Ken Harbaugh has spent a lifetime in service to his country. He grew up in a military family, the son and grandson of Air Force combat pilots. When it was his turn, Ken joined the Navy, and led reconnaissance missions in the Middle East and off of North Korea. While serving, he was a member of the working group within the military that recommended the end of the discriminatory policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" which barred openly LGBT people from serving in the military.
Throughout that ordeal, Ken stayed true to the ideals of duty and honor. He became a leading advocate for military veterans, most recently serving as President of Team Rubicon Global, an aid organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy to natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world.
We're excited to welcome Ken to campus, and look forward hearing him share his story with us all!
FROM PRISON TO ENTREPRENEUR
Jason Wang is the Executive Relations Manager for Defy Ventures, a non-profit organization that takes previously incarcerated persons and pairs them with successful entrepreneurs and executives. Despite the success he’s achieved in present day, Jason did not have an easy start. He was incarcerated at the age of 15 and earned a 12 year sentence due to his life of hustling, gambling and gang affiliation. Since being released from prison, he’s completely transformed his life. He has founded two startups, graduated from UT Dallas with a double masters (MBA, International Business), and raised over a quarter million dollars in private funding for non-profits.
TRANS ALLYSHIP IN A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
LaLa is a member Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) East Coast Leadership Team anchoring their Healing and Restorative Justice Institute. LaLa is also Lead Organizer at the New York City Anti- Violence Project, LaLa is the face and leads AVP’s public community organizing work, doing advocacy, outreach and networking on behalf of LGBTQ New Yorkers who have experienced violence. LaLa also plays a key role in AVP’s Rapid Incident Response team, which responds whenever incidents of hate violence, sexual violence or intimate partner violence impacting LGBTQ and HIV-affected New Yorkers become public and national responses to hate violence. LaLa is a gifted public speaker and speechwriter who speaks out on issues related to anti-LGBTQ violence, and especially the disproportionate violence that Trans and gender non- conforming people of color face. LaLa was a member of the National Coalition of Anti violence Program (NCAVP) Movement Building Committee.
In addition LaLa spoke at the White House for the first Women’s history month briefing to include transwoman and the last Trans women of color briefing under the Obama administration, testified at the first historic Congressional Forum on violence against transgender people. LaLa continues her part to culture shift as a co-chair of the Policy and working group committee for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), Program committee chair for a series of city wide based Trans forums across the city with City Council and the LGBT Caucus and made 2015 Trans 100 list for LaLa’s work with making the lives of Tran Woman of Color better. Recently creating a trans employment discrimination survey in New York city to collect data on trans people's experiences in employment and job access to create a campaign to inform policy and informing demands to help TGNC New Yorkers with equal access to economic justice.
LANGONE REAL MEAL:
BUILDING ALLIES OUT OF DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
Steven Blader, MODERATOR
Professor Blader is a professor and current deputy chair or the Management & Organizations Dept at NYU Stern, teaching courses in Conflict, Collaboration & Negotiation as well as Management & Organizational Analysis among others. A natural fit for Ally Week topics, his research identifies the organizational conditions that motivate employee performance by addressing employees' social and relational concerns in the workplace. His work focuses on understanding how employees assess their social and relational standing in their work organizations, and the influence of those judgments on their behavior at work. Professor Blader also serves as the faculty adviser for OutClass, NYU Stern's graduate student organization for LGBT professionals. Professor Blader has published his research in many of the leading organizational and psychology journals, including Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin. In addition, Professor Blader has published two books, Identity and the Modern Organization (with C. Bartel & A. Wrzesniewski) and Cooperation in Groups (with Tom Tyler).
Dolly Chugh, Moderator
Dolly Chugh is an award-winning professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. Dolly's research focuses on "the psychology of good people", including topics like unconscious bias, and is often quoted in the media. Dolly teaches courses in leadership, management, and negotiations to undergraduate and MBA students at Stern, as well as to incarcerated students through the NYU Prison Education Program. She attended Cornell University for her undergraduate degree and Harvard University for her MBA and PhD degrees. Her first book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias (HarperCollins), comes out on September 4, 2018.
