Michael D. Armstrong is a rising star at the entertainment giant Viacom, having expanded the international reach of the company’s BET brand to 14 million households in 54 countries. And he recently launched a new international movie channel showcasing the storied Paramount film library.
Dean Karlan applies economic theory and research to attacking one of the world’s most elusive problems—global poverty. Through his nonprofit organization Innovations for Poverty Action, Karlan tests what works in the field to determine if a remedy can be applied more widely.
Michael Pape is a serial entrepreneur on a quest to develop a new generation of disease-fighting drugs. In 1998 Pape cofounded Esperion Therapeutics, which eventually sold to Pfizer for $1.3 billion. It was only the beginning of his entrepreneurial journey. Pape went on to cofound Orchard Venture Partners, a venture capital firm with several companies in the field of drug development.
Patrick Doyle led a turnaround of the Domino’s pizza chain, which is now the second-largest pizza chain in the United States and a transformed modern brand. Doyle spearheaded a refreshingly honest media campaign in which he acknowledged the company’s pizza had disappointed customers and urged them to give it another try.