Elliott Abrams: Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy (2005-2009); Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs (2002–2005) Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations (2001–2002)
Renowned foreign affairs expert Elliott Abrams has released a critically acclaimed new book, Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring. Drawing on four decades of experience as an American official and Middle East expert, Abrams takes us inside his work with leaders like Scoop Jackson, Pat Moynihan, George Shultz and Ronald Regan, to reveal a personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy. With careful, sharp analysis of America’s record in the Middle East and beyond, Realism and Democracy presents an argument, both “realist” and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East. Praise for the book has poured in from America’s most trusted foreign policy experts: “Elliott Abrams has done the country another important service. This outstanding book reminds us that the enduring power of America is that, at our best, we see our interests as our values, and our values as our interests. Now more than ever, Americans and their leaders need to understand that support for human rights has been, and should remain, a key pillar of U.S. foreign policy. This book could not be more timely or more significant” (Senator John McCain); “Elliott Abrams gives us a brilliant review of the fight for freedom, showing with clarity what works and what does not. But even more, he highlights the possibilities for progress that may be gained from a determined, long-term strategy advocating democracy and human rights” (The Honorable George P. Shultz). Already set to deliver remarks on the book at Georgetown University’s Andrew H. Siegel Memorial Lecture, The Alexander Hamilton Society, and Freedom House, Abrams brings his tremendous breadth of experience and powerful argument to life for any audience.
Kurt Andersen: Host, Peabody-winning public radio program Studio 360; Bestselling Author of "Fantsayland"; Heyday"; "Turn of the Century"; "True Believers"; Visionary and Media Entrepreneur
Nabbing the top slot on Amazon’s bestseller list the day of its release, Kurt Anderson’s new bookFantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500 Year History is a fascinating examination of America’s culture and past that brilliantly displays how we’ve gotten to where we are today. Andersen traces America’s national character, connecting the dots and revealing the scope of how “believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA,” from the epic dreaming of our founders, to the Salem witch trials, to the birth of Hollywood, up until today’s “fake news.” As Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute, wrote: “This is an important book—the indispensable book—for understanding America in the age of Trump. It’s an eye-opening history filled with brilliant insights…” Having already discussed the incredible revelations and impact of the book at the Aspen Institute, graced the cover of both The Atlantic’s September Issue and the Sunday New York Times Book review, and making headlines in Slate, The Village Voice, WNYC, and more, Fantasyland is consistently hailed as THE essential must-read for understanding America’s current moment. Appearing on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell—during which O’Donnell describes the book as, “brilliant,” “invaluable,” and a “stunning, sweeping, explanation”—Andersen delves into the eye-opening breadth of his work, and remarkable amount of research and insight contained in Fantasyland’s pages. As Lawrence O’Donnell succinctly sums up: “This stands as the single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became President of the United States… You must read Fantasyland. You’re not going to understand where this country is, without reading this book.”
Alex Banayan: "World’s Youngest Venture Capitalist" (Fortune Magazine); Forbes "30 Under 30"; Thought Leader on Millennial Trends for Business
Alex Banayan’s highly-anticipated book The Third Door, set for release in early 2018, will deliver game-changing insights into the secrets to true success. An unprecedented adventure that takes readers behind the scenes and into one-on-one exclusive interviews with the world’s most successful people—including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Lady Gaga, Stephen Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Pitbull, Steve Wozniak and more— The Third Door reveals how titans of their industry launched their careers and the single trait they ultimately have in common: they all took the Third Door. Banayan’s book release and accompanying keynotes are generating loads of positive buzz on Twitter with #TheThirdDoor hashtag such as: “Excited for #TheThirdDoor by @AlexBanayan to come out next yr. Some unbelievable hustle stories. Will be 1 of the top books of the year,“ and “Can't say enough good things about what @AlexBanayan had to say to us today…Absolutely inspiring to hear #TheThirdDoor.” Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and “the world’s youngest venture capitalist” by Fortune magazine, Banayan’s actionable business lessons and riveting stories make him an in-demand speaker for organizations from Apple to Harvard University. As Nike praised: “When Alex Banayan spoke at my department's corporate off-site, his energy was contagious, his story was inspiring, and his ideas were key to helping push and inspire my team’s leadership. If you're looking for someone with insight and passion, then Alex Banayan is your man.”
** Bulk copies of The Third Door will available for all events by January 2018
Joyce Banda, Africa's Second Female President; Former President of Malawi (2012-2014); Member, UN Council of Women World Leaders
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.
Ehud Barak: Prime Minister of Israel (1999-2001); Minister of Defense of Israel (1999-2001) and (2007-2012); Most Decorated Soldier in Israel's History; Member, Board of Directors, CIFC Asset Management
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s sharp analysis on foreign affairs in the Middle East is on full display in an interview with The New York Times, saying it would be a “mistake” for President Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The most decorated soldier in Israel’s history, and a two time Israeli Minister of Defense (1999-2001 and 2007-2012), Barak is an internationally trusted expert on international diplomacy and terrorism. The New York Times cites him as “the latest and most prominent Israeli to urge Mr. Trump not to disavow the deal…” In his interview, Barak shrewdly points out the implications withdrawing from the deal would have on larger international affairs, including North Korea.
Max Baucus. U.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.
Ban Ki-moon: Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2016)
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon made headlines after delivering keynotes at three prestigious events: the Barclays Asia Forum; #WalkTogether, a global health gathering; and CME Group’s Global Financial Leadership Conference. During “A Conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon” at the Barclays Asia Forum, Ban addressed a crowd of over 600 delegates, sharing key insights on rising tensions with North Korea, global security, and potential policy stances and their implications from the United States and China. While at the Forum, he was also sought-out for his candid analysis in an exclusive interview with CNBC. Just one week later, Ban took the stage at #WalkTogether, an event organized by global leaders on health, and made headlines in The Guardian, thanks to his powerful and urgent message on passing universal healthcare. Lastly, he delivered an informative keynote on “The Imperative of Global Leadership” at the Global Financial Leadership Conference, focusing on climate change and global terrorism. Drawing on his wealth of experience pushing key policy through at the top levels of global governance, Ban is consistently heralded for infusing his remarks with relevant insights and passion, receiving such praise as: “The program was fantastic!...SG Ban was a highlight” (SAP).
Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web; Leader & Visionary in the Future of Technology; TIME Magazine's "100 Most Important People of the 20th Century"; President and Founder, Open Data Institute
Big Think named Sir Tim Berners-Lee to their list of “The 10 Greatest Living Scientists in the World Today,” for his invaluable scientific contribution”: the invention of the World Wide Web. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work, Berners-Lee is credited with his proposal to share information by using the technology of hypertext—the cornerstone of the world wide web—and for making the world’s first website in 1991. Today, as the President and Founder of the Open Data Institute, Berners-Lee works to secure the future of his invention, and is frequently sought-out for his insight into the future of tech. As Ernst & Young raved of Berners-Lee: “The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and all the guests greatly valued your insights and perspectives. A number commented to me that it was the best EY event they had ever attended. That is a testament to your genius and interactive style."
Olivier Blanchard: Former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund; Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard made headlines for the conference he coordinated—and headlined—on “Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy.” In an in-depth and informative keynote based on his just-published, much-cited white paper, “Rethinking Stabilization Policy. Back to the Future,” Blanchard dove into the lessons from past economic crises, touching on monetary, fiscal and financial policy. The sharp analysis in the paper and presentation became the basis of articles in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, and Central Banking. Called “the smartest economist you’ve never heard of” by The Washington Post, Blanchard’s transformative insights are in-demand by top media outlets and event-planners alike. Just recently he was sought-out for an interview on the economic forecast by Bloomberg.
John Boehner: Speaker 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
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner’s epic, must-read Politico profile, “John Boehner Unchained,” dives into the legacy of Speaker Boehner’s 25 years in Congress and his views on the current administration. An in-depth profile requiring months of reporting, the piece highlights Boehner’s political ambitions to truly clean up Washington, how he cemented his role as an effective dealmaker able to work with both sides of the aisle, and his continued honesty and spot-on analysis regarding politics today. Described in a BloombergView op-ed as “an absolutely must-read piece” and a “terrific piece of reporting, highly entertaining, and full of interesting tidbits about why Boehner was so good at his job,” and listed as “required reading” by Esquire, the Politico piece has made headlines in nearly every major outlet including The Washington Post, Salon, Vanity Fair, The Hill and more. Presenting Boehner’s remarkably frank views on divisiveness within the GOP and the polarization of the media, the article also showcases Boehner’s tremendous skills as a negotiator who secured numerous policy victories during his time in office. As former Vice President Joe Biden is quoted as saying in the article, while remarking on the extreme polarization of politics today: “The only way we’re going to get this back together again is with some more John Boehners.”
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.
Adam Braun, New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, The Promise of a Pencil; Founder, Pencils of Promise; Founder & CEO, MissionU
Entrepreneur and leader of the for-purpose industry, Adam Braun wrote an insightful op-ed for Quartzhighlighting what he’s learned in the time since he launched a new business and became a father. It’s been less than a year since Braun started MissionU—his revolutionary new startup that’s a 21st century alternative to college—and welcomed his newborn twins into the world, and during the process he’s learned a lot about work-life balance, productivity, and personal and professional contentment. In his refreshingly personal and thought-provoking op-ed, he provides actionable takeaways and advice on how to juggle competing priorities and find success both at work and at home. Braun was just in his twenties when he founded his first game-changing non-profit, Pencils of Promise, and now, as the Founder and CEO of MissionU, he’s tackling a different side of education. Most recently, he shared his powerful message on education, leadership and enacting positive change at the prestigious Qudwa Global Teachers Forum, where he received high praise: "Adam Braun [was] fantastic! The audience had such positive feedback about [his] session. I luckily had the chance to attend Adam's session and was very inspired by Mission U. I think its going to be such a life changing cause that will have tremendous impact on many students..."
Tarana Burke: Founder of the Me Too Movement; 2017 TIME Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers; Social Justice Activist
Tarana Burke is among those recognized as Time’s Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers- the women and men who have publicly spoken out about and taken action against sexual harassment and assault. A lifelong social justice activist, Burke is the founder of the Me Too Movement, having first used the phrase as part of her work building solidarity among survivors years before it became a viral hashtag. A powerful rallying cry that has swept the world—generating over 13 million Facebook posts and Tweets—Me Too amplifies the voice of thousands of victims of sexual abuse and inspires solidarity, healing, and social change. As the inspiration of the movement and a sexual assault survivor herself, Burke has been sought-out for interviews on CBS News, PBS NewsHour, MTV News, Politico, Democracy Now!, and The Today Show, to shed light on the true origins of the movement, draw attention to survivors and marginalized voices, and reveal where we can go from here.
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."
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
Described as the “definitive biography for the foreseeable future” by Publishers Weekly, Ron Chernow’s new release Grant is a sweeping and dramatic examination of one of the most misunderstood and compelling generals and presidents. An instant bestseller on Amazon and The New York Times, Grant is hailed as a book with fascinating relevance to our current political moment: “This is a good time for Ron Chernow’s fine biography of Ulysses S. Grant to appear… As history, it is remarkable, full of fascinating details… As Americans continue the struggle to defend justice and equality in our tumultuous and divisive era, we need to know what Grant did when our country’s very existence hung in the balance. If we still believe in forming a more perfect union, his steady and courageous example is more valuable than ever.”(Bill Clinton, New York Times Book Review); “‘Grant’ is vast and panoramic in ways that history buffs will love. Books of its caliber by writers of Chernow’s stature are rare, and this one qualifies as a major event…Indispensable.” Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the National Book Award, Chernow is heralded for being as gifted a speaker as he is a writer. Already set to illuminate his new work in conversations at the 92Y and as keynote of the Morristown Festival of Books, Chernow has received rave reviews following his speaking engagements such as: “We've had some of the most articulate historians/biographers speak here at the VHS… Well, Ron Chernow was better than any of them. I knew he was a beautiful writer; I didn't know what a splendid, eloquent speaker he was. Our audience was thrilled and enlightened” (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography).
