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Mary G. Berner, President and CEO of Cumulus Media, Inc., the second largest radio broadcaster in the US, has led some of the most successful consumer and B2B media companies and brands in the world including Glamour,, TV Guide, W, Women’s Wear Daily and Brides. Ms. Berner was most recently President and CEO of MPA - The Association of Magazine Media where she was name one of the Top Women in Media in 2014 by Folio Magazine, President and CEO of the Reader’s Digest Association and, prior to that, Fairchild Publications, Inc. (Condé Nast). She has also served as Senior Vice President and Publisher of TV Guide and Glamour magazines and publisher of Success magazine.  Among other honors, Ms. Berner has been named Publishing Executive of the Year (Advertising Age) and been inducted into the Min Sales Executive Hall of Fame.  Currently, she is also Lead Director for Success Academy Charter Schools and a Director of  the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Dr. Stephen Kosslyn is the Founding Dean of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, a start-up university that combines state-of-the-art technologies and cutting-edge research on student learning to create tomorrow's global leaders and innovators. Previously Dr. Kosslyn was the Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, an institution that extends knowledge of the principles governing human behavior to help solve the critical problems of contemporary society.  Dr. Kosslyn is former chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James at Harvard University.  He received his BA from UCLA and a PhD from Stanford, both in psychology, and has been awarded many honors including the American Psychological Association's Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award, the Cattell Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the J-L Signoret Prize, honorary Doctorates from the University of Caen, the University of Paris Descartes and the University of Bern, and has been elected to Academia Rodinensis pro Remediatione, the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Nina Kraus is the Hugh Knowles Professor of communications sciences in the School of Communication, and of neurobiology and physiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, and also Director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory.  She is a scientist, inventor and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning. Early in her career, she recorded responses from the rabbit auditory cortex and was one of the first to show that the adult nervous system has the potential for reorganization following learning; those insights in basic biology galvanized her to investigate auditory learning in humans. Dr. Kraus focuses on the biological bases of speech and music and investigates learning-associated brain plasticity in normal, expert, and clinical populations as well as animal models.  A pioneering thinker who bridges multiple disciplines (aging, development, literacy, music, and learning), she is a technological innovator who roots her research in translational science. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and her PhD in Neuroscience from Northwestern and currently serves as a member of the science advisory boards of National Public Radio and the American Hearing Research Foundation and on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Audiology, the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Audiology and Neurotology and the International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology. (See:

Roy G. Niederhoffer is the founder and President of R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management, Inc. ("RGNCM"), one of the country's top short term investment managers. Since 1993, RGNCM has employed a quantitative, behavioral finance-based strategy to trade equities, fixed income, foreign exchange and commodities to provided returns that are valuable on a stand-alone basis and also provide significant downside protection to clients' portfolios. Mr. Niederhoffer also serves as Chairman of the Board for the New York City Opera and the Harmony Program which provides music education to underserved students in New York City. He is an accomplished classical and jazz pianist and plays violin with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1987 with a degree in Computational Neuroscience. 

Dr. Terrence J. Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, is a pioneer in the field of computational neuroscience.  Dr. Sejnowski is also head of the Computational Neurobiology Lab at the University of California, San Diego where he also serves as Co-Director of both the Institute for Neural Computation and the NSF Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center. Additionally, he is President of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Foundation and the founding editor-in-chief of Neural Computation.  A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, one of only 12 living individuals elected to all three branches of the National Academies.  Dr. Sejnowski has been awarded numerous other honors, including the Wright Prize for interdisciplinary research from Harvey Mudd College, the Hebb Prize from the International Neural Network Society and the Neural Network Pioneer Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He received his BS from Case Western Reserve University and PhD from Princeton University, both in physics, and has published 12 books and more than 500 scientific papers.

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