Howard Earl Gardner, The John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Senior Director, Harvard Project Zero.

Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education and in 2000 he received a Fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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He has received honorary degrees from thirty colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, and Spain. In 2004 he was named an Honorary Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai. He has twice been selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. In 2011, Gardner received the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, and in 2015, he was awarded the Brock International Prize in Education. He has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Education, and the London-based Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He serves on a number of boards, including the American Philosophical Society, Amherst College, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The author of thirty books translated into thirty-two languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. Building on his studies of intelligence, Gardner has also authored Leading Minds, Changing Minds, and Extraordinary Minds. He is senior director of Harvard’s Project Zero and co-founder of the Good Project (thegoodproject.org), a set of research endeavors about work, citizenship, collaboration, and digital life. More recently, with long time Project Zero colleagues Lynn Barendsen and Wendy Fischman, he has conducted reflection sessions designed to enhance the understanding and incidence of good work among young people. With Carrie James and others at Project Zero, he is also investigating ethical dimensions entailed in the use of the new digital media. Among new research undertakings are a study of effective collaboration among non-profit institutions in education; a study of conceptions of quality nationally and internationally in the contemporary era; and a major study of liberal arts and sciences in the 21st Century.

In the past decade Gardner has authored or co-authored several books. His newest co-authored book with Katie Davis, The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, was published in October 2013. In 2014, Gardner’s Festschrift, entitled Mind, Work, and Life, was published in honor of his 70th birthday and is available for free electronically. The paperback edition of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter, with a new preface, appeared in the fall of 2012. Other recent books include: Multiple Intelligences Around the World, Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet, The Disciplined Mind, The Development and Education of the Mind, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons, and Five Minds for the Future. Gardner Under Fire, published in 2006, contains a set of critiques to which Gardner has responded as well as an autobiography.


Robert Kegan, is the William and Miriam Meehan Research Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, his forty years of research and writing on adult development have contributed to the recognition that ongoing psychological development is at once possible and necessary to meet the demands of modern life.

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Judging from the books, dissertations, syllabi, and blogs that draw on his work, Kegan has had an influence on a wide range of intellectual disciplines and professions, including psychology, education, theology, literary criticism, leadership studies, executive coaching, psychotherapy, management, medicine, law, political science, and public service. At Harvard alone, his work is read in courses at the Schools of Education, Business, Government, and Medicine. His seminal books, The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads, have been published in several languages throughout the world.

With long-time colleague, Lisa Lahey, he is also the author of Immunity to Change, which has now been published in ten languages, and, most recently, An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (both published by Harvard Business Press) .  Kegan and Lahey are credited with a breakthrough discovery of a hidden dynamic which impedes personal and organizational transformation. This work (on what they call “the immunity to change”) has now found its way into the core practice of leaders and senior teams in educational, business, and governmental institutions in the United States, Europe, and Asia.   They received from Boston University the Gislason Award for exceptional contributions to organizational leadership, joining past recipients Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, and Edgar Schein; and, in 2013, they received the highest award from the Harvard Institute of Coaching for lifetime contribution to the coaching profession. Kegan and Lahey have served as invited faculty at the annual Davos Conference sponsored by the World Economic Forum, and their work has been featured in such diverse periodicals as The Harvard Business Review, The New York Times Sunday Business Section, Oprah Magazine and The Shanghai Daily News, which named Immunity to Change the Number #1 Business Book of the Year in 2011.

One of twenty, among Harvard’s 2300 faculty, honored by the president of the university for his outstanding teaching, Kegan also serves as the educational chair of Harvard’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education; and as co-director of a joint program undertaken by Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education to bring principles of adult learning to the reform of medical education. He and Lisa Lahey were among the first Harvard faculty to teach a MOOC in EdX , a massively open online course, which enrolled 81,000 participants from more than 100 countries.

Bob took his A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is also an avid poker player, an airplane pilot, and the unheralded inventor of the “Base Average,” a superior statistic for gauging offensive contribution in baseball.

Address:  One Mifflin Place, Suite 401, Cambridge, MA  02138.  (617) 699-7679   E-mail:  robert_kegan@harvard.edu Website: www.mindsatwork.com; www.waytogrowinc.com


Eric Lauzon, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, The Art of Learning

Eric served for four years as the global Chief Information Officer for the International Baccalaureate. Widely lauded as an industry visionary for his thought leadership, Eric’s views have been regularly sought after by global audiences. He has spoken at key international events in more than 20 countries

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Eric has partnered with Lance King, a world-renown learning skills development specialist from New Zealand. Lance is the designer of the Approaches to Learning (ATL) for the IB and also the creator of the Art of Learning courses delivered to over 170,000 students in 35 countries.

Eric has co-authored a book in 2008 entitled “Building a Green IT Team” from the “Inside the Minds” series of books. He has also penned for 4 years a bi-monthly column for Enterprise Innovation, a premier business and technology publication. Eric holds four patents in telephony and Internet technologies.


Katherine K. Merseth, Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

DEGREE:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1982)

Katherine Merseth’s work concentrates on charter schools, teacher education, mathematics education, and the case-method of instruction. At Harvard, she founded the Harvard Children’s Initiative, a university-wide program focusing on the needs of children as well as the School Leadership and the Teacher Education Programs at the School of Education.

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She most recently designed the new Harvard Teacher Fellows Program, a blended program, which offers Harvard College Seniors an innovative path to teach in underserved students.  In mathematics education, she was the principal investigator of the Mathematics Case Development Project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Massachusetts Math and Science Partnership.  She recently stepped down after many years leading teacher education at Harvard.

Her book, Windows on Teaching Mathematics: Cases of Secondary Mathematics Classrooms (Teachers College Press), represents work in mathematics education and the case method while her involvement as a case method teacher of school administrators exists in her Cases in Educational Administration (Longman). In the charter field, she led a research team examining best practices in high performing urban charter schools which culminated in the award winning book, Inside Urban Charter Schools (Harvard Education Press).

Internationally, she has edited four volumes of cases about classroom practice in South Africa, Chile and Brazil. She has extensive experience working with schools in an international context including Armenia, Korea, Singapore, Brazil, Chile, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar and Central America.

Merseth teaches in the General Education Program of Harvard College. Her course, the Dilemmas of Excellence and Equity in K-12 American Schools, draws interest from more 300 students each semester and is ranked as one the most popular courses in the College. In 2017 she was named as one of 15 outstanding Professors across Harvard University.

In addition to her Harvard doctorate, she holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Cornell University, a master’s in mathematics from Boston College, and a master of arts in teaching secondary mathematics from Harvard. She spends any free time on her tractor at her Maine farmhouse, hiking, or rowing on the Charles.


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