2024 Keynote Speakers

2024 Guest & Keynote Speakers

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Opening Remarks:

Carol Christ, Ph.D., is the 11th Chancellor and the former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the University of California, Berkeley. She previously served as President of Smith College from 2002 to 2013, and before that was a professor of English and an administrator at Berkeley for more than three decades. Chancellor Christ is an advocate for quality, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses. Since her return to Berkeley, she has worked to foster community and improve the campus climate, strengthen Berkeley's financial position, address the campus' housing shortage, and celebrate the institution's longstanding commitment to free speech. Read her full bio.

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Special Guest:

Michael V. Drake, M.D., is the 21st president of the University of California, which includes 10 campuses, five medical centers, three nationally affiliated labs, more than 280,000 students, and 230,000 faculty and staff. Dr. Drake previously served as president of The Ohio State University (OSU) from 2014 through June 2020. Prior to his six years at OSU, his entire academic career has been at UC, including as chancellor of UC Irvine for nine years from 2005 to 2014 and as the systemwide vice president for health affairs from 2000 to 2005. Read his full bio.

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Morning Keynote:

Gorick Ng is the Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right, a book published by Harvard Business Review Press. For students and professionals of all levels, check out "Did You Know?", Gorick’s weekly newsletter that deconstructs the untold stories of how people you know became successful—and what you can do to follow in their footsteps. For students and early career professionals, check out “Gorick’s Lists” which contains over 1,500 employers with dedicated early career talent programs, diversity-focused employers, and scholarships.

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The Unspoken Rules is a guide to help professionals, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, take control of their careers and rise to positions of leadership, based on 500+ interviews with professionals across geographies, industries, and job types.

Gorick is on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches the unspoken rules of career navigation. He is also a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He has worked in management consulting at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), investment banking at Credit Suisse, and research with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. 

He has been featured in The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, New York Post, Fast Company, and CNBC. He was named by Thinkers50 as one of 30 thinkers to watch in 2022. Gorick, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. 

Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Afternoon Keynote:

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, FRCP is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, the Founder of the The Chopra Foundation, and co-founder of Chopra Global, a modern healthcare company positioned at the intersection of science, spirituality, and transformation. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and a Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

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Chopra is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His new book, Quantum Body - The New Science of Living a Longer, Healthier, More Vital Life co-authored with physicist Jack Tuszynski, Ph.D., and endocrinologist Brian Fertig, M.D. was published in December 2023. His national bestseller, The Healing Self, co-authored with leading geneticist Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, discusses the importance of our immune system to lifelong health and was selected as one of the Top 8 Science Books to Read in 2018. His New York Times bestseller Peace Is the Way received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards. His New York Times bestsellers include: You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why it Matters, What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well Being, War of the Worldviews, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and Spiritual Solutions - Answers To Life’s Greatest Problems. His book, The Soul of Leadership was mentioned as one of the five best business books to read for your career.

His innovative mobile programs Stress Free and Yoga and Vook’s Deepak’s Buddha Guide and Sages and Scientists applications provide an avenue to explore the world of Deepak Chopra. Released on Mother’s Day 2010, the multi-media project, “The Mother-Infant Bond: The Biology of Love" depicting the extraordinary biological bond between mother and baby.

Deepak Chopra’s popularity as an international presenter and keynote speaker is exemplified by an impressive list of honorariums. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra as the #17 influential thinker worldwide and #1 in Medicine. Chopra is the recipient of the 2010 GOI Peace Award, the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation, and 2006 Trailblazer Award by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, the 2002 Einstein Humanitarian Award through Albert Einstein College of Medicine in collaboration with the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences, Faculty at Walt Disney Imagineering and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.

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Closing Remarks:

Eugene Whitlock, J.D., UC Berkeley’s Chief People & Culture Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor-Human Resources. Eugene leads a 100-person human resources department including talent acquisition, people and organization development, employee and labor relations, total rewards, diversity equity, inclusion and belonging, and human resources information systems. Eugene also serves on the governing board of the American Research Universities-Human Resources Institute and the Human Resources Leadership Council for the University of California. During his time at UC Berkeley, Eugene has emphasized the creation of a workplace where everyone can be themselves and feel like they belong. Read his full bio.