Known internationally, Dean James was named as one of the “Top 10 Women of Power in Education” by Black Enterprise and as one of the “Power 100” by Ebony. She has been quoted as an expert thought leader by the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, CNN.com, and numerous other media outlets.
In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dean James is a board member of Morgan Stanley, SurveyMonkey, a California-based market research and customer-experience company, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. and several organizations that align with her passion for education and advancing women in business. Additionally, she serves as an advisory board member to Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management and as an executive board member to the Indian School of Business.
She is the co-author of the forthcoming book The Prepared Leader: Emerge from Any Crisis More Resilient Than Before (Wharton School Press; September 20, 2022) with Lynn Perry Wooten, President of Simmons University.
Dean James holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California
About the Moderator
Catherine K.C. Leung W'90 is Co-Founder and Partner of MizMaa Ventures. She Is currently a board member of Orca.ai, Aurora Labs, ClearML, Varada, and Statehub. Prior to MizMaa Ventures, Catherine was an investment banker for twenty years and last served as Vice Chairman of Asia Investment Banking at JP Morgan where she led with a focus of Greater China. Under her leadership, JP Morgan was named Best Investment Bank in Hong Kong for eight consecutive years. She has advised clients in marquee IPO’s, mergers and acquisitions, debt and derivative transactions. She was named Top 20 Women in Finance by Finance Asia in 2011.
Catherine worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman & Co in U.S. and London from 1990 and 1994. She graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, with majors in Finance and Accounting.
Catherine is currently member of the Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship Board and member of the Wharton Asia Executive Board. She is an advisory board member for Eureka Nova, and member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Trust Fund. She also serves as Court Member and Business School Advisory Council Member of HK University of Science and Technology where she was recipient of the Honorary Fellowship Award in 2018. Catherine is also Chairman of the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies since Aug 2021.