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Peggy Noonan wins the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary
Peggy Noonan won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for her writing in 2016, during one of the most tumultuous elections in American history. Heralded “for her prescient pieces on Donald Trump and the political uprising his candidacy represented," the prize committee hailed Noonan “For rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns. “Read more about Peggy Noonan's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Commentary >>
Jack Lew makes headlines for insightful keynote on the economic outlook
Former Secretary of the Treasury JACK LEW shared shrewd analysis and revealed underlying trends for over 2,000 senior executives and office professionals at Pershing INSITE, a premiere financial services industry event. Delivering both a keynote on the global economic outlook and participating in a panel on the Federal Reserve, capital markets and monetary policy, Jack Lew made headlines for his candid remarks on the most pressing fiscal policy issues from trade sanctions to tax policy. A sample of the headlines from top financial outlets: “Jack Lew’s Warning: ‘Don’t Blow a Hole in the Deficit’,” “Jack Lew on the DOL Rule, Robos and the ’08 Crisis” “Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: DOL fiduciary rule has 'important purpose’”. With over 25 years of government experience as well as top positions in the private sector, Jack Lew is able to provide in-depth and experience-based analysis on the global economy and what is possible in Washington. In his INSITE keynote, Lew touched on everything from how technological advancements will impact economic growth, to geopolitical risks, and what lies ahead for China and Europe.Read more about Jack Lew’s insights from Pershing INSITE >>
Penny Pritzker talks future of work and trade at Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference
Speaking on “The Future of Employment” at the Fortune Brainstrom Tech Conference, Penny Pritzker shed light on how the nature of work is evolving, emphasizing how proper training is crucial as more and more jobs are taken over by technology. Calling for increased spending on job training where business communities identify a need, Pritzker highlighted what government and companies can do to better equip and support the next generation of workers. As the former Secretary of Commerce (2013-17) and current Chairman of PSP Capital, Pritzker is uniquely positioned to provide insights into how the public and private sector can work together for mutually beneficial economic growth. She drew on her tremendous wealth of experience during an informative and engaging one-on-one interview with Bloomberg, taking a break from the conference to share sharp analysis on how to boost the U.S. economy and create a “competitive America.” Touching on everything from current weaknesses in trade policy, to the need for infrastructure spending, and importance of social safety nets, Pritzker’s remarks provide invaluable takeaways for the business community and government alike.Watch Penny Pritzker’s interview on Bloomberg >>
Josh Earnest joins NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst
After a decade of working alongside President Barack Obama, Former White House Press Secretary JOSH EARNEST joins MSNBC and NBC News as a political analyst. As a memo from the presidents of both networks said: “With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress and politics beyond the Beltway." Debuting in his new role, Earnest appeared on both The Today Show and Morning Joe, providing analysis on the lessons learned from the GOP’s failed healthcare overhaul. Using the same combination of humor and straight-talk that won him praise as Press Secretary, Earnest will be a fixture on the news, breaking down the most pressing policy issues and illuminating their impact for audiences worldwide. Watch his most recent appearances on The Today ShowWatch Josh Earnest’s first appearance on Morning Joe >>
John Key selected as Air New Zealand Board Director for “extensive international commercial experience”
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand JOHN KEY has been selected as a Director of the Air New Zealand board. Eyed by the Chairman ever since he stepped down as Prime Minister in December 2016, Key was selected for his extensive experience in both the public and private sector and renowned expertise on global business and tourism. As Air New Zealand Chairman Tony Carter said, ”John will bring extensive international commercial experience, outstanding leadership skills, global perspective and a keen understanding of the tourism sector…" Credited with reviving New Zealand’s economy as Prime Minister, and with over 20 years experience as an investment banker, Key’s international business acumen are praised by leaders worldwide.Watch John Key discuss his new position and future plans on TVNZ >>
Lori Greiner teaches her audience how to swim with the sharks
As one of entrepreneurial investors and advisors on ABC's Shark Tank, LORI GREINER shares lessons learned from her years as a highly-successful inventor and business woman. In her speeches she inspires audiences to set ambitious goals, put in the hard work to turn them into reality, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset. She is a dynamo who electrifies every room she's in, and brings buzz to every event.Read more about how Lori can motivate your audience >>
Max Baucus makes headlines following keynote at LendIt Fintech Conference
Max Baucus’ shrewd and informative keynote at the LendIt Fintech Conference in Shanghai, China's largest global fintech show, instantly made headline in Forbes. Addressing an audience of some 2,000 attendees, Baucus provided an optimistic assessment of U.S.-China relations, but was frank in noting that “China is leapfrogging the standard payments systems still used in the United States and other developed countries.” As a longtime Senator (1978-2013), former Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014) and Former Ambassador to China (2014-2017), Baucus has truly unparalleled experience and insights on a wide range of top issues, including what is achievable in Washington, the global economy, and U.S.-China relations. During his keynote, Baucus shed light on why there is optimism in China and resistance to payments technology in the U.S., highlighting both obstacles and opportunities to trade between the two countries. Beyond Forbes, outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg frequently seek out Baucus’ sharp analysis on pressing issues from the ongoing Russia investigation to health care.Read more about Max Baucus' insights from the LendIt Fintech Conference >>
HWA is honored to represent United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary General BAN KI-MOON is one of the world's global thinkers, focused on peace through global cooperation to improve security, climate, education and poverty for all of the world's citizens. Secretary General Ban's commitment to global citizenship inspires audiences and sheds light on some of the most complex issues of our time.Learn more about Secretary Ban's leadership at the United Nations >>
Commissioner Bratton shares key tips on leadership style with HWA
On a visit to the Harry Walker Agency offices, Commissioner Bratton shared his unique experiences and take on what he called, “leadership as transformation.” Commissioner Bratton does not favor “leadership as maintenance,” as he said, but rather looks for ways to strategically engineer his team and be an optimistic and predictive leader that can anticipate and tackle issues head-on. With experience leading the police departments of America’s two largest, and at one point extremely violent, cities, Bratton is no stranger to crisis. “I seek out crises as both a challenge and opportunity,” Bratton said, maintaining that no matter how chaotic a situation gets the calmer you must be as a leader. “You never let them see you sweat.” He brings this philosophy to his current role as Executive Chairman of Taneo Risk, where Commissioner Bratton works on crisis management and consulting. Working on everything from cyber risk management to critical infrastructure, Bratton helps companies “address a constant evolution of threats.”Watch Bratton share his insights on leadership in his HWA Chat >>
Adam Braun’s MissionU makes headlines with Forbes, CNN, CNBC and more
New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder of Pencils of Promise, Adam Braun has been making headlines for founding his latest game-changing company: MissionU, a one-year college alternative. Heralded for his entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking, Braun’s recent launch of MissionU has been met with a flurry of media attention, including an article in CNNMoney on MissionU’s revolutionary business plan and vision, and an interview with Forbes Podcast on his journey from “backpacker to philanthropist.” Chock full of inspirational quotes and insight into what it takes to prepare students for today’s tech-based economy, Braun’s Forbes interview reveals his unique perspective and tremendous passion, one which he has shared with enthusiastic audiences worldwide.Listen to Adam Braun’s Forbes Interview Podcast >>
The Brilliance of Renowned Economist Olivier Blanchard
In this Washington Post feature on OLIVIER BLANCHARD you'll find golden nuggets of insight about why Blanchard is one of the world's most respected economists. Excerpt: “Olivier is one of those rare academics who deserve to have a license to practice,” said the IMF’s first deputy managing director. “The world is full of economists who are willing to believe only what they can prove. We don’t have that luxury here. What we do has to be based not just on what we know but on our judgment about what we don’t know. Let’s just say we came to trust Olivier’s judgment.”Read article...
