Alex Banayan, "World’s Youngest Venture Capitalist" (Fortune Magazine); Forbes "30 Under 30"; Thought Leader on Millennial Trends for Business

Regularly receiving standing ovations at crowds from Nike and IBM, to MTV and Harvard, Alex Banayan is an internationally renowned thought leader on millennial business trends. Named by Business Insider as one of the "Most Powerful People Under 30," Banayan's highly anticipated book, The Third Door, shares his experiences interviewing icons like Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Maya Angelou, and Steve Wozniak, and Banayan's belief that there is always a route to success-- a message he enthusiastically shares with audiences. 

Joyce Banda, Africa's Second Female President; Former President of Malawi (2012-2014); Member, UN Council of Women World Leaders

In this video profileAfrica's second female President Dr, Joyce Bandaa 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.

Max BaucusU.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2014-2017); U.S. Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013); Chair, Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014)

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.

 John BoehnerSpeaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2015); House Minority Leader (2007-2011); House Majority Leader (2006-2007); Senior Strategic Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs

Speaker John Boehner’s incredibly frank remarks regarding Obamacare at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 Conference—the world’s largest healthcare IT conference drawing over 35,000 attendees—instantly made headlines across the biggest platforms. Boehner addressed the debate surrounding healthcare head on, saying that despite GOP optimism, a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not what’s going to happen.” Politico and CNN quickly picked up the story, with both featuring video of Boehner’s discussion. The Washington Post heralded “The audacious honesty of John Boehner” in an article that was commented on over 400 times in less than 24 hours.  And video clips plus analysis of Boehner’s insight into how divided Republicans are on the healthcare issue were included in MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Boehner’s unparalleled experience combined with his freedom from politics means he can give audiences the “real” inside story. 

Watch a video of Speaker Boehner’s HIMSS17 remarks here >>

Bill Bratton, Vice Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council; Police Commissioner of New York City (1994-1996) (2014-2016); Chief of Police of Los Angeles (2002-2009); Commissioner of the Boston Police Department (1993-1994)

America’s “Top Cop” and Former Police Commissioner of New York (1994-96 and 2014-16), William Bratton is this year’s History Makers Award winner along with his wife, defense lawyer and TV analyst Rikki Klieman.  A prestigious award from the New York Historical Society that recognizes individuals who have left an indelible mark on New York and the country as a whole, past History Makers have included Hillary Clinton and Lin Manuel-Miranda. The only person to ever lead the police departments of America’s two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles, Commissioner Bratton gained international acclaim for re-engineering New York’s police department, achieving the largest crime declines in the city’s history. From introducing new, predictive technologies, to boosting team morale, Bratton transformed crisis into opportunity at every stage of his esteemed career. Bratton will receive his award following an in-depth interview at the New York Historical Society’s History Makers Gala.

Watch Bratton share his insights on leadership in his HWA Chat >>

Adam Braun, New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, The Promise of a Pencil; Founder, Pencils of Promise; Founder & CEO, MissionU

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 >>

Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico (2006-2012); Chair of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

At The World Government Summit 2016 in Dubai, President FELIPE CALDERON addressed 4,000 top government leaders, global experts and thinkers about the economic and social impact of climate change and received high marks: "His speech was very energetic and I received a lot of positive feedback from his session."

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 Dick Cheney: Vice President of the United States (2001-2009); U.S. Secretary of Defense (1989-1993); Chair of the House Republican Congress (1987-1989); White House Chief of Staff (1975-1977)

Vice President Dick Cheney met with the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen to discuss the strategic partnership between Taiwan and the United States. Tsai heralded Cheney as a long-time supporter of the Taiwan Relations Act—a Congressional act that has been fundamental to Taiwan’s security and development— and emphasized she looks forward to Cheney’s continued support as U.S.-Taiwan relations grow in the areas of trade, investment, defense and more. A trusted expert on Asia-Pacific relations, Cheney was in Taiwan to deliver a keynote at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue in Taipei. For an audience of top government officials, students and diplomats, Cheney shed light on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, regional economic integration, and Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy.  

Ron Chernow: Pulitzer Prize Winner in Biography; Bestselling Author of Alexander Hamilton - Inspiration for Smash Broadway Play

Award-winning biographer Ron Chernow, renowned for his bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton (not to mention George Washington, J.P. Morgan and John D.Rockefeller), is completing a new work on Ulysses S. Grant.  Chernow remains attracted to leaders who have been significantly misunderstood in the eyes of history, hoping to shed a fresh light on their narrative. This fall, he aims to redeem President Grant, recasting him as the“single most important president safeguarding African-American Rights between Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Baines Johnson.” Staying true to his distinctive, investigative writing style, Chernow relies on primary sources, which he says are the“custodians of truth and archives of the past,” to engage with history. This much-anticipated book will be released in the Fall of 2017.

Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma (2005-2015); U.S. Representative from Oklahoma (1995-2001); Physician

In this HWA Chat, Dr.Tom Coburn, who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and, most recently, as two-term senator, addresses the reality of why our healthcare system is suffering. Respected for his direct and down-to-earth approach, Dr. Coburn, fought to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans. With his extensive background in healthcare and politics and his personal experience as a patient, he offers critical insight into American healthcare policy.

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Margaret Cuomo, Board-certified Radiologist; Author of A World Without Cancer; National Advocate for the Prevention of Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Can you imagine a world without cancer? Few people understand the modern healthcare system designed to study, diagnose and treat cancer better than Dr, Margaret Cuomo. PBS recently partnered with Dr. Cuomo to produce an engaging, must-see one-hour special entitled, A World Without Cancer, that will empower viewers to reduce their risk for cancer through a variety of interventions. In Dr. Cuomo’s book of the same title, she shows us how all cancer stakeholders―the pharmaceutical industry, government, physicians, and concerned Americans―can change the way we view and fight cancer in this country.

Find out more about the PBS Special...

Ann Curry, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; National and International Correspondent for NBC News (2012-2015)

Emmy Award-winning journalist Ann Curry returns to TV as the host of a new PBS series entitled “We’ll Meet Again.” A six-part series set to premiere in January, the show will explore dramatic historic events through the eyes of individuals who experienced them first-hand, and will reunite them with someone who aided in their survival. From a Japanese-American woman who wants to thank a classmate that defended her when she was interned, to a Vietnam War baby who wants to find her American father, the stories are poignant and unique examinations of humanity during the world’s most impactful moments. “I was looking for a way to do meaningful journalism, and that’s what this is,” Curry told the Television Critics Association, “These kinds of stories are sorely needed now.”  An esteemed and beloved journalist, the announcement of Curry’s new series and remarks to the Television Critics Association instantly made headlines. As Variety quoted Curry as saying: journalism is “heading toward a potential renaissance.”

