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Kurt Andersen, Visionary, Media Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author and Host of the Peabody-winning public radio program, Studio 360

"We thought Kurt Andersen was the best moderator we could ever have picked! Our guests were thrilled, and the event was a success!" - LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.

"Kurt was, as always, extremely well prepared and did a miraculous job." -The New Museum


Ed Balls, UK Shadow Chancellor and Chief Economic Advisor to the UK Treasury (2010-2015)

"Ed was terrific! Informed, entertaining, challenging, interesting...He is a brilliant speaker, and we hope to engage him in the future." - The Institute of International Finance


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

"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." - Nike

"Alex Banayan is an unbelievable storyteller. He is thoughtful, engaging, and dynamic. Banayan represents the voice of entrepreneurship, the power of hustle, and the energy of unlimited potential." Apple


Joyce Banda, Africa's Second Female President; Former President of Malawi (2012-2014)

"Everyone in attendance loved President Banda's appearance and was captivated by her speech. All of your assistance and help was greatly appreciated and helped the event run smoothly." - George Washington University


 

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

"We hired Sen Baucus for an event which focused on the China-US economic corridors today and current implications for the future cooperation. He provided a very insightful view about the current and future relations between the 2 countries. Our clients and staff really appreciated his unique perspective. Sen Baucus was a great keynote speaker for our event. Thank you for your recommendation." - Major Multinational Bank


 Tim Berners- Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web; Leader & Visionary in the Future of Technology; One of TIME Magazine's "Top 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century"; President and Founder, Open Data Institute

"We have had marvellous feedback on our event. Sir Tim was an engaging and inspirational speaker and appeared to be happy to chat with guests before and after the event. Thank you for your help with making the arrangements with Sir Tim." -VenCap 9.21.17

"Sir Tim was incredible and really well received both during the CIO roundtable and the keynote ... he totally wowed the crowd. Our keynote theatre was far too small and we ended up streaming his session live to the 21 other theatres on the show floor ... my estimate is 1,500 attendees. Frankly, he’s the perfect keynoter for a show like IP EXPO and his participation gave us a huge amount of coverage. My only challenge following the keynote is the volume of internal and external questions saying how the heck was I going to follow up from that in 2015!" - Imago Techmedia


 

Wolf Blitzer, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Anchor, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

"Wolf is an outstanding speaker with experiences that few in his field can match. He challenged us with his incisive comments on White House reporting, stimulated us with his perceptive observations and invited us to pose questions that were of immediate concern to the audience. Anyone seeking an informed lecturer could make no better choice than Wolf Blitzer of CNN." - Mississippi College

"Our members thoroughly enjoyed hearing of your experiences which you masterfully laced with humor. Your graciousness through many photo sessions was appreciated. TRSA would be most happy to recommend you as a speaker to any organization. We truly enjoyed working with you." - Textile Rental Services Association of America


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

"Speaker John Boehner was a powerful presenter at our board of directors meeting – his comments were candid and insightful, recognized the multi-nationality of the board, and reflected his wealth of experience and expertise in Washington and with the political landscape. Speaker Boehner commanded the room and held the attention of the audience for the entire session, balancing sincere and transparent remarks with interesting experiential commentary. In the Q&A portion, he tailored his answers carefully to the interests of the directors and was clear and concise in his responses, allowing us to ask many questions spanning a great diversity of topics." -  BMO Financial Group

"Speaker Boehner was a big hit with our audience. His presentation was insightful, amusing and thought-provoking, and it was an unvarnished assessment of what's going on in Washington and American politics.- Edison Electric Institute


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)

"Let me congratulate you on an outstanding presentation to Johnson & Johnson's Senior IM Management. Your remarks were on point and easy to translate to our environment. Your delivery was nothing short of inspirational. I can't remember an outside speaker engaging our audience so thoroughly with such credibility. I think our people are now much better equipped to face 'impossible' situations. I would expect that other J&J organizations will be booking you in the future." - Johnson & Johnson