Liza Donnelly’s creative use of technology results in one-of-a-kind presentations
Delivering a keynote on how to stimulate creativity and innovation in your organization, New Yorker and CBS News Cartoonist Liza Donnelly wowed a crowd of nearly 1,000 at the FocusOn Learning event. Renowned for her unique “live drawings” of major events from the Oscars to the Presidential Inauguration, Donnelly uses the same dynamic approach for her presentations, keeping audiences both engaged and inspired by simultaneously illustrating depictions of her key insights while speaking. Her fascinating and cutting-edge keynote kept the FocusOn Learning audience raving on Twitter: “@lizadonnelly keynote + live drawing + tips = inspired #FocusOnLearn”; “@lizadonnelly Yes. This. 100% So grateful to have the chance to listen to you at #FocusOnLearn”; “Gotta love technology --watching @lizadonnelly live draw on screen :)” Full of fresh ideas on how to strategically tap into the power of tech to spur creativity and create dialogue, Donnelly is frequently sought-out for her insights. Recently, she was interviewed by TechRepublic on staying open to new technology as a creative tool, and she’s been profiled in Forbes about how her cartoons offer lessons for entrepreneurs.
Former Mayor of Philadelphia and CNN Commentator Michael Nutter makes headlines
Michael Nutter first made headlines thanks to his innovative initiatives and strategic leadership as the mayor of Philadelphia from 2008-2016, during which time he successfully delivered on his ambitious core campaign pledges, including significantly reducing crime, actively recruiting new businesses, turning the economy around following the 2008 recession, and increasing Philadelphia's population for the first time in 57 years. Today, Nutter continues to make headlines as a CNN commentator, Independent Director for Conduent Inc., National Spokesperson for Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities initiatives, member of the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, and numerous other roles at organizations that have all turned to Nutter for his unparalleled insider insights, leadership skills, and in-depth expertise on a broad range of top policy issues.Take a look at the organizations that have sought-out Nutter for his expert insights >>
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator.
Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations.
Ban was the foreign minister of South Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. As foreign minister of South Korea he was able to travel to all the countries on the United Nations Security Council, a maneuver that turned him into the campaign's front runner.
On 13 October 2006, he was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly. On 1 January 2007, he succeeded Kofi Annan. As Secretary-General, he was responsible for several major reforms on peacekeeping and UN employment practices. Diplomatically, Ban has taken particularly strong views on global warming, pressing the issue repeatedly with U.S. President George W. Bush, and on the Darfur conflict, where he helped persuade Sudanese president to allow peacekeeping troops to enter Sudan.
Ban was named the world's 32nd most powerful person by the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People in 2013, the highest among South Koreans. In 2016, Foreign Policy named Ban one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for his achievement of making the Paris Agreement a legally binding treaty less than a year after it was adopted.
One of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger’s preparation and leadership enabled him to safely guide US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River—an inspirational and iconic moment in modern history. His incredible personal story is captured in Sully, a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger. In his speeches, Captain Sullenberger shares timeless management principles—including his credo of “leadership by personal example”—and the lessons from his life which prepared him to handle the unprecedented crisis presented by the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
A former small businessman, John Boehner served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for nearly five years during which he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. Speaker Boehner focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, cutting government spending, reforming Congress, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.
Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew (2013- 2017) has served as the most senior economic official in the U.S. government, helping to shape policies that drove the longest economic recovery in American history. At Treasury, he oversaw all aspects of international and domestic fiscal policy, including issues related to financial regulation, global sanctions regimes, tax policy, debt management, and trade. As a speaker, he brings the freshest insights and an insider's knowledge of the individual people and policies affecting the direction of the global economy. Secretary Lew addresses these issues both from an historical perspective -- given his over 30 years of government experience -- and by looking forward to how the new Administration and Congress may tackle the many challenges they face. With his unique perspective, Secretary Lew presents an engaging view of how complex financial and geopolitical forces are shaping our economy, both domestically and overseas.
An authority on leadership and management, Sir Alex Ferguson is regarded as one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of football, the world’s most popular sport.When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after 26 years as manager of Manchester United football club, media outlets around the world lauded his legendary career. The New York Times called Sir Alex “…a candidate for the title of greatest coach, or manager, in history — not only in soccer, but in any sport on any continent.” As a manager, Sir Alex was often guarded in his public comments, but now, Sir Alex is able to candidly share with audiences his personal views on his leadership and management success and details of his storied career.
Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is an internationally respected economist and financier with experience at the highest level of business and government. Markets hang on his analysis and insight, and audiences interested in issues of finance and global markets buzz when El-Erian comes to the podium. Meeting planners share their praise for his ability to connect with audiences through a humorous laid-back style, and to clearly explain the complex issues of the global economy.
Arguably the most successful athlete-turned-businessman in the world, Greg Norman is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom as his dominance on the golf course. The internationally renowned “Great White Shark” won more than 90 tournaments worldwide, including two Open Championships, and he holds the distinction of defending his No. 1 position in the world golf rankings for 331 weeks, the second-longest reign in history. As one of the most prolific players in the game’s history, his career culminated in 2001 when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame with a higher percentage of votes than any other inductee in history.