Bill DaleyHead of the Office of Corporate Responsibility for JP Morgan Chase (2007-2010); White House Chief of Staff to President Obama (2011-2012); U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1997-2000)

In an intimate discussion with a University of Illinois Chicago honors seminar, Bill Daley gave first-hand insights into life in Chicago in the 1960’s, his father’s twenty-one years as mayor, and the nation’s ongoing political climate. “Students had a real discussion with him,” lecturer David Greenstein said afterward. “It was an exciting opportunity for students to interact with an important public figure in a small group.” Daley’s family history combined with his impressive work as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and as White House Chief of Staff, gives him an invaluable perspective and ability to highlight trends and patterns between the past and present. Daley’s profound knowledge and candid conversation with the students allowed Chicago’s history to truly come to life.

 Wendy DavisTexas State Senator (2009-2015); Founder, Deeds Not Words; 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee; Advocate for Women's Health & Issues of Personal Freedom

In a panel hosted by the Stanford Women’s Coalition, Wendy Davis spoke to 220 attendees about activism and resilience, touching on the remarkable work of her organization Deeds Not Words. The former Texas Senator rose to the political spotlight in 2014 during an eleven hour filibuster fighting for women’s rights, a feat that led to her informative and inspiring TedTalk on “Using Your Voice (and Your Feet!) to Change the World.” Davis’ courage, passion and ambition made her the perfect candidate for the Stanford group, who tweeted out lots of praise during the substantive remarks. The event entitled, “Nevertheless, She Persisted”, a phrase that has become a viral modern feminist mantra, headlined Davis who highlighted strategic, actionable steps women can take to defend their rights and make their voices heard. Davis maintains her status as a global feminist icon; her work aims to generate a movement by inspiring citizens both old and young to get involved in politics and be tenacious. Davis’s recent and widely-shared Vox and Bustle articles are a testament to her clout, serving as powerful reminders of why women need to stand up and speak out.   

 Howard Dean, Chairman, Democratic National Committee (2005-2009); 79th Governor of Vermont; Founder, Democracy for America; MSNBC Contributor

This engaging and insightful ATLANTIC article captures all the reasons why former DNC Chairman Howard Dean is one of the most sought-after voices in politics: "It would be difficult to find a more dynamic and well-rounded Democratic political creature than Howard Dean...And now that America is on the precipice of what will inevitably be one of the most polarized and unpredictable general elections in recent history, Dean has become a sought-after political pundit, appearing frequently on cable news and quoted often in print media. In the present political climate, Dean has a unique perspective on his fellow Vermonter, Bernie Sanders; on Hillary Clinton, whom Dean has endorsed; and on the shape of the Democratic electorate itself. In fact, if there were an emperor of progressive Democrats, Dean would be the man."

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Liza Donnelly, Award-Winning Cartoonist, The New Yorker; Resident Cartoonist, CBS News; Cultural Envoy, U.S. State Department; Author/Editor of 16 Books

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 >>

Stephen Dubner, Bestselling Author, Freakonomics Series; Host of Freakonomics Radio; Host of smash hit podcast, Tell Me Something I Don't Know; Co-star, Freakonomics Documentary

Bestselling co-author of the Freakonomics series and host of smash-hit podcasts Freakonomics Radio and Tell me Something I Don’t Know, Stephen Dubner won a 2017 Webby Award for Best Individual Episode. The leading international award honoring excellence on the internet, the Webby Awards are considered “The Internet’s highest honor” and receive some 13,000 submissions from over 60 countries.  Dubner won for his fascinating and thought-proving Freakonomics Radio episode, “Is the Internet Being Ruined?,” which presciently explored whether the internet has delivered on its promise of openness and user-freedom.  Following his impressive win, Dubner appeared on an episode of the Webby Awards Podcastto revisit the question posed in his award-winning episode, and to share insights from the internationally renowned and game-changing Freakonomics franchise.

Listen to Stephen Dubner on the Webby Awards Podcast >>

 Charles Duhigg. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist for the New York Times' New York Times Bestselling Author of "The Power of Habit" and "Smarter, Faster, Better"

New York Times bestselling author and Award-Winning journalist Charles Duhigg revealed the secret to breakthrough performance and productivity in life and in business at the Food Marketing Institue’s Future Leaders eXpierence. Delivering a keynote focused on “Peak Performance: Foster it in Yourself and Others” for an audience of 700, Duhigg drew on the research and lessons of his two revolutionary bestsellers—The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better—to reveal how to maximize innovation, focus and motivation. Duhigg’s keynote generated plenty of praise on Twitter:  “Great first speaker today @cduhigg at #FMIFutureLeaders. Innovation Broker!”; "Focus is visualizing what ought to happen & then challenging yourself." #boom @cduhigg delivering productivity nuggets”.  Duhigg also shared top strategies on decision-making, teamwork, prioritization and more with the popular Psychology Podcast. As the podcast host said, “Charles has a real strength for communicating scientific research through fun/ entertaining narratives, and elucidating how to be more effective in our everyday lives.”  

Listen to Charles Duhigg on the Psychology Now podcast >>

Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary (2014-2017); Political Analyst, NBC & MSNBC

 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 Showand 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 Show

Watch Josh Earnest’s first appearance on Morning Joe >>

Mohamed El-Erian: Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz; Chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017); CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO (2007-2014); Internationally Recognized Expert on World Economy & Finance

Financial industry powerhouse Mohamed El-Erian has been appointed to an advisory role at Investcorp, the Bahrain-listed alternatives firm, as part of its ambitious international expansion plan. Mohammed Alardhi, executive chairman of Investcorp said, “As one of the most respected voices on the international financial and economic stage, Mohamed brings with him unique insights that will benefit Investcorp...” News of El-Erian’s appointment made headlines in major outlets from Reuters to Financial News.  (7.31) 

 Ronan Farrow. NBC Investigative Reporter & Host of #Undercovered; Award-Winning Journalist & Voice of the Millennial Generation; U.S. Special Advisor on Global Youth Issues (2011-2012)

As an NBC News investigative correspondent, Ronan Farrow dives into the world’s most compelling, under-reported stories as the founder and front man of the Today Show’s “Undercovered.” A fascinating series that combines traditional journalism with innovative crowd-sourced story selection, Ronan takes suggestions from viewers who have a story they think needs more coverage and dives in with true investigative-style reporting.  Having shed light on everything from new approaches to battling heroin addiction, to the dark side of the movie industry and toxic chemicals found in California’s water supply, Farrow has an uncanny ability to capture the heart of a story, drawing out the personalities, facts and impacts of issues that go largely unnoticed in mainstream news.  With a clear and engaging reporting style, Farrow’s messages speak to a wide audience. As one viewer recently tweeted: “@RonanFarrow when I expect 100% , you give me 200%. Great report!”  

