As the 2016 U.S. Presidential race approaches its final weeks, the HWS President’s Forum Series welcomed John Della Volpe, director of polling at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and founder and CEO of SocialSphere, Inc., a large data and social media analytics company located in Cambridge, Mass.
An expert on millennial attitudes toward politics and public service, Della Volpe delivered a lecture exploring the election and the role and influence of polling on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Since the late 1990s, Della Volpe has been affiliated with IOP, which was established as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy to ignite passion, appreciation and respect for politics and public service. At IOP, Della Volpe leads a public opinion survey group of students who develop, field and report on the attitudes of Millennials toward politics and public service. Since 2000, the IOP survey has tracked pre- and post-9/11 attitudes; accurately predicted youth turnout; marked the generational shift in attitudes toward foreign policy; and provided insight into the ways in which Millennials communicate and form opinions.
At SocialSphere, Della Volpe uses his expertise in global sentiment, opinion and influence to lead a team that advises blue chip public and private sector clients on ways to engage Millennials and in strategies that flatten organizations, usually through engaging in various forms of social technology.
In 2008, he was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship to China and Korea, and in 2011 was selected as a delegate to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on Media. He currently serves on the boards of iCatholic Media, Ad Club of Boston and Eisenhower Fellowships.
Della Volpe’s lecture was free and open to the public.
Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President’s Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. The important politicians, intellectuals and social activists who visit campus as President’s Forum guest speakers expose the Colleges and the local community to a continual flow and exchange of challenging topical issues.