Former Prime Minister of Australia

As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Ministe of Australia, Ms. Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the global financial crisis. In this chat she shares stories about leadership principles, her passion for improving education for children around the world, and that merit should trump gender.

Rave Reviews for PM Gillard include: "The event was a great success—we had an excellent turnout and the PM’s speech was engaging, topical, and well-received."         - Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research

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Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and an internationally respected authority in the worlds of economics, finance, and corporate leadership. With the economy at the forefront of conversation on a global level, Mr. Forbes offers long-standing insights that capitalism, free markets, and a flat tax are essential to a healthy economy. This is a message Mr. Forbes has been delivering as editor of one of the world’s most successful business magazines for decades, and he continues to be one of the most sought-after speakers on this and other economic issues leading the economic debates around the world.

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"Miracle on the Hudson" Captain; NYT Bestselling Author; Leading Voice on Leadership & Flawless Execution Strategies

Captain Sullenberger dropped by HWA to talk about the new Clint Eastwood Directed movie SULLY, starring Tom Hanks, which Premieres September 9, 2016.

He also shared with us that Flight 1549 is not just an experience that defined him as a leader; it is proof positive that flawless execution comes through years of focus and preparation for such an event.

When it comes to being prepared for the ultimate challenge, there is no better speaker than Captain Sullenberger, and you will be in sheer awe to meet the man who exemplifies the kind of leadership and character that we would hope every leader could possess in a time of crisis.

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New York Times Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist & NYT Bestselling Author of The Power of Habit

Charles recently dropped by HWA to chat about his new book Smarter, Faster, Better. His first book, The Power of Habit, became a NYT and WSJ bestseller and his new book is definitely on the same track.  He gave our team a mini presentation which was informative, humorous and really outlined some interesting new ideas around productivity. Charles is a speaker who does his homework and finds out exactly what an audience “needs” and “wants” to hear before crafting an incredible presentation.

In a nutshell, he will help your audience understand that “how they think” is more important than “what they think” and he has great stories and tools that will help them transform their lives professionally and personally. Check out his HWA Chat below.

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Global Authority on the Sharing Economy

From Airbnb to TaskRabbit and Uber, hundreds of sharing and on-demand platforms are transforming industries and causing us to rethink almost every aspect of our lives. Who are the next disruptors on the horizon? What -- and where -- are the real opportunities and obstacles? Sharing Economy expert April Rinne has the answers. Adviser of choice for a range of private and public sector organizations, from Airbnb to the World Economic Forum and  governments worldwide, a graduate of Harvard Law and an inveterate traveler, Rinne can help you see the shifts underway through a practical, helpful lens and bring new insights to light for you and your organization. 

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Leader in "Getting Innovation Done" and Dubbed "Mr. Creativity" by The Economist

Innovation authority JOHN KAO  has addressed standing room only audiences and has received rave reviews from organizations such as the World Economic Forum, Google, the World Innovation Forum, and Xerox Parc. Kao continues to inspire audiences around the world with his engaging and transformative presentations that instill the spirit of creativity and the “how to” of innovation in order to create a successful innovation agenda. 

Rave Reviews for Kao include: "On behalf of the Tech Pioneer, Social Entrepreneur, and Global Shaper Communities, I'd like to thank you for your fun and energetic facilitation of today's Dynamic Trio work space. We were also very impressed with your skillful moderation and ability to engage the audience in an insightful dialogue." - World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland

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Former CEO of Twitter & Tech Entrepreneur

Time magazine named Dick Costolo one of the 10 Most Influential U.S. Tech CEOs. He is a digital entrepreneur who has launched a series of highly successful ventures, but when he became CEO of Twitter in 2010, he realized he was helping run more than digital platform. It was a real treat to get some behind the scenes insights on his experiences at Twitter, what he loves most about entrepreneurship, and why companies and all people should embrace disruptive innovation.

In his speeches, Dick Costolo calls on his experience as a digital entrepreneur, business executive, and surprisingly, his experience as an improvisational comedian to deliver entertaining, insightful speeches with a powerful message about the future of social media and the Internet.

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One of the Most-Respected Economists in the World; Former Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers; Former Chief Economist of the U.S. Treasury

Alan Krueger joined the Obama administration amid the deepening recession and helped steer the country back toward growth. The former chief economist of both the Department of the Treasury and Department of Labor, he is not only one of the foremost experts on labor and unemployment, but he is also one of the people best poised to address our current economic environment.

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Bestselling Author, Freakonomics Franchise

Freakonomics Superstar Stephen Dubner continues to enthrall audiences around the world with unique spin on any topic, as incentives are key to all of them. His presentations are as entertaining as they are illuminating as he offers data-based stories that show audiences how to inspire change in their own company and community.

Rave Reviews for Stephen include: “Stephen Dubner created a talk based on FREAKONOMICS that was clearly tailored to our audience of healthcare CEOs and thought leaders. We were absolutely delighted with how he weaved the Freakonomics approach into new ideas and stories. We were really impressed with Stephen’s ability to both challenge and entertain the luminaries in our audience.” - MPM Capital

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Iconic Political Strategist

With over two decades of experience in the political arena, KARL ROVE is an iconic political strategist, whose provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day have made him one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time.