Watch Ronan Farrow's latest Undercovered segment >>

Moira Forbes: President and Publisher, ForbesWoman; Host, Success with Moira Forbes; Founder, Forbes Executive Women’s Board; Executive Vice President, Forbes Media

As the mastermind behind the Fifth Annual Forbes Women’s Summit, Moira Forbes brought together over 300  game-changing women from over different twenty industries. This record breaking number of multigenerational innovators, entrepreneurs and influencers gathered to inspire action and fuel creative fires at the Summit, which aims to serve as a source of inspiration and support that connects and empowers women around the world, helping them realize their potential and reach new heights. In her influential role as Executive Vice president of Forbes media and President of ForbesWoman, Moira Forbes has been instrumental in uniting women of diverse backgrounds since 2001. The summit’s theme, “Navigating a New Tomorrow” celebrated female achievement and created a community through two days of intimate and encouraging dialogue. Forbes closed out the summit with a dynamic and empowering speech that was widely heralded (and quoted) on twitter and caused the motivating hashtag #redefinepowerto trend on the social media platform. As one woman tweeted: Happy to see industry trailblazer @moiraforbes encouraging women to #RedefinePower today in NYC!”

Steve ForbesChairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media' Expert on the Global Economy, Monetary Policy and Politics; Bestselling Author

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, Steve Forbes is in-demand on campuses nationwide for his engaging and informative speeches that decode the most pressing policy issues. First, addressing  students and faculty at Virginia Tech, Forbes drew a “full house.” Days later, he riveted students at the University of Pennsylvania in a discussion focused on three crucial issues: health care, monetary policy, and taxation.  Offering razor-sharp insights into ongoing policy debates and what to expect from the current administration, Forbes followed his candid remarks with an engaging Q&A.

Read about Forbes’ talk at UPenn >>

Vicente Fox: President of Mexico (2000-2006); Humanitarian & Founder of Centro Fox; Co-President of the Centrist Democrat International, international organization of center-right political parties

Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox (2000-2006) will be honored as the Dignitary Man of Latin America at this year’s prestigious Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D.) Awards at the United Nations. An annual ceremony that recognizes the work of the “greatest humanitarians of the world,” the G.O.D. Awards are conferred to global leaders who have used their power and influence to promote global peace and welfare. As President of Mexico, Fox was credited with strengthening the country’s democracy and economy, and since stepping down has remained an influential global leader as the Founder of Centro Fox, a non-profit that works to hone innovative leaders who promote social justice, and as a vocal commentator on top political and economic issues. Sought-out at events for his engaging, conversational style and tremendous depth of knowledge, as the keynote speaker at the recent Cleveland Humanities Festival Fox was hailed as “a great success who could have kept the Q&A going for hours”.  The words of praise were echoed by the Chairman of the G.O.D. Awards, who recognized Fox for his “personable and amiable style… gracious and warming charisma… and magnanimous efforts in youth education, peace, and leadership advocacy.” 

Julia Gillard: 27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013); Chair of the Global Partnership for Education to bring quality education to every child around the world

In a refreshing and thoughtful conversation with Christiane Amanpour on CNN, Julia Gillard spoke out on which issues should be top of mind for global leaders ahead of the G-20 Summit. The Former Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013), Gillard has remained a prominent global leader thanks to her powerful and regular op-ed contributions for The Guardian and her role as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, the world’s only global fund solely dedicated to education in developing countries (and which enjoys the impressive backing of mega-star Rihanna). In the substantive 8 minute CNN interview, Gillard identifies gaps in the G-20 agenda, touching on underlying global trends, and providing frank analysis on issues President Trump should prioritize. Additionally, Amanpour cannot resist playing a clip from Gillard’s powerful (and now-viral) 2012 speech on misogyny from the Parliament floor, a testament to Gillard’s fearlessness and influence as a leader. A true global powerhouse who is consistently hailed as “extremely interesting and relevant” (Tax-Free World Association); “Fantastic!” (Broadbent Institute); “Personable and insightful” (Tanner Humanities Center); and “a great success… engaging and topical” (Emirates Center for Strategic Studies), Prime Minister Gillard offers invaluable insights and moving messages of inspiration at every event. 

Watch Gillard’s CNN interview with Christiana Amanpour >>

 Al Gore: Vice President of the United States (1993-2001); Tech Investor & Board Member of Apple & Silicon Valley's KPCB; Founder and Chairman, The Climate Reality Project; Nobel Peace Laureate (2007) 

An environmental, business and tech visionary, AL GORE is at the undisputed epicenter of the global conversation surrounding climate change.  A decade after his Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth drew millions to the box office and forever changed how the world thinks about climate change, Gore is poised to make history again with his much-anticipated An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Already receiving rave reviews and standing ovations at Sundance, Cannes, and beyond, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power hits theaters at a crucial political moment, generating headlines as Al Gore is sought-out for interviews by major outlets from ABC’s Today Show and Fast Company to CBS’s Sunday Morning and National Geographic to deliver his message of urgency and optimism: the sustainability revolution will not be stopped.  

Watch the powerful trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power >>


Lori Greiner. Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank; The "Queen of QVC"; Prolific Inventor & Entrepreneur; National Bestselling Author

Considered Shark Tank's biggest success story, the Scrub Daddy is a now ubiquitous smiley-faced sponge that is more durable and hygienic than your traditional kitchen or bathroom product. In Season 4, Lori stuck a deal with Scrub Daddy's founder for $200,000 in exchange for 20% equity. Following the deal, Lori put her business savvy into remarkable action, expanding Scrub Daddy's product line onto QVC and into stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Target and Staples where it became an instant bestseller. Before Lori stepped in, Scrub Daddy was struggling to make $100,00 over 18 months. When she launched the product on QVC, the Scrub Daddy famously sold close to 2 million units within 220 minutes. Scrub Daddy remains Shark Tank's most successful product to date, with over $98 million in retail sales since Lori stepped in 4 years ago.

Watch Lori win the Scrub Daddy deal >>

R. Glenn HubbardChairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors (2001-2003); Co-Chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; Dean, Columbia Business School 

In a recent interview for Bloomberg, R. Glenn Hubbard provided frank analysis on the U.S. job report and discussed new policy strategies to spur U.S. economic growth. A brilliant economist and acclaimed Dean at Columbia Business School, Hubbard has been a leading voice for economic guidance over the past two decades. His recently published articles for the Wall Street JournalThe Hill and New York Times discussing the changing fiscal climate highlight how his clear, candid insights and shrewd commentary continue to influence U.S. policy decisions. A former Chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors and current Co-Chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, Hubbard is frequently sought-out for his expertise, because as he recently told CNN MoneyEconomists offer a perspective in policy debates. President won’t always agree with it, but you need to hear what economists have to say.