"I am writing to let you know that Commissioner Bratton did a superb job for us and fully captured the attention of our audience with his splendid presentation on the problems and opportunities for inner city policing. His experience in New York was passed on in an eloquent and entertaining way. We were delighted with his contribution to our event." - Yorkshire Business Conference


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

"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..." -Consulting firm for Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, Qudwa Global Teachers Forum 10.8

"The best speaker I've ever seen in the history of our company's offsite events."- Coca-Cola HBC

"The feeling was unanimous, the best speaker we've ever had at an offsite." - Kraft Brands


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

"Carol Browner was wonderful. She was very generous in sharing herself with us; was enthusiastically engaged; and made a most favorable impression upon our audience." - The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan

"A quick note of thanks for all of your help in making Carol Browner a part of our 10th Annual Global Energy Conference. Her ‘mock debate’ was excellent – so much energy and our audience truly enjoyed the session.- KPMG LLP


 

Felipe Calderon, 56th President of Mexico; Chair of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

"President Calderon did a fantastic job presenting at our Seminar. He was exceptionally open and honest - participants loved him." - Accenture

"Delegates enjoyed his remarks and his presence made the conference a tremendous success." - Capital G

"President Calderon was truly magnificent. His speech was outstanding, excessively inspiring and very relevant to Egypt. The feedback I keep receiving is extremely positive." - American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt


Gretchen Carlson, Acclaimed Broadcast News Anchor and Journalist; Named to TIME's 2017 "100 Most Influential People in the World"

"She is a remarkably talented and charismatic speaker that drew a large and energetic crowd and was an absolute pleasure to work with." - The Richard Nixon Foundation

"Gretchen Carlson is the bravest woman I know, and I know a lot of brave women. She created an avalanche we are still feeling the fallout from today..." - Paul Feig, Actor & Film Director

"Gretchen is using her voice to make a difference through advocacy and legislation that will undoubtedly help others." - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand


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

"I knew he was a beautiful writer; I didn't know what a splendid, eloquent speaker he was. Our audience was thrilled and enlightened. Thank you so much." - Virginia Magazine of History and Biography


Michael Chertoff, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security (2005-2009); Executive Chairman of The Chertoff Group, a global security firm

"On behalf of all of us at CACI, we would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude for delivering the keynote address at our symposium on 'Employing Smart Power'. Your keen insights and demonstrated understanding of the dangers we face and the adversaries we must guard against provided a sobering reminder of what must be done to protect our nation. Your participation in and support for the symposium was invaluable in furthering our understanding." - CACI International Inc.

"From reading the evaluations, you were a big hit and your message was exactly on point. I also want to thank you for being so courteous to my staff and our guests. Thanks again for your stellar performance." - Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


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

"Nicholas was absolutely terrific. The room was at capacity – 3,000+ or so and everyone was engaged, enlightened, enriched and entertained by his talk. No one left the room. A grand slam and excellent opening for our Annual Meeting. Numerous compliments and great post talk questions." - Heart Rhythm Society

"Nicholas Christakis presented visionary ideas on how social networking can be utilized strategically to maximize business opportunities on many levels." - Sysco


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

"Sen. Coburn was awesome and the reviews have been great." - College of American Pathologists

Senator Coburn 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).


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

"The program was solid and my audience was pleased. Margaret was impassioned and I was really impressed that she researched Indiana statistics to make the topic all the more relevant to my audience." - Purdue North Central Sinai Forum

"Our event was a phenomenal success...Our gathered attendees were inspired my Margaret's message and we continue to receive lots of positive feedback." - Blue Cure Foundation


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

"I will honestly tell you in my 15 years in the media I have brought in probably 30 different celebrities all of whom have been nice and cooperative but Ann Curry is by far the nicest, most sincere, delightful person that I have ever worked with. She went out of her way to be nice to everyone and she was more concerned that our employees were tired because of the magnitude of the event. I also appreciate your hard work in helping to get Ann to our event." - Women's Health & Lifestyles Fair