Nicholas Christakis: Physician & Social Scientist in Healthcare and Social Networks; Co-Author of the Bestselling Book, Connected; Co-Director, Yale Institute for Network Science & Human Nature Lab
Named by Foreign Policy as a “Top 100 Global Thinker,” renowned physician and social scientist Nicholas Christakis is applying his expertise on social networks to a new arena: artificial intelligence (AI). As the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science, Christakis is investigating interactions between humans and AI within complex social systems, and inventing and testing bots that can help humans address social dilemmas. Christakis’ groundbreaking research on how AI can make human collaboration more effective, was the subject of a study he co-authored in Nature that garnered lots of media attention. Making headlines in The Scientific American, Science Magazine, and The Verge, Christakis’ research reveals how businesses can boost productivity in a digital workspace and illuminates how an automated future could actually help humans make better decisions. With the world’s automated future already upon us, Christakis’ insights on tech and how to foster improved productivity and collaboration are invaluable to businesses and organizations of every industry.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee; 67th Secretary of State of the United States, 2009 -2013; United States Senator (NY), 2001-2009; First Lady of the United States, 1993-2001
What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s new book on what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Topping the charts in both Nonfiction and Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction—the book’s hardcover sales of 168,000 was the highest opening for any nonfiction release in five years—Clinton’s most personal memoir yet is both a commercial and critical success, receiving rave reviews such as: “What Happened is not one book, but many. It is a candid and blackly funny account of her mood in the direct aftermath of losing to Donald J. Trump. It is a post-mortem, in which she is both coroner and corpse. It is a feminist manifesto. It is a score-settling jubilee…. It is worth reading.” (The New York Times); “An engaging, beautifully synthesized page-turner...” (Slate); “What Happened is a raw and bracing book, a guide to our political arena.” (The Washington Post). Also an instant #1 Bestseller on Amazon, What Happenedexplores what it takes to be the first woman nominated for president by a major party, and provides a truly one-of-a-kind insider’s view of all that happened in the 2016 election. Since the book’s release, Clinton has been in-demand for her candid and thoughtful analysis, delivering fascinating, intensely personal, and informative interviews on countless major media outlets including The Rachel Maddow Show, CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley, Anderson Cooper 360, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NPR, Pod Save America, and more.
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.
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.
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 Daley: Head 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 Davis: Texas State Senator (2009-2015); Founder, Deeds Not Words; 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee; Advocate for Women's Health & Issues of Personal Freedom
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."
Liza Donnelly, Award-Winning Cartoonist, The New Yorker; Resident Cartoonist, CBS News; Cultural Envoy, U.S. State Department; Author/Editor of 16 Books
Award-winning cartoonist for The New Yorker, Liza Donnelly was selected by Medium as a Noteworthy Writer for “finding nuance in the news cycle” and sketching “everything that can’t be said.” Celebrated for her humorous, fiercely intelligent and mind-expanding cartoons, Donnelly derives her inspiration from everything from the nightly news to pop culture. Donnelly is also known for her unique “live drawing” technique, which she has used to wow audiences and give an interactive component in her keynotes. In naming Donnelly “Noteworthy,” Medium hails her ability to capture the essence our current moment, and in a video Donnelly explains the power of cartoons to generate important conversations.
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.
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"
When Huffpost recently published “Summer Reading; What Books Entrepreneurs Should Have Next to Them at the Pool or Nightstand” Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit was top of the list. Having spent over 60 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, The Power of Habit is an engaging and fascinating exploration of the science behind habit formation and how it can be changed to trigger creative breakthroughs, record productivity, and success in life and business. Chock-full of implementable and transformative takeaways, The Power of Habit is a strategic playbook for individuals and organizations across industries, and Duhigg shares the same powerful message with audiences. Heralded as “highly insightful,” (ALDA - Analytical, Life Science & Diagnostics Association); “thought-provoking,” (CEB); “a delight and a true pro,” (ASSE); “phenomenal,” (Sam Houston State University); and “tremendously entertaining” (Art of Marketing), Duhigg’s research and presentations resonate with every audience.
Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary (2014-2017); Political Analyst, NBC & MSNBC
Former White House Press Secretary and current political analyst for NBC News & MSNBC, Josh Earnest is in-demand for his candid insights into today’s top issues and insider’s perspective on life in the White House. At a series of upcoming events— including the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ (NEASC) Annual Conference where he will address an audience of 1,000, the University of Missouri’s Cockefair Lecture, the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) Legislative Day, and Florida Southern College’s Distinguished Speaker Series—Earnest is set to reveal both informative and engaging lessons from his 10 years working alongside President Barack Obama and a fresh perspective on today’s headlines. Delivering keynotes such as “A Matter of Facts: Navigating a Post-Truth Era” and “The Briefing: Today’s Headlines in Perspective”, engaging in substantive debates with Republican pundits such as Karl Rove, and participating in in-depth Q&As, Earnest balances both sharp analysis and witty anecdotes to keep audiences riveted and informed. Just look at the tweets of praise that came rolling in following one of Earnest’s recent keynotes: “What an honor to introduce Josh Earnest at @VillageShalomAges last night! Great speech!”
After recently addressing some 500 attendees at the Ages of Excellence event, Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest received the following rave review: "Josh Earnest was LOVELY! He was extremely easy to work with, he was very kind and personable to our guests, his remarks were on point … and he offered insight into his personal White House experience as well as a hopeful perspective into the current political landscape. We were thoroughly pleased with his presentation." The feedback echoes what attendees have to say following each of Earnest’s engagements, thanks to his substantive analysis, willingness to discuss any issue, and refreshing bipartisanship. Whether engaging in a point-counterpoint debate at an elite university, or addressing senior executives at a major law firm, Earnest showcases his tremendous breadth of experience working in the White House and infuses his remarks with plenty of humor and engaging anecdotes. Just look at the tweets of praise that come pouring in during each event: “I've never felt star struck in my life. Thank you @joshearnest for changing that. Tonight was INCREDIBLE!! #OnlyatGW”; “Lots of friendly sentiments, honest answers, and appeals to service from @joshearnest and Secretary Tom Ridge at the #OnlyAtGW debate!”; “@ASAEcenter GR conference kickoff w/ @joshearnest. Good advice on takeaways for current political moment. Also, funny Tom Brady story”; “@joshearnest thank you so much for taking my question about your time in the WH tonight at the @berkeleyforum.”