 Daniel HoffmanFormer Central Intelligence Agency Senior Executive Clandestine Service Officer; Expert on Cyber Security and Counterterrorism

A former Senior Executive Clandestine Service Officer with the CIA and trusted expert on cybersecurity and counterterrorism, Daniel Hoffman has been sought-out by major media outlets for his clear, concise and shrewd analysis on top security concerns. First, in a widely-shared op-ed for The New York Times (the article received nearly 900 comments), Hoffman provided thought-provoking and frank analysis on Russia’s attempts to destabilize American democracy, sharing insights into how Democrats and Republicans can forge a successful path forward. With three decades of experience working for the government—including at the CIA observing Soviet and Russian intelligence operations, and five years working in Moscow—Hoffman draws from personal experience to decode Russian tactics. Hoffman was also interviewed by MSNBC and Fox to shed light on Russian intelligence strategies, and is a regular contributor to The Cipher Brief—a digital security-based platform— where he provides sharp analysis on everything from breaking news to big picture security concerns.

 Karen Hughes. Counselor to President George W. Bush (2001-2002)l; Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2005-2007); Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller; One of the World’s Foremost Communication Strategists

Addressing hundreds of senior executives from the world’s leading financial institutions, former Counselor to George W. Bush Karen Hughes spoke at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group’s esteemed strategic forum: the Global Financial Leadership Conference. Touching on everything from emerging geopolitical tends, to critical economic issues and the future of the financial marketplace, Hughes drew upon her unique insights serving in both the public and private sectors. Lauded for her expertise as a communications strategist, Karen Hughes, who currently serves as the Worldwide Vice Chair for Burson-Marstellar, participated in a crucial panel discussion: “The People Have Spoken: What to Expect In the Next 100 Days.” Known for seeking out today’s top and most innovative minds on the cutting edge of global developments, the Global Financial Leadership Conference sets the conversation among the financial industry elite.   

Mae Jemison. First African American Woman in Space; Founder and President, the Jemison Group and BioSentient Corp, Two Medical Technology Companies; Currently Leading 100 Year Starship to assure human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century; Inductee National Women's Hall of Fame & International Space Hall of Fame

Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space and an inductee of both the National Women’s and International Space Halls of Fame, delivered an inspiring commencement address to a rapt audience of 2,000 at Rice University. Dr. Jemison empowered graduates to never shy away from obstacles, to connect to a larger cause, and stay inspired in their future endeavors. “Life is best when you live deeply and look up,” Jemison said. The powerful advice became a mantra of the speech, and soon the tweets came pouring in, with some even using the hashtags #LiveDeeply #LookUp, as they shared their praise of Jemison’s remarks:  Fangirl moment w/ astronaut @maejemison @RiceUniversity. "We don't deserve to reach another planet" if we mess ours up. #LiveDeeply #LookUp; @maejemison it's an honor having you at @RiceUniversity and inspiring us to live deeply and look up!; You were a great commencement speaker at Rice! Thank you for your wisdom and inspiration!

Watch a clip from Mae Jemison’s Commencement Address >>

Goodluck Jonathan. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2010-2015); Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2007-2010); Proponent of Worldwide Democracy, Peace & Prosperity

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, and in this HWA Chat he talks about the importance of conceding the 2015 Election, how his administration gave more opportunities to women than his predecessors, and his lessons learned.

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David Katz. Founding Director, Yale Prevention Research Center; Director, Integrative Medicine Center; President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

HORAN’s Health Management Symposium featured a keynote presentation from one of the world's most influential people in health and wellness-- Dr. David Katz.  The Founding Director of Yale Prevention Research Center, President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Director of the Integrative Medicine Center, Dr. Katz discussed how small changes in behavior patterns are key for improving health. He also explained how people can reduce their chance of chronic illness by up to 80% using feet, fingers and forks in order to improve their diet and exercise as well as reduce tobacco use. Revealing the results of the 2015 HORAN Wellness Best Practices Survey at this event the organizers reported they were “Thrilled with the results of the event … we had great attendance and Dr. Katz delivered as expected.”   

Cody Keenan. White House Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2013-2017)

The incredible work of Cody Keenan, President Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter from 2013 through 2017, is on display in a new Smithsonian documentary: “The Obama Years: The Power of Words.” The hour-long documentary takes a deep dive into Obama’s legacy as the “writer-in-chief” exploring the president’s most memorable speeches and how they shaped the world stage. As chief speechwriter behind Obama’s State of the Union Address, the Selma 50th anniversary speech, and his farewell address in Chicago, Keenan played an integral role in helping Obama deliver pitch-perfect messages that resonated in the moments that mattered most. Nicknamed “Hemingway” by Obama himself, Keenan developed a reputation as a down to earth speechwriter, one who focused “more on individual, hard-work stories as parables for what is difficult but still possible in America.” The documentary shines a light on speeches that will undoubtedly go down as some of the greatest in American history, with Keenan among the true insiders that provides unique access to the process behind Obama’s most memorable words.

John Key. 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand (2008-2016); Member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1999-2001)

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.

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 Martin Luther King, IIIOldest son of Martin Luther King Jr.; Civil Rights Activist and Global Humanitarian

A vocal and passionate advocate of a more just voting rights system, Martin Luther King, III has made headlines for his thought leadership and innovative strategies in bringing the issue to the national spotlight. Starting with  powerful op-eds in The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune—both of which quickly went viral— King highlighted the work that remains in guaranteeing every citizen is able to vote, and how the issue is inextricably tied to race and socio-economic factors. Providing sharp analysis, King received praise for his pragmatic and tangible solutions to a problem that touches every part of our democracy. King has a proven track record of bringing creative leadership to crucial challenges, and made headlines yet again by working with the Miami Dolphins to become the first pro-sports franchise to register 100 percent of its players to vote. King spoke at the Dolphin’s training camp to announce the groundbreaking initiative, with the story quickly getting picked up by countless major outlets.  “Of course, the hope is that this translates to encouraging more people across our nation to get engaged and to vote because a vote-less people, as dad said, is a powerless people,” King told the Miami Herald. “One of the most important steps that we can take is that short step to the ballot box.” Frequently sought-out for his leadership and insight on social injustice, King was also selected to the Board of Let America Vote, an organization leading the fight for voting rights.

