Celebrating Entrepreneurial Leadership Through Guest Speakers

The powerful voices of ambitious breakthrough thinkers have made a lasting impression as our students become Future Ready through our Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is proud to have partnered with the following distinguished guests:
Jon Lee Anderson
Jon Lee Anderson is an investigative reporter, bestselling author, and staff writer for The New Yorker, with credits also appearing in The Nation, The New York Times, Harper’s and Life. Reporting from war zones, his dispatches are “beautiful chronicles from ugly places; full of empathy and humanity” and his profiles of political leaders have included Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Augusto Pinochet.
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Connie Duckworth
Goldman Sach’s first female sales and trading partner, Connie Duckworth is now the founding president of a not-for-profit that aims to provide income to Afghan women through Arzu Studio Hope. Duckworth is also co-author of a primer on entrepreneurship, The Old Girls’ Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World, the recipient of numerous awards for leadership, advocacy, social impact, innovation and global presence, and the 2011 Wharton School Dean’s Medal.
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Eden Full
Recently featured on the front page of The New York Times business section, Eden Full is the 20-year-old social entrepreneur behind the SunSaluter, a patent-pending invention which maximizes the output of solar panels. Full was named a Peter Thiel Fellow (PayPal founder), which awards 24 young adults $100,000 over two years to leave college and pursue entrepreneurship full time. Full is on sabbatical from Princeton University and plans to return this fall.

Tess Mateo
Through her firm CXCatalyst, Tess Mateo works with major corporations, like General Electric, to take some of their most cutting-edge green technologies and turn them into micro-businesses for women in emerging markets. Tess spent seven years managing strategic global relationships for Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ global CEO Sam DiPiazza, sits on the advisory board of the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, and has launched a real estate group, technology company, and innovative specialty clothing line.


Jason Motlagh
Writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Jason Motlagh has reported from more than 35 countries for leading U.S. and international media, including The Economist, Washington Post, New Republic, U.S. News & World Report, FRONTLINE/World, and TIME magazine. Motlagh has received more than a half dozen grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover insurgencies and human rights issues across Asia.
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Paul Salopek
Embarking on a seven-year walk around the world—beginning in January 2013—and called "Out of Eden," Paul Salopek will examine contemporary global issues and capture the finer details of how people live and the human conflict—from local innovation to climate change to cultural survival. A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, he is being supported by National Geographic and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Follow him at #Eden Walk.
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