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
Addressing an audience of nearly 700 at the Asia Pacific’s premier macro-financial conference, the Barclays Asia Forum, Mohamed El-Erian shared sharp insights on the global economic landscape in a keynote entitled “Markets: Making Sense of It All.” Providing an investor’s view on populism, de-globalization, geopolitical tensions, and other global phenomena, El-Erian illuminated how we can navigate towards a more positive, inclusive and stable economic future. El-Erian was also sought-out for an interview by CNBC while at the conference, during which he discussed the Fed’s “beautiful normalization,” bitcoin, and more.
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)
After a 10-month investigation, award-winning journalist Ronan Farrow broke a major story in The New Yorker: “From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories.” An in-depth piece that shares the stories of multiple women who were assaulted by the film executive, The New Yorker piece is a lightning rod for the important conversation surrounding workplace harassment and abuse of power. Farrow’s initial article was followed up with two other crucial New Yorker pieces, “Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies” and "Harvey Weinstein's Secret Settlements,"chronicling the media mogul’s efforts to suppress allegations of harassment and assault. Farrow has shed light on the sobering details surrounding the Weinstein story in interviews on NPR, Rachel Maddow and ABC This Week, providing powerful commentary on his reporting and its implications and covering topics as crucial and varied as abuse of power, ongoing allegations of sexual harassment across the country, the standards of journalism, and more.
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 Forbes. Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media' Expert on the Global Economy, Monetary Policy and Politics; Bestselling Author
Forbes Media CEO Steve Forbes will celebrate his magazine's 100th anniversary at the prestigious Forbes Global CEO Conference in Hong Kong. Focusing on the theme "The Next Century," Forbes will be among the conference's keynotes, and will also appear in numerous sessions that will illuminate what the future holds, touching on everything from the impacts of upcoming global elections, to the volatility of the dollar and security concerns around North Korea. Just named one of the top 10 most influential libertarians by Newsmax, Forbes remains a leading voice on the economy, frequently sought-out for his shrewd, no-holds-barred analysis on everything from tax reform to healthcare policy. Recently selected to speak at the Freedom Fest, Forbes sat down for an in-depth interview to provide insights into the economy, frank commentary on the shortcomings of the GOP agenda, and to celebrate 100 years of Forbes. "We don't see business as evil," Forbes said. "We see it as a noble undertaking... In 2117, we'll be infinitely better off."
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.
Jane Goodall: World-Renowned Conservationist; Founder, Jane Goodall Institute; United Nations Messenger of Peace
Iconic conservationist Jane Goodall is the subject of a new documentary from National Geographic, Jane, which draws from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage of Goodall’s work in the Gombe. Hailed as “one of the best documentaries of 2017” (Rogerebert.com); “required viewing for anyone seeking a classic in the making” (Indiwire); and “a wondrous, moving, and truly stirring portrait...” (Hollywood Reporter), Jane explores how Goodall challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Amid the incredible press surrounding Jane, which is drawing praise at film festivals worldwide, Goodall has been sought-out for interviews by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times to share her remarkable life story and insights into her continued mission to save the planet. It’s a message she’s shared with riveted audiences, most recently during her Tomorrow & Beyond USA Lecture Tour. Imparting her vision of hope and empowering audience members to do their part to make a difference, Goodall receives praise such as: "One word - phenomenal. We sold out of tickets (3000) almost two weeks in advance of Dr. Goodall's lecture. Our phones didn't stop ringing for weeks. Her lecture and book signing were amazing and truly inspirational..." (Oakland University).
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)
Former Vice President Al Gore’s powerful remarks at the Milken Institute’s Asia Summit and Women’s Leadership Summit are making headlines and inspiring audience members to take to Twitter with impactful quotes and highlights from his sessions. As the headliner of each event’s session, “Al Gore: Leading the Charge for Environmental Action” and “A Conversation With Al Gore: How to Inspire a Movement,” Gore touched on resilience, how to mobilize support for meaningful causes, and what’s next in the movement to combat climate change. Gore highlighted that investors, rather than government, could be the driving force for positive change, and emphasized how diversity and empowerment of women is crucial to any movement’s progress. Fresh off the success of his critically acclaimed documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power—for which he was hailed as a “star orator” with a gift “for making statistics enthrall” by The Financial Times—Gore brings the same energy, passion, and informative presentation style on display in the film to each of his speaking engagements.
Lori Greiner. Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank; The "Queen of QVC"; Prolific Inventor & Entrepreneur; National Bestselling Author
Selected to grace the cover of Parade Magazine, prolific inventor and entrepreneur Lori Greiner revealed everything from her morning routine and favorite invention, to her secrets for success and how to tell if a product is a “hero” or “zero.” Known as the “Queen of QVC” and “warm-blooded shark” on ABC’s smash hit Shark Tank, Greiner knows what it takes to build something from the ground up and take a product from concept to the marketplace. In the Parade story “Lessons from a Shark,” Greiner shares how she started with the invention of a sole earring organizer in 1996: “I had to figure things out on my own. I feel that when you’re driving a business, you should know every facet of it since no one will love your business like you do.” Since her humble start, Greiner has grown her empire to include over 500 products and 120 U.S. and international patents. On Shark Tank, she’s celebrated for bringing her business savvy to aspiring entrepreneurs, taking a real hand-on approach, sharing her invaluavble advice, and translating it into breakthrough success. When describing her decision to join Shark Tank, Greiner said: “The casting director called and said, ‘You’re a uniorn,’ meaning there isn’t anyone out there like me who creates a product, makes it, packages it—everything from soup to nuts. ‘American could really learn a lot from you.’” Just winning an Emmy for Best Structured Reality Program for the fourth consecutive year, Shark Tank’s 9th seson premieres on October 1st, and guarantees to bring more of Greiner’s one-of-a-kind passion and transformative business insights.