Sponsors hosting Karl Rove's lectures have reported that he is "provocative, lively and thoughtful" (Nomura) with crowds being "very responsive, often erupting in applause"(Wabash College). Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in US News & World Report as “unique...no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.”

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Dr. Coburn challenges the broken partisan culture of Washington. When audiences hear Dr. Coburn speak, they hear what The Week calls "authentic, adult conservatism."  Coburn serves as the antidote to the crazed 2016 GOP primary race, with level-headed, thoughtful and practical solutions to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans.  Dr. Tom Coburn is a medical doctor and retired member of Congress, who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, he established himself as "a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's budget woes" (Associated Press) and as a man who is "thoughtful and willing to seek solutions to big problems" (Politico).

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William J. Bratton is known as one of America’s premier police chiefs, the only person to have led two of the largest police forces in the United States - the New York City Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department. He is a leader in times of crisis, and knows the management and leadership required to execute complex turnarounds.   Organizations today have added complexity, given security and cybersecurity risks.  Bratton offers his audience key takeaways for how they can lead through their own crises.

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Hero of the High Seas and Real Life Inspiration for the Movie Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is a hero of the high seas and the inspiration for the Academy Award-nominated namesake film starring Tom Hanks. When he dropped by the HWA office he engaged our team with stories about handling the aftermath of his traumatic experience, meeting Tom Hanks and going to Hollywood, Lessons of Leadership in Times of Crisis and we chatted about why audiences connect with him at every event.

Rave Reviews for Captain Phillips include: "Captain Richard Phillips was fantastic and gave a top-notch presentation. His story showing great courage and endurance was remarkable. People really resonated with what he said, and in these difficult economic times, we think the audience wanted to hear a good outcome, for a change, that showed leadership and heroism at its best." - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

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International Pioneer in Tech, Innovation & Peak Performance

An international pioneer in the fields of innovation, technology and human performance, Kotler has spoken to and consulted with everyone from Fortune 100 companies to the US Special Forces. He explores the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals, and details how today’s top entrepreneurs—Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk—have learned to think at scale and perform at speed—the core requirements for creative disruption. 


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NBC Investigative Reporter & Host of #Undercovered; Award-Winning Voice for the Millennial Generation; Former U.S. Special Advisor on Global Youth Issues; Rhodes Scholar

Farrow is an influential voice in media and government, once described by The New York Times as "the youngest old guy in the room" for his ability to help traditional institutions speak to a new generation. New York Magazine has named him "Activist of the Year," and he has repeatedly appeared on the Forbes "30 Under 30" list. As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, he fronts the Today Show’s “#Undercovered” series and has anchored a daily MSNBC program. He previously served as a government official, including reporting directly to the Secretary of State as the first US Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues. He has written about human rights and foreign policy for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications. He is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a Rhodes Scholar and his speeches have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s Top 10 Speeches of the Year.

In this HWA Chat, Ronan shares engaging stories about growing up in a multi-race/multi-culture family, having a first-hand and very personal understanding of the disenfranchised, and what shaped his spirit for public service.

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Founder of Pencils of Promise, New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil, entrepreneur, and a leader in the For-Purpose industry

Adam Braun’s story is how one young man turned $25 into more than 300 schools, serving more than 30,000 students around the world, and built a global community which is well on its way to achieving its goal of making a quality education a possibility for everyone. His story proves that anyone can take small steps to lead a successful and significant life. 

Adam's book, The Promise of a Pencil, did not become a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller just because it was a great story; it became a sought-after guide for achieving goals and dreams and in the book Adam outlines chapters that provide actionable steps toward success. Adam empowers audiences to discover their next big idea, and he gives them guideposts for a path forward.


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

Abigail shines a unique, humanistic lens on culture, business and technology that brings fresh perspective to corporate culture, product development, branding and marketing.  Her quest is to spark novel thinking and lead people to take action.  Abigail is the Head of Strategic Planning at the ZOO, Google’s creative think tank for agencies and brands. At Google, she helps advertisers and marketers make sense of human beings’ deep, emotional relationship to the digital space and convert those insights into strategic and creative efforts.


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One of Fast Company's “Most Creative People” and Fortune's “40 Under 40,” Bonin Bough is one of the most groundbreaking and influential marketing minds of our generation. Bonin is the maverick behind campaigns that have successfully grown some of the globe’s largest brands, such as Mondelez, Kraft, and PepsiCo. Even if you don’t know Bonin’s name, you know his campaigns. He printed a  3-D Oreo live at the SXSW conference to promote Mondelez’s approach to Innovation and its brand. His campaign for Stride Gum went viral when a sky diver jumped 25,000 feet with no parachute.  His approach is not just for the Fortune 100. He’s a creative disruptor, who believes the future of innovation lies in bringing big brand thinking to businesses of all sizes. He’s putting that into practice in his partnership with LeBron James on the new hit TV show, Cleveland Hustleswhere he helps local entrepreneurs realize their dreams while helping to revitalize their communities.    

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