Lorenzo Simonelli is President & CEO of GE Oil & Gas, an advanced technology equipment and services company that serves all segments of the oil and gas industry from extraction to transportation to end use. The business employs 40,000 people around the world.
Before joining GE Oil & Gas, Lorenzo was President and CEO of GE Transportation, a global transportation leader in the rail, mining, marine and energy storage industries.
During his five-year tenure, he expanded and diversified GE Transportation by focusing on advanced technology manufacturing, intelligent control systems, and a diverse approach to new propulsion solutions to solve the world’s toughest transportation challenges.
Lorenzo has also served as CFO Americas for GE Consumer & Industrial, as well as General Manager, Product Management for GE Appliances, Lighting, Electrical Distribution and Motors. He joined GE’s Financial Management Program in 1994, where he worked on assignments in GE International, GE Shared Services, GE Oil & Gas and Consolidated Financial Insurance.
Originally from Florence, Italy, Lorenzo is is a Business & Economics Graduate from Cardiff University in South Wales.
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
Mahzarin Banaji taught at Yale for 15 years where she was Ruben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology. Since 2002 she has been Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard while also serving as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and currently as Chair of the Department of Psychology. She is also currently Harvard College Professor in recognition for excellence in teaching and advising.
Banaji is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Herbert Simon Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the British Academy. She has received several awards, among them Yale’s Hixon Prize for teaching excellence, a Guggenheim fellowship, a citation from the President of the American Psychological Association, the Diener Prize for outstanding contributions to social psychology and named William James Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for significant lifetime contributions to the basic science of psychology, an organization of which she also served as president. In 2014 Banaji received Barnard College’s highest honor, the Medal of Distinction and an honorary degree from Smith College. In 2016 she will receive honorary degrees from Colgate University and the University of Helsinki.
Professor Banaji studies unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social group contexts, especially implicit decisions about people’s worth, goodness, and competence. She is the author of the book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People with Anthony Greenwald, published by Random House. Mahzarin Banaji was born and raised in India, received her PhD From Ohio State University and did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington.
Disruptive Thinking: Fostering a Culture of Game-changing Leadership
At some time, someone somewhere is going to disrupt your entire industry. Shouldn’t it be you? Luke Williams is a globally recognized authority on innovation strategy and leadership. He holds a faculty appointment at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he is Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Founder of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab. As Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing at NYU, he teaches one of the most popular electives for business students in both New York and Shanghai. Williams is the inventor of 30+ U.S. patents and has designed more than 100 products in industries ranging from transportation to finance, and healthcare to consumer electronics. He is a fellow at frog design, one of the world’s most influential product strategy and design firms. His instruction on innovation has been sought by many of the world’s largest corporations and most agile startups.
Williams has addressed the UN General Assembly on the future of entrepreneurship; facilitated innovation workshops for the World Economic Forum; lectured in 21 countries, and has been featured in media ranging from Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Fast Company to The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. He is the author of the international bestseller, Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business.
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