R. Glenn Hubbard: Chairman 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 Journal, The 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 Money: “Economists offer a perspective in policy debates. President won’t always agree with it, but you need to hear what economists have to say”.
Daniel Hoffman: Former 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
Pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison is one of the remarkable, trailblazing women included in the new bestselling picture book “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.” An instant #1 on Amazon, Little Leaders relates the true stories of black women who broke boundaries and achieved beyond expectations. Set to inspire an educate the next generation, the book features Mae Jemison on the cover, in the uniform she wore when she made history by becoming the first African American woman to travel into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. Jemison translates her awe-inspiring experiences into powerful speeches for rapt audiences, consistently receiving stellar reviews. As the Girls Scouts of the USA raved after Jemison’s recent keynote: “Dr. Jemison was amazing! I have received nothing but positive feedback on her presentation. In fact, many have said she was the best speaker they had ever heard. She was so engaging with the audience and girls and I had the honor of taking a picture with her!”
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.
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)
White House Director of Speechwriting (2013-2017) Cody Keenan, was selected to headline the prestigious Kennedy Summer School Festival in Ireland, touching on what it was like to help President Obama find the right words for the American people during times of challenge and change. Described as the “Springsteen” of Obama’s White House, and nicknamed “Hemingway” by Obama himself, Keenan helped craft the President’s remarks following the tragedies in Newton and Charleston, for Selma’s 50thanniversary, his Farewell Address, and many more pivotal moments. Addressing a sold out audience for a session entitled “The Man Behind the Words: Speech Writing for President Obama,” Keenan explored the craft and process of speechwriting with an audio-visually illustrated presentation. While in Ireland, Keenan was also sought-out by several media outlets— including one of the most listened-to shows in Ireland the Marian Finucane show, The Irish Times World View Podcast, and The Pat Kenny Show—for interviews on everything from the new administration’s approach to communications, to current policy issues, and how to find a message that resonates with every audience.
Martin Luther King, III: Oldest son of Martin Luther King Jr.; Civil Rights Activist and Global Humanitarian
Delivering a keynote on Embracing the Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Equality at Missouri Western University’s Convocation on Critical Issues, Martin Luther King III riveted an audience of 4,000 (after the event had to be moved to a larger venue to accommodate demand) as he touched on issues of racial inequality, civil disobedience, promoting change, and more. A prestigious event that aims to “stimulate thought and debate,” the Convocation on Critical Issues has hosted such noteworthy speakers as Colin Powell and Cokie Roberts, and King III’s visit was particularly timely as it came just after the 54thanniversary of his father’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. One of many headlines proclaimed “King III’s visit comes at the right time,” with the article stating: “It’s hard to imagine someone of prominence who would be more equipped to address important issues that have application in today’s American society.” A renowned civil rights leader, King III’s passionate remarks drew on his extensive experience as an activist and garnered lots of praise on Twitter: “An absolute honor to have Martin Luther King III on our campus at #MWSU and deliver such a great, unifying message ”; “Today's Convocation @MissouriWestern featuring @OfficialMLK3 was amazing. He spoke directly to my soul!”; “A wonderful speaker, so glad to have the opportunity to bring students to hear MLK III." As the executive director of the MSWU foundation raved: “The Convocation was phenomenal. Mr. King was so gracious and was well received by everyone. He is an amazing person.“
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
Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work was selected as a Top Shelf Pick and Best Business Book of 2017 by strategy+business. Hailed as “the clear standout” in its category, Stealing Fire reveals how titans of their industry and elite institutions at the cutting-edge of innovation are sending productivity, performance and creativity through the roof. Praised as “clearly written” and “brilliant,” strategy+business raves: “This is the rare management book that really makes you think.” Kotler shares the groundbreaking research and action-packed takeaways from his book with audiences worldwide. A recent speaker at the Society of International Business Fellows, Evanta’s Global CISO Executive Summit, the Young President’s Organization and more, Kotler regularly received rave reviews such as: “Steven Kotler's presentation was cutting-edge and utterly engaging. He introduced our audience to a unique set of concepts and perspectives that left participants deeply informed, richly inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose. I recommend him highly” (The Superhero You Conference).
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
Alan Krueger’s latest groundbreaking research paper—“Where have all the workers gone? An inquiry into the decline of the U.S. labor force participation rate” — uncovers a surprising and crucial factor behind decreased labor force participation: the opioid epidemic. Originally published in the Fall 2017 edition of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Krueger’s work examines how the opioid epidemic has affected the labor force on a local and national level, ultimately positing that the increase in opioid prescriptions between 1999 to 2015 could account for one-fifth of the decline in men’s labor force participation and a quarter of women’s. Krueger’s important findings instantly garnered attention from nearly every major media outlet, making headlines in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune, The Washington Post, Quartz, New York Magazine, NBC News, The New Yorker, and more. A Princeton Professor and Former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, Krueger is a renowned expert on labor and one of the 50 highest ranked economists in the world. His pivotal research on the labor force helps inform both the national conversation and public policy. As Krueger wrote in his paper, “Addressing the decades-long slide in labor force participation by prime-age men should be a national priority.”
Steven Levitt: Bestselling 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”.
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 Lipsky: First 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 Logan: Correspondent, 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.
Jane Lute: Former 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.
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.
Jerry Michalski: Futurist & Thought Leader on Transformative Business Models; Corporate Consultant and Technology Advisor; Founder, REX (Relationship Economy eXpedition); Globetrotter and Adventurer
Worldwide we are experiencing a crisis of trust. As the World Economic Forum highlighted, recent studies show individual’s trust in the four institutions of government, media, business and NGOs are in steady decline worldwide. What does this mean? And what would it look like if individuals actually trusted their institutions? Jerry Michalski has been exploring these crucial questions for decades, delivering compelling TEDx Talks and thought-provoking keynotes on trust as the key element to any successful relationship, whether it be peer-to-peer, business-to-client, or government-to-citizen. Through his newly launched Patreon project, appropriately titled What if We Trusted You (WIWTY), Michalski illuminates a successful, optimistic path forward, highlighting what can be gained when organizations across industries move away from coercion and towards cooperation, and away from control and towards community, so that they may thrive in a new economy where the most innovative businesses already let strangers rent our homes and drive our cars. Launched through Patreon, a platform similar to Kickstarter that encompasses the very ideals of trust Michalski touches on, WIWTY is an ambitious and bold project involving a book, podcast, media experiment and more. Ultimately, it will bring Michalski’s pioneering work to the world as he collaboratively builds a productive path forward.
