Public Symposia

Reinventing Education for the Global Market

Jul 19, 2013

Global and technological changes have demanded a fundamental shift in how human capital is developed. To develop the workforce-of-tomorrow, new models of education must be created to enhance critical and creative thinking skills. In the Reinventing Education for the Global Market symposium, panelists explored the latest thinking in education models and explore how, when, and where we teach all individuals. The conversation draws upon the peer-to-peer discussions and findings from the morning’s clínicas.


Patricia Janiot, Senior Anchor - CNN en Español

Patricia Janiot is a Senior Anchor for CNN en Español and CNN Latino.  Janiot joined CNN in 1992 and anchors Panorama Mundial and Nuestro Mundo. She has traveled to Latin America to report live on key world events: historic presidential elections, summits and presidential tours, regional crisis and papal tours. She has also reported live from the site of such important events as the terrorist attacks of New York and London; the death and funeral of John Paul II from the Vatican; from Kuwait in the wake of the U.S. war in Iraq; the U.S. invasion in Iraq from Kuwait; the presidential elections in Israel; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Gaza Strip, as well as several political conventions and presidential elections in the U.S. She has interviewed most Latin American heads of state like Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, General Augusto Pinochet, Rafael Correa, Juan Manuel Santos and Ollanta Humala, among others, as well as former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Janiot has received numerous journalism accolades: a Golden Mike Award in 1990 for best newscast by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, an Emmy Award nomination, and Colombia’s Simon Bolivar award for investigative journalism. Janiot was also named to the Hispanic Media 100 in 2001, an annual recognition of 100 of the most influential Spanish language journalists and news media executives in the U.S.

She serves as the President of the non-profit organization “Colombianitos”, and serves as the General Director for “Innovadores de America”, the first regional award to highlight the best initiatives in the science and technology category, business and industry, the environment, and the community development and design.


Secretary Arne Duncan - US Department of Education

Arne Duncan was named U.S. secretary of education by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009.  Prior to his appointment, Duncan served as the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country. Before joining the Chicago Public Schools, Duncan ran the Ariel Education Initiative (1992–1998), a nonprofit focused on advancing educational opportunities in economically disadvantaged areas.

He has served on the boards of the Ariel Education Initiative, Chicago Cares, the Children’s Center, the Golden Apple Foundation, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Junior Achievement, the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, Renaissance Schools Fund, Scholarship Chicago and the South Side YMCA. He has also served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard College, the Visiting Committees for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.

From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, where he worked with children who were wards of the state. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987. He is married to Karen Duncan and has two children, Claire, 7, and Ryan, 5.

Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO - Netflix

Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix as a DVD rental-by-mail company in 1997 and had since led its transformation to become the world’s leading streaming subscription service for watching movies and television programs.

Previously, Reed founded Pure Software, which made tools for Unix software developers. He guided Pure into becoming one of the world’s 50 largest software companies before selling it to Rational Software in 1997.

In addition to being CEO of Netflix, Reed is a member of the board of directors of Facebook, as well as several educational non-profits.

Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served as President of the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004.

Reed received a BA from Bowdoin College in 1983 and an MSCS in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University in 1988. Between Bowdoin and Stanford, Reed served in the Peace Corps as a high school math teacher in Swaziland. Reed is married with two children.

John Hendricks, Executive Chairman - Discovery Communications

John S. Hendricks is the founder of Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 nonfiction media company, and serves as Executive Chairman. Hendricks created Discovery Channel in 1985 as the first cable network in the United States designed to provide high-quality documentary programming enabling people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity.

As the driving force behind Discovery’s growth, Hendricks has overseen the expansion of Discovery Communications from its core property, Discovery Channel, to current global operations in over 220 countries and a leading portfolio of global brands including TLC, Animal Planet and Science Channel, as well as leading educational products and services.

Hendricks has been honored with a Primetime Emmy Award and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences highest honor, the Governors Award, for the TLC series, Great Books. He also has received the Genesis Award from The Ark Trust for lifetime achievement in raising global awareness about animal issues, and was the first corporate leader to receive the National Education Association’s Friend of Education award for innovations in education and technology.

He is Chairman of the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of television to improve lives in underserved areas around the world, and serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the National Forest Foundation.

Hendricks holds a B.A. in history (magna cum laude) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

Daphne Koller, Stanford Professor and Co-Founder - Coursera

Daphne Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and the Co-Founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with top universities to make the best education accessible to everyone around the world, for free.

In her research life, Daphne works in the area of machine learning and probabilistic modeling, with applications to computer vision, systems biology, and personalized medicine.  She is the author of over 200 refereed publications in venues that span a range of disciplines, and has given over a dozen keynote talks at major conferences.  She is the recipient of many awards, which include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACM/Infosys award, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

Koller is also an award winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. She received her BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD from Stanford in 1994.


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