Deans Conference

Meet in-person for the first time since 2020 at this interactive, workshop-style conference in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
February 8​ – 10​, 2023
San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Deans Conference
Societal Impact Seminar (San Antonio)

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I: Redefining Leadership

Jean_OelwangJean Oelwang, CEO and President, Virgin Unite

Jean is the founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite. Over the last 17 years, she has worked with partners to lead the incubation and start-up of several global initiatives, including: The Elders, The B Team, The Carbon War Room (successfully merged with the RMI), The Africa Donor Collective, Ocean Unite (now ORRAA), The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, and 100% Human at Work. Jean also served as a Partner in the Virgin Group leading their people strategy. Jean spent seventeen years living and working on six continents to start and help lead mobile phone companies in South Africa, Colombia, Bulgaria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and the US. She was the joint CEO of Virgin Mobile in Australia prior to starting Virgin Unite. Jean holds several advisory board roles, including The Elders, Vintro, Vatican Humanity 2.0, and the Sara Blakely Foundation. She is on the boards of RMI, The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, AID Live, Unite BVI Foundation, The B Team, Penn State Board of Visitors, and Just Capital. She is also honoured to be a B Team leader. She is the author of Partnering and co-founded Plus Wonder to spark more meaningful deep connections and collaborations in the world.

Halla_TómasdóttirHalla Tómasdóttir, CEO and Chief Change Catalyst, The B Team

Halla Tómasdóttir is the CEO of The B Team, a global collective of business and civil society leaders catalyzing a better way of doing business for people and planet. Halla started her leadership career in corporate America working for Mars and Pepsi Cola. She was on the founding team of Reykjavík University where she established the Executive Education Department, founded and led a successful women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment initiative and was an assistant professor at the Business School. She was the first female CEO of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and later went on to co-found an investment firm with the vision to incorporate feminine values and ESG into finance. The company successfully survived the infamous economic meltdown in Iceland. In 2016 Halla was an independent candidate for the presidency of Iceland. She entered a crowded field of candidates and finished as the runner-up with nearly 30% of the vote.

Keynote II: The College Devaluation Crisis

Jason_WingardJason Wingard, President, Temple University

Dr. Jason Wingard is a globally renowned thought leader in the areas of leadership development, professional learning, and the future of work.  He currently serves as President of Temple University and joint-appointed Professor of Management and Professor of Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies. Dr. Wingard's career and research span academia and business. He previously served as Dean of the School of Professional Studies and Professor of Human Capital Management at Columbia University. He also served as Chief Learning Officer of Goldman Sachs and Vice Dean of the Wharton School, and held cross-functional executive roles at Stanford University, the Aspen Institute, and the Vanguard Group.