Assistant Dean for the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at LIU and an adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership at Columbia University's Graduate School of Engineering
Garcia is also an author, keynote speaker and CEO of Climb Leadership International. In his Amazon best-selling book, A Climb to the Top: Leadership & Communication Tactics to Take Your Career to New Heights. Garcia draws on years of coaching and consulting experience to explain how to become a powerful and persuasive communicator. He coaches executives at financial institutions on public Leadership Communication, Executive Presence, and Emotional Intelligence.
Prior to his second career in higher education, he was Managing Director and Director of Business Development for Citadel Investment Group and BlackRock Investment Management. Previously, he spent 14 years at Bloomberg Financial Markets. He received a B.S. in finance from Syracuse University and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College.
Personal Development Coach & Emotional Intelligence Educator
Madison is an experienced coach with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care and personal growth industry. Skilled in Coaching, Public Speaking, Management, Mental Health, and Emotional Intelligence. Strong personal development professional with a Bachelor's degree focused on Leadership, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies from Kansas State University.
Motivational SpeakerRetired Superbowl winnig football player from the New York Giants football team (1983-1994)
Perry is a retired superbowl winning football player from the New York Giants football team (1983-1994). Perry is a five-time ALL-PRO right corner, culminating with two NFL super bowl Championships.
Perry was selected as a recipient of the Sports Ethic Fellow Humanitarian Award (1995). Alex Baker Memorial Humanitarian Award (2011). Trey Whitfield foundation leadership Award (2012) and Platinum Minds Community Leaders Award (2014).
Perry holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Williams has been a corporate motivational speaker for Exxon/Mobil, Starbucks Coffee, IBM, United Parcel Service, Verizon Wireless and others. He has lectured at hundreds of Schools, Colleges, and Universities.
Robert Valli, Ph.D.
Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Dean, College of Management, Professor of Technology Management, Senior Academic Dean, LIU Post Long Island University
Dr. Valli has passed through the gates of three of the top five ranked universities in the World: Berkeley (BA '82); Stanford Graduate School of Business (SEP '95); and, Cambridge University (Ph.D. '09). Dr. Valli's professional background in investment banking; technology ventures in the Silicon Valley, policy development at the Kauffman Foundation and academic domain focus on emerging innovation ecosystems is unique in both perspective and relevance.
Dr. Valli's Ph. D. thesis, Building Investment Readiness for University Spin-Outs through Partnerships & Alliances, underscores his scholarly pursuit of new enterprise development. Stewarding cross-campus innovation, outreach and professional development demands academic leaders who possess a vision-to-action-skill-set to catapult three pillars of interdisciplinary education: research, teaching and application.
As the former Director for Advancing Innovation at the $2.8 Billion Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Dr. Valli's exposure to the Silicon Valley and the 'Cambridge Phenomenon' offers evidence-based experience that spans across the globe. Kauffman's renowned platform for all-things-entrepreneurial, offered a lens by which to observe the interchange of academia and industry. This experience has resulted in a significant international network enabling a demonstrative degree of tacit knowledge necessary to propel university innovation and enterprise towards commercialization.
Throughout the past decade, Dr. Valli has forged long-term relations throughout the globe as a lecturer and adviser to a number of entrepreneurs, companies, universities and government policy- makers. He has overseen hundreds worldwide student-consulting engagements spanning Asia, South America, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. Dr. Valli hosted The Global Commission for Advancing Innovation at King's College (Cambridge) gathering philanthropists, investors and Chief Scientists from the EU, USA and Israel. In summation, Dr. Valli's global prowess offers a '35,000 ft.' vantage point to observe best practices in innovation, entrepreneurship and higher education.
A forthcoming book entitled Clusternomics is underway. Dr. Valli's academic focus on entrepreneurship and technology management at Berkeley, Stanford, Cambridge and Illinois serves University leaders, innovators and investors striving to commercialize ideas toward sustainable enterprise. As a lecturer, Dr. Valli inspires student-efficacy, interdisciplinary interaction and public/private collaboration under the over-arching theme of building investability in ways that engender positive outputs for the sake of humanity.
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