Karen Mills: Administrator 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
Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Karen Mills riveted a sold-out crowd of over 650 attendees at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s 2017 Economic Forum, sharing insights on how to spur innovation, competitiveness and entrepreneurship in the region as a boost to the economy. Making headlines in both the Milwaukee Business Journal and Milwaukee Magazine for her sharp insights on supply-chain innovation, increasing small business competitiveness, and what to expect from Wisconsin’s landing of the Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing complex, Mills also engaged in a post-keynote follow-up discussion on economic policy. Mills’ informative and highly-tailored keynote drew praise on Twitter, including: “Phenomenal speaker who presented solid data and thoughtful suggestions for improvement for #MKE. #EF2017MKE”; “Very good presentation by @KarenGMills at @JewishMilwaukee Economic Forum.”
Joe Moglia: Chairman of the Board, TD Ameritrade; Head Football Coach, Coastal Carolina University; CEO, TD Ameritrade (2001-2008); Leadership Speaker with Executive Experience in Business & Sports
“Few people achieve the rank of head coach of a Division I college football program. Even fewer chair $20 billion publicly-traded companies. Joe Moglia does both--at the same time.” The opening lines of Joe Moglia’s The Forbes Interview podcast reveal his incredible, wide-ranging success from Wall Street to the gridiron. The Head Football Coach at Coastal Carolina University and Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade, Moglia has one of the most “unique resumes in modern business.” Sought-out by Forbes to share his invaluable insights on leadership, fostering talent, and strategic risk-taking, Moglia’s unlikely story provides an inspiring recipe for success. It’s a message he’s shared with audiences nationwide, riveting attendees with both his empowering personal story and invaluable takeaways for success in business and life. Just a few comments from recent events: "I don’t think we’ve ever had a speaker that captured the audience’s attention and moved them the way Joe did." (Wells Fargo); "Joe Moglia will blow you away. Both raw and remarkable, he weaves his experience in life, business and football together in a way that gives everyone in the audience immediate tools to be more effective leaders, coaches and parents.” (Collegiate Sports Summit); “Joseph Moglia engaged with the audience instantaneously and his life story was riveting!” (Fidelity).
Peggy Noonan: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist for The Wall Street Journal; Bestselling Author, The Time of Our Lives; Political Analyst, NBC News & MSNBC; Former Special Assistant & Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan
Acclaimed journalist Peggy Noonan won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for her writing in 2016, during one of the most tumultuous elections in American history. Heralded “for her prescient pieces on Donald Trump and the political uprising his candidacy represented," the prize committee hailed Noonan, “For rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns. “ Noonan's Wall Street Journal column, Declarations, has run since 2000 and garners millions of readers each week. Noonan showecases the sharp and thought-provoking commentary she's known for as a writer as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Greg Norman: Golf's "Great White Shark"; Chairman & CEO of the Greg Norman Company
Golf’s “Great White Shark” Greg Norman riveted an audience of over 200 at the Harvard Club in a candid and engaging fireside chat on his secrets to business success. Showing the same level of tenacity and pursuit of perfection both on and off the golf course, Norman has built a multi-national corporation, the Greg Norman Company, where he serves as both Chairman and CEO. Norman shared insights into both personal and professional success in the informative 90-minute conversation, and then participated in an energetic Q&A. As the Harvard Club shared: “With his trademark charm and eloquence, Greg shared the secrets behind his myriad achievements. Illustrating the principles at the core of his success, he offered concrete advice ... Practical, engaging, and incisive, the lessons Greg Norman shared demonstrated how anyone, at any stage of his or her career, can be a champion.”
Michael Nutter: 98th Mayor of Philadelphia; CNN Commentator; Stewarded Philadelphia to A Credit Rating for First Time since 1970s; Urban Policy Innovation Advocate
Former Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter wrote a powerful and widely-shared piece for the Brookings Institution entitled “What to do if hate comes to your town” following the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Reflecting on the question posed by Dr. Martin Luther King— “Where do we go from here: chaos or community?”—Nutter’s piece illuminates a path forward, sharing how citizens, community leaders and organizations can best ensure future tolerance and safety. A Commentator for CNN and renowned thought leader in the areas of public policy and civic leadership, Nutter has remained a leading voice praised for his candid and insightful commentary on today’s top issues. Recently he’s provided thought-provoking on air analysis on everything from the violence in Virginia to the Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House.
George Papandreou: Prime 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 Pauley: Host, "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.
Itzhak Perlman: 16 Time Grammy Award-Winning Violinist; Inspirational Speaker on the Power of Passion; Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom & Genesis Prize (The Jewish Nobel)
Violin virtuoso Itzkhak Perlman is the subject of a new documentary Itzhak that focuses on his remarkable life. A 16-time Grammy Award-Winner, Perlman is one of the only household names in classical music today, and the documentary showcases his tremendous talent and passion. Directed by Alison Chernick, Itzhak follows Perlman as he travels around the world over the course of 2015-2016, and also dives into aspects of his childhood such as when he was diagnosed with polio at age four, and when he was catapulted to fame during a teenaged performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. As Chernick said: “As a documentarian, I saw a large character with huge passion and spirit. I wanted to explore the person behind this beautiful sound . . . I saw Jewish history, humor, discipline, drive, and, of course, amazing resilience and overcoming of obstacles, and I knew the story would be incredibly colorful.” Itzhak premiered to rave reviews (and a thunderous 10-minute standing ovation) as the opener of the Hamptons Film Festival. It will also premiere in New York in November, and is set to be shown on the PBS Series “American Masters” in the spring of 2018.
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.
Joe Plumeri: CEO & 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.