"The event went very well and Ann was a “BIG” hit; receiving a standing ovation from the group after her inspiring speech. She was most gracious." - Volunteers of America, Oregon


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); Expert on Commerce, Job Growth & Trade

"The event was great ... Bill is seriously fantastic." - Forbes Emerging Markets

"Guests very much enjoyed speaking with Mr. Daley...and had plenty of questions for him." - Clearing House Association


Wendy DavisTexas State Senator (2009-2015); 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee; Founder of women's equality organization Deeds Not Words

"Wendy was amazing! We were overjoyed to have her with us both at the Benefit Dinner and our Women & Power opening night. She was a pleasure to host as well." - Omega Women's Leadership Center

"Wendy made quite a splash here in Sewanee and everyone is raving about how inspired they felt. We had a crowd of nearly 300 people that came out to hear her keynote and I can only imagine the ripple effect it will have on the community." - Sewanee: The University of the South


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

"It was a fantastic event. We had nearly 900 people, and I've heard from many of my colleagues here that it was the best event in years at the college." - Franklin and Marshall College

"Howard Dean was a huge enrichment to this year’s program. There was no one better to give political and economic outlooks for the coming years." - Create Connections Networking and Lobbying GmbH

"Governor Dean hit a homerun. Really a GREAT speaker for a medical audience." - Providence Health & Services California


Alan Dershowitz, Renowned Defense Attorney; Prominent Scholar on U.S. Constitutional & Criminal Law

"He received rave reviews and made an outstanding contribution to the debate. The video of the debate has been viewed over 100,000 times since Friday night, record for us and a testament to the passion, substance and debating savvy Allan brought to the contest." - Munk Debates

"All aspects of the program—the lecture, interview and Arts & Ideas Forum—went extremely well. In fact, Professor Dershowitz's presentation can serve as a paradigm for future lectures with regard to the substance and quality of the presentation and the lecturer's demeanor and cooperative attitude. I can tell you that the students who attended the Arts & Ideas Forum commented that Professor Dershowitz was the first speaker they could recall who did not talk down to them. He engaged them immediately and was very candid and forthright with his responses." - The Dowmel Foundation


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

"Liza Donnelly brought her combined gift of live drawing and personal narrative to our BIF Collaborative Innovation Summit stage. The audience of over 500 innovation junkies from around the world were hooked and inspired by the creative rendering of Liza's compelling point of view." - Business Innovation Factory

"Liza often steps out from behind her drawing table to make this world not just a funnier place, but a better one too." - Planet Green


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

"Everything went absolutely amazing with Stephen's appearance! At lunch, he was the center of attention and was a captivating conversationalist. During the speech, everyone was enthralled by his accounts of how incentives can motivate and direct society and social behavior...He elicited boisterous laughter, some gasps and generally commanded the stage to perfection. He was very gracious during our Q&A period and the book-signing/reception. I believe the students really enjoyed this personal interaction with him. Everyone who attended this event left happy!" - The University of Pennsylvania Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

"We were absolutely blown away by Stephen’s knowledge, his professionalism, his speaking ability, the engaging stories he told and his patience in signing so many books and speaking personally with all our attendees. We could not be happier and have received countless positive notes from our clients. The content was the perfect way to set up our entire Summit." - iProspect


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

"Charles was amazing. He resonated with the audience, and lifted up the event.  What a great thinker and speaker! I would highly recommend him." - Realtor.com 9.18.17

"Charles Duhigg is a phenomenal speaker and was able to captivate the Bloomberg audience. His passion for the topic really translates into the audience and everyone picked up on his enthusiasm." - Bloomberg

"Can I just say, WE LOVE CHARLES DUHIGG!!! He was better than I imagined. I loved his books and I've been so looking forward to his presentation and wow, what a guy! He was so engaging, funny, generous with his time and his presentation was smart, intriguing and we loved every bit of it. We would love to have him back again and again!" - Westmont College


Elizabeth Duke, Governor of the Federal Reserve (2008-2013); Expert on Monetary Policy With Experience in Retail Banking and Business Lending

"Early feedback was very positive. Attendees really enjoyed Betsy’s insight and the conversational format — lots of really great questions and she was cool and candid, and was a delight." - Eagen, Inc.


