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Introducing the Inspirational Speakers 2018!

We are honored to share our ten Inspirational Speakers who will join us to add color and depth to our upcoming Summit and Seminar!

In less than two weeks, our Fellows 2018 and Professional Development Educators 2018 will join us in Cambridge, MA for the 5th Annual Global Citizens Youth Summit and the inaugural Professional Development Seminar. Each day will feature an inspirational speaker to complement the day’s discussions and activities and serve to motivate, encourage, provide reflection, compel action, and stimulate creative ideas. Topics covered will include social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, leading innovation, communicating through storytelling, and the importance of finding your passion. In addition, Fellows will hear from an Ambassador on his own personal journey as a global citizen and both Educators and Fellows alike will learn about design thinking methodologies.

Mr. Kevin Zhen


Yale University

Kevin is a GCI Ambassador 2015 from Miami, FL. He attended Exeter (‘16) and lived in Cilley Hall, where he met and quickly became friends with Hiro, Yumi’s son. Not long after this friendship began, Kevin met Yumi herself, who encouraged him to apply for the second Global Citizens Youth Summit. Kevin’s Glocal Service Project was the “We All Bleed Red Project,” an arts showcase where students were challenged to answer the question: “What is it like to be __ at Exeter?” Students from all grades submitted artwork ranging from photographs to personal essays to spoken word poems. The project culminated in a gallery opening in the winter of 2015, where the exhibit was put on display for over two months. Currently, Kevin lives in Ezra Stiles College and studies Global Affairs at Yale. Outside of class, he is the Director General of Administration for the Yale Model United Nations Taiwan team and President of the Yale Breakdance Club. He is passionate about business, particularly social enterprise, and loves to travel and learn languages. His other hobbies include anime, poker, and reading fiction novels.

Mr. Eugene Korsunskiy

Lecturer in Design Thinking

Dartmouth College

Eugene Korsunskiy teaches design thinking at Dartmouth College. Prior to arriving at Dartmouth, he has taught at Stanford University and co-founded SparkTruck, a delivery van turned into a classroom-on-wheels, which he drove around the USA with shop tools and art supplies, helping elementary and middle school kids become innovative problem-solvers and develop their creative confidence. Eugene has received a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award and has been a speaker at several TEDx events and the Aspen Ideas Festival. He holds an MFA in Design from Stanford University and a BA in Art & Art History from Williams College.

Dr. Seung Kim

Director of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center

Stanford University

Dr. Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to America. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College, then received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained in medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston and in oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He and his wife Dr. Nancy Plauth have four children. Dr. Kim has been a faculty member at Stanford since 1998, and is a professor in the Departments of Developmental Biology and Medicine. He co-directed or directed the Stanford MD/PhD program from 2001 to 2013. He also teaches science at Commack High School in New York and at Exeter. Dr. Kim’s laboratory at Stanford has discovered new approaches to create and regenerate pancreatic islets, and to detect pancreatic cancer. They envision that this work will be useful for generating novel therapies for diabetes and cancer. In addition to other honors, Dr. Kim was chosen to be a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2008, and received the Ho-Am Prize in Medicine in 2013. He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Excellence in Mentoring and Service Award from the Stanford Biosciences Program.

Mr. Jack Meyer

Chief Executive Officer, President, and Senior Managing Partner 

Convexity Capital

Mr. Meyer is particularly admired for his investment acumen. He co-founded Convexity Capital in 2005, a hedge fund specializing in fixed income and alternative market investments, after his success at the Harvard Management Company, Inc. As President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer at the Harvard Management Company, Inc., he “took over the school’s $4.7 billion endowment in 1991 and turned it into a $22.6 billion behemoth” (Forbes, 2005). In addition to his successful career in finance, Meyer serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Ballet.  He is known for being a philanthropic leader in the Boston community and also on a global basis. He has been a fierce GCI supporter since the beginning, hosting a gathering for Scholars in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Dr. Erin Cohn

Senior Partner


Erin Cohn is a senior partner with Leadership+Design. Before joining L+D, Erin worked for six years at Vermont Academy, serving in a range of leadership positions including History Department Chair, Creator and Coordinator of the Writing and Speaking Across the Curriculum Program, and most recently, Dean of Faculty. Erin’s work has primarily focused on developing thoughtful, healthy and intentional faculty cultures of professional growth, and helping schools to clarify and articulate core values that strengthen curriculum, pedagogy and the execution of a well-rounded educational program. She has presented at a range of academic and professional conferences, both in the independent school world and the world of academic historians. Before joining the faculty at Vermont Academy, Erin completed her Ph.D. in 20th century US History at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. from Smith College.

Mr. Chuck Goldstone

CEO and Chief Catalytic Officer

Chuck Goldstone | Strategies and Stories

Chuck Goldstone is a renowned authority on communications and story and has helped organizations across the globe tell better stories and tell their stories better. He has brought together the art and science of influence, the impact of story, and the power of visuals and our our own presence to move audiences to decision. He is founder, CEO, and Chief Story Catalyst of Chuck Goldstone | Strategies and Stories. As communications