Parag Mehta is Vice President for Strategic Engagement at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. In that capacity, he is responsible for building and organizing a global community of leaders on the front lines of inclusive growth. He develops and directs an overarching engagement strategy and oversees activation plans in support of programs, partnerships, research and thought leadership initiatives. Prior to joining Mastercard, Parag served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy.
Joe LaMuraglia is the Regional Product Communications Manager for General Motors (GM) based in NYC. In his role, Joe is responsible for media and influencer relations for the eastern half of the U.S. for three of GM’s four brands – Chevrolet, GMC and Buick. He joined General Motors in 2010 and has held various positions in the Communications department. Prior to joining the company, he founded and ran the website Gaywheels.com. He has leveraged his five years of managing that business into developing a strategic and thoughtful approach to LGBT engagement for GM. Joe has a B.A. in Public Relations from N.C. State University and a M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Julia is a Director in PwC‘s Financial Services People & Organization practice, based in New York. She has more than a decade of experience helping clients address complexorganization transformation challenges, driven by disruption from digitization,regulation, business model changes and cost pressures.Her experience includes: conducting organization assessments,defining talent strategies,operating model design, talent process design, change management, culture change, and program/project management.
Notably, in the U.S., Julia leads PwC’s ‘workforce capability’ service offering, which encompasses talent processes ranging from workforce planning to recruiting, talent management, performance management, learning and diversity & inclusion.
Julia has an MBAfrom New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she specialized in Corporate Finance and Strategy. She has a BA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she double majored in journalism and international studies. Prior to joining PwC, she workedin public relations advising clients on their corporate, product and crisis communications strategies.
THE MOTH - ART AND CRAFT OF STORYTELLING
Micaela Blei is a storyteller, doctoral candidate, former elementary school teacher, and Director of Community and Education Programs for The Moth. Micaela launched The Moth High School StorySLAM Program with Catherine McCarthy. She has facilitated storytelling workshops in schools across New York City, as well as giving keynotes and PD workshops at Lincoln Center Institute, Reading and Writing Project, SXSWedu, School of Visual Arts, and others.
As a storyteller, Micaela is a two-time Moth GrandSLAM champion. Her solo storytelling show, "The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher," was a sold-out FringeFAVE at the 2016 NYC Fringe. Micaela is also a doctoral candidate in Educational Theatre at NYU with a focus on personal narrative performance and teacher identity in the classroom.
Catherine McCarthy is a director on the Moth Mainstage, a former producer of Moth StorySLAM and Mainstage events, and Education Program Manager for The Moth. Catherine co-founded and designed The Moth High School StorySLAM Program with Micaela Blei and directs The Moth Education Program's GrandSLAMs and other public performances. She is the co-editor of the upcoming Teacher Guide for "The Moth: All These Wonders."
A former classroom teacher and teaching artist, she has worked with organizations such as Princeton in Asia, Children’s Aid Society, and the 52nd Street Project. At The Moth, she has facilitated storytelling workshops for the US State Department, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, DreamYard Project, and more. You can hear Catherine's stories on The Moth Radio Hour. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Fordham University.
Hanna Campbell has been working in the K-16 space for the past ten years. In that time, she’s co-founded two middle schools, she’s designed a training program for future school leaders and she’s worked on teacher preparation and school design initiatives for the City University of New York and the State University of New York. In addition to her BA in English from Amherst College, Hanna holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from The New School.
In January 2016, Hanna took a Moth Corporate workshop. Excited and inspired, she applied to be a teaching artist with the EDU team, and has been instructing ever since. Hanna’s work at The Moth spans high school, college and teacher programs; she currently facilitates in the Community Program as well as coordinating the CUNY and All-City programs.