2011 Leadership Conference General Session Speakers

Dean Yash Gupta
Gupta began his tenure as Professor and inaugural Dean of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School on January 1, 2008. Since his appointment, he led the development of a vision, a faculty governance structure, academic and administrative processes, and financial and academic resource strategies. Prior to this role, Gupta has held deanships at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California the University of Washington, and the College of Business and Administration at the University of Colorado at Denver. Gupta’s academic and/or administrative appointments also include the Frazier Family Professor in the School of Business at the University of Louisville (1988-1992), and the University of Manitoba.

Elizabeth Thornton
As Babson’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Thornton is a member of the President’s Cabinet, leading efforts to create and sustain an inclusive multicultural environment that attracts, educates, empowers, and retains underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. Thornton also is a part-time member of the Entrepreneurship Faculty teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs at Babson.

Mario Moussa
As an Academic Director at the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at Wharton School of Business, Moussa runs numerous programs, including the Wharton Strategic Persuasion Workshop and the Essentials of Management program. He is the co-author (with G. Richard Shell) of The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas (Portfolio/Penguin, 2007). He has published widely in the field of organizational dynamics, power, and influence. His work has been featured on National Public Radio and in print publications around the world, including Time Magazine, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, HR Magazine, and The Harvard Management Update.