Greg Norman now transcends the game of golf, with over a dozen companies around the world bearing his name and the iconic shark logo as part of the Greg Norman Company, which he leads as Chairman & CEO. His internationally recognized brand boasts more than 100 golf course designs across six continents, a global real estate collection, award-winning wine, golf-inspired lifestyle apparel and a diverse investment division. Across all facets of business, the Greg Norman brand consistently delivers the quality that his name is synonymous with and continues to inspire people to attack life.
Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal and bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history and culture. Her Wall Street Journal column, Declarations, has run each week since 2000, garnering millions of readers. In 2017 when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, the prize committee cited her, "For rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation's most divisive political campaigns." Forbes Magazine has also hailed her column as “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.”
A current political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Noonan also served as a Special Assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. In the Reagan White House, she worked alongside the President on speeches that span the 40th anniversary of D-Day, the Challenger disaster, and his Farewell Addresss.
Peggy Noonan provides unique and thoughtful analysis of our nation and its leaders. Her speeches are filled with humorous anecdotes and political insight, making them as entertaining as they are thought-provoking.
A current political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Josh Earnest draws on a decade of insider access working alongside President Barack Obama both on the campaign trail and in the White House to provide engaging, razor-sharp analysis on today's top issues.
Rising to international acclaim as President Obama's Press Secretary from 2014-2017, Earnest was selected in the midst of an increasingly caustic media environment to assume the most visible job in American politics. Earnest distinguished himself as Press Secretary – not with bluster – but with a keen ability to marshal facts and construct persuasive arguments that earned him the respect of Washington insiders in both parties.
Earnest stood before the White House press corps each day for the last two and a half years of Obama’s tenure prepared to discuss the most complex and consequential issues in the world. Whether reacting to a legislative setback, a diplomatic breakthrough or a terror attack, Earnest earned a reputation for uncommon poise under an intense spotlight where there is no margin for error. In fact, White House correspondents surveyed by Politico in 2015 voted Earnest the “best White House press secretary I’ve worked with.” Earnest brings the same shrewd analysis, signature wit, and engaging style he was known for as Press Secretary to the newsroom and audiences worldwide.
Max Baucus is uniquely qualified to address issues regarding U.S. tax reform, world trade, China and the Asian Continent. As Ambassador to China (2014 - 2017) and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007 - 2014), Max Baucus has extensive experience in international trade issues. Ambassador Baucus led the passage and enactment of Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries and worked to increase U.S. exports by knocking down trade barriers. He was deeply involved in orchestrating congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001, and is credited with holding China accountable on issues of intellectual property, human rights and currency. Baucus served in Congress from 1978 until his appointment to Ambassador to China, during which time he fostered and enacted groundbreaking legislation, not the least of which is the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare). As the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, he ushered the Act through Congress, vocal even at the time about his concerns regarding costs and lack of bipartisan support, two issues which now threaten the Act's durability under the Trump administration.
Lori Greiner started with one idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is now regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products, having created over 500 products and secured over 120 U.S. and international patents. Lori is known as the star "warm-blooded" Shark on Shark Tank, the three-time Emmy-winning entrepreneurial business show on ABC, where she invests in companies and turns dreams into reality. Lori's QVC-TV show Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner has been on the air for the past 16 years. Lori says she can instantly tell if a product is a “hero or a zero,” and this is clearly shown through her many thriving investments and a 90% success rate on new items launched. Lori's international bestseller Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! is a step-by-step guide on how to turn an idea into a million-dollar reality.
WILLIAM J. BRATTON
The only person to lead the police departments of America's two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles, William J. Bratton’s 46-year career in law enforcement is marked by transformative leadership and sharp reductions in crime. As America's "Top Cop" Commissioner Bratton has translated crisis into opportunity at every stage of his esteemed career, demonstrating the power of optimistic leadership and strategic, turnaround team management.
Commissioner Bratton offers his audience key takeaways for how they can lead through and transform their own crises, earning praise from audiences, such as this from Johnson & Johnson: “I can't remember an outside speaker engaging our audience so thoroughly with such credibility. I think our people are now much better equipped to face 'impossible' situations.”
Commissioner Bratton’s leadership record speaks for itself. As Police Commissioner of New York City from 1994 to 1996, Bratton gained an international reputation for re-engineering the police department, revitalizing morale and achieving the largest crime declines in New York City's history. During his tenure, murder and serious crime dropped significantly. As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009, in a city known for its entrenched gang culture and youth violence, Commissioner Bratton brought crime to historically low levels through his Real Time and Predictive Policing initiatives. He also transformed the LAPD's relationship with local communities.
Among his numerous awards and recognitions, Commissioner Bratton has been named both one of the “Most Influential People in the Security Industry” (Security Magazine) and “Public Official of the Year” (Governing Magazine). He currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, advising clients on risk identification, prevention and response, giving corporations the tools needed to handle a constant evolution of threats.
Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, his hometown. He served 22.5 years as an elected official in Philadelphia, serving 14.5 years as a City Council member, and then 2 four year terms as Mayor, leaving office on January 4, 2016 due to term limits.
Mayor Nutter was considered one of the foremost leaders in innovation, tackling challenges of public safety, increasing funding for educating children, revitalizing the economy and spurring economic growth, restoring ethics and integrity to city government, ensuring fiscal discipline and making Philadelphia one of the great green and sustainable cities in America.
Known for keeping an active and engaged schedule as Mayor, Michael Nutter is doing the same as a private citizen. He's a Professor at Columbia University, a Political Contributor on CNN, a Senior Fellow with Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Program, Chair of the Mayors Advisory Board for Airbnb, and holds numerous Fellowships and Advisory positions in academic, political, non-profit and corporate entities. Mayor Nutter is actively engaged in the work of cities and trying to make them work better on behalf of their citizens.
Penny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world, Pritzker is the founder and Chairman of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as professional services, real estate, technology, agriculture, industrial services and consumer products.
From June 2013 through January 2017, Pritzker served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. Pritzker was a core member of President Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts. During her tenure, she launched SelectUSA, the first federal initiative aimed at attracting foreign direct investment to the United States, which facilitated $23 billion in investment to date and created or retained tens of thousands of good paying American jobs. Pritzker also developed the agency’s first comprehensive digital and data agenda, chaired the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program and served as the Administration’s point person on manufacturing.
