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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 strategist, author, concept catalyst, coach, and consultant, he has worked for decades with some of the planet’s most prestigious domestic and global firms and he has helped organizations in nearly every discipline craft their strategies and communicate their ideas to others. He has taught at some of New England’s most respected colleges and universities and holds an M.Ed from Boston University. His model has been adopted by clients on every continent. His goal to is to help you tell better stories, and tell our stories better.

Professor Joshua Margolis

Professor of Business Administration and Faculty Chair of the Christensen Center

Harvard Business School

Professor Margolis joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 2000 after 3 years as faculty and Fellow in the Society of Scholars at the University of Michigan. His research and teaching revolve around leadership and ethics, focusing on leadership in complex situations that involve tradeoffs. Margolis is currently researching how companies and individuals defy countervailing forces to make a significant impact, and how professionals in a variety of settings navigate moral adversity and address ethical challenges with a combination of ingenuity and integrity.

Ms. Barbara O'Brien

Instructor in Music

Phillips Exeter Academy

Ms. O’Brien has been a member of the music faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH since 1989, as piano instructor, vocal coach, choral and instrumental accompanist, and chamber musician. She also maintains a private teaching studio in her Northport home. O’Brien has served many spiritual congregations throughout the years, as organist, pianist, choir director, cantor, harpist, choir member and vocal soloist. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of New Hampshire. In 2009 she completed a certificate of Contemplative Musicianship and in 2014, became Maine’s first, and to date, only, certified Music-Thanatologist. In addition to classical and contemplative music, O’Brien loves Buddhist chanting meditation, playing ice hockey, watching ice hockey, hiking, reading, cooking, her husband Frank, their son Joseph, their animals, mid-coast Maine, New York City, country music, rap, techno, running on a treadmill, writing letters and the color red. 

Ms. Lynn Barendsen

Executive Director

The Family Dinner Project

Lynn has been working on the GoodWork Project since 1997, and current research also includes a study on Quality and Good Collaboration. Lynn has written articles about young social and business entrepreneurs and young professionals in theater and business, and authored several chapters on GoodWork related research, including, with Howard Gardner, a chapter on the Young Worker in a Global Age in the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work (Oxford University Press, 2009). With Wendy Fischman, she co-developed the GoodWork Toolkit, designed to help develop a common language that school communities and other institutions can use to define their work and identify their goals. Lynn has published articles on African American and regionalist literatures, and taught courses in literature and film, English and American literature, and expository writing.

Dr. Linda Hill

Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration

Harvard Business School

Hill is the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative and has chaired numerous Executive Education programs at Harvard Business School, including the Young Presidents’ Organization Presidents’ Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program. She was course-head during the development of the new Leadership and Organizational Behavior MBA required course. She is also the author of “Becoming a Manager”, “Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader”, and “Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation”. Business Insider named Collective Genius one of “The 20 Best Business Books” in the summer of 2014. In 2016, Professor Hill co-founded Paradox Strategies to advise firms on how to strike a balance between unleashing and harnessing their collective genius, based on her research on leadership in innovation.


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