GIC conference on higher education to bring together top university officials and top business leaders from around the country.

September 25, 2018

TWEET: Join @interdependence at @philadelphiafed on Oct. 9 for a one-of-a-kind conference on for The Roles of Higher Education in Competitiveness and Global Productivity. Register here:


The Roles of Higher Education in Competitiveness and Global Productivity: Join GIC at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia for our conference on The Roles of Higher Education in Competitiveness and Global Productivity. Speakers will address the relationship between U.S. higher education and how higher education can facilitate growth in U.S. competitiveness and global workforce preparation. Candid assessments, opportunities, and solutions will be vetted.


  • Keynote Speaker
    • Patrick T. Harker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Higher Education Leaders
    • William Burke-White, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Inaugural Director, Perry World House
    • John Fry, President, Drexel University
    • Jeffrey P. Gold M.D., Chancellor, University of Nebraska, Omaha
    • Ali A. Houshmand, President, Rowan University
    • Lloyd A. Jacobs M.D., President Emeritus, The University of Toledo
    • Ann Kirschner, Board of Trustees, Princeton University and University Professor and Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships, at the City University of New York
    • Vibhas Madan, Senior Associate Dean-Academic Programs, LeBow College of Business at Drexel University
    • James O’Brien, Senior Vice-President of University Affairs & Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Arizona State University
  • Business Leaders
    • Anthony Abbatiello, Global Head of Consulting, Russell Reynolds Associates
    • Erin Arvedlund, Investigative Journalist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
    • Bruce Cohen, Senior Human Resources Officer for Enterprise Operations and Technology, Citi
    • Victor L. Crawford, Chief Operating Officer, Aramark
    • Tonio DeSorrento, Co-Founder and CEO, Vemo Education
    • Peter A. Gold, Esq., Principal, TheGoldGroup LLC
    • Stephanie J. Gold, Esquire, Chair, National & International Education Practice,
      Hogan Lovells
    • Mark Heppenstall, Chief Investment Officer, Penn Mutual Asset Management
    • Catherine L. Mann, Managing Director and Global Chief Economist, Citi Research
    • Christina Riggs, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
    • Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer, EMSI
    • Kathleen Stephansen, Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group Henderson Institute Center for Macroeconomics
  • Government and Non-Profit Organization Leaders
    • Rochelle (“Chellie”) L. Cameron, Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia International Airport and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport
    • Esther Brimmer, Executive Director & CEO, NAFSA: Association of
      International Educators
    • Mark Squilla, Member of the City Council of Philadelphia


Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.


Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
(Address: 100 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106)




Contact: To register for this event or for more information please contact Colleen Murphy, Manager of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 215-238-0990.

About the Global Interdependence Center: The Global Interdependence Center (GIC) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that seeks to stimulate thoughtful, global dialogue on a wide range of issues that affect the international community, including economics, health care and government. GIC convenes conferences and roundtable discussions, both domestically and internationally, to identify and address emerging global issues. For more information, visit GIC’s website at