Cody Keenan has been a speechwriter for President Barack Obama for nearly a decade, rising from a campaign intern in Chicago to Director of Speechwriting at the White House. Through times of challenge and change, Keenan has helped President Obama craft remarks on every topic for every audience – from tiny backyards in Iowa to the biggest stadiums in the country; from sermons on the National Mall to the State of the Union Address. Over eight years in the White House, their collaborations were compared to the works of Abraham Lincoln, described as the “‘I Have a Dream’ speech for the 21st Century,” and categorized even by prominent Republicans as “speeches that every child should read in school.”
Together, Keenan and Obama's efforts resulted in some of the most unforgettable addresses of our time. From Tucson to Newtown to Charleston, Keenan helped President Obama fill his role as Consoler-in-Chief. From commencement addresses to Selma to Obama’s Farewell Address, they redefined the essence of the American creed and charted an inspiring, optimistic course for a new generation’s active citizenship. In 2017, Obama asked Keenan to continue their partnership, and today, Keenan serves as Obama’s collaborator on his upcoming book, and as his post-presidential speechwriter.
Described as the "Springsteen" of Obama's White House and included in British GQ's "35 Coolest Men Under 38 (And a Half)", when it comes to finding a message that resonates, Keenan is truly in a league of his own. As Obama said of Keenan, "I rely on Cody not just to share my vision, but to help tell America’s story. He’s a brilliant writer. He’s relentless.”
Phil is a co-founder and the CEO of All Turtles, an AI startup studio. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of the global productivity tool Evernote, which created an epic transformation in workflow and has redefined the way individuals and teams work today. A sought-after leader on innovation, Libin provides audiences with an engaging look at what it takes to reinvent productivity at global scale. His investment focus is generally on using technology to enhance humanity, productivity, and business globally.
Time magazine named Dick Costolo one of the 10 Most Influential U.S. Tech CEOs. In his speeches, Dick Costolo calls on his experience as a digital entrepreneur, business executive, and surprisingly, his experience as an improvisational comedian to deliver entertaining, insightful speeches with a powerful message about the future of social media and the Internet. He is a digital entrepreneur who has launched a series of highly successful ventures, but when he became CEO of Twitter in 2010, he realized he was helping run more than digital platform. Twitter had become a tool to collapse regimes, a tool that gave a powerful voice for the unempowered, and created a new way for businesses to connect and news to be reported. More than ever before, social media was forcing ambitious and significant changes to politics, business, ethics, governance, democracy and inclusion. Twitter was enabling all of that while trying to grow revenue, manage rocket-speed growth, and court investors.
Abigail shines a unique, humanistic lens on culture, business and technology that brings fresh perspective to corporate culture, product development, branding and marketing. Her quest is to spark novel thinking and lead people to take action. Abigail is the Head of Strategic Planning at the ZOO, Google’s creative think tank for agencies and brands. At Google, she helps advertisers and marketers make sense of human beings’ deep, emotional relationship to the digital space and convert those insights into strategic and creative efforts.
Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” one of the UK’s "100 Greatest Britons,” and one of the world's "Most Influential Thinkers,” Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the most powerful communication medium in the world — the World Wide Web — and gave it to the world for free. It is no exaggeration to say that his visionary work has transformed every aspect of our lives. Sir Tim’s genius is in understanding the next, new unimagined future and practical consequences for business, technology and healthcare and how it will transform the way we live and work, the way we govern, heal our bodies and much, much more. In his speeches, Sir Tim shares his insights about the future of tech with audiences who learn how to apply new technologies now for competitive advantage or thoughtful consideration about the future we want to create
Robin Sharma is one of the world's premier speakers on Leadership and Personal Mastery, recently named one of the World's Top Leadership Gurus. As a presenter, Sharma has the rare ability to electrify an audience yet deliver uncommonly original and useful insights that lead to individuals doing their best work, teams providing superb results and organizations becoming unbeatable.
For nearly 20 years, many of the most well-known organizations on the planet, ranging from Nike, GE, Microsoft, FedEx, PwC, HP and Oracle to NASA, Yale University and YPO have chosen Robin Sharma for their most important events, when nothing less than a world-class speaker will do.
Sharma's books such as The Leader Who Had No Title have topped bestseller lists internationally and his social media posts reach over six hundred million people a year, making him a true global phenomenon for helping people do brilliant work, thrive amid change and realize their highest leadership capacities within the organization so that personal responsibility, productivity, ingenuity and mastery soars.
Sharma has been ranked as one of the Top 5 Leadership Gurus in the World in an independent survey of over 22,000 businesspeople and appears on platforms with other luminaries such as Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jack Welch and Shaquille O'Neill.
Charles B. Rangel is a war hero, history-making congressman, and master lawmaker. A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, he made history as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Having just completed his 22nd term in the House of Representatives, Rangel had been cited as the most effective lawmaker in the House, leading all of his colleagues in passing legislation. He was a prime contributor to President Obama's historic health care reform law.
John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy.
Mr. Key was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016.
Prior to entering politics in 2002, Mr. Key worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore London and Sydney. Mr. Key's most recent positions included heading Merrill Lynch's global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce.
In 1999 Mr. Key was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Ben Rhodes was the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speech writing, overseeing President Obama’s national security communications, speech writing, and global engagement. Previously, he served as deputy director of White House speech writing and as a senior speech writer for the Obama campaign. Prior to joining Obama for America, he worked as special assistant to Lee Hamilton at the Wilson Center, where he helped draft the Iraq Study Group Report and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. He is the co-author, with Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission.
Appointed by President Barack Obama, Daniel Shapiro served as the United States Ambassador to Israel from July 2011 until the end of the Obama Administration. As Ambassador, Shapiro won praise from leaders of both countries for his deft management of the U.S.-Israel relationship during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Iran nuclear agreement, regional instability, and periods of significant bilateral tension and disagreement. Among Shapiro's major contributions were negotiating the $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding for U.S. military aid to Israel, unprecedented public outreach in fluent Hebrew to Israel’s diverse communities, and 40 percent growth in U.S.-Israel trade.
Shapiro's time as the Ambassador to Israel followed a diverse career of over 20 years in senior foreign policy and national security positions in the United States government, including as the Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council.
Currently, Shapiro is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies. His remarkable breadth of insights have been featured across the major media networks, and his writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Israeli Channel 2, and more.
