About the center

Our mission

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  • Advance research in basic and applied neuroaesthetics
  • Educate the next generation of scientists
  • Converge allied interdisciplinary interests
  • Welcome investigators and creative experts
  • Engage with the arts community

Advisory board

Pauline  Brown

Pauline Brown

Former Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

For the past 30 years Pauline Brown has acquired, built and led global premium brands. Pauline formerly was the Chairman of North America for the world's leading luxury goods company, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she provided regional leadership for 70 brands in 5 sectors, including fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, and wines & spirits. Prior to LVMH, she was a Managing Director at the private equity investment firm, The Carlyle Group, where she specialized in consumer and retail investments. Earlier in her career, she held senior executive roles at beauty companies, including Estee Lauder and Avon, and was a Management Consultant at Bain & Company. Pauline serves on several boards, including the Parsons School of Design and the Wharton Alumni Executive Board. She currently hosts a weekly lifestyle show on SiriusXM, called "Tastemakers," and is the author of the groundbreaking new business book, Aesthetic Intelligence, which was published by HarperCollins in late 2019. She received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and she is 2008 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Susie  Ellis

Susie Ellis

Co-Founder, Chair & CEO Global Wellness Institute and Global Wellness Summit

Susie Ellis is the chair and CEO of the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute, considered the industry’s leading global research and educational resource. She is also co-founder, chair and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit, the foremost gathering of international business, academic and government leaders in the $4.5 trillion global wellness economy. Recognized as a leading authority on wellness trends, Ellis is frequently quoted in major news outlets around the world and is a popular speaker at industry events. She sits on numerous academic and industry boards, including the EHL – Swiss Hospitality Management School in Lausanne and the Aspen Brain Institute, and is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s "Accelerating Health and Well-being Initiative." In addition, Ellis has been a member of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Katherine  Sachs

Katherine Sachs

Philanthropist and Art Collector

Katherine Sachs was an Adjunct Curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and now serves as a Museum Trustee, Chair of the Contemporary Art Committee and Co-Chair of the Museum’s Campaign. At the PMA, Kathy and her late husband Keith endowed the Contemporary curator, named the gallery dedicated to the work of Jasper Johns and promised a large part of their collection to the Museum.

At Penn, Mrs. Sachs is an Emeritus Trustee. She chaired the ICA Board of Overseers from 1998-2009, and with Keith established the Sachs Professorship in Contemporary Art, endowed a visiting professorship in Fine Arts and created the Sachs Guest Curator Program. In 2016, they established The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.

Rafael  Viñoly

Rafael Viñoly


Born in Uruguay, Rafael Viñoly settled in New York in 1979 from where he oversees an award-winning practice with projects spanning six continents. Viñoly’s work is marked by a sustained structural originality that transcends the passing fads of architectural movements, and he is driven by the belief that the essential responsibility of architecture is to generate the most elegant and logical solution within the economy of each project. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Academy, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Japan Institute of Architects, and the Sociedad Central de Arquitectos in Argentina.

Dan  Weiss

Dan Weiss

President and CEO, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Daniel Weiss became the fifth President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in July 2015 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2017. With approximately two million objects in its collection representing more than 5,000 years of artistic achievement, seven million visitors annually, and an operating budget of $320 million, The Met is one of the largest and most diverse art museums in the world.

Previously Weiss served as the 14th President of Haverford College, the 16th President of Lafayette College, and the James B. Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, where he also served as professor and chair of the History of Art Department. Weiss has written or edited five books and numerous articles on the art of the Middle Ages, higher education, and other topics. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Weiss is Vice Chair of the Board of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, on the Advisory Board of the Yale School of Management, and a trustee of the Wallace Foundation, the Library of America, the American Federation of Arts, and the Posse Foundation.

Daniel Weiss holds an M.A. and Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and a B.A. from The George Washington University.

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