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Josh Earnest Praised by President Obama at his Final Press Briefing
When JOSH EARNEST held his final press briefing, President Obama took the opportunity for an unexpected drop-in of epic proportions. Just as Earnest prepared to take questions from reporters, Obama entered to offer his gratitude and praise. "What struck me most in addition to his smarts and maturity and actual interest in the issues was his integrity," Obama said. "And he's never disappointed, he has always been the guy you wanted him to be," Obama added later in his remarks. Earnest started working for Obama as a communications staffer in Iowa in 2007. Their relationship has spanned nearly ten years, and their tremendous mutual respect for one another was on display during the press briefing.Watch Obama's and Earnest's remarks at final press briefing >>
New Year, New Projects: Renowned Journalist Gretchen Carlson Jump-Starts 2017
Recently named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2016, acclaimed broadcast journalist GRETCHEN CARLSON is gearing up for an exceptional start to 2017. One of the country’s most recognized and successful news anchors, Carlson made a much-celebrated return to live television as a Guest Host of NBC’s Today Show on January 3rd. In a motivating segment focused on the new year, Carlson announced a series of initiatives she’s launching as she brings her distinct voice to new platforms. Starting mid-January, she revealed that she will be a monthly columnist for TIME’s digital publication Motto, writing about women and empowerment. Popular with event planners for her powerful message and incisive commentary, Carlson “is a remarkably talented and charismatic speaker that drew a large and energetic crowd and was an absolute pleasure to work with.” (The Richard Nixon Foundation)Learn how to bring Gretchen Carlson to your next event >>
The Washington Post praises Jack Lew as a unique Washington insider who keeps America moving forward
The Post praises JACK LEW for being a unique kind of deal-maker, who cares less about politics and more about getting things done. Says the Post, "This hidden side of government is exemplified by Jack Lew, the treasury secretary and a two-time former OMB director. Quiet and self-effacing, Lew may be the most important official most Americans have never heard of. He illustrates the paradox of how Washington has continued to function over the past several decades even as the nominal institutions of government have become deadlocked and increasingly dysfunctional."Read the Washington Post's profile on Jack Lew >>
What World Leaders Can Learn from John Key
Barron's praised three-term New Zealand Prime Minister JOHN KEY for his leadership, diplomacy and fiscal restraint which moved New Zealand's economy from turmoil into stability. Tapping into his prior experience as a global investment banker, Key was able to make New Zealand a part of the Asian boom, by reforming labor and tax laws and negotiating several different trade partnerships within the Asian region and globally. Says Barrons, "A conservative, Key arguably looked out for all his people in ways too many world leaders have forgotten to." Key is a sought-after speaker not only for his knowledge of the Asian region and economy, but also for his leadership lessons and takeaways.Read what world leader's can learn from John Key >>
Looking for a substantive speaker on taxes and trade? Max Baucus brings gravitas to the discussion
MAX BAUCUS has extensive experience in Congress brokering trade deals globally, gained specific knowledge of the Asian trade environment while serving as ambassador to China. He is a knowledgeable, substantive speaker with inside knowledge of how the deals get done and what's at stake. The first day's agenda of the White House focused on the economy, trade and jobs, withdrawing from the TPP agreement and promising to tax firms that move operations overseas. What does this mean for corporations watching their cost structures, for consumers watching their wallets, and for American jobs?Meanwhile, Asia is marching forth with trade agreements with other nations excluding the U.S. and Brexit is shifting the European trade environment.Contact us to learn more about Max Baucus as a speaker on trade and taxes >>
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 >>
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 >>
Bonin Bough is the host of LeBron James' and CNBC's Cleveland Hustles
As an entrepreneur revitalizing one of the world's largest consumer brand companies, BONIN BOUGH is the host of the reality show with a purpose: To give aspiring local entrepreneurs the chance to realize their dreams while also helping to revitalize a neighborhood in Cleveland.Watch Bonin Bough and Cleveland Hustles >>
Abigail Posner Reveals Social Media Strategy at NRF Convention
Speaking at the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention—nicknamed “Retail’s BIG show” for attracting some 35,000 attendees and offering unparalleled insights and strategy for industry insiders-- Head of Strategic Planning at Google’s ZOO creative think tank ABIGAIL POSNER shared her invaluable perspective during a “Social and the Art of the Influencer” session. Highlighting the different cultures of each social media platform, and the creative ways companies and brands can foster connections with their customer base, Posner emphasized the importance of authenticity in customer relations. Posner provided valuable advice on the power of creating a “human” social media presence customers can relate to, and how companies can put data obtained via social media to strategic use. Posner also joined NRF’s Podcast Studio, sharing the revolutionary work on the intersection of fashion and tech.Watch highlights from Posner’s NRF session >>
Redefining Leadership: Head of State Joyce Banda
In this video profile, Africa's second female President Dr. JOYCE BANDA, a champion for the rights of women, children, and the disabled and other marginalized groups, describes her ascendancy to being the first woman president of Malawi. Dr. Banda was named to the United Nations Council of World Women Leaders, where she continues to serve as a tireless advocate for women's leadership at the highest levels around the globe.Watch the video here >>
Are You Looking for the Next Big Speaker?
What do Coca-Cola, Kraft, and Great-West Life have in common? They have all hosted New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Adam Braun: The Next. Big. Speaker. ADAM BRAUN is the Founder of Pencils of Promise and author of NYT Bestseller The Promise of a Pencil and he knows how to motivate people to powerful action. He engaged a rapt audience at the ASAE Springtime Expo recently and inspired many meeting planners to ask, “When can we book you for our next event?” Get motivated with this video clip from another home run event.
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 Live Draws the Women’s March in Washington D.C.