Ronan Farrow is an influential voice in media and government, once described by The New York Times as "the youngest old guy in the room" for his ability to help traditional institutions speak to a new generation. Esquire has named him man of the year of his birth, New York Magazine has named him "Activist of the Year", and he has repeatedly appeared on the Forbes "30 Under 30" list. As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, he fronts the Today Show’s “#Undercovered” series and has anchored a daily MSNBC program. He previously served as a government official, including reporting directly to the Secretary of State as the first US Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues. He has written about human rights and foreign policy for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications. He is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a Rhodes Scholar. His speeches have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s Top 10 Speeches of the Year.
Mia Farrow has appeared in more than forty films but she is equally known as an fierce advocate for human rights. She has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2000, with a focus on children in conflict zones, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
She is active on Twitter and her website (http://www.miafarrow.org), contains entries from Darfur, Chad, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Uganda, Congo, South Sudan, Kenya and the Syrian border in Lebanon. Her op-ed pieces and photographs have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and numerous publications and exhibitions around the world. She has traveled to the Darfur region of Sudan 13 times and spoken extensively about genocide and human responsibility across the United States as well as at Senate and Congressional hearings and at the United Nations Security Council.
In 2008 Mia Farrow was selected by Time magazine as one of the’ most influential people in the world. She has been the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards including the Refugees International McCall-Pierpont Award for “extraordinary services to refugees and displaced people," the Tiananmen Square Award, the Leon Sullivan International Service Award, and the Marian Anderson Award in 2010.
Her ongoing project , The Darfur Archives, documents the cultural traditions of Darfur’s major ethnic tribes. It is preserved at the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.
One of the nation’s most respected economists, Alan Krueger served as chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) and a member of his Cabinet from 2011-2013, and he is among the 50 highest-ranked economists in the world according to Research Papers in Economics. He joined the administration amid the deepening recession and helped steer the country back toward growth. The former chief economist of both the Department of the Treasury and Department of Labor, he is not only one of the foremost experts on labor and unemployment, but he is also one of the people best poised to address our current economic environment.
One of the only household names in classical music today, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for music-making and communicating with music lovers around the world. In his presentations, Mr. Perlman's joy of music is brought to life on stage as he uses his violin to demonstrate the power of music by emotionally connecting with his audience.
In her current role at 60 Minutes, Logan helps us understand the political and human conflicts around the world, including Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, and Egypt. Committed to the story, she lived in Iraq for five years at the height of the violence. She was one of the few journalists in Baghdad when the U.S. military entered the city, reporting live in the square as the statue of Sadam fell. Logan has earned almost every journalistic and reporting award; among them are the highly prestigious duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, the Overseas Press Club, the Emmys and the RTNDA/ Edward R. Murrow Award—to name a few. A journalist who heads straight into hostile places not for spectacle, but for the sake of our understanding the real issues of our time, Logan is an insightful interpreter of international current events and a fearless interviewer asking tough questions of today's most powerful people.
Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit spent over 168 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. His latest bestselling book, Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business (2016) is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life. Duhigg's journalistic accomplishments have made him an in-demand speaker for organizations from the UCLA School of Management to Fortune 500 companies and The Johnson Foundation to the National Association of Science Teachers. His presentations are both descriptive and prescriptive, and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of business, science, medicine, and education. He is a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter , and writes for The New York Times Magazine and other publications.
Steven Kotler is a New York Times Bestselling Author, award-winning journalist and the Co-Founder and Director for Research of the Flow Genome Project, the largest open-source citizen science project on human performance in the world. The author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance and Bold, Kotler shows companies how to unlock their potential and level up their game like never before. His bestselling books and research decode how scientific and technological breakthroughs are radically changing the world for both businesses and individuals. Whether it’s an optimistic view of how technology and innovation can help us solve life’ s greatest challenges; or how bold thinking and extraordinary technological changes have and will alter our lives in amazing ways; or how individual science – the science of “flow” can alter a person’s way of interacting with the world to out-perform others; Kotler is a master storyteller who decodes our brave new world with enthusiasm and optimism to provide what the Wall Street Journal called “a manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world’s most pressing concerns."
An international pioneer in the fields of innovation, technology and human performance, Kotler has spoken to and consulted with everyone from Fortune 100 companies to the US Special Forces. He explores the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals, and details how today’s top entrepreneurs—Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk—have learned to think at scale and perform at speed—the core requirements for creative disruption.
Edward Norton is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is a visionary entrepreneur and committed social and environmental activist. Norton is a founding partner of CrowdRise, a web-based technology platform that changes the way organizations share their mission and involve those who support their causes. He speaks personally about his fundraising efforts and our responsibilities, particularly with regard to sustainability and natural resource management in our industrial economy.
Former President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan is a worldwide proponent of democracy, peace and prosperity. As President, he made a commitment to change the global negative perceptions of the Nigerian elections; to make them non-violent, free, fair and credible. He pursued a transformational agenda and under his watch, Nigeria experienced unprecedented economic growth and became the largest economy in Africa. He promoted democratic values and principles, peace and national security.
Jane Holl Lute has dedicated her career to preventing terrorism, enhancing global stabilty and security, and helping those in crisis. It says something about the times in which we live that Ms. Lute now focuses on cyberterrorism, the source of today's most menacing threats to nations, businesses and individuals. Audiences praise Ms. Lute for grounding her remarks about cybersecurity in her roots as a United Nations Peace builder and Assistant Secretary-General of the U.N. responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support for humanitarian operations in crises. She has also served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Department's efforts to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage the nation's borders, administer and enforce U.S. immigration laws, strengthen national resilience in the face of disasters, and ensure the nation's cybersecurity.
A passionate champion of America’s founding principles, Senator Rick Santorum's impressive presidential campaign positioned him as a leading voice of the Republican Party. Senator Santorum began his first presidential campaign as a dark-horse candidate, but with a victory in the Iowa caucuses, he became a center-stage challenger who went on to win another ten states, over 3 million votes, and claim the mantle of conservative alternative to the front-runner. In four years in the U.S. House of Representatives, 12 as U. S. Senator, and now as a Senior Political Commentator with CNN, Rick Santorum earned a reputation as a passionate fighter for conservative values and a vocal advocate for smaller government, cutting wasteful spending, a strong national defense, and a return to our country’s founding principles.
Former Bank of England deputy governor, Sir Paul Tucker is one of the most respected central bankers and financial policy makers of our time. He spent more than three decades at the central bank, including experience in Asia, and was knighted for his reforms, which are creating a more resilient international banking system.
