incorporates tools from business, government, and society to take meaningful action on a multitude of environmental externalities. This panel will discuss what the world could look like by 2050 and what innovations, programs, tools, etc. exist today that will enable this future. Specifically, we will look to discuss the intersection of technological advances, climate finance, shifts in business strategy, and the role of bipartisan policy in the future of the global environment.


Kyle Tanger, Director, Deloitte Sustainability Practice; Janet Peace, Senior Vice President, Policy and Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions; Jed Davis T'85, Cabot Creamery Co-Op; Lee Taylor T'12, REsurety


Andrew King, Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business

Jed Davis T'85

Director of Sustainability, Cabot Creamery Cooperative

Jed has been involved in dairy agriculture and cooperatives his whole life.  Born and raised on a seven-generation family dairy farm in Central Massachusetts, since 1991 he has served in a variety of roles for Cabot Creamery in Vermont.  Cabot is the flagship brand of the Agri-Mark dairy co-operative and is known for its award-winning dairy products and for being a certified B Corp.

In 2008, Jed was named Cabot’s first Director of Sustainability and his efforts now center on helping Cabot achieve its own understanding of “Sustainability” – “living within our means and ensuring the means to live” – from cow-to-creamery-to-customer.

Jed is active for Cabot on a number of sustainability efforts – local, state, national and international.  In 2010, Jed was named a fellow in the Dana Meadows Leadership Program of the Sustainability Institute, now known as the Academy for Systems Change.  In 2016, Cabot was nationally recognized as recipient of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award.

Jed, his wife Elizabeth, and their four children live in Waterbury, VT.

Andrew King

Professor Andrew A. King conducts research on a number of topics related to business strategy. He is well known for his publications on business and the natural environment but he believes that his biggest impact has been as a mentor and advisor. His students are now distinguished academics and leaders at top institutions throughout the world.

Janet Peace

Janet Peace is the Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). She manages the center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), the largest U.S.-based association of companies devoted to climate-related policy and corporate strategies. The BELC contains mainly Fortune 5 companies with combined revenues of over $2 trillion and more than 3.5 million employees. She also manages the center’s resilience program and its analysis of market-based policy options.

Dr. Peace brings more than 20 years and a wide spectrum of experience on environmental issues to her work at C2ES. As a recognized expert on climate policy, she is a member of the Program Advisory Board for American University’s Center for Environmental Policy and a past member of both the National Research Council’s Roundtable on Climate Change Education and the Council of Canadian Academies on oil sands environmental technologies.

Prior to C2ES, Dr. Peace worked on climate policy in Alberta and taught environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Calgary. She also worked as a resource specialist with the U.S. General Accounting Office and as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in economics and an undergraduate degree in geology.

Kyle Tanger

Kyle is a director with Deloitte Consulting and leader of its Sustainability practice. 

Lee Taylor T'12

Co-Founder & CEO, REsurety Inc  

Lee Taylor started REsurety to improve the profitability of renewable energy. While a student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Mr. Taylor led multi-disciplinary research quantifying the benefits of weather-risk hedging for US wind projects. Following the conclusion that the potential benefits of customized weather derivatives were significant and unrealized, Mr. Taylor founded REsurety to enable the wind industry to reap those benefits.

Mr. Taylor holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar and the 2012 recipient of the Lt. Walter A. Jacobs Memorial Prize for intellectual leadership. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Biology from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with High Distinction.