Speakers for ThinkBig 2018

Jeff Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, the newest of which, There Is Life After College (HarperCollins, 2016), is a New York Times bestseller. Named one of LinkedIn’s “must-know influencers” of 2016, Jeff is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and a special advisor at Arizona State University, where he is the founding director of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership in partnership with Georgetown University.



Natalie Nixon is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker. She applies her diverse background in service design, anthropology, and fashion, to help clients with culture transformation, leadership development, and envisioning labs.  Natalie is a Fellow at the Paris d.School and Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University.  She edits Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and is a regular contributor to INC.com Online Magazine on creativity and design thinking.



Adam Bryant is the decade-long author of the Corner Office Column in The New York Times, where he interviewed hundreds of the world’s top business leaders and CEOs. His first book, The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, is a New York Times best-seller. Adam is also the author of Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation. In 2016, Bryant was named Editorial Director of The NYT Live, The New York Times’ global conference enterprise. Currently, Adam is the Managing Director and Partner at Merryck & Co., a global firm comprised of top business leaders who help organizations accelerate the impact of leadership.



Deborah Bial, founder of the Posse Foundation and a MacArthur Fellow, will lead the group through a series of discussion and activities that will broaden your perspective and understanding in order to bring more authenticity to how you navigate a changing demography and culture.




Elise Foster is co-author of “The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools”.  Elise began her career as an engineer, managing high-profile global projects.  Soon she took an interest in how organizations work and ways to optimize the full capability of every employee and now a leadership coach who enables education and business executives to unlock their personal potential and to use their intelligence to make everyone around them smarter, more capable, and more successful. She is well-versed in the field of leadership and collective intelligence.



Jason Shen co-founded of Headlight, a performance hiring platform that helps find, screen, and recruit talent, and serves on the board of directors for the Presidential Innovation Fellowship Foundation (PIFF).  Since 2010, The Art of Ass-Kicking has served as his personal blog where Jason breaks down how people and organizations gain the competitive advantage.  Jason has written for Fast Company and Quartz, been quoted in The New York Times and The Atlantic, and spoken at Google, Pinterest, and the prestigious TED Residency.