About the Speakers
John Neffinger has a decade of experience preparing speakers and speeches for public audiences. He has trained Congressional candidates, expert guests on national TV programs and corporate executives. In the 2008 election cycle, John worked more than two dozen Congressional candidates and served as a regular commentator on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. Prior to co-founding KNP, John served as Director of Communications & Outreach at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He previously worked as a management consultant, preparing and delivering presentations on strategic issues for executives at more than a hundred major corporations in the U.S. and overseas. John has also served on the staff of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he worked for former National Economic Advisor Gene Sperling. As an attorney, John practiced litigation and intellectual property law with a top-10 New York firm. He holds honors degrees from Harvard College and Columbia Law School.
Professor Adam Galinsky is currently the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and his B.A from Harvard University. His research and teaching focus on leadership, power, negotiations, decision-making, diversity, and ethics. He has published more than 150 scientific articles, chapters, and teaching cases in the fields of management and social psychology.. His research has received national and international recognition from the scientific community. His dissertation received the Most Outstanding Dissertation from the International Association for Conflict Management. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Psychological Association. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. In 2012, Professor Galinsky was selected as one of the World’s 50 Best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants. He twice won the Chair’s Core Course teaching award at Kellogg for teaching excellence on the topic of leadership. He also received a teaching award at Princeton University. In 2011, Professor Galinsky received the Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellow at Northwestern University, which is awarded to only one faculty member each year across the university. It recognizes “a Northwestern faculty member whose research and scholarship is so outstanding as to enhance the reputation of Northwestern, nationally and internationally.” He is frequently cited in the media. His research and insights have appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune. His work on auctions was cited in the 2006 Ideas of the Year by the New York Times Magazine.