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 Steven Kotler: New York Times Bestselling Author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance & Bold; International Pioneer in Peak Performance & Innovation; Cofounder & Director of Research for Flow Genome Project

Looking to stay ahead of the business curve? According to a new Inc. Magazine list, New York Timesbestselling author and peak performance guru STEVEN KOTLER'S Stealing Fire helps individuals and companies do just that. Included as #1 in Inc.’s list of “9 Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2017,” Stealing Fire is a revolutionary work that reveals how people can send productivity and creativity through the roof, and produce their best work when it matters most. With all of the uncertainty in today’s business environment—from the accelerated impact of technology and globalization, to potential changes to trade and economic policy—powerful business books like Stealing Fire offer a one-stop-shop on how to stay at the top of your game and outperform the competition.

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Alan Krueger: Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers (2011-2013); Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy (2009-2010); Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University 50 Highest Ranked Economists in the World by IDEAS/RePEc, research papers in economics

Renowned economist and former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors Alan Krueger established the innovative Music Industry Research Association (MIRA), bringing together a cross-section of esteemed researchers and industry professionals. As President of MIRA, Krueger also launched and participated in the association’s inaugural conference, delving into topics as varied asindustry and media trends, new technological developments, digitization and disruption, and sustainable business models. A unique, creative and forward-thinking event, ultimately Krueger and MIRA’s work sheds light on not just the music business but the economy as a whole. As Krueger said, "We can make some breakthroughs." News of the conference instantly made headlines, resulting in a fascinating Billboard interview with Krueger. A current Princeton professor and one of the highest ranked economists in the world by IDEAS/RePEc, Krueger made headlines back in 2001 with his dynamic and oft-cited New York Times column about the economics of Super Bowl Tickets. MIRA takes this work to the next level, going beyond ticket sales to the impacts of the digital economy as a whole.

Steven LevittBestselling Author, Freakonomics Series; Co-Founder, Spin For Good; William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago; Director, Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Author of the bestselling Freakonomics series and economics professor at the University of Chicago, Steven Levitt recently conducted an experiment that had the whole country buzzing. Known for his fresh ideas and unique approach to real-life economics, Levitt has a vocal following on his weekly podcast and Reddit, and tapped into his fan base to answer one question: What happens when people make major life decisions based on random chance? For his experiment, Levitt recruited nearly 20,000 people to make life-changing decisions—like getting married or leaving a job— based on the flip of a coin. “As a basic rule of thumb, I believe that people are too cautious when it comes to making a change,” said Levitt, who was interviewed about the experiment in dozens of outlets including The Washington Post The Atlantic, and The Economist. Levitt turned conventional wisdom upside down; his use of curiosity and charisma to connect with audiences proved so powerful that he managed to get “hundreds of people to quit jobs, break up or have kids based on coin flips”.

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 Jack Lew Secretary of the Treasury (2013-2016); White House Chief of Staff (2012-2013), Director Office Management & Budget (2010-2012); Citigroup Senior Executive & COO New York University

Speaking on the BBC Today Programme (1:14:00-1:20:00), Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (2013-2017) provided sharp analysis on the current economic climate and how we could learn from the mistakes of the 2008 global financial crisis. August 9th marked exactly 10 years since the French Bank BNP Paribas announced it couldn’t repay investors—triggering the onset of the credit crunch that led to the global recession— and as President Obama’s adviser at the time, Lew saw the crisis unfold first-hand and helped develop solutions to stimulate recovery. In the interview, Lew reflected on what could be learned from the measures taken a decade ago, providing frank commentary on the drawbacks to loosening regulations and the risk of future financial threats. His comments instantly made headlines on BBC News, as Lew remains a leading voice and trusted expert on the global economy.

 Phil Libin: Digital Entrepreneur & Venture Capital Investor; Co-Founder & CEO, All Turtles, AI Startup Studio; Co-Founder, Evernote, Global Productivity Tool

Renowned digital entrepreneur and tech investor Phil Libin has launched a new startup, All Turtles, to find and foster the next wave of Artificial Intelligence (AI) businesses and products. A way to break out of the Silicon Valley bubble by providing support and distribution to AI entrepreneurs, Libin describes All Turtles as a unique “startup studio” that will seek out and develop interesting concepts into full-fledged businesses, with locations starting in San Francisco, Tokyo and Paris. The news of Libin’s new project was instantly picked up by major outlets, including a compelling interview with TechCrunch, and profiles in Business Insider, The Financial Times, The Silicon Valley Business Journal, and more.


John LipskyFirst Deputy Managing Director, IMF (2006-2011); Co-Chair, Aspen Institute’s Program on the World Economy; Executive Director, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Director, Center for Global Development

John Lipsky’s service at the International Monetary Fund coincided with the onset of the greatest economic and financial challenges faced yet by the rapidly globalizing world. Having served as the IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director between 2006-2011, as well as Acting Managing Director from May-July 2011, Lipsky helped lead the IMF’s efforts to halt the global downturn, to reestablish economic and financial stability, and to restart growth through unprecedented international policy cooperation in the face of historic market upheavals and systemic disruption. 

Lara LoganCorrespondent, 60 Minutes; Veteran & Award-Winning Foreign Affairs Journalist Reporting from War Zones

A bold reporter admired for her shrewd analysis and fearlessness in heading straight into the heart of a story, LARA LOGAN examines issues that dominate headlines in a new light. As a 60 Minutescorrespondent, two of her latest pieces bring us to the frontlines as Logan shares first hand insight into both the war against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq and into the innovative, and unlikely, strategies behind bringing peace to Colombia. Whether dodging incoming gunfire, or scaling Medellín’s once-infamous, cartel-controlled hillside neighborhoods, Logan’s ability to report from any setting and clearly synthesize complex issues, is a testament to her talent.

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 Jane LuteFormer Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (2009-2013); BOD, Center for Internet Security; Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations; Cybersecurity & Homeland Security Expert

A former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (2009-2013) and current President and CEO of the Council on CyberSecurity and Board Member of the Center for Internet Security, Jane Lute is an internationally trusted and renowned cybersecurity expert who has dedicated her career to enhancing global security and handling crises. Just elected to the Board of Directors of Union Pacific Corporationdue to her cybersecurity expertise, Hall is frequently in-demand by major conferences and the media alike to address everything from the evolving landscape of cyber threats to how they are most effectively handled. She recently delivered a TECH Talk at the Symantec Government Symposium, spoke on a panel at the RSA Conference, and was sought-out for her insights on what she called a “global cyber awakening” for global supply chains as they are permeated by tech.