What is the Ann Curry difference? She is more than a highly esteemed, award-winning journalist. Ann brings stories to life. Her reporting is raw, bold, and deeply personal, because she knows how to connect with each person she interviews. Her passion to share someone else’s truth so that she can better inform the world, comes from a deep understanding of the importance of service and it continues to be the driving force of her work on and off camera or stage. Audiences praise her for her “…genuine interest, insights, compassion for others, passion for your work, and obvious intellect and talents ... Your message was inspirational.” (Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc.) Her celebrity status in the “Who’s Who” of the journalism world is a wonderful vehicle bringing her to events around the world, but at the end of the day, Ann is a person who will connect with every member of an audience and share a message that will leave each person forever changed.
Coca-Cola, Kraft, and Great-West Life have all hosted New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Adam Braun and praised him as “The best speaker I’ve ever seen in the history of our company’s offsite events.” (Coca-Cola HBC); “The feeling was unanimous, the best speaker we’ve ever had at an offsite.” (Kraft Brands); “We all agreed that he is someone to watch over the next few years.” (Great-West Life)
Adam Braun knows how to motivate people to powerful action and organizations who bring Adam to their event are seeing the difference.
Adam Braun’s story is how one young man turned $25 into more than 300 schools, serving more than 30,000 students around the world, and built a global community which is well on its way to achieving its goal of making a quality education a possibility for everyone. His story proves that anyone can take small steps to lead a successful and significant life.
Adam's book, The Promise of a Pencil, did not become a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller just because it was a great story; it became a sought-after guide for achieving goals and dreams and in the book Adam outlines chapters that provide actionable steps toward success. Adam empowers audiences to discover their next big idea, and he gives them guideposts for a path forward.
Watch him in action in this inspiring presentation: Creating Extraordinary Change in Life & Business
By the age of 31 he was already named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s first ten Global Shapers. Braun was previously nominated for the TED Prize and has received the nation's oldest and most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award. In 2015 he joined a coalition to address high-level challenges with Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and several Nobel Peace Prize winners.
In 2017, Adam launched his new project: MissionU, a groundbreaking approach to education for the 21st Century. Adam serves as MissionU's CEO.
Margaret Trudeau is celebrated for her role as a respected mental-health issues advocate and proponent of living a vibrant, joyful life especially as we age. From becoming the Canadian prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.
Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, Alex Banayan is the author of a highly anticipated business book, The Third Door, to be released by Crown Publishers (Random House, Inc.). The Third Door is Banayan's unbelievable journey tracking down the world's most successful people to uncover how they launched their careers. Over the course of his five-year quest, Banayan has sat down with Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Jessica Alba, Maya Angelou, Jane Goodall, Pitbull, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Tim Ferriss, Tony Hsieh, and Steve Wozniak—and had remarkable run-ins with Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Clinton, and more. After exclusive interviews and extensive research, Banayan has uncovered the single trait every single one of these leaders has in common. His discovery will change the way your organization understands and approaches success. Banayan is the youngest business author ever signed to Crown Publishing in their eighty-year history.
As a keynote speaker, Banayan has presented to corporate leadership teams and conferences around the world, garnering standing ovations from Apple, Nike, IBM, Dell, MTV, Harvard, and countless others. Microsoft declared that Banayan “cracked the code for success.”
A leader of the next generation of entrepreneurs and the focus of major media around the world, Banayan is a venture associate at Alsop Louie Partners, a high-tech venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Fortune magazine reported that Banayan was "the world’s youngest venture capitalist" and Business Insider named him one of the “Most Powerful People Under 30.”
As the current Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade and the head football coach of Coastal Carolina University, Joe Moglia has one of the most "unique resumes in modern business," according to Forbes, and his tremendous success from the locker room to the board room provide invaluable lessons on strategic risk-taking, how to look at challenge with new perspective, and leadership. Having honed his message of the four-pillars of success through his own trials as a business leader and football coach, Moglia is an in-demand executive leadership speaker heralded as "incredibly gifted" (Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC); "raw and remarkable" (Collegiate Sports Summit); and "pitch-perfect" (Bentley University).
In the business world, Moglia was at Merrill Lynch for 17 years before becoming the CEO at TD Ameritrade in 2001. By 2008, in the midst of a global financial crisis, the firm had its sixth record year in a row, grew its market cap from $700 million to $10 billion, and shareholders enjoyed a 500% financial return.
In 2008, he stepped down as CEO, became Chairman of the Board and returned to football. In his last 10 seasons of coaching college football, Moglia has been part of 8 championship teams. In his first five seasons at Coastal, he has led his team to the National Playoffs 5 times and was Conference Champions 4 times. Moglia has also been inducted into six Halls of Fame, is the recipient of three Honorary Doctorates and is also the only author in the world to have written books published on both investing and football.
With award-winning cartoons covering a gamut of topics from global politics, to pop culture, to gender equality, New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly proves that pen and ink are a powerful catalyst for engaging conversation about political and social issues. Donnelly's TEDTalk on how humor and art can empower has racked up over 1,200,000 views,,= and her work appears in The New York Times, Forbes, Medium, Politico, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, CNN, The Nation, National Lampoon, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and most recently as Contributing Cartoonist on CBS This Morning. Donnelly's "Live Drawing"—where equipped with nothing more than an iPad and her quick hand she is able to bring high-profile moments to life—has allowed audiences to engage with major events including the Women's March on Washington, The Olympics, The Oscars, the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and more.
Donnelly is also a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department and a member of the United Nations initiative "Cartooning for Peace," which has brought her to the global stage to speak about freedom of speech, world peace, women's rights and other world issues. She is the author of 15 books, numerous essays and her spot-on ability to observe the world with a thought-provoking and humorous lens is resonating with audiences around the world!
Elizabeth “Betsy” Duke is central bank economist who got her start in retail banking and small business lending. As a result, her practical understanding of the retail banking industry shaped the decisions of the Fed during the crisis and the recovery, as she became the Fed’s point person on housing, consumer and small business issues. Audiences appreciate that Duke has walked down both Wall Street and Main Street, and her speeches highlight how governments can catalyze growth, protect investment and free access to capital for America's businesses.
