Ursula Burns is the first African American woman to be CEO at a Fortune 500 Company. She is a leading voice in a number of areas, including business, engineering, technology, as well as public communication. Burns has been listed multiple times as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes.
Burns has extensive international experience in leading large companies that are facing technology sea changes within their industries. Burns was the chairwoman of the board of Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and chief executive officer from 2009 to 2016. Burns is a founding partner of Integrum Holdings, a private equity firm, and a non-executive chairwoman of Teneo Holdings LLC. U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Burns to lead the White House national program on science, technology, engineering and math from 2009 - 2016, and Burns served as chair of the President’s Export Council from 2015 - 2016. Her memoir “Where You Are Is Not Who You Are” was published in June 2021.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN and host of the CNN podcast Chasing Life. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and regularly contributes to CNN Digital. Since 2001, Gupta has covered some of the most important health stories in the United States and around the world. He is the host of the CNN Original Series “Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” which follows Gupta’s travels around the world in search of the secret to living longer, healthier and happier.
Gupta is an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Neurosurgery. And in 2019, Gupta was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the medical field.
Kelly McGinnis oversees communications and media relations at Levi Strauss. She helped found Time to Vote, an initiative that encourages companies to ensure their employees have time off to vote. She also spearheaded Levi’s advocacy for gun violence prevention and reproductive rights. McGinnis has been recognized by PR Week on the U.S. Power List (2019).
As senior vice president and chief communications officer of Levi Strauss & Co., McGinnis is responsible for managing the global corporate affairs function at the 170-year-old apparel company. In this capacity, she oversees corporate media relations, executive, employee and stakeholder communications, government affairs, policy, advocacy and community affairs as well as the company’s employee hardship fund, the Red Tab Foundation. Previously, McGinnis was the vice president of global communications at Dell. Prior to joining Dell, she served as general manager of Fleishman-Hillard’s San Francisco office after working with the firm in various capacities in St. Louis and San Antonio.