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

"Everything with Josh went so well! He did a great job at the debate and everyone I spoke to at the reception couldn’t stop talking about how kind and personable he was." - American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

"We’ve received nothing but positive feedback about [Earnest's] presentation. Our crowd particularly appreciated his thoughtful responses to questions – they were not canned answers but very reasoned answers. The crowd also appreciated the time he spent with us – taking almost an hour of his time for the Q&A." - Major U.S. Law Firm


Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General Emeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Vice-President of Egypt (2013); Expert on Geopolitics & Global Security

"The afternoon lecture audience was 1,400 and he received a standing ovation. At dinner for 350 people – another standing ovation. An absolute pleasure to work with him." - University of Utah

"Excellent session! The audience was very engaged. He is such an amazing intellect yet so approachable." - Thomson Reuters


Mia Farrow, Acclaimed Actress & Youth Advocate

"Words cannot express how delighted we were to have Mia Farrow speak at our 31st annual Leadership Conference. She truly was an inspiration to nearly 2,000 attendees and the responses we received regarding her presentation were outstanding." - Simmons Leadership Conference

"Thank you for your provocative and inspiring presentation...Your talk raised awareness, stirred strong emotions, and stimulated thoughtful responses among our students, colleagues, and the general public. Hosting you on campus was a great pleasure and we are deeply honored that you could join us to share your message." - Hanover College


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); Human Rights Attorney & Rhodes Scholar

"He sure did knock it out of the park...My goal with our meeting was that every attendee leave feeling hopeful, energized and inspired, and [his] keynote truly made that impact." - Blackbaud

"What a wonderful presenter you have with Ronan Farrow; I would have him back in our office any time to engage our young team. Thought provoking and thoroughly engaging..." - Constellation Brands


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

"Moira Forbes was amazing and as one attendee remarked 'Moira Forbes stole the show; she was fantastic.' We were thrilled to have her join us for our inaugural Women in Manufacturing event and hope to use your agency again in the future!" - Precision MetalForming Association

"I wanted to let you all know that we were beyond impressed with Moira, and I'm very happy with how the event turned out. She was so personable with everyone, and the feedback was all positive. She's an A+ in my book!" - Americas’ SAP Users’ Group


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

"I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that Mr. Forbes was hands down the most amazing and favorite of all of our speakers. Resounding standing ovations and so many people raved about his comments. He was kind, [and] super approachable... It was an honor to meet him and host him at our event." - Americans for Prosperity (8.21.17)

"Throughout my professional and academic career – I have been fortunate to be able to invite “thought leaders” from across the field of business to speak on campus. There is no doubt in my mind Mr. Forbes is the top speaker I have ever brought to campus! Mr. Forbes exuded a high level of professionalism and thoughtfulness throughout his visit to Florida Gulf Coast University. He was more than generous with his time. He gladly agreed to meet with students, faculty, and local business leaders. Everyone who had an opportunity to hear him speak was impressed with his vast knowledge on a myriad of topics from politics to global economics. People were simply captivated by his comments and stories. I would highly recommend Mr. Forbes to all businesses and colleges/universities interested in having an amazing speaker on campus!" - Lutgert College of Business, Florida Gulf Coast University


Vicente FoxPresident of Mexico (2000-2006); Humanitarian & Founder of Centro Fox

"President Fox was a star among stars at the USC Schwarzenegger Institute's U.S. immigration reform forum. His participation added tremendous depth and insight to the event. And his grace and charm in dealing with press, other VIPs, students and guests were remarkable." - USC Schwarzenegger Institute

"The event was a great success! We had one of our highest turn-outs, with almost 4,000 attendees." - Augustana College


