27 May May 27, 2021 – New Mountain Capital Steve Klinsky, Authenticity Reawakened Vicki Znavor and Accenture’s Integrated Global Services Ramnath Venkataraman
Steve Klinsky – Founder & CEO of Modern States – Freshman Year for Free
At Modern States, we hired the best professors in the country to
teach an online course in every one of the 32 subjects. We give the
courses away for free and then we pay the college board credit exam fee.
Steve Klinsky, the founder and CEO of Modern States, has been an active philanthropist and education reformer for many years. He founded the Gary Klinsky Children Centers after school program in 1993. That program has served thousands of children in New York City’s most disadvantaged public schools since then, has given or raised over $20 million of public and private funds, and has been replicated in Miami as the team charity of the Miami Heat basketball franchise. In 1999, he wrote the application for, and organized, the first charter school in the State of New York (the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem) in partnership with Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker and others. He has helped start, organize and fund numerous high performing charter schools since then. He succeeded Jeb Bush as chairman of the advisory board of Harvard’s Program for Education Policy and Governance, and endowed the Klinsky Professorship of Leadership and Social Progress at Harvard Law School, where he also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Professionally, Steve is founder and CEO of New Mountain Capital, a growth-oriented private equity firm that has overseen more than $20 billion of capital commitments since inception, and which has added or created over 43,000 jobs at the companies it owns net of job losses. Klinsky grew up in the Detroit area, where he was educated in Michigan public schools and completed his B.A. with high honors from the University of Michigan in approximately two years (9/74-12/76) using the College Board advance placement tests and other means. He then earned his MBA from Harvard Business School (class of 1979) and his J.D. law degree from Harvard Law School (class of 1981) in four years instead of five, as part of the accelerated JD/MBA program. He is married to the author Maureen Sherry with four children, and lives in New York City.
Vicki Znavor – Author of Authenticity Reawakened
Authenticity is knowing who you are, knowing what matters
most to you, and then showing the aspects of yourself that
you wish to reveal to others.
Vicki Znavor is a wife, mom, HR executive and author whose career spans more than 30 years in some of Chicago’s leading companies where she has helped countless people work in a more authentic way while achieving their career goals. In her first book, Authenticity Reawakened, Vicki offers a glimpse into journey from a tough childhood in a small Indiana town to her unlikely rise to the C-suite. Authenticity Reawakened aims to guide and help you connect your life stories, define your core values and discover your life’s purpose so that you are inspired to bring more of your authentic self to work and to build the career and life that matter most to YOU. Vicki has been recognized by Crains Chicago Business as a Notable Leader in HR (2020) and one of ALPFA’s Most Powerful Latinas of 2019. She has also received the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill award and numerous Silver Quill awards for Benefits communications.
Ramnath Venkataraman – Accenture’s Integrated Global Services Lead
Investments in technology are directly correlated to business
performance. If you put in the right strategic mindset, you can leapfrog
and breakaway and become the leader over time.
Ramnath Venkataraman is Accenture’s Integrated Global Services lead, responsible for Technology sales, solutioning, assets, offerings and Advanced Technology Centers around the world. He is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. Prior to this role, Ramnath led the technology services business for Accenture Products, serving clients in the air, freight and travel services; automotive; consumer goods and services; industrial equipment; infrastructure and transportation services; life sciences; and retail industries. Ramnath has extensive experience working with a variety of clients in multiple industries across strategy, consulting, technology transformation and talent transformation. He has also successfully led large-scale execution of technology programs that drive quantum cost optimization whilst modernizing the technology landscape for a number of clients. Ramnath joined Accenture in 1995 and became a managing director in 2005.