Equipped with her iPad and quick hand, Liza Donnelly is able to rapidly draw what she observes and instantaneously post it to social media, a practice she’s dubbed Live Drawing. From the 2016 Oscars to the Grammys, Mad Men finale, literary events, and more, Donnelly’s sketches bring instant, unique coverage, to high-profile events. As famed writer Joyce Carol Oates tweeted, “Liza Donnelly is remarkable. Moves invisibly about capturing essences of people w/ rapid sketching.” Recently, Donnelly brought her talents to the Women’s March in Washington D.C., capturing everything from high-profile speakers to the diversity of the crowd.See all of Liza Donnelly’s Work from the Women's March >>
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.
Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation's most successful and recognized news anchors and advocates for female empowerment. She has earned a solid reputation for incisive interviews of today’s newsmakers and for sharing timely stories from a clear point of view, which focuses on real, no-excuses conversation. For decades, loyal viewers have credited Ms. Carlson with “Getting Real,” the title of her best-selling book which celebrates the drive in each of us to achieve and embrace success and to stand up for what is right with a “never give up” attitude. Never apologizing for her own success nor accepting any limits, Ms. Carlson’s personal story is an testament to how strength and perseverance, and trust in one’s own talents, can lead to true empowerment and real success.
In the midst of an increasingly caustic media environment, Josh Earnest was selected by President Obama to assume the most visible job in American politics as White House press secretary in 2014. Earnest distinguished himself – 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.”
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.
Phil Libin is a Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm with $3B under management. Phil 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.
Robin Sharma is one of the world's premier speakers on Leadership and Personal Mastery. 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.
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
One of Fast Company's “Most Creative People” and Fortune's “40 Under 40,” Bonin Bough is one of the most groundbreaking and influential marketing minds of our generation. Bonin is the maverick behind campaigns that have successfully grown some of the globe’s largest brands, such as Mondelez, Kraft, and PepsiCo. Even if you don’t know Bonin’s name, you know his campaigns. He printed a 3-D Oreo live at the SXSW conference to promote Mondelez’s approach to Innovation and its brand. His campaign for Stride Gum went viral when a sky diver jumped 25,000 feet with no parachute. His approach is not just for the Fortune 100. He’s a creative disruptor, who believes the future of innovation lies in bringing big brand thinking to businesses of all sizes. He’s putting that into practice in his partnership with LeBron James on the new hit TV show, Cleveland Hustles, where he helps local entrepreneurs realize their dreams while helping to revitalize their communities.
According to Fast Company, “crowds swarm him after his presentations” at such events as TED Global, Think with Google, World Business Forum, SXSW, Social Media Week, Internet Week, Mashable Connect, Ad Age Digital Conference, Foursquare: The Quadrangle Conference, Mobile World Conference, TechCrunch Disrupt Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, Financial Times Digital Media Conference, Ad:tech, and many more.
In his bestselling book, Txt Me: Your Phone Has Changed Your Life, Bonin breaks down the often counterintuitive ways mobile devices and digital data are reshaping the way we experience, consume, and think.
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.
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.
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.
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 for the business section of The New York Times, where he contributes to the newspaper and the Times Magazine.
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 and 12 as U. S. Senator, 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.
With every new event, Adam Braun's presentations are met with standing ovations as he truly knows how to motivate people to powerful action.
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.”
Joe Moglia is an executive leadership speaker who honed his message of the four-pillars of success through his own trials as a business leader and football coach. Joe Moglia is the current Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade and the head football coach of Coastal Carolina University. In the business world, he 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 first three seasons at Coastal Carolina, playing the toughest schedules in the school's history, he led his team to two conference championships, two National Playoffs, was Conference Coach of the Year, Big South co-Coach of the Year and three times named a finalist for National Coach of the Year.
With award-winning cartoons covering a gamut of topics from global politics, to gender equality, to live drawing the MAD MEN season premiere, New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly proves that pen and ink are a powerful catalyst for engaging conversation about political and social issues. 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 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 the crazed 2016 GOP primary race, 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 commerce or Main Street vs. Wall Street event. She is an expert on national economic growth and competitiveness, and works to foster the engines of that growth: innovation, entrepreneurship and small businesses. Businesses and governments 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 chief 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.
Robert Jarvik, MD is chairman and CEO of Jarvik Heart, Inc., manufacturer of the Jarvik 2000 artificial heart. Dr. Jarvik has been active in artificial heart development for more than 40 years. His work has included invention, engineering, manufacturing development, laboratory and clinical research, regulatory affairs, and business management.
Throughout his career, he has emphasized the invention and simplification of artificial heart technology, with the goal of providing a practical artificial heart for widespread application. He developed the human anatomic configuration and surgical placement of the Jarvik 7, which led to the first human application of a permanent total artificial heart in recipient Barney Clark in 1982.
Dr. Jarvik holds more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents covering permanent artificial hearts, temporary blood pumps for use in less invasive heart surgery, methods of improving cardiomyoplasty, and other inventions, such as virtual reality exercise devices. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, he has served as principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and contracts. He has collaborated in various research programs at medical centers throughout the United States and abroad and is now conducting research under a major NIH contract to develop artificial hearts for children and infants,
In 2006-07, Dr. Jarvik served as national spokesperson for Lipitor, the leading treatment for high cholesterol, so he has been both an advocate for preventive measures to reduce patients’ risk of heart disease, as well as a developer of leading technology to treat severe heart failure.
Jarvik earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in occupational biomechanics at New York University, and a medical degree from the Division of Artificial Organs at the University of Utah. He is married to Marilyn vos Savant, who writes the Parade magazine column “Ask Marilyn” and works with him in the development and administration of Jarvik Heart Inc. In his spare time, Dr. Jarvik is writing the libretto for an opera, draws cartoons, and enjoys making jewelry for his wife.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”