Watch Jane Lute give TECH Talk at the Symantec Government Symposium >>

Jamie Metzl: Expert on Asia; Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Former Executive Vice President, Asia Society; Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council; Regular commentator for CNN & Bloomberg

As the North Korea crisis unfolds by the day and the likelihood of a US-China trade war increases, Asia expert, former White House official, and regular CNN contributor Jamie Metzl is uniquely qualified to shed light on these crucial situations, providing sharp analysis on what individuals, businesses and organizations can expect. Having just penned a powerful and informative editorial for CNN entitled “12 things Trump should know about North Korea,” delivered a keynote at China’s most important gathering on North Korea, and spoken at HSBC’s China Forums in both New York and San Francisco, Metzl is highly in-demand for his shrewd insights on the impacts of what’s happening in Asia. What would a fully nuclear armed North Korea mean for the United States, Asia, and the world? What should the world expect from China’s critical party congress at the end of this year? Drawing on his extensive experience advising both the North and South Korean governments, serving as director on the U.S. National Security Council, and recently engaging in extensive consultation with experts on the China-North Korea border, Metzl is able to answer all of these questions and more. In his inside view, tour de force talks, he explains the North Korea crisis, the often conflicting interests of Asia’s key players, the options going forward, and the implications of all of this for the region and world.


 Karen MillsAdministrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2009-2013); Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School; Former Member of Obama Cabinet and National Economic Council; Expert on the Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth & Innovation

As the former head of the Small Business Administration (2009-2013), and as a vocal and active champion for small business and regional development, Karen Mills is an expert on issues affecting your best customers: pro-business deregulation, tax code changes, supply chain issues and, perhaps more importantly, access to capital.  The difference, however, is that Mills is an authentic champion of small businesses as the true driver of the economy and savors the interaction with the audience in the Q&A that follows every keynote.  That one-on-one feeling makes her appearance truly valuable for your clients.  Banks approach us about securing Mills for a series of events, in each of their important regions, as a marketing event for prospective business customers, current customers and employees.  She is impressive and motivating, and has worked on small business policy at the highest level.

Learn more about Karen Mills' work on small business access to capital >>

Michael Nutter: 98th Mayor of Philadelphia; CNN Commentator; Stewarded Philadelphia to A Credit Rating for First Time since 1970s; Urban Policy Innovation Advocate

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. 

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George PapandreouPrime Minister of Greece (2009-2011); President of Socialist International; Greece Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2004); Authority on the Eurozone and Global Financial Issues

Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou will be presented with the prestigious Distinguished Leadership Award by the International Leadership Association (ILA). Given to individuals whose leadership has created an extraordinary impact that transcends national boundaries, the Distinguished Leadership Award is presented at ILA’s Annual Global Conference. Beyond accepting the award, Papandreou will speak on the conference’s theme, Leadership in Turbulent Times, a topic he is highly qualified to address as Greece’s Prime Minister immediately following the global financial crisis of 2008. Named by Foreign Policy as a “Top 100 Global Thinker” in 2010 for his work in “making the best of Greece’s worst year,” Papandreou remains a trusted expert on the Eurozone and how to best address global economic challenges. As ILA President and CEO Cynthia Cherry said: “George Papandreou lives the ILA values and is an inspiring example for all of us who strive to make positive change for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide."

Jane PauleyHost, "CBS Sunday Morning"; Emmy Award Winning Broadcast Journalist; Advocate for Living Large at 50+ and Mental Health; Bestselling Author

Emmy award-winning journalist, bestselling author and host of “CBS Sunday Morning,” Jane Pauley was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. As AWMF Chair Sarah Foss said: “Speaking personally, Jane Pauley, her journalist acumen and strong representation of women as valid voices, was the reason that I joined the media industry. I know that her timeless work has inspired legions of women and men for decades and continues to move her viewers today.”  Pauley was honored during the prestigious Gracie Awards Luncheon, the media industry’s opportunity to recognize individuals who have used their voice to bring important stories to life, and delivered powerful and humorous remarks to a rapt audience. With her signature combination of wisdom and self-deprecating wit, Pauley touched on everything from aging to the future of the media industry. "I hope you find great inspiration from a woman who started the best new job of her career at the age of 65," she said. Pauley’s Gracies’ speech drew lots of praise on Twitter: What an honor to meet a legend. @RealJanePauley gave an unforgettable and empowering speech. She truly is a wonderful and kind woman; @RealJanePauley has inspired so many. Lifetime achievements indeed!; @RealJanePauley Such a pleasure meeting you today. Thank you for the laughter and life-lessons.

Watch Jane Pauley discuss her new role as host of CBS Sunday Morning >>


Richard Phillips: Hero of the High Seas & Real Life Inspiration for the Movie Captain Phillips; Captain of the Maersk Alabama, Hijacked by Somali Pirates; Author, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

From U.S. college campuses to international economic forums, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS has been inspiring audiences with his real life tale of powerful leadership and transformative decision-making when faced with tremendous obstacles. Consistently praised as both a riveting and approachable speaker, Captain Phillips forges relationships with attendees everywhere he speaks, going above and beyond event planners' expectations. Described as "down to earth" (Constellation Brands), "warm and genuine" (American Equity Underwriters), and "personable, engaging, and interesting" (General Mills), planners report being overwhelmed by the time Phillip's takes to interact with event attendees and how much his compelling presentation applies to today's business environment. 

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Joe PlumeriCEO & High-Energy Motivational Speaker for Teams & Individuals; Bestselling Author of The Power of Being Yourself; Former CEO of Willis Group, Citibank North America & Primerica

Larger-than-life CEO known for his electrifying speeches and talent for transforming the way people and companies think and operate, Joe Plumeri s a true master at engaging audiences. Check out this fantastic clip from a recent team conference for First Data where he talks about reaching beyond your grasp. Plumeri truly leads by example as he continues to reach for the exceptional and beyond, and it is his passion and success in excellence that continues to make him a sought-after speaker worldwide. 

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Abigail PosnerHead of Strategic Planning at Google’s Creative Think Tank for Agencies and Brands; Thought Leader on Culture, Creativity and the Internet

Head of Strategic Planning at Google’s Creative Think Tank for Agencies and Brands Abigail Posner hits a home run again as her presentation made the Destination Marketing Association International Conference a trending topic within 10 min of her talk. The event brought together 1,300  attendees comprised of CEO/COO to entry level, in the focus areas of Sales, Marketing/PR, Finance/Admin, Membership, and Visitor Services. Her message was being enthusiastically shared by the audience during and after the event. An attendee from Tourism Tropical North Queensland wrote: "I found your presentation so inspirational and valuable. I took so many notes and I feel I can take a lot of your words about creativity back and use it within my role."