Abigail Posner: Head 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."
Penny Pritzker: U.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 Rinne: Global 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 a sold-out crowd of top executives at the Microsoft Summit in Bucharest, April Rinne shared key insights on the future of work, automation, innovation and more in her keynote: “The Digital Sharing Economy.” Drawing on her extensive experience at the head of the World Economic Forum’s Sharing Economy Working Group, Rinne illuminated the impacts of new technologies in transforming business, government and society at large. Sprinkling in loads of fascinating anecdotes (there are platforms just for sharing Maseratis, for example!), and tailoring her remarks to the Romanian and European market, Rinne inspired lots of interaction with the audience. Sought-out for six interviews while at the conference, many of Rinne’s insights were highlighted in a Business Review article and she shared her own perspective in an informative LinkedIn post.
Cokie Roberts: Political 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 America, Fox 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.
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.
David Rowan: Editor-at-Large and Founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK; Renowned Tech Journalist, The Sunday Times
“I get to see a lot of startups and there's a new buzz word. They all have to be machine learning Startups. If they make coffee, if they do your laundry, they're building robots, they're all about machine learning.” - Founding Editor of WIRED UK, David Rowan discusses the coming revolution of machine learning in the world of Startups in a short video with Harvard Business School. Rowan delivers compelling, accessible talks on the acceleration of innovation and machine learning. Just as every start-up previously associated itself with the words “big data”, Rowan says that now the scramble is on to build your business model on “machine learning”. He’s taken 125 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies.
Rick Santorum: U.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.
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 Snowe: Bipartisan 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."
Gloria Steinem: Iconic Visionary of the Women's Movement; Co-Founder, National Women’s Political Caucus; Co-Founder, Ms. Magazine
In a Vogue article entitled “Gloria Steinem’s Advice for the Next Generation of Feminists Is a Must-Read for Our Time” feminist icon Gloria Steinem shares her sharp advice (and wit) on women’s rights and the current political climate. Touching on everything from roll backs on health coverage to social justice movements, Steinem inspires the next generation to continue enacting positive change. Her optimism, words of empowerment and perspectives on global feminism were also the subject of articles in Quartzand The New York Times. A visionary of the Women’s Rights Movement, Steinem continues to be a vocal leader and is currently curating the Festival Albertine in France, aimed to inform and activate the next generation of feminists.
Bret Stephens: Op-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
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens has signed as an on-air contributor by MSNBC and NBC News. A leading conservative voice who rose to prominence at The Wall Street Journal, where he was an awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Stephens said of his new role: "I think there's always merit in getting out of our ideological silos and being exposed to points of view with which we don't always agree.” Already in his new role, Stephens has appeared on Morning Joe and Deadline: White House numerous times, providing insightful and candid commentary on breaking news and top policy concerns.
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
Captain Sullenberger captivated an audience of some 1,500 industry thought leaders and executives with his information-packed and riveting keynote at Commvault GO, a leading digital transformation conference that focused on the power of data. Drawing on his experience conducting an emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549, Captain Sullenberger revealed how data was key in framing his decision-making, translating his thought-process and expertise into life lessons for all audience-members regardless of their situation or occupation. Captain Sullenberger’s presentation was so impactful, it inspired many in the audience to take to Twitter to share their motivation and praise, such as: “Been fortunate to hear many great and inspirational speakers over the years, but this may be the best one”; “I have the opportunity to hear @CaptSully speak, and to say that he is an inspiration wouldn’t even begin to cover it…”; “@CaptSully illustrated his #EverydayRemarkable at #CommvaultGO. Truly remarkable and an honor to hear his story”; “Well @CaptSully just gave one of the best keynotes I have ever heard”; “The @CaptSully keynote ends with a well-deserved standing ovation. Polished, informative, and engaging”; “Well there’s a reason @CaptSully was up last. No one can follow that.”
Lawrence Summers: Director, White House National Economic Council (2009-2010); President, Harvard University (2001-2006); Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001); Authority on Domestic Economics and International Finance
Former Director of the White House National Economic Council and Secretary of the Treasury, Larry Summers made headlines for the conference he coordinated—and headlined—on “Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy.” In an in-depth and informative session based on his just-published, much-cited white paper “Rethinking Stabilization Policy. Back to the Future,” Summers dove into the lessons from past economic crises, touching on monetary, fiscal and financial policy. The sharp analysis in the paper and presentation became the basis of articles in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, and Central Banking. Frequently sought-out for his insights into current economic policy, Summers’ regular Financial Times blog just generated headlines in Business Insider, CNBC, Bloomberg, and more for his analysis on the new administration’s proposed tax plan.
Margaret Trudeau: Mental Health Advocate; Proponent of Living a Vibrant, Joyful Life As We Age; Former First Lady of Canada and Mother of Current Prime Minister
Former First Lady of Canada and mother of the current Prime Minister, Margaret Trudeau is profiled in a fascinating, must-read Vanity Fair cover story that details both her past in the international spotlight and current work as a mental health advocate. Described as “an international sensation, the Holly Golightly of the Mounties,” the Vanity Fair article shares Trudeau’s remarkable life in the 1970s—hobnobbing with celebrities and making tabloid headlines for wearing a knee-length cocktail dress to the White House—as well as her battle with undiagnosed and untreated bipolar disorder. The article also explores her incredible work as a speaker today, “telling wry, self-deprecating anecdotes—along with offering prescriptions for addressing individuals’ and society’s mental-health challenges.” A sensational keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Activist Awards Dinner, over 400 audience members “roared” with laughter and listened in rapt attention thanks to her refreshing sense of humor and candid insights into her personal mental health struggles. As the article shares of Trudeau, “It’s not easy to re-invent yourself as a serious person with a serious message after spending the best years of your life making the worst possible decisions, played out for the world to see and ridicule. And yet that is precisely what Margaret Trudeau… has managed to pull off, armed with perspective and grit and humor and the unyielding belief that, somehow, tomorrow has the potential to be better than today.”
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.
J CRAIG VENTER: Pioneering Scientific Researcher on the Existence of Life & Human Genome; Founder, J. Craig Venter Institute; Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Human Longevity, Inc.