An entrepreneur, activist, politician and a philanthropist, Dr. Joyce Banda is the former president of Malawi, making her the country's first female president and Africa's second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes magazine and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, she is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled and other marginalized groups. Continuing her tireless work encouraging women to enter political office and championing the rights of women and the disenfranchised, Dr. Banda has taken on a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Global Development, jointly with the Woodrow Wilson Center, where she brings her invaluable experiences as a leader in African politics. In 2016, she also joined as a member of the United Nation's Council of Women World Leaders.
Former UK Shadow Chancellor, Cabinet Minister and Chief Economic Adviser to the UK Treasury, Ed Balls has over twenty years of experience at the nexus of international finance, economic policy-making, business and politics. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.
On the international stage, he was the chair of the IMFC deputies committee, for which he traveled extensively to both developed economies and emerging markets. He has regularly represented the UK at Finance Minister level meetings of both the G20 and the European Council. He has served as a minister and cabinet minister in the governments of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Jean-Claude Trichet was president of the European Central Bank, Chairman of the Bank of France and is Chairman of the influential Group of 30 (G30). An authority on global economic and financial issues, he is consistently recognized as an influential and powerful monetary policymaker. Audiences know they are in the presence of, as Time magazine stated it, "One of the most powerful people in the world.
He was named “Person of the Year” by the Financial Times in 2007 and was one of the “Fifty Faces that Shaped the Decade” of the Financial Times in December 2009. He was twice named “Policy Maker of the Year” by International Economy magazine (1991 and 2007). He was fifth on the “World’s Most Powerful” list in Newsweek and listed as one of the “Most Powerful Figures in Finance” by Institutional Investor (2008). He was also one of the “Most Influential People in the World” in Time magazine (2011).
Olivier Blanchard is a renowned international economist and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. Since October 2015, he is the Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in Washington. He is also the Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT.
The sharing economy, collaborative economy, on-demand economy, freelance economy, gig economy, access economy, trust economy -- or even just the “new economy”: what is going on? From Airbnb to TaskRabbit and Uber, hundreds of sharing and on-demand platforms are transforming industries and causing us to rethink almost every aspect of our lives. Anyone with a spare room, a car or even a little free time can become a mini-entrepreneur. What is the future evolution of these businesses? Who are the next disruptors on the horizon? What -- and where -- are the real opportunities and obstacles? Sharing Economy expert April Rinne has the answers. Advisor of choice for a range of private and public sector organizations, from Airbnb to the World Economic Forum and governments worldwide, a graduate of Harvard Law and an inveterate traveler, Rinne can help you see the shifts underway through a practical, helpful lens and bring new insights to light for you and your organization. For more information on April Rinne and her work, please visit her website here.
Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is widely recognized as a passionate advocate for women’s healthcare and other national issues which threaten our individual freedoms. Sen. Davis prides herself on the ability to see an issue from multiple perspectives, while forging a path to consensus and compromise. She skyrocketed to near celebrity status after her historic 13 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to stop a legislative effort that would have dramatically reduced women’s access to healthcare services in her state.
Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with the New York Times. Taking us on an eye-opening journey deep inside food companies, he offers audiences around the world an illuminating and surprising look at the researchers, marketers, strategists, and CEOs who seduce us with their products. Moss brings to vivid life the creative ways food manufacturers use the science of human behavior, biology and marketing to hook us. Using humor, case studies, and insight gleaned from investigative reporting that won him a Pulitzer Prize, he shows how food makers get consumers to buy, often at the expense of their health.
Dr. Coburn challenges the broken partisan culture of Washington. When audiences hear Dr. Coburn speak, they hear what The Week calls "authentic, adult conservatism." Coburn serves as the antidote to a high-tension political environment, with level-headed, thoughtful and practical solutions to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans. Dr. Tom Coburn is a medical doctor and retired member of Congress, who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, he established himself as "a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's budget woes" (Associated Press) and as a man who is "thoughtful and willing to seek solutions to big problems" (Politico).
Deval Patrick served two terms as the 71st governor of Massachusetts. An accomplished executive, passionate leader and gifted orator, Deval Patrick will capture—and hold—the attention of any audience. Guided by the advice of his grandmother to “hope for the best and work for it,” he entered office in 2007, a first-time candidate propelled by an unprecedented grassroots campaign and lead the Commonwealth to top national rankings in education, health care, energy efficiency, economic competitiveness and more. Through a challenging economic environment, the Governor maintained a disciplined growth strategy of investment in education, innovation and infrastructure.
Nineteen-time Emmy-winner John Stossel is a highly respected journalist who has earned a reputation for asking hard-hitting questions—and offering the tough truth. Hailed by The Dallas Morning News as "the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time," he is the host of Stossel on Fox where he highlights 'current consumer issues with a Libertarian point of view.' He is best known for being the former co-anchor of 20/20. Stossel began his career as a business-bashing consumer reporter calling for government regulation. But when he saw regulation fail, he began reporting on the wonderful things that free markets create: prosperity, innovation, choice, and freedom.
Karen Gordon Mills is the perfect speaker for a small business, entrepreneurship, innovation or leadership event. She is an expert on economic growth, job creation and competitiveness. Businesses and governments (including officials in the United Kingdom, Australia and the European Union) seek her insight not only for her higher level ideas of growth and innovation, but also for important small business tactical insights such as access to capital, regional economic clusters, hiring skilled workers, boosting exports, and tapping into government and commercial supply chains. Mills was widely praised for doing this on a national level when she served in President Barack Obama's Cabinet as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and as member of the President's National Economic Council. Audiences always have high praise for Mills and her commanding yet approachable style.
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall has spent 35 years addressing the world’s most pressing global and domestic challenges. Serving in top public sector positions, including as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Energy (2014-2017), White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control (2013-2014), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs (2009-2013), and at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia (1994-1996), Sherwood-Randall has chosen to engage in the most complex and consequential global challenges, participating in the highest levels of international decision-making. Offering unique insights and unparalleled expertise across a spectrum of issues from energy security to national security, Sherwood-Randall presents the threats and opportunities that lie ahead through a compelling insider’s lens. With first-hand experience as a defense and energy policy leader, global crisis manager, and female executive, Sherwood-Randall has inspired diverse teams to achieve ambitious goals, using innovative approaches in complex and uncertain times.
Fred P. Hochberg is the longest-serving chairman in the history of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and was one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration. Throughout nearly eight years of his leadership, EXIM Bank supported more than 1.4 million American jobs and financed exports with a value exceeding $240 billion. The Bank also generated $3.8 billion in surplus revenue for U.S. taxpayers during that time and Hochberg reduced internal costs by nearly 30 percent. Hochberg increased the Bank's focus on its customers, cutting transaction times and introducing new products. He also put America’s small business exporters at the top of the Bank's agenda and, as a result, nearly 90 percent of EXIM Bank authorizations directly supported small businesses on his watch.
