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Title of the event with pictures of the three speakers

Leadership in the Public Sector: Pioneering Behavioral Public Policy:
A panel discussion with Syon Bhanot, Shibeal O’Flaherty and Michael Sanders

7pm, Wed, May 1, 2024
Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall

Behavioral economics has grown in prominence over the last two decades. The field argues that we ought to view people not as rational and self-interested (as is assumed in many economic models), but rather as “systematically irrational” in ways that have crucial policy implications. Indeed, there are now hundreds of policy-focused organizations around the world – governments, nonprofits, businesses, and international organizations – that have integrated behavioral economics into their work. In this event, Swarthmore Professor Syon Bhanot,  Shibeal O’Flaherty, and Professor Michael Sanders from King’s College London will discuss their new book, Behavioral Public Policy in a Global Context. Their book elevates the “behind the scenes” stories of dozens of pioneers in behavioral public policy, from large organizations like the World Bank, the WHO, and the United Nations to smaller ones like MDRC, BCG, Rare, and the Busara Center. The three speakers will speak in particular about their own roles as leaders in the behavioral public policy movement, through their work with the UK and US governments and the City of Philadelphia, among others.

Limited copies of Behavioral Public Policy in a Global Context will be distributed at the event

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Presented as part of the CIL’s Leadership in Practice series and as a Scholarly Promotion event supported by the Aydelotte Foundation and Swarthmore College Libraries. 

Drs. Sanders and O'Flaherty will be available for several events during their visit, in addition to the panel discussion:

Public Event: ECON 055 (Behavioral Economics) Class Visit: “Behavioral Science and Public Policy: Our Journeys”
11:20am-12:10pm and 1:15pm-2:05pm (same presentation in both)
Singer Hall Flex Space (034/035)


Students only: Small Group Open Lunch: “Talking Shop: Graduate School and Careers in Applied Social Science”
Location TBD
Invite Only (limited by capacity): to express interest please email Syon Bhanot at

Public Event:  “Leadership in the Public Sector: Pioneering Behavioral Public Policy”
Location: Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall
Open to the Public
Limited free copies of the book will be distributed!
Refreshments will be served


Public Event: ECON 055 (Behavioral Economics) Class Visit: “Behavioral Science and Public Policy: The Path Forward”
11:20am-12:10pm and 1:15pm-2:05pm (same presentation in both)
Singer Hall Flex Space (034/035)
Open to the Public

Students only: 1-on-1’s with Shibeal O’Flaherty
Shibeal O’Flaherty can meet with students (1:1 or in small groups) for 20-minute slots between 2:30-4pm on Tuesday, April 30. Please feel free to reach out to her at to book a slot!


SwatTank Final 2024

Friday, April 19, 2:30-4pm, followed by reception
Science Center 101
Check out Swat's student innovators at the SwatTank Idea Competition! Join us as students present their pitches for products that solve a problem. Pitches will be judged by Zack Ontiveros '11, Product Manager for Google DeepMind, Vasanta Chaganti, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Anthony Coschignano, Associate Vice President for Campus Services. The judges will have the opportunity to ask questions, and the winning teams will be awarded cash prizes! Get in on the action by voting on the audience favorite.

Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired by the ingenuity of your peers. Registration optional but appreciated. 

Senior Showcase
Thurs, April 11th 2024, 4:30-6pm 
Chang Hou Hall (Sci 101)

Come support your fellow students and learn from senior projects from across all three divisions at Senior Showcase! Learn about all of the amazing things Swatties research presented engagingly for diverse audiences. Senior Showcase is brought to you by the Speaking Associates Program and Center for Innovation and Leadership. Participating students have three minutes and one slide to present their work. There will be a reception afterwards where attendees can ask questions of participants. 

Registration optional but appreciated.


QUEER NATION: LGBTQ+ PROTEST, POLITICS, AND POLICY IN THE UNITED STATES, Timothy McCarthy, Apr 8, 7-8:30pm Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall



White dog with black shoes printed on it


Part of the Leadership in Practice Series. This event co-sponsored by the Art Department, Makerspace, and Career Services

Wed, Feb 28, 4:30-6pm in Singer 033, register here.

Come learn from iconic luxury footwear designer Stuart Weitzman, who will:

  • Share his experience going from entrepreneur to global brand
  • Answer student questions on how to succeed in their own path

Stuart Weitzman’s passion for design has been a lifelong pursuit, leading to the internationally renowned company that bears his name.  He has been honored extensively for his unique approach to entrepreneurship, and for his uncompromising commitment to prioritizing function as an integral element of fashion. 

Today, his shoes dominate red carpet events and are worn by celebrity fans around the world. Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Taylor Swift, and Jennifer Lopez are just a few who are regularly seen in his designs, along with millions of other women in over 70 countries.

Weitzman approaches his extensive charitable endeavors with equal commitment. Among these are his ongoing support for a wide range of hospitals and medical research centers, youth and sports organizations, cultural institutions, and the Prehistoric caves in the Altamira Region of Spain. He regularly mentors students on their entrepreneurial and design aspirations at several universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, and the  London Business School. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at Penn, where the university has honored him by renaming their design and architecture school the Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

During his free time you may find him on the tennis court or at the ping-pong table. If you’ve got a racket, he’ll welcome the challenge.