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Penny PritzkerU.S. Secretary of Commerce (2013-2017); Founder and Chairman, PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group

Penny Pritzker is Co-Chair of The Cyber Readiness Institute, an initiative recently launched to advance cyber risk management in the private sector, with a focus on support for small and medium-size enterprises. “In today’s dynamic cyber threat environment, it is essential to ensure that cyber risk management skills are embedded in every organization. The work of the Cyber Readiness Institute will help better inform and educate our workforce about ways to mitigate cyber risks to help secure businesses and the broader digital economy,” said Pritzker. The CRI is assembling senior leaders of global companies from across multiple sectors to capture best practices for managing the people, processes, and technology needed for effective cybersecurity across value chains. 

April RinneGlobal Authority on the New Economy, Disruptive Innovation and the Future of Work Head of the Sharing Economy Working Group, World Economic Forum' Sharing Economy Advisory Board Member, China's National Sharing Economy Commission; Advisor for Airbnb, Jobbatical and Trov

Addressing some 1,000 international industry and government leaders as a keynote at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Bangkok, April Rinne shed light on the future of work and what lies ahead in the new economy. A global authority on the Gig Economy and the Head of the World Economic Forum’s Sharing Economy Working Group, April Rinne provided top-level attendees with key takeaways on what economic trends-- such as the proliferation of freelance workers, self-employment, and direct-to-consumer business models-- mean for the future of work and their impact across industries. A trusted expert at the vanguard of technological advances, disruptive innovation, and the “new” marketplace, Rinne reveals transformative shifts that are underway before they are headline news, providing invaluable insights for any organization.

Watch April Rinne at the WTTC Summit’s “Meet the Experts” panel >>

 Cokie RobertsPolitical Commentator, ABC News and NPR; Regular Guest on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski; Former Co-Anchor, This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts

Acclaimed political commentator and #1 New York Time’s bestselling author COKIE ROBERT’S wisdom is set to impact the next generation with the release of her latest book— Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. A stunningly-illustrated, non-fiction picture book, Ladies of Liberty is based on Cokie’s critically acclaimed work for adults and delves into the iconic women—from Sacagawea to Abigail Adams—who shaped America’s history. Cokie appeared on Good Morning AmericaFox News, and Morning Joe to discuss her latest work, flawlessly weaving commentary on the book with insight into the United States’ incoming political administration and demonstrating the lessons that can be learned from history. Cokie even took her wisdom into a 5th grade classroom, highlighting her uncanny ability to provide a message that resonates with any audience. 

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 Karl Rove: Iconic Political Pundit & Strategist; Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush; Fox News Contributor & Wall Street Journal Columnist Author of New York Times bestselling memoir Courage and Consequence and critically acclaimed history The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters

Iconic political strategist Karl Rove has been selected as an honorary director of The Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Presidential Elections Program, a new program that will offer timely analysis and a better understanding of the rapidly changing dynamics of presidential electoral politics.  Along with democratic strategist David Axelrod, Rove will be responsible for selecting a research topic for the program to pursue, as well as oversee its analysis. As the Institute director said, “David Axelrod and Karl Rove are the cream of the crop of political consultants, and I am confident that their research and analysis will provide clarity to presidential elections in our country.” Rice University’s Baker Institute is now the first U.S. think-tank with a program exclusively dedicated to presidential campaigns and elections, and Rove will be fundamental in furthering its necessary work.

Watch Karl Rove's latest appearances as a contributor on Fox News >>

 Rick SantorumU.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1995-2007); Senior Political Commentator, CNN; Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; 2016 & 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate

CNN has sought-out former U.S. Senator and leading voice of the Republican Party Rick Santorum to offer sharp and frank analysis as a Senior Political Commentator. Consistently heralded for having “his fingers on the pulse” (The Bipartisan Policy Center) and his “realistic view of the world situation” (Traffic Club of Pittsburgh), Santorum draws on his experiences as a Washington insider to shed light on today’s most pressing stories. Unafraid to provide candid insights on controversial issues, Santorum recently made headlines for warning the President to stop tweeting on “State of the Union” , saying: "If you tweet every day and complain about the media and complain about how you are being treated, you're going to be sidetracked and you're not going to get your deals done. That's the message." Providing shrewd analysis on everything from the ongoing healthcare debate to pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Santorum brings the same timely and engaging insights to speaking engagements for every audience.

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Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall:  Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (2014-2017); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs, National Security Council, The White House (2009-2013); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, U.S. Department of Defense (1994-1996); Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center

Sought-out for her incomparable experience working on issues at the intersection of energy and national security, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall was recently appointed a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.  Sherwood-Randall got her start at the Belfer Center in the 1990s, establishing two revolutionary projects: the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project and Preventive Defense Project. Having since served in the Pentagon, at the White House, and as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, Sherwood-Randall returns to the Belfer Center to work on a wide range of pressing security and energy issues, such as research on cutting-edge technology needed for our nuclear strategy, ensuring a clean energy future, protecting energy systems from cyberattacks, and more.  In an informative Q&A with the Belfer Center, Sherwood-Randall highlighted her work, the greatest challenges facing national security and energy systems, and what is needed to attract top young talent to crucial public service roles.

 Olympia SnoweBipartisan Leader in Congress; U.S. Senator from Maine (1995-2013); Member of U.S. House of Representatives (1979-1995); Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Co-chairs Commission on Political Reform

Jeff Terry (Executive Director, Advancement, UNC Kenan-Flagler Bsuiness School, UNC) sent the following high praise after Sen. Snowe's recent event: "SENATOR SNOWE gave a wonderful lecture to our faculty, staff, students, alumni and surrounding UNC community.  Her topic, "What’s Gone Wrong in Washington, and Why It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way,” certainly resonated with every audience member and highlighted Senator Snowe’s skills and reputation as a consensus builder in Washington.  What is more, Senator Snowe is so gracious and engaging.  This was one of the best lectures we have ever had at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School." 

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 Gloria SteinemIconic Visionary of the Women's Movement; Co-Founder, National Women’s Political Caucus; Co-Founder, Ms. Magazine

Women's movement icon Gloria Steinem addresses the Women's March on Washington. With a message for the incoming president, Steinem draws strong applause from a crowd, she says, she's "never seen in my long life."