Tina Tchen shares hope, ideas and strategies that inspire others to recognize the power of diverse teams and keep equality on the forefront of the global agenda.
During her eight years at the White House, Tina served as chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, special assistant to President Barack Obama, and the executive director of the Council on Women and Girls, leading the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and the first-ever United State of Women Summit. Previously a high-powered lawyer, Tina’s career accomplishments have established her as a powerful advocate for gender equality.
A passionate champion for women’s and children’s issues, including women in positions of leadership, Tina shares her unique perspective and insights on workforce diversity and inclusion, breaking through male-dominated industries, and ending campus assault. Energetic, authentic and engaging on stage, she empowers the next generation to raise their voices and take action now to secure a better tomorrow for women and minorities across the country and world.
Ertharin Cousin possesses more than thirty years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience focusing on food, hunger, humanitarian operations, political organizing, community development and resilience strategies.
From 2009 until 2017 Cousin led the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as the twelfth Executive Director (ED). As WFP ED Cousin guided the world’s largest humanitarian organization with 14,000 staff serving 80 million beneficiaries in 75 countries meeting urgent food needs; while, championing and serving as a global advocate for longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger.
Cousin has been listed numerous times on the Forbes "100 Most Powerful Women" list, as the Fortune "Most Powerful Woman in Food and Drink", on Time’s "100 Most Influential People" list, and as one of the "500 Most Powerful People on the Planet" by Foreign Policy magazine.
Cousin has an international reputation as a leader, with an emphasis on visionary thinking, practical problem solving, and the capacity to articulate clearly an important perspective on the global political and social situation.
Daniel Hoffman is a former Senior Executive Clandestine Service Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. His combined 30 years of distinguished government service included high-level positions not only within the CIA, but also with the U.S. military, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Commerce. Assignments included tours of duty in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and war zones in both the Middle East and South Asia. During this time, Mr. Hoffman developed extensive, substantive expertise on geopolitical and transnational issues related to the Middle East, South Asia, Russia, counterterrorism, and cyber and counter-intelligence. Now in the private sector, Mr. Hoffman remains highly regarded for his policy experience and his work with foreign officials in the regions where he served.
Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a "master storyteller." Eig is the author of five books, two of them New York Times best sellers. His new book, Ali: A Life, will be released October 3.
Eig was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he remains a contributing writer. Eig has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Slate.com, among others. Prior to The Wall Street Journal, he worked as a feature writer for Chicago magazine and as a news reporter for The Dallas Morning News and The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Eig has taught writing at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern. He has spoken to audiences at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Harvard Medical School, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year.
Eig has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and in two Ken Burns documentaries: Prohibition and Jackie Robinson. He is currently working with Burns and Florentine Films in making a documentary on Muhammad Ali. The Birth of the Pill is in development as a mini-series for National Geographic Channel. Eig lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
JONATHAN F. P. ROSE
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm. The firm has completed $2.3 billion of transformational work, in close collaboration with cities and not-for-profits. Mr. Rose is a thought leader in a wide range of urban issues, and the development of communities of opportunity. He has received the MIT’s Visionary Leadership Award, The Urban Land Institute’s global award for Excellence and many other awards for his work.
Mr. Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.
Mr. Rose is a Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Rose plays bass and blues harp.
Mr. Rose and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute and serve on its Board. The Institute connects inner transformation with outer solutions to relieve suffering in the fields of trauma, education and the environment.
Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.
His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and he was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers for 2013 by MeetingsNet.
Over the past 5 years Seth has shared his insight with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Deloitte.
If you drank a cup of coffee, brushed your teeth or shaved this morning, your life has already been impacted by Michelle Stacy’s leadership.
For the last 35 years, Michelle Stacy has built a career that has culminated in leadership positions at Gillette, P&G, and most recently as President of Keurig. These companies have all benefited from her ability to develop and articulate a clear vision and strategy, build brands, and identify avenues for growth.
Michelle’s key to managing and driving exceptional growth has been her ability to create a positive and focused culture that generates high employee engagement, as well as talent for creating company-wide commitment to lead with a higher purpose.
As CEO of the successful brand management firm, TURKEL, Bruce Turkel has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years. Bruce has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks and Bacardi, to name just a few.
A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, and AdWeek and appears regularly on FOX Business. He's also been a featured expert on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR.
Bruce’s latest book, All About Them: Grow Your Business by Focusing on Others, is a must-read says the Huffington Post and was ranked #1 in Amazon's New Releases in Customer Service. In it, Bruce shares how to grow profits and strengthen your business by implementing powerful influencing techniques to relentlessly focus an organization’s brand on their customers, instead of themselves.
Jeffrey K. Rohrs is a pied piper of marketing sensibilities and that rare breed of speaker who can both inform and entertain audiences of all stripes. He currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Yext and leads all global brand, enterprise, and partner marketing initiatives. His first book, Audience: Marketing In The Age Of Subscribers, Fans & Followers, explores the emergence of Proprietary Audience Development as a core marketing responsibility.
Informed by Mr. Rohrs' deep knowledge of brand, email, mobile, search engine, and social media marketing, the book is a must-read for CEOs and new marketers alike—anyone looking to gain a competitive advantage in today's ever-expanding marketing universe. The book was also ranked among the “Top 25 Social Media Books for Academia” from the Social Content Marketing Blog
Dr. Williamson is a Vice President of Strategy and Research for Karrikins Group, where she has worked with some of the world's largest companies, helping them set and execute on strategy and transformation. She is a leading voice in how organizations link together communication, design, strategy, sales, marketing and service to deliver sustainable growth. She uses both traditional and forward looking resources in her strategy and transformation work, leveraging design thinking to help client arrive at solutions that are informed by data and inspired by creativity.
Her work with Peter Sheahan on the recently released book MATTER: Create more value, move beyond the competition, and become the obvious choice highlights Julie’s commitment to working with clients to find and deliver on opportunities for growth and development.
Julie is an educator and a professional, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on organizational strategy, behavior, and change, and helping students connect the theoretical concepts to real-world applications. Her work with knowledge management and leadership development has been put to the test with Fortune 100 companies and stands well outside of the classroom.