Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His academic specialization is the psychology of morality and the moral emotions. Dr. Haidt is the author of three books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006), The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012), and The Coddling of the American Mind (2018). He was named one of the “top global thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine, and one of the “top world thinkers” by Prospect magazine.
Dr. Haidt earned a BA in philosophy from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then studied cultural psychology at the University of Chicago as a post-doctoral fellow. In 1995, Haidt was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, where he worked until 2011, winning four awards for teaching, including a statewide award conferred by the Governor of Virginia. In 2011, Haidt moved to the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. His research applies moral psychology to business ethics.
In 2013, he co-founded Ethical Systems, a non-profit collaboration dedicated to making academic research on ethics widely available to businesses. In 2015, Haidt co-founded Heterodox Academy.
Steven Laub has served in executive management and board positions in public and private semiconductor corporations including as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Atmel Corporation; President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Image, Inc; and President of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation. His expertise extends to private equity as well. Mr. Laub serves on the Advisory Board of IPV Capital and was a technology partner at Golden Gate Capital Corporation. Previously, he served as Vice President and Partner at Bain and Company.
Mr. Laub is also devoted to the education field; he is a board member at Design Tech High School, a Charter School in Redwood Shores, CA and on the Board of Visitors for the UCLA Economics Department. Mr. Laub brings critical expertise in board operations, scaling organizations, and legal.
Mr. Laub earned his BA in Economics from UCLA and his JD from Harvard Law School.
Kathleen O’Connor serves as Vice President within the Legal Department at AQR Capital Management, a global investment management firm. In this role, Kathleen focuses on regulatory and political work, in coordination with the firm’s legal and government and regulatory affairs functions.
Prior to joining AQR, Ms. O’Connor was a Principal with Saoi, Ltd., and over her career has also held a variety of private- and public-sector legal roles.
Ms. O’Connor earned a B.A. in history from Georgetown University, an M.S. from University College London and a J.D. from Fordham University\
Joel Winton is Director, American Values at The Paul E. Singer Foundation. In this capacity he oversees the Foundation’s philanthropy in the areas of domestic public policy, higher education, rule of law, leadership development, and national security. A British national, Joel grew up in London, and attended the University of Cambridge where he graduated with First-class honors in History.
Zachary R. Wood is an Assistant Curator at TED, as well as a former Columnist and Assistant Opinion Editor at The Guardian, and a former Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal. His recent work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Times Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed. Mr. Wood served as the campus president of the student group, Uncomfortable Learning, a student group that drew national attention because of its invitations to campus and engagement with controversial and offensive speakers. In 2017, he gave US Senate testimony opposing the recent string of college speaker disinvitations and in defense of viewpoint diversity.
Mr. Wood earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Flier, MD is a distinguished endocrinologist, researcher, and leader in academic medicine. Dr. Flier served as the 21st Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Harvard University from 2007 to 2016. Dr. Flier is an authority on diabetes and obesity and is the Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and the Higginson Professor of Physiology and Medicine. He has recently written on issues of broad importance to the academy and health professions, including the future of medicine and the health care workforce, and challenges to the ecosystem of biomedical research.
Dr. Flier received a BS from City College New York and an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. As an author of over 300 scholarly papers, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and in 2005 received the Banting Medal, the highest scientific honor granted by the American Diabetes Association.