March 31, 2020
Comcast Technology Center
Ralph J. Roberts Forum
1800 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
Networking session with alumni, students and Comcast leadership, followed by a fireside chat with Brian L. Roberts, W’81, moderated by Dean Geoff Garrett.
Geoffrey Garrett is Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, and Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Garrett was a member of the Wharton faculty in the Management Department from 1995 to 1997. Prior to his return to Penn, Dr. Garrett held several academic appointments. He was the founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and he later served as Dean of its Business School. Prior to returning to his native Australia, Dr. Garrett was President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and Dean of the UCLA International Institute. Most recently he served as Dean of the Business School at UNSW Australia.
Named one of Australia’s “Top 50 Most Influential People in Education 2012” and a highly cited political economist, Dr. Garrett has held continuing academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a Trustee of the Asia Foundation in San Francisco, a Member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, and he serves on the Editorial Board of Global Policy.
Dr. Garrett is a well-respected commentator on global business, economics and politics in major media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times, China’s Global Times, Le Monde, The Times of India, and South China Morning Post. Additionally, he was a speaker at TEDx Sydney and has contributed to Foreign Affairs.
His academic publications include “Partisan Politics in the Global Economy,” “The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy,” and “The Encyclopedia of Political Science.” Dr. Garrett has led C-suite executive education programs on the global economy for Columbia, Stanford, UCLA and Wharton, and in Australia he developed thought-leadership collaborations with companies, including Chevron, Dow Chemical, GE and News Corporation.
Dr. Garrett holds a BA (Honors) from the Australian National University, and an MA and PhD from Duke University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Brian L. Roberts, W’81
Brian L. Roberts is Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation. Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a global Fortune 50 company uniquely positioned at the intersection of media and technology with three primary businesses, Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal and Sky.
Brian has worked at Comcast since graduating from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was named President of Comcast Corporation in 1990 when the company had $657 million in annual revenue. Today, Comcast Corporation has approximately 184,000 employees worldwide and $110 billion in annual revenue.
Brian has won numerous business and industry honors for his leadership. He was recognized by Barron’s as one of the “World’s Best CEOs,” named a “Businessperson of the Year” by Fortune magazine and named one of America’s top CEOs by Institutional Investor magazine for the 12th time. Brian is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Pennsylvania Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement Award. He also received the Legend and Leadership Award from the Yale School of Management’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute.
Brian is a member of the Business Roundtable and served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is on the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. He also served as Chairman of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) for two consecutive terms and is Director Emeritus of CableLabs, the research and development consortium for the cable industry, where he served three terms as Chairman.
An All-American in squash, Brian competed six times in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He and his wife, Aileen, live in Philadelphia.