Keynote speaker: Michele Wucker, Author of The Gray Rhino
Michele Wucker is the author of The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Respond to the Obvious Dangers We Ignore (St Martin’s Press, April 2016). She brings three decades of experience as a policy analyst, financial journalist and think tank executive to her distinctive and accessible style of thought leadership, combining highly original thinking with incisive analysis.
Her 2006 book, Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, drew needed attention to the damage that failed U.S. immigration policies do to the economy, and outlined a constructive new approach. Her first book, Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola, continues to influence scholars and policy makers as the two countries make headlines anew.
Wucker has been recognized as a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and as a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors. She is a frequent commentator on US and international television networks on matters of immigration and the global economy and has been published widely in media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and many others.
Most recently she was Vice President, Studies, at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Previously she was President of the World Policy Institute, where she led a 2007 reorganization and spinoff from its former home at a New York City university; and Latin America bureau chief at International FinancingWucker holds a BA from Rice University and an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she has been an adjunct associate professor. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Authors Guild and PEN; and a Member of the Advisory Boards of the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project and Womensphere.