Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of "The Perfect Storm", "A Death in Belmont", "Fire" and "War". He also teamed with Tim Heatherington to produce "Restrepo", a feature-length documentary that chronicled the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, with whom the filmmakers were embedded with for one year. It was the winner of the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other places around the globe. He has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism. He became a fixture in the national media when, as a first-time author, he commanded The New York Times bestseller list for more than three years with "The Perfect Storm", which later set sales records and became a major motion picture from Warner Bros, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.
Michael Winston is a prominent executive in the field of organization management, and is also a rarity among corporate whistle-blowers. A former executive at Countrywide Financial, he spent three years in a legal battle with the once-mighty mortgage giant, and its current owner, Bank of America. He contended that he was punished and pushed out for not toeing the company line, and in February 2011, a California jury agreed and awarded him damages, thus proving that the company was not above the law. With thirty years of cutting-edge experience as a business leader, change agent, and organization strategist, he has spent his career preparing organizations to meet the challenges of rapid, continuous and disruptive market change and to capitalize on the resulting opportunities. He is dedicating his life to promoting vision-driven, values-based leadership that is a force for good, not evil. Finally, he wants to rid the world of companies that abuse shareholders, customers, employees and society.
Jared Diamond is one of America's most celebrated scholars. He is a professor of Geography and Physiology at the University of California, and is equally renowned for his work in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, and for his groundbreaking studies of the birds of Papua New Guinea. He has authored eight books and numerous academic monographs, and his best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee won two science prizes in 1992. It was his1997 publication of Guns, Germs and Steel, which sealed Diamond's global reputation. The book has since won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into 25 languages and sold millions of copies around the world.