Ed Montgomery

Ed Montgomery Bio Photo

Topic:
“Stepping Back from the Abyss: Auto Companies and Communities”

Introduction/Moderator:
Rod Erickson/Katie O’Toole

Location:
HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall

This is a Green Event.

Bio: In March 2009, President Obama named Dr. Edward Montgomery Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. In that role, his mission is to cut through red tape and ensure that the full resources of our federal government are leveraged to assist the workers, communities, and regions that rely on our auto industry.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Ed attended college at The Pennsylvania State University and went on to earn his Master’s and Ph.D in Economics at Harvard University. After graduating, he joined the faculty of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, and in 1983 took a leave of absence to work as a visiting scholar on the Board of Governors at the Federal Reserve System. Ed later taught at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland. His research focused on such topics as local economic development, pension and wage determination and the impact of unions.

In 1997, Ed joined the Clinton administration as the Labor Department’s Chief Economist before becoming the Assistant Secretary for Policy.

At the end of the Clinton Administration, Ed rejoined the faculty of the University of Maryland, and in 2003 became the Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland.

Before being appointed to his current role, Ed led President Obama’s transition team at the Department of Labor, and then served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Hilda Solis.

Hal Rosenbluth

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Topic:
“Caring to Compete: An Inside Look at How Companies that Focus on their People First, not their Customers, Provide the Best Service and the Resultant Profits”

Introduction/Moderator:
Rod Erickson/Katie O’Toole

Location:
Penn Stater

Bio: Hal F. Rosenbluth serves as Walgreens Senior Vice President and President of Walgreens Health and Wellness Division. Hal joined the company in 2007 when Walgreens acquired Take Care Health Systems, which he co-founded. Take Care Health Systems is the largest provider of convenient care clinics and worksite health and wellness centers in the country, and is the platform for Walgreens to deliver a unique healthcare offering with a customer-centric approach to health and wellness.

In March 2007, Hal played a pivotal role in the creation of the Take Care Health Employer Solutions, formed through acquisition and strategic alignment of CHD Meridian Healthcare and Whole Health Management, two leading providers of workplace-based healthcare services. Under his leadership, Take Care Health Employer Solutions designs, builds, staffs and manages employer-sponsored health centers, pharmacies and fitness centers to serve the health and wellness needs of a company’s workers.

He is the recipient of the Marco Polo Award by the U.S.-China Foundation for International Exchanges and the Humanitarian Award, presented by the Foundation of Christians and Jews. In 2009, Hal was elected to the Fellowship of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest medical society. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Raymond Rafferty Entrepreneurial Excellence Award which honors those who have founded successful venture-backed companies and greatly influenced a specific industry with pioneering ideas. Hal earned a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the University of Miami in 1974.

James W. McJunkin

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Topic:
“Counterterrorism Overview”

Introduction/Moderator:
Graham Spanier/Patty Satalia

Location:
Penn Stater

Bio: James W. McJunkin has been with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 24 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from The Pennsylvania State University. Mr. McJunkin began his professional career as a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police.  During his career in the FBI, he has served in the San Antonio, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. field offices.

James served as a field agent in both the San Antonio and Atlanta Field Offices; and also held the position of Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in the Atlanta field office.

In 2003, James was promoted to the position of Unit Chief within the International Terrorism Operation Section — I (ITOS I), FBIHQ, Counterterrorism Division. James was awarded the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation in connection with this assignment. In 2004, Director Mueller appointed him to direct a multi-agency task force assembled to address the 2004 Election Threat, for which he was later recognized as a recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.

In 2005, James was selected as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Washington, D.C. office, the FBI’s second largest field office, where he provided leadership and supervision to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF); provided management to all substantive counterterrorism investigation conducted within the National Capital Region; and he supervised a number of significant overseas investigations involving terrorism attacks against U.S. citizens.

In January 2007, he was selected as a member of Senior Executive Service, and after a short stint as the Deputy Director for Law Enforcement at the Central Intelligence Agency, he was appointed as Section Chief of International Terrorism Operations Section I.  In January 2008, Director Mueller designated him as the Deputy Assistant Director for FBI Counterterrorism Operations — Branch I, and in January 2010, he was named as Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division.

Robin Becker

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Topic:
“Work and Days: A Poetry Reading”

Introduction/Moderator:
Graham Spanier/Patty Satalia

Location:
Penn Stater

Bio: Robin Becker’s seven books of poems include Giacometti’s Dog (1990), All-American Girl (Lambda Literary Award winner, 1996), The Horse Fair (2000) and Domain of Perfect Affection (2006) all in the Pitt Poetry Series. The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh printed Venetian Blue, a chapbook of ekphrastic poems. She has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Institute at Harvard University.  Liberal Arts Research Professor of English at Penn State, Becker serves as Contributing and Poetry Editor for the Women’s Review of Books; her column on the contemporary poetry scene, “Field Notes,” appears regularly. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Becker serves as the Penn State Laureate.

