Goldie Blumenstyk, Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Plenary Speaker, Monday, August 12, 8:15am - 9:45am
Mapping the New Education Landscape

Goldie Blumenstyk joined The Chronicle of Higher Education in 1988. Now a senior writer, she is a nationally known expert on the business of higher education, for profit-colleges, and innovation in and around academe. A winner of multiple awards from the Education Writers Association, she has reported for The Chronicle from China, Europe, Israel, and Peru, and has contributed to The New York Times and USA Today. Blumenstyk appears frequently at conferences and on radio and television programs.

Blumenstyk is the author of The Washington Post best-selling book American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2015). She also writes the weekly newsletter “The Edge” for The Chronicle on the ideas, people, and trends that are changing the higher-education landscape.  

Before joining The Chronicle, she covered City Hall for The Orlando Sentinel. She is a graduate of Colgate University, where she majored in history, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.



Sudipta Basu, Temple University

Second Annual Yuji Ijiri Memorial Lecture on the Foundations of Accounting
Monday, August 12, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

How Robust are the Foundations of the Conceptual Frameworks?

Sudipta Basu joined the Accounting Department in Fall 2007. His research on the effects of conservatism and other accounting principles on the properties of reported earnings and analysts’ earnings forecasts was published in Journal of Accounting and EconomicsJournal of Accounting ResearchReview of Accounting Studies; and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting.

His research on the origins and evolution of accounting appears in Accounting and Business ResearchAccounting Historians JournalAccounting HorizonsAccounting, Organizations and SocietyFoundations and Trends in Accounting; and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS). The American Accounting Association (AAA) recognized his research with the 2012 Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award and the 2011 and 2007 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Awards. Sudipta is an Associate Editor or Editorial Board member of The Accounting ReviewContemporary Accounting ResearchJournal of Business Finance and AccountingJournal of Accounting, Auditing and FinanceAustralian Journal of ManagementJournal of Law, Finance and AccountingAccounting, Economics and Law; and China Journal of Accounting Research. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. at the University of Rochester; M.B.A. at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; and B.A. (Honours) in Economics at the University of Delhi. Sudipta taught previously at Emory University and Baruch College, City University of New York. He currently teaches Cost Accounting to undergraduates and Capital Markets Research to doctoral students.



Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Sloan and Director of MIT-IDE

Presidential Scholar, Tuesday, August 13, 8:15am - 9:45am
The Coming Productivity Boom: The Intangibles Behind the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Revolution

Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, and Research Associate at NBER. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, pricing models, and intangible assets. Author of several books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, NYTimes best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (2014) and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future (June 2017), Brynjolfsson holds A.B. and S.M. degrees from Harvard University and a PhD from MIT. His papers can be found at http://digital.mit.edu/erik

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Bertice Berry, PhD., Sociologist, Author, Lecturer

Luncheon Speaker, Tuesday, August 13, 12:00pm – 1:45pm
Finding Your Purpose

Sociologist, Bertice Berry, PhD. is, a best-selling author and award winning lecturer has been named Comedian of The Year, Lecturer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. She has published 11 best-selling books in both fiction and non-fiction and has won numerous awards and accolades for both her writing and presentations. 

Berry has had her own nationally syndicated television show and has hosted, interviewed and made numerous television, documentary and radio appearances on a variety of diverse venues including The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, Between The Lions, Crossfire, 20-20, NPR, PBS and Comedy Central and CNN.

Berry has used her unique gifts and talents as a writer and ghost writer for others on a wide range of topics including race and gender issues, sociological studies, stratification, healthcare reform, humor, spirituality, sexuality, slavery and the abolitionist movement, weight loss and wellness, relationships, servant leadership, transformational leadership, diversity and love.

Berry has led parades, had classrooms named after her and has been awarded over 10 honorary doctorates. She earned her own doctoral degree from Kent State University at the age of 26 and still sees her most fulfilling achievement and role in life as that of mother to her 5 adopted children.

“If you ain’t dead, you ain’t done,” a character in one of Berry’s novels says.

Berry believes that every one of us has been given a unique purpose and it is our obligation to find it and use it to improve first our own self and then for those we live and work with.



Daniel Newman, Futurum Research and Broadsuite Media Group

Plenary Speaker, Wednesday, August 14, 8:15am - 9:45am
Futureproof: 7 Key Pillars for Digital Transformation Success

Daniel Newman is the Principal Analyst of Futurum Research and the CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise.

From Big Data to IoT to Cloud Computing, Newman makes the connections between business, people and tech that are required for companies to benefit most from their technology projects, which leads to his ideas regularly being cited in The London Times, CIO Review, CNBC and hundreds of other sites across the world.

A 6x Best Selling Author including his most recent Futureproof: 7 Key Pillars For Digital Transformation Success, Daniel is also a Forbes, Entrepreneur and Huffington Post Contributor. MBA and Graduate Adjunct Professor, Daniel Newman is a Chicago Native and his speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in our future.



Terry Shevlin, University of California-Irvine

Luncheon Speaker, Wednesday, August 14, 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Top 10 Myths of Academic Accounting

Terry Shevlin is President-Elect of the American Accounting Asspociation 2018-19. Terry served as AAA Vice President - Research and Publications 2015-2018 and chaired the AAA Publications Committee 2013-2016. He has served as editor on 3 AAA journals: Journal of the American Taxation Association (1996-1999), Senior Editor, The Accounting Review (2002-2005) and Co-editor, Accounting Horizons (2009-2012) and on numerous editorial boards (including the top 4 accounting journals).  He has published over 40 articles in the very top accounting and finance journals.

Terry earned his PhD from Stanford University in 1986 and joined the faculty at the University of Washington where he worked for 26 years until joining the University of California-Irvine in the summer of 2012.  He holds a Paul Merage Chair in Business and he is Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Programs at the Merage School of Business at UCI. He held the Paul Pigott/Paccar Professor of Business Administration from 2004-2012. While at Washington he held various administrative position: faculty director of the PhD Pogram 1998-2006 and Accounting Department Chair from 2006-2012.

He has received a number of awards for his research and mentoring of PhDs the most recent being named the American Accounting Association Outstanding Educator for 2012. He was also named the American Taxation Association 2005 Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator. He has won the American Taxation Association Tax Manuscript Award 3 times (in 2004, 1995, and 1992) and twice won the AAA Competitive Manuscript for young scholars (1990 and 1987).  He has been awarded the UW Business School Dean’s Faculty Research Award 4 times.

His research interests are broad and include the effect of taxes on business decisions and asset prices, capital markets-based accounting research, earnings management, research design and statistical significance testing issues.

His teaching interests: Financial accounting, taxes and business decisions, empirical research methodology.
He has spoken at numerous doctoral consortiums.

Education: Ph.D. Stanford University, 1986, M.Ec. Monash University 1980, B. Commerce (Honors), University of Melbourne, 1975