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 Bret StephensOp-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Former Deputy Editorial Page Editor & "Global Views" Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Pulitzer Prize Winner for Distinguished Commentary; Foreign Affairs Expert

Foreign affairs expert and Pulitzer-Prize Winning journalist Bret Stephens will be joining The New York Times as an Op-Ed Columnist. James Bennet, The Times editorial page director, announced Stephens’ new role: “He’s a beautiful writer who ranges across politics, international affairs, culture and business, and, for The Times, he will bring a new perspective to bear on the news. From my own conversations with Bret, and with those who have had the privilege of working with him, I can tell you he is also a generous and thoughtful colleague with a deep sense of moral purpose and adventure about our work."  Stephens has worked as a journalist in both the U.S. and Europe, gaining and international following for his in-depth and insightful commentary on foreign affairs. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page editor, Paul Gigot, commented on Stephen’s departure after 16 years: "As a features editor in the U.S., then editorial writer and editor in Europe, and an editorial writer and columnist based in New York, he has set a standard for excellence in journalism…"

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 Captain "Sully" Sullenberger: “Miracle on the Hudson” Captain; New York Times #1 Bestselling Author of "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters"; Leading Voice on Leadership & Flawless Execution Strategies; Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks film “Sully” released September 9, 2016

Delivering a keynote at Infosys Confluence 2017, a thought leadership summit attended by over 1,600 leaders and visionaries, Captain Sullenberger left audiences “awestruck” “impressed” and “inspired.” Sharing both lessons learned as Captain of US Airways Flight 1549—known as the “Miracle on the Hudson” — and insights into transformative leadership and the impact of technology on human performance, Sullenberger had the audience tweeting praise before, during and after his speech: “Awestruck watching and listening to @Captsully at #InfosysConfluence”; “An inspiring talk. Leadership fundamentals redefined. Awesome to hear it first hand. @InfyConfluence @Captsully”; “Always admired @Captsully for his bravery but I'm more impressed by his humility and his humanity. What an amazing role model! “; “Perhaps the deepest, most professionally relevant, most surprising, best conference keynote I've seen. THANKS @Captsully #InfosysConfluence”.

Laura Tyson: First Female Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (1993-1995); Director, National Economic Council (1995-1996); First Female Dean of London Business School (2002-2006); Dean of Haas Business School (1998-2001); Economic Advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama

Laura Tyson received her alma mater’s most distinguished award: The Smith College Medal. Presented annually to an elite group of the world’s most pioneering women, the award goes to those who have lived their lives in a manner that exemplifies “the true purpose” of a liberal arts education. Tyson, a renowned economist, was the first woman to chair the White House Council of Economic Advisors and first woman to serve as Dean of the London Business School. Tyson also served as Director of the National Economic Council and Dean of the Haas Business School. Her dedication to positive social change and long list of achievements have left “a trail of shattered glass ceilings.” Tyson’s acceptance speech, during which she encouraged students to, “do whatever you want, and if you hit a barrier just break it,” drew Twitter praise. Tyson continues to work for gender equality on a global scale serving as co-chair on the World Economic Forum’s Council on Women’s Empowerment.

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: Pioneering Scientific Researcher on the Existence of Life & Human Genome; Founder, J. Craig Venter Institute; Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Human Longevity, Inc.

Renowned scientist and pioneer J. Craig Venter has conceived of another revolutionary, scientific breakthrough in genomics. Dubbed “one of biology’s living legends”, Dr. Venter rose to fame for his advanced genetic work and has continued evolving the field with his nonprofit, the J. Craig Venter Institute and Human Longevity Inc. Dr. Venter’s goal is to deliver advanced information about pre-existing health conditions, thus shifting the focus of healthcare from treatment and towards prevention. By predicting and averting treatable diseases, Dr. Venter is “shaking the foundation of a topic that precisely 100% of Homo Sapiens have a keen interest in: how and when each of us will die.”  The Health Nucleus assessment is one of Dr. Venter’s many groundbreaking research contributions that have earned him recognition as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century.

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Jimmy WalesFounder, Wikipedia, World's 5th Most Visited Website; Founder, Wikitribune; U.S. Internet Entrepreneur and Wiki Pioneer; One of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”

Delivering a keynote at the World Business Forum in Sydney, Wikipedia and Wikitribune founder Jimmy Wales informed and inspired an audience of some 2,000 business leaders from across the globe. Drawing on his experience as an internet entrepreneur and pioneer—and one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”—Wales shed light on the opportunities and threats for business leaders in a globally connected world, and how organizations can adapt to compete and innovate in a world that is increasingly open and collaborative. Providing tangible takeaways and fascinating anecdotes, Wales revealed how businesses need to rethink their strategies and highlighted new technologies that lie at the heart of business disruption. Throughout the forum, Wales drew high praise from the audience on Twitter: “…The genius of @jimmy_wales.  IQ of Sydney up this week with him in town.  Honoured”; “Jimmy Wales inspirational @WOBI Where every person on planet given free access to sum of all human knowledge”; “Well done @jimmy_wales of @Wikipedia, even with the challenge of a mid-presentation fire drill you managed to engage and excite the audience.” Wales also sat down for several insightful interviews during the Forum, including one on the democratization of tech, and another on the rapidly evolving media landscape with The Capital Network.

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 Kevin Warsh: Member of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (2006-2011); Executive Secretary of the National Economic Council (2002-2006); Member, Group of Thirty (G30)

Kevin Warsh wrote an op-ed on how proposed policies under the new administration could lead to faster economic growth. The sharp and powerful five-page analysis was instantly picked up by major outlets, resulting in headlines in Bloomberg, MarketWatch, and the Financial Times. Providing insight into what’s been behind the United States’ slow economic growth over the past five years, the op-ed takes a detailed look at how policy changes such as proposed tax reform and a roll back on regulation could boost growth.

 Andrew YoungU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1977-1979); U.S. Representative from Georgia (1973-1977); Mayor of Atlanta (1982-1990); Civil Rights Activist & Humanitarian

Delivering a keynote address to 700 students and community members at the Modesto Junior College Auditorium, rights icon and former Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young received a double standing ovation and rave reviews for his compelling, compassionate remarks. Invited for the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Ambassador Young both delivered an address that delved into MLK’s legacy, engaged in a Q&A, and was also interviewed with students in attendance, even taking the time to sign autographs and pose for pictures. As the Modesto event-planner wrote, “I have heard nothing but outstanding comments about both the interview and [Ambassador Young’s] keynote. He made an ever lasting impact on many. I can tell you that.  Ambassador Young is the real deal. He's a humanitarian who genuinely cares about people. Please let him know that he made a difference in Modesto. He was inspiring!... The Modesto community REALLY appreciated his visit and felt honored to have a close and up front dialogue with him. We craved his wisdom.” The Modesto event came just one day after Ambassador Young stopped by a local news station WFTV in Orlando, to share his views on the new presidential administration and race relations in the United States.

Watch Andrew Young’s remarks at WFTV >>