Speaker Date Topic
Eva Schoefer Mar 27, 2019
Director, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria
Director, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria

Eva Schöfer, an Austrian diplomat, holds the position of Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC since Sept. 2017. Before that she has been Deputy Director of the Human Rights Department in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs for three years. Additionally she has been posted at the Austrian Embassy in Mexico and the Austrian Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a law degree from the University of Graz, Austria and a Master degree in Comparative, European and International Law from the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands. Previous to her joining of the Austrian Foreign Service she worked at the International Law Faculty of the University of Graz as well as a Programme Officer and Lecturer for the Austrian non-profit organization “ETC” (European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy). She holds a degree in law from the University of Graz and completed LLM studies in Comparative, European and International Law at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands.

 

Robert "Dean" Clayton Apr 03, 2019
CEO and Founder, The Sports Analytics Club Program, Inc.
CEO and Founder, The Sports Analytics Club Program, Inc.

Robert L. Clayton is a Partner with Goldstein & McClintock. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor management relations, employment, sports, education, regulatory compliance and government affairs. He is also Founder and CEO of the Sports Analytics Club Program, created with Professor Ben Shields at MIT Sloan, who is the Faculty Advisor to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

The Sports Analytics Club concept is designed principally  to address the under representation of young women and African American and Hispanic youth in advanced STEM studies and STEM relevant careers, through research conducted by high school students related to sports analytics. The Advisory Council is committed to establishing Sports Analytics Clubs at selective high schools in the nation, in partnership with major universities. SMEs in each sport advise the STEM Teacher Advisors and University Partner Advisors on the scoping of the research projects.

Prior to joining Goldstein & McClintock LLLP, Mr. Clayton was a partner with such law firms as Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, Jackson Lewis and Littler Mendelson. He is a former Associate Dean and Professor at Tulane Law School. Dean Clayton was the co-founder of the Sports Law Program and taught the Amateur Sports Law course, which covered Title IX and NCAA rules compliance. He also taught employment rights and international labor law.

Mr. Clayton was a world ranked middle distance runner by Track & Field News and earned five-time All-Ivy and two-time All-ICAAAA honors in the 600, 1000 and 880. He was Captain of the 1972-73 Track Team at Harvard University and a school record holder in the indoor 880 yard run. He is a graduate of St. Albans School (Washington D.C.). Mr. Clayton was a five-time Washington Post All Metropolitan honoree and the scholastic area record holder in the 880. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Black Ice Project and the St. Albans Alumni Association and served as an inaugural member of the New Orleans Bowl Committee.

Mr. Clayton is a regular contributor to the University Business, Athletic Business, and Legal Issues in College Athletics and Sports Litigation Alert and has been a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law. He is frequently quoted in major newspapers across the country, including USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, The Dallas Morning News, and The Times-Picayune, on a wide range of labor and sports law issues. Mr. Clayton is a nationally-recognized lecturer on diversity in higher education and is a frequent speaker at the annual conferences of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Association of College and University Attorneys, National Employment Law Council, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Amb. Ivan Korcok Apr 10, 2019
Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States
Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States

Ivan Korcok was named Ambassador to the United States in 2018. Prior to his posting in Washington, he served as State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (2015-2018). Among the positions held over his 27-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Korco has previously served as ambassador to the European Union and ambassador to Germany.

Ambassador Korcok holds degrees from Comenius University and Economic University, both in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is married and the father of two sons. His hobbies include sports and culinary activities.

 

Edward Luce Apr 17, 2019
US National Editor, The Financial Times
US National Editor, The Financial Times

U.S. National Editor and Columnist for The Financial Times, Edward Luce is one of the paper’s most popular writers and “one of the finest journalists of our time.” A U.K. native, Oxford graduate, and former speechwriter for Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, he is highly regarded by policymakers, leaders, and political junkies.

Luce’s book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism, examines the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of democratic liberalism ― of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a symptom. The New York Times called the book “insightful and harrowing.” Luce’s previous book, Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent, was described as “a masterful portrait of America.” He also is the author of In Spite of the Gods, praised by The Economist as “likely to be the definitive book on India for some time to come.”

At the FT,  Luce has also served as Washington bureau chief, Capital Markets editor, correspondent to the Philippines, and South Asia bureau chief.  Articles and commentaries by Luce that have garnered a lot of attention in the past year have included: “The boy who escaped Trump country,” “Britain’s Voyage to Inglorious Isolation,” and “Donald Trump leaves Angela Merkel to stand up for liberal values.” With his FT colleague Rana Foroohar, he writes “Swamp Notes,” a twice weekly newsletter on money and power in Trump’s America and the big themes driving politics, business, and markets.

A Graduate of Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, he received his post-graduate in journalism from City University, London. He is a frequent guest on PBS NewsHour, NPR, and C-SPAN.

Dr. Maria Paola Lualdi Martelli Apr 24, 2019
Author, "Ambassador of Fine Arts: The Life of Angelo Lualdi"
Author, "Ambassador of Fine Arts: The Life of Angelo Lualdi"

Dr.  Maria Paola Lualdi Martelli was born in Fiesole (Florence, Italy). She graduated from Florence University in Economics in 1966, and worked as an English teacher in High Schools in Florence for 16 years. From 1981 to 1985 she attended a training  for psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adults in Florence  and Siena .

Dr. Martelli worked in the Children Hospital and in the National Health Service as an intern with psychiatrists and in 1984 started the Tavistock Clinic training (accredited to University of East London) for psychoanalysis of children, adolescents and parents. Qualified by the Tavistock training in 1991 she started working as a teacher in Observation and Clinical courses  for the Tavistock model courses in Florence, and  is a member of the Training Committee of the Centro Studi Martha Harris (the Italian school for the Psychoanalytic training in the Tavistock Model).

Dr. Martelli is a member of Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance  (CAPA) and teaches Chinese students in English via Skype. She is a member of AIPPI (Associazione per la Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica dell’Infanzia e Adolescenza), EFPP (European federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy), and Centro Studi Martha Harris, where for over 26 years she has been teaching Medical Doctors and Psychologists who are training for work with children, adolescents and their parents.

Dr. Martelli has presented papers at several conferences in Italy, England and other countries. She works privately with patients and loves, among other subjects, classical music, art  and travelling. Dr. Martelli has a son ,a daughter and four grand children.