Plenary I: Leadership - Transforming Business Students into Business Leaders
Brandi M. Baldwin, PhD, Management Communications Lecturer, Wharton College of Business, University of Pennsylvania & CEO, Millennial Ventures Holding
Dr. Brandi is the CEO at Millennial Ventures Holdings, the parent company to a growing portfolio of women and minority-owned businesses. Prior to her role at Millennial Ventures, she spent over 6 years as a Business and Psychology professor at institutions such as Temple University, Harcum College, and Johns Hopkins. In 2018, she was invited to join the teaching team at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, where she currently teaches Management Communication. After publishing her first book on corporate leadership, Dr. Brandi has become a thought-leader who is tapped by organizations like Discover, Comcast, and the Federal Government to share her unconventional insights on engaging the millennial workforce, leadership, and diversity. Dr. Brandi was also the 2017 commencement speaker at Brightwood College where she shared her perspective on how to achieve "career freedom", a concept that she teaches professionals around the globe. She was appointed to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's Millennial Advisory Commission in 2017 and was recently named one of Philadelphia's Most Influential African American's by the Philadelphia Tribune. In 2018, her company Millennial Ventures received the Small Business of the Year Award and the Philadelphia Business Journal awarded her as one of Philadelphia's 40 Under 40. Although her formal accomplishments are noteworthy, Dr. Brandi says that her family keeps her grounded, and that her Christian faith keeps her humble. She believes that she was "put on this earth to impact, not to impress.
Plenary II: The Future of the Workforce is the Future of Business - Getting a Grasp on the Elusive Future of Work
Rod Adams, Talent Acquisition Leader, PwC
Based in Chicago Rod is a Senior Human Capital Executive who is passionate about helping people launch and build their careers. As the US & Mexico Talent Acquisition Leader at PwC, he is a member of the People Leadership Team and responsible for leading the campus, experienced and catalyst recruitment team across Advisory, Assurance, Tax and Internal Firm Services as well as recruitment related operations, systems and strategies. Reporting to the firm’s US Chief People Officer he works closely with US firm leadership, faculty relationship partners, market leaders and recruitment teams to design and execute its recruitment strategy; and he actively collaborates and supports the firm's Global Talent Network and strategy. He drives innovation to build sustainable competitive advantage in attracting top talent via programs, social and digital media and brand-setting activities that are designed to build long lasting relationships with key talent.