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Session: Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America
Why you may recognize David
David Gergen is a professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for over a decade.
In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and works actively with a rising generation of new leaders. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.
He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
Previously in his career
In the 1980s, he began a career in journalism. Starting with The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984, he has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years.
Twice he has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams.
In the late 1980s, he was chief editor of U.S. News & World Report, working with publisher Mort Zuckerman to achieve record gains in circulation and advertising.
Over the years, he has been active on many not-for-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of Yale and Duke universities. Among his current boards are Teach for America, The Mission Continues, The Trilateral Commission and Elon University School of Law.
David’s personal roots
A native of North Carolina, David is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission. He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees.
He has been married since 1967 to Anne Elizabeth Gergen of England, a family therapist. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Session: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Why you recognize Adam
Adam’s TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 11 million times.
He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project.
His bona fides
He has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for five straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40.
His speaking and consulting clients include Facebook and Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader.
He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, and has more than 2 million followers on social media.
He's the author of three best-selling books, which have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages.
Adam’s personal roots
Adam earned his master’s degree and doctorate in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard.
He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver, and lives in Philadelphia with his wife, two daughters and son.