How can we set ourselves (and others) up for success and “smart luck” in a world full of uncertainty? How can we create a career that combines money and meaning—even today, when we cannot know which jobs will still exist tomorrow? Four exceptional leaders will discuss how they got where they are, how they engineered serendipity (“smart luck”) in their lives, and what we can all learn from it.
This event marks the LSE launch of the international paperback version of Christian Busch’s book Connect the Dots: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck. By learning to identify, act on and share serendipity, we can use uncertainty as a pathway to more joyful, purposeful and successful lives. Christian Busch has studied hundreds of subjects who improved their lives by learning to see opportunities in the unexpected.
Meet our speakers and chair
Christian Busch (@ChrisSerendip) teaches at LSE and NYU, is co-founder of Sandbox Network and Leaders on Purpose, and author of Connect the Dots: the art and science of creating good luck.
Michael Fraccaro is the Chief People Officer of Mastercard, where he is responsible for all human resources (HR) functions globally, and a member of the company’s management committee. Prior to joining Mastercard, Michael was a core member of the HR leadership team at HSBC Group. Earlier, he held senior HR positions in banking and financial services in Australia and the Middle East.
Michael Hastings is a member of the British House of Lords and the Chair of the SOAS Board of Trustees. Previously, he was the Chancellor of Regents University London, the Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International, and the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and first head of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and a Vice President of UNICEF.
Riya Pabari is the Co-Founder of Framework, a mobile-first learning social learning platform for a new generation of modern business leaders, backed by some of the world's leading tech entrepreneurs. Prior to co-founding Framework and previously Founders Academy, Riya's career spanned macro investing, social enterprise, innovation consulting and tech startups.
Sylvana Q. Sinha is a Bangladeshi-American lawyer and entrepreneur who built Praava Health from scratch. Serving more than 250,000 patients, Praava’s work has been featured by Forbes Magazine and Financial Times and was recognised by Fast Company as a “World Changing Idea in 2021. In 2020, the World Economic Forum named Praava Health a “Technology Pioneer”.
Jonathan Roberts is Teaching Director and Senior Lecturer in Practice at the Marshall Institute. He leads the development of teaching activities at the Institute, where he has designed and developed the ground-breaking executive MSc programme in Social Business and Entrepreneurship (from 2018) and a Marshall Institute specialism within LSE’s Master of Public Administration programme, the MPA in Social Impact. He has received multiple teaching awards from LSE.
More about this event
The Marshall Institute (@LSEMarshall) works to improve the impact and effectiveness of private action for public benefit through research, teaching and convening.
You can order the book, Connect the Dots: the art and science of creating good luck, (UK delivery only) from our official LSE Events independent book shop, Pages of Hackney. For international delivery you can order here: Connect the Dots: the art and science of creating good luck.
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Podcast & Video
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