Bill Frist, U.S. Senate Majority Leader (2003-2007); U.S. Senator from Tennessee (1995-2007); Heart-Lung Transplant Surgeon, Physician & Authority on Healthcare Policy

"You cannot have a serious debate about our nation's health care system and not have former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), MD in the room. He is a spectacular speaker who can take the complexities of Washington and describe them in a manner that any audience can understand. I recommend him highly." - Astellas Pharma

"Senator Frist was absolutely fantastic and his feedback scores were 5/5 from all of the surveys submitted—perfect score!" - Livingston Economic Club


Roland Fryer, Behavioral Economist on Race & Social Issues; Founder & Director, Harvard's Education Innovation Laboratory; Collaborator on the Bestselling Book Freakonomics

"People can't stop talking about how inspirational yet straight talking he was. He was just the right person for our Town Hall audience. It was a home run." - Ringling College Library Association Town Hall

"Roland did an OUTSTANDING job on his presentation. He gave it his ‘all.’ He really hit a nerve with our audience and rocked it! Roland is such a fantastic person. We are extremely pleased. Our conference attendees are still talking about it … unforgettable." - Association of College & University Housing Officers


Peter Fuda, Prolific Change Agent for CEOs and Global Leaders; Bestselling Author of Leadership Transformed and over 40 Business Case Studies; Founder & Principal, The Alignment Partnership, a Leadership Transformation Consultancy

"As Chairman of the CEO Institute in Queensland I have seen many speakers on leadership over a number of years. Peter Fuda is one of the best. The feedback from all participants in his sessions confirm that Peter has a significant impact on them with his fresh, insightful and very practical views on leadership transformation. His views on the leadership that works in any organization are highly distinctive and are based on clear core values delivered in a very engaging and entertaining manner." - Ray Weekes, Chairman, The CEO Institute

"Peter always presents leadership topics of relevance and interest. However, the most critical element is how these topics are delivered with a level of enthusiasm, energy and fun such that the key messages really ‘sink in’. This has been highly beneficial in developing Adelaide Bank’s leadership capabilities. Peter has the unique blend of two critical skills. Firstly he is knowledgeable about his subjects but as importantly, he has the ability to communicate that knowledge to others in a way that the key messages will be remembered." - Jamie McPhee, CEO, Adelaide Bank


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

"Yes, she was fantastic and wonderfully well received! I have absolutely zero criticism (constructive or otherwise) to provide, and that’s a rare thing. The bar is very high here at The Richmond Forum, and she just sailed right over with ease. If I could book her five times for next season, I would. Also, she did her homework on the Model UN and prepared custom remarks for those student delegates. That care did not go unnoticed by the students. Great, great, great!" - The Richmond Forum

"I cannot express how important and successful your talk before the Boston College student body turned out. What was particularly notable was your availability to the students. It was good that you did that. You brought out the best in them. Their questions were thoughtful and relevant, but your responses were equally so. It is often that people in the political sphere leave audiences with a political message. You discussed the issues objectively and they appreciated that." - Boston College


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

"Lori’s ‘yes you can’ message and relatable stories engaged more than 1,800 women at our business banking events." - Chase for Business

"We were fortunate to have Lori Greiner as our closing keynote speaker... The room was filled to capacity at the Georgia Aquarium with 650+ attendees for Lori’s closing keynote. Many conferences lose half of their attendees before the conference concludes. Everyone stuck around to hear Lori Greiner. She offered an enlightening talk about how she got started and became the queen of QVC. What a wonderful day!" - Venture Atlanta


Philipp Hildebrand, Chairman, Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (2010– 2012); Former Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); Member, Group of Thirty (G30); Vice Chairman, BlackRock Inc.