Pioneering scientist on the human genome, Dr. J. Craig Venter was awarded a spot on Forbes’ prestigious list of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds.” Internationally renowned for leading the team that sequenced the complete human genome and later created the first synthetic cell, Venter is the Founder of the J. Craig Venter Institute and Celera Genomics, as well as Executive Chairman of Human Longevity Inc., and Synthetic Genomics Inc., where he continues to conduct innovative research to explore the most profound elements of human existence. As part of the Forbes honor, Dr. Venter wrote a compelling op-ed “On Experimentation,” revealing how’s he’s managed to find success and stay ahead of the pack. As Dr. Venter writes, "Most people fail in science because they talk themselves out of doing the experiment. Ideas are a dime a dozen. What makes the difference is the execution of the idea." Continuously sought-out for his innovative insights—he was just interviewed on his keys to success in Wired— Dr. Venter is no stranger to elite rankings: he’s made TIME’s list of “100 Most Influential People” twice.
Jimmy Wales: Founder, 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”
Sought-out for an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales provided sharp analysis of new tech trends, such as cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Calling initial coin offerings (ICOs)—currently one of the hottest trends in cryptocurrency, as highlighted in an October Economist article— an “absolute scam,” while explaining that blockchain technology will “be with us for some time to come," Wales instantly made headlines in industry outlets such as Hacked, TechJuice, CoinDesk, and many more. Wales’ interview came during the 2017 GSAM Symposium, the flagship event in Europe for Goldman Sachs, where Wales was selected to speak on trust in the media and the rise of “fake news.” Having just founded a revolutionary global news platform, WikiTribune, in his presentation Wales reported from the front lines of the information wars to share what’s at stake and what's on the horizon.
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 Young: U.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.
GIG ECONOMY PITCHES
By now the gig economy is more than just a buzzword inspiring headline news, it’s a reality companies of all sizes and across industries have to contend with. In 2016 there were 53 million freelancers in the U.S. alone, and this summer the UK issued the first official report calling for a new category of worker: dependent contractor. As lifetime employment goes part-time, offices are giving way to co-working spaces, M-F 9-5 jobs are becoming flexible work schedules, and terms like gig economy, on-demand economy, sharing economy, and new economy crop up by the minute, HWA experts are prepared to illuminate a path forward. Heralded for their wide-ranging knowledge, first-hand experience, and ability to connect with, inform and inspire audiences, these HWA speakers are undisputed experts on the gig economy. They can share upcoming trends to be aware of, transformative insights into how the gig economy will affect your business, and ultimately provide a strategic playbook on how to be predictive and proactive rather than reactive, so you can stay two steps ahead of the competition.
Alan Krueger, a former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers (2011-2013) and one of the 50 Highest Ranked Economists in the World by IDEAS/RePEc, is today’s leading voice on labor and the gig economy, responsible for steering the national conversation on the future of the workforce. A current Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Krueger was one of the first economists to provide in-depth research on the gig economy and recently published two white papers on the rise of “alternative work arrangements” —one with the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project and another with The National Bureau of Economic Research—that were so influential they served as the basis of a Fed convening on the gig economy, and inspired countless articles on the rise of the gig economy from The New York Times, U.S News, Business News Daily, Fortune, Quartz, and more. Recently sought-out by NPR to provide insight into what participation in the gig economy looks like, Krueger was also just awarded the 2017 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize from the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. At the award ceremony he delivered an urgent message on the gig economy, which can be watched in full here, and which led to a write-up in The National Law Journal. Selected to speak at major government summits and Fortune 500 companies alike, rave reviews from Krueger’s events include: “The event was great – the team really enjoyed the time spent with Alan and had extremely positive feedback. They believed he uncovered a hard to see insight and they thought it was a very productive use of time…” (AT&T).
The Head of the World Economic Forum’s Sharing Economy Working Group, April Rinne is not only a renowned expert on the gig economy, but a living embodiment of it. A freelancer who’s worked at the intersection of the private, public and social sectors for over 20 years, currently April is also an advisor at Airbnb and a Sharing Economy Advisory Board Member for China’s National Sharing Economy Commission. As Airbnb’s Director of Public Policy Patrick Robinson said: “Drop the April bomb… and good things happen.” Recently sought-out as a keynote to shed light on the future of work and the impact of the gig economy at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit, The Enova Conference, and The World Economic Forum Regional Summit, April is known to tailor her speeches to every audience and consistently receives rave reviews: “April's presentation was fantastic. She delivered a keynote as it should be: showing the big picture, addressing key issues, and doing so in a way that's enlightening and fun.” (ITB Berlin Convention); "April is an engaging communicator who has a special knack with audiences. She can present new, complex and even sometimes controversial topics substantively and with ease, persuasively informing everyone from students to CEOs..." (Emory University); "April is a gifted speaker with in-depth knowledge of her field of expertise. Her talk at our conference was a highlight which has inspired an entire industry to understand that business can be done differently!” (RIAD International Association of Legal Protection). Check out April’s recent interview on the rise of independent workers worldwide, and her podcast on the gig economy trend with Wharton Business’ podcast.
Named by Forbes as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in the World,” Penny Pritzker is a respected authority on the future of work and how to prepare for the jobs and workforce of tomorrow. The Founder and Chairman of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group, and the Secretary of Commerce under President Obama (2013-2017), Pritzker is a leading global economic mind with more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sector. Just selected to share her sharp analysis on “The Future of Employment” at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference and the workforce skills needed in the age of automation and freelancers at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Forum, while at both events Pritzker was sought-out by major outlets (Bloomberg and CNBC) for interviews. A renowned entrepreneur who’s developed a variety of businesses from the ground up, Pritzker understands the gig economy and today’s workforce concerns from the perspective of both the board room and the situation room. As President Obama said of Pritzker: “Penny is one of our country’s most distinguished business leaders. She's got more than 25 years of management experience in industries including real estate, finance, and hospitality. She’s built companies from the ground up…She knows that what we can do is to give every business and every worker the best possible chance to succeed by making America a magnet for good jobs.”