Brown University School of Professional Studies

Leverage Your Campus, Your Community, Your Network

Executive Summit 2018

Leverage Your Campus, Your Community, Your Network

The Executive Summit convenes alumni, students, faculty, and friends from across all Executive Masters programs. Featured speakers share timely industry insights, cutting edge research, and leadership and professional development strategies. Comprehensively, the Summit provides multiple opportunities for invaluable networking across programs and cohorts.

November 8-10, 2018
Brown University

Watch highlights from last year

The Executive Summit was a fantastic opportunity to continue my professional growth, which was jump-started by the executive master’s program. At the summit I reconnected with old peers, while networking with new and diverse professionals.

 IE Brown EMBA Alumna

Who’s Attending

The Executive Summit is open to Brown University School of Professional Studies’ alumni, students, faculty and friends. Visit our attendee page to see who has registered for this year’s 2018 Summit.

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2018 Program

Thursday, November 8, 2018

5:30 – 8:00PM Registration & Welcome Reception | Dean Karen Sibley & John Luipold EMBA ’13                         

Friday, November 9, 2018

8:00 – 8:45AM Welcome Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00AM Deep Space & Deep Time: A Geological Perspective on the Future | James Head PhD ’59
10:15 – 11:30AM What is Entrepreneurship? | Danny Warshay ’87
11:45 – 12:30PM Speculative Choreographics and Motion Capture | Sydney Skybetter
12:45 – 2:00PM Networking Lunch with Themed Tables hosted by Alumni
2:15 – 3:15PM Smart Customer Management | Ignacio Gafo MBA
3:30 – 4:30PM
Innovation Through a New Perspective | Deb Mills-Scofield ’82
5:00 – 8:00PM Pub & Pitch | Sandra Smith, Brendan McNally & Jason Harry

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Throughout Day
Executive Search Consultations: 1:1 with an executive search professional | Inga Walter EMBA ’12
7:45 – 8:30AM Breakfast | Welcome by Larry Larson
8:30 – 9:30AM Effective Leadership Communication | Barbara Tannenbaum
9:45 – 10:45AM The Reciprocal Impact of Powerful Feedback | Heidi Brooks ’90
11:00 – 12:15PM The Power of Why in Leadership Development | Sarah Bua ’91
12:30 – 2:00PM Networking Lunch & Farewell


Description Cost
Current Executive Masters Students Complimentary*
Alumni and Guests

*Current Students, Faculty and Invited Speakers: Please use registration code “EXECSUMMIT2018” when completing your registration.

If you have registered and will no longer be able to attend the Summit, please notify ExecutiveSummit@brown.edu of your registration cancellation.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

5:30 – 7:00PM Registration & Welcome Reception |  Provost Richard Locke                                
7:15 – 9:30PM Opening Dinner | Dean Karen Sibley

Friday, November 3, 2017

8:00 – 8:45AM Welcome Breakfast & Registration 
9:00 – 10:00AM Dean’s Round Table: Building Innovative Communities & The Future of SPSJohn Luipold, Karen Sibley, Sarah DelmarPeter McNally
10:15 – 11:30AM Bottom-Up Research: The Most Critical Skill In The Entrepreneurial Process | Danny Warshay ’87
11:45 – 1:15PM Lunch & Keynote: Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in Machine Learning: An OverviewMichael Littman PhD ’96
1:30 – 2:30PM Understanding the Business Imperative for Diversity & Inclusion | Liza Cariaga-LoIvon Rodriguez ’00, EMBA ’16Tiffani Scott ’98
2:45 – 3:45PM EMCS Feature Discussion: Beyond SnowdenTimothy Edgar
2:45 – 3:45PM EMBA Feature Discussion: Trump’s Impact on the Global EconomyMark Blyth
4:00 – 5:00PM EMHL Feature Discussion: The Future of Healthcare ReformPeter Hollmann ’76, MD ’79
4:00 – 5:00PM EMSTL Feature Discussion: The Next Technology Tsunami: The Internet of Things and the Future of Connectivity | Larry Larson
5:00 – 6:00PM Break & Refresh
6:00 – 9:00PM Pub & Pitch: Test your newest elevator pitch, project, or professional venture on your fellow summit attendees over dinner & drinks | Sandra Smith

Saturday, November 4, 2017

7:45 – 9:30AM Breakfast                                                                                            
8:00 – 8:45AM Career Management Session 1: A Head Hunter’s Perspective | Inga Walter EMBA ’12
8:45 – 9:30AM Career Management Session 2: A Head Hunter’s Perspective | Inga Walter EMBA ’12
9:45 – 10:45AM Navigating Difficult Conversations: How to Address What Matters MostDouglas Stone ’80
11:00 – 12:00PM Practicing Mindful Leadership Throughout Your CareerSarah Bua ’91
12:15 – 1:30PM Networking Lunch
1:45 – 2:45PM Using Board Engagement & Philanthropy to Pivot Your CareerBrickson Diamond ’93
3:00 – 4:00PM Alumni Stories & Closing Reception | Jay Flanagan EMHL ’15, Meryl Moss EMHL ’15, Ivon Rodriguez ’00, EMBA ’16 & Dean Karen Sibley



Eastman Professor of Political Economy, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Professor of Political Science, Brown University

Heidi Brooks

Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management


Executive Coach and Career Advisor


Senior Advisor to the Provost at Brown University


Global Head of Expansion, Cambridge Innovation Center


Executive Vice President, Chief Operation Officer, Executive Leadership Council


Academic Director, Global Cyber Challenges: Law, Policy and Governance, Executive Master in Cybersecurity,
Senior Fellow, International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs,
Brown University


Director of Quality Improvement and Clinical Transformation, Southern New England Practice Transformation Network

Ignacio Gafo

Vice-Dean for Global and Executive MBA Programs
Professor of Marketing, IE Business School

Jason Harry

Director, Breakthrough Labs
Brown University

James Head

The Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Brown University


Executive Academic Director, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership, Brown University


Sorensen Family Dean of Engineering, Brown University


Professor of Computer Science, Brown University


Brown University


Vice President, Real Estate & Strategic Initiatives
Brown University

 Brendan McNally

Interim Director of Brown University’s Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO)

Deborah Mills-Scofield

Leadership Transformation Consultant


Chief Operating Officer of Coastal Medical


Executive Director of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission


Southern US and Caribbean Managing Director, IE University


Global Inclusion & Diversity Leader, Becton Dickinson


Dean of the School of Professional Studies
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Brown University


Choreographer and Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Brown University


Innovation and Corporate Engagement Officer, School of Professional Studies
Brown University

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Our conference hotel is the Omni Providence which is offering discounted rates for Summit attendees for reservations made before 5pm ET on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Other locations to consider include— Providence Biltmore, Hotel Providence, or Hampton Inn.

Complimentary parking will be available throughout the Summit in the lot adjacent to the School of Professional Studies at 200 Dyer Street, Providence, RI. Parking validation is required and can be done inside the building.

Additional Information

Suggested attire for the Summit is business-casual. Please contact ExecutiveSummit@brown.edu with any questions.

Join the Conversation

Follow the School of Professional Studies on Twitter and Facebook to stay engaged in program conversations, news, and happenings. We want to hear your thoughts on industry challenges and successes, join us in creating a space for exciting dialogue.

Use the hashtag #BrownExecSummit to discuss conference thoughts and insights.


Please email questions and feedback to ExecutiveSummit@brown.edu

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