Panel 1: Gender, Race & Religion In Negotiations

An exploration of how to navigate the subtleties of identity bias in negotiations using certain leadership, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and how to become equipped to manage the subtle barriers involved in negotiating one’s way through the myriad of pitfalls or traps, without compromising one’s integrity.

Hon. Reta Jo Lewis, the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of State is responsible for serving the global needs of U.S. intergovernmental officials and the entities they represent. Ms. Lewis works to build and enhance relationships between state and local officials in the U.S. and their foreign counterparts around the world. She also promotes effective local governance and local capacity building efforts and serves as a point of entry for the global needs and goals of U.S. state and local officials. Special Representative Lewis collaborates with other Department bureaus…[more]

Hon. Hope Macdonald Lonetree, is a graduate of the Harvard Extension School. She is currently serving her second elected term as Councilwoman for the Navajo Nation (2003-2011). As Co-chair of the Western Navajo Women’s Coalition, she organized concerned Navajo families over the early release of criminal offenders and led a group that helped to bring temporary jail facilities to keep dangerous offenders in lock-up. She initiated and moderated a regular televised forum where teens expressed themselves to speak candidly on community, crime, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and education…[more]

Dr. Preston N. Williams, who retired in June 2002, became the Houghton Professor in 1971 and is now the Houghton Research Professor of Theology and Contemporary Change at Harvard Divinity School. He has taught previously at four historically black colleges: Johnson C. Smith University, Knoxville College, North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University), and Lincoln University. He has served as associate chaplain at Pennsylvania State University and Protestant chaplain at Brandeis University. Prior to coming to Harvard Divinity School, he was the Martin Luther King,…[more]

Patricia H. Deyton is the Director of the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO), the internationally recognized research arm of the Simmons School of Management in Boston. The work of CGO focuses on the dual agenda of gender equity and improving business practices in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. CGO is also a thought leader in the area of diversity in organizations. At Simmons, Ms. Deyton is also a Senior Lecturer in both the MBA and Undergraduate Programs, teaching courses in Gender and Leadership, Managing Diversity, Change and Negotiations, Organizational…[more]

Bishop Harry Jackson. As founder and Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition (HILC), Bishop Jackson has declared that the Church and its leaders must lead the way to protect America’s moral compass and heal our nation. Through this, HILC has become an agent of healing to our nation by educating and empowering churches, communities and political leaders to make grassroots influence in their communities, states and our nation. His radio commentary, “The Truth in Black and White,” can be heard daily on 400+ stations nationally. Jackson is a leading researcher on the black church. High Impact…[more]

Panel 2: High Stakes Negotiations

An exploration of the ways in which bias might play a role in high pressure/high stakes negotiations and how to overcome these potential biases in judgment and decision-making under these conditions.

Chris Voss, who was the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator, founded the Black Swan Group, a strategic business advisory firm that focuses on negotiation (applying the lessons of hostage negotiation to the business world). He is a retired 24 year veteran of the FBI who has negotiated hostage cases ranging from Latin America to the Middle East. Chris was the FBI hostage negotiation subject matter expert for the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group and the US hostage negotiation subject matter expert representative to the G-8. Among the US sieges that Chris was involved in as a…[more]

Hon. Edmund Bartletthas been an active Member of Parliament for more than 22 years. During that time he has also served as Opposition Spokesman for Tourism, earning the respect of Industry players in both the private and public sectors for his active participation in and thorough knowledge of the sector as well as for sound judgment and fair play in all commentary on its development. Minister Bartlett comes to his new appointment with a track record of service as a legislator in central government in both chambers of the House, in the Upper House as a Senator, and in the Lower House as a Member of Parliament…[more]

Scott A. Solombrino is president and chief executive officer of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network, the largest privately-held chauffeured transportation company in the U.S. In January 2000, Mr. Solombrino was named one of the 25 most influential executives in business travel, leading the industry into the new millennium, by Business Travel News, a top trade publication. Mr. Solombrino is also the current president of the National Limousine Association (NLA). He was one of the six original founders of the NLA in 1985, with a membership of over 1,500 chauffeured transportation companies in…[more]

Ms. Hlengiwe Mkhize is the deputy minister of correctional services for South Africa, and was formerly South Africa’s new Ambassador to the Netherlands beginning in August 2005. Ms. Mkhize studied at the University of Zululand and the University of Natal, where she obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in 1981. From 1983 to 1993, Ms. Mkhize was employed by the University of Zululand and also later contracted by the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) as a senior lecturer. She used her profession and academic background to intensify campaigns against apartheid, racism and state orchestrated…[more]

Joe DiLorenzo is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Plymouth Rock Studios, LLC as well as President of Rock Entertainment, LLC, an affiliated media content and technology entity.  Plymouth Rock Studios is a proposed Film and Television Production Campus that is seeking a commitment for development in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth Rock Studios will be the first earth-friendly, all-smart studio campus in the U.S., and when completed will be the largest, most modern user-friendly studio complex in the world. It is anticipated that Plymouth Rock Studios will be the catalyst for…[more]

Panel 3: Emerging Leaders | Young (Millionaire) Negotiators

An exploration of the overall negotiation lessons from a young successful entrepreneur’s or business leader’s perspective as well how to overcome any bias that might arise because of age during negotiations.

Kwame Jackson is a polished, confident and credentialed businessman, with prestigious Wall Street experience. Additionally Mr. Jackson gained unparalled insight into business directly from Donald Trump every week and in front of 22 million people, on the hit television show “The Apprentice.” A New York City based real estate entrepreneur, professional speaker and media personality, Kwame holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard…[more]

Gurbaksh Chahal was born in the town of Tarn Taran, near Amritsar in Punjab, India. In 1985, his parents received a visa for America through a lottery-based system in India, and the following year, when he was four, the family settled in San Jose, California. His parents had arrived with only $25 to their name, and they struggled at menial jobs to make a future for their four children. For the Chahal family, as for many immigrants, education was paramount, but Mr. Chahal left high school at sixteen to form Click Agents, an Internet advertising company, which he sold two years later for $40 million. In January 2004…[more]

Steve Marcus Steve is a successful entrepreneur and investor with over 15 years experience founding and managing technology companies. Prior to joining New Atlantic Ventures in 2008, Steve founded five companies in the wireless, internet, and information technology sectors. He has also been an active angel investor, advisor, and board member in nearly a dozen ventures including SaaSure, Trefis, Spectrum Bridge, and Steve currently serves on the Board of Secure Command, a NAV portfolio company. In his entrepreneurial career Steve was the founder & CEO of Marcus Spectrum Holdings…[more]

Tina Wells, Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group earned her B.A. in Communication Arts graduating with honors from Hood College in 2002. Currently a Wharton School of Business student for marketing management, Tina continues to create innovative marketing strategies for numerous clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. Tina has worked with clients including: Swarovski, SonyBMG, PBS, P+G, Sesame Workshop, and Time Inc. Tina’s long list of honors include Essence’s 40 Under 40 Award, Billboard’s 30 Under 30 Award, and Inc’s 30 Under 30…[more]