Jill Jayne

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Topic:
“Nutrition Education through Entertainment”

Introduction/Moderator:
Rod Erickson/Katie O’Toole

Location:
Penn Stater

Bio:

Jill Jayne, MS, RD, is the country’s only Rockstar Nutritionist.  She is the leading expert in creating and delivering interactive media about health to kids and families.

As President and Creative Director of Note to Health, Jill creates interactive programming that fuses health education with music.

Jill’s knack for rock ‘n roll nutrition is the result of being a registered dietitian mixed with her musical experience as lead singer-songwriter of her rock band Sunset West. Sunset West has toured and recorded extensively in the mainstream music scene.

Jill specializes in professional pizzazz at conferences and events for grown-ups. Part speech, part performance, Jill makes sure her audience gets the facts about nutrition but in a way that they will surely remember. Jill consults with companies and organizations to re-strategize health-focused products and services. She is a short order cook in music production, serving as a top-to-bottom production house for original music and jingles for creative brand delivery.

Jill hails from Pittsburgh and now resides in New York City.

Anthony D. Cortese

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Topic:
“The Critical Role of Higher Education in Creating a Healthy, Just, Secure, and Sustainable Society.”

Introduction/Moderator:
Graham Spanier/Patty Satalia

Location:
HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall

This is a Green Event.

Bio: Anthony D. Cortese, ScD, is co-founder with U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Teresa Heinz, and President of Second Nature, a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop the national capacity to make healthy, just, and sustainable action a foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. He is also co-organizer of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is co-founder and co-coordinator of the Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium and a consultant to higher education, industry and non-profit organizations on institutionalization of sustainability principles and programs.

Anthony was formerly the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He was the first Dean of Environmental Programs at Tufts University and founded the award-winning Tufts Environment Literacy Institute in 1989 that helped integrate environmental and sustainability perspectives in over 175 courses.

He has B.S and M.S. Degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering, a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Allegheny College.

Brian Ross

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Topic:
“Scams, Scandals and Scoundrels”

Introduction/Moderator:
Graham Spanier/Katie O’Toole

Location:
Penn Stater

Bio: Brian Ross is one of the most honored and respected journalists in the country. As ABC News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent, he reports extensively for “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” and “20/20,” as well as for ABC News Radio and “The Blotter” on ABCNEWS.com. Ross joined ABC News in July 1994.

Brian’s investigative reports have exposed corruption at all levels of government, led to changes in domestic laws and prompted reforms abroad. Brian and his team made headlines and won an Edward R. Murrow award for their groundbreaking reports on auto company CEOs who flew in private jets to ask for public money in Washington.

He has also reported extensively on international human rights abuses winning numerous top journalism awards for exposes on the sale of executed prisoners’ kidneys in China, sweatshop labor in Saipan and sexual misconduct by U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

His work has been repeatedly honored with the most prestigious awards in journalism, including six DuPont awards, five Peabody awards, five Polk awards, five awards from the Overseas Press Club, twelve Emmys, three Edward R. Murrow awards and many more.

Prior to joining ABC News, Brian worked for 20 years at NBC News, reporting for the “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC.”

Michael Oriard

Michael Oriard Bio Photo

Topic:
“The Big Game, or Mardi Gras Every Saturday in the Fall”

Introduction/Moderator:
Graham Spanier/Katie O’Toole

Location:
HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall

This is a Green Event.

Bio: As a walk-on at the University of Notre Dame, Michael became offensive captain and a second-team All-American by his senior year. He then played four years with the Kansas City Chiefs and one with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, while pursuing his Ph.D. in British and American Literature at Stanford University. In 1976, he began teaching in the English Department at Oregon State University, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture, and since September 2004, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Michael is the author of seven books; the four most recent ones on football and American Culture.

Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis Bio Photo

Topic:
“A Decidedly Sour View of the Progress of the Millennium Development Goals”

Introduction/Moderator:
Rod Erickson/Patty Satalia

Location:
Penn Stater

Bio: Mr. Stephen Lewis is Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS.

Among several senior UN roles that spanned over two decades, Stephen was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, he was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. From 1984 through 1988, Stephen was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

In addition to his work with AIDS-Free World, he is a Professor in Global Health, Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Stephen is also chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada.

He holds 30 honorary degrees from Canadian universities and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honor for lifetime achievement. In 2007, the Kingdom of Lesotho invested Stephen as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order, named for the founder of Lesotho, is the country’s highest honor.