"Thank you for your important contribution to this year's UBS Family Office Summit. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our guests on your presentation." - UBS AG

"Dr. Hildebrand was instrumental in helping to manage the response to the global financial crisis and in developing major reforms to strengthen the resiliency and stability of the international financial system." - Financial Stability Board


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

"Dr. Hubbard did a fabulous job at both of our meetings! His speech was very relevant to the topics that we wanted him to cover, and he was a very engaging speaker." - Alternative Investment Group, L.L.C.

"Please let Glenn know that we were thrilled with his participation as a panelist in our keynote event. As you had described, he’s a very easy person to work with and his wit adds to his impressive intellect. He’s an excellent presenter and we’ll likely consider getting him back for other similar events." - Lovett Productions


Karen Hughes, Counselor to President George W. Bush (2001-2002); Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2005-2007); Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller

"Karen was absolutely great! The event was definitely as success as we heard nothing but positive comments on her presentation from our members. She was easy to work with and we appreciate her willingness to tailor her comments to our audience. She had everyone captivated with her White House stories and observations on the current administration." - National Cotton Council

"Great experience. She is wonderful to work with and delivered a great speech ...Very professional. It was insightful to hear her stories and opinions." - The University of Texas at Tyler


Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator from Texas (1993-2013); Contributor, CNBC

"The Senator gave a wonderful speech and received a standing ovation! She did a phenomenal job, great message and very well received." - Schneider Electric

"Senator Hutchison was magnificent! She provided her insights and perspectives in an informative manner that was inviting to the audience, and she had personable interactions during her book signing. Her knowledge, professionalism and elegance inspired us all to strive continually for those same leadership attributes. We will be talking about this Conference for years to come, and please let her know that she has an open invitation for future TSHHRAE Conferences!" - Texas Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and Education


Martin Indyk, Policy Expert & Advisor on the Middle East, Israel & Iran; United States Ambassador to the State of Israel (1995-1997; 2000-2001); Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1997-2000) & U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations (2013-2014); Vice President & Director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution

"As I said following your remarks, we bargained for an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, and got that in spades! Not only were your insights keen, but they were presented very clearly and in a framework that was easy to follow. For me, a measure of whether a speaker has done a great job is my ability to describe later what the key messages were, and I had no trouble doing that. Another indication, as I mentioned to you afterwards, was that you had the audience's complete attention..." - RiverVest

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for speaking to our Limited Partners in Fiuggi last week. Many of the LPs have commented to me how interesting they found your talk...I found the subject and your analysis most fascinating, and certainly thought-provoking...I know that having you as a part of our program greatly enhanced it." - Pitango Venture Capital


Judith Jamison, Legendary Dancer and Choreographer; Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; 50th Hall of Fame Inductee at the National Dance Museum

"The event with Judith Jamison was a greet success as far as we are concerned ...we had a near capacity audience that gave Judith a standing ovation at the close of what was an excellent 'Conversation with Judith Jamison.' Throughout the evening she was articulate, thoughtful, warm and delightful." - Lesley University

"Mrs. Jamison was a most gracious and eloquent speaker. The fervor in which she spoke on the role of the arts in our lives moved the audience to gasp, then cheer. What a pleasure to host such a guest whose caliber is unparalleled. She brought such a warmth, honesty and lively spirit to our campus." - University of Utah


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

"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! I believe when our full report from the convention is presented, she will be listed one of the top highlights. Thanks you so much for everything!"- Girl Scouts of the USA, 10.6

"Dr. Jemison was simply amazing! The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive! There were approximately 450 people who heard her keynote speech and they gave her a standing ovation! Everyone was also very pleased that someone of her stature and with all that she has achieved did not mind taking pictures with attendees. The event itself was a huge success, but I know that having Dr. Jemison as the keynote speaker put it well over the top!" - The University of Alabama


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

"President Jonathan must be applauded for creating a solid foundation for the growth of democracy in Africa. The world has started to recognize President Jonathan’s courageous act." - African Sun Times


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

"Thanks so much for the great presentation! We received so many wonderful compliments…It was a pleasure to have you as a keynote!" - American Association of Diabetes Educators (8.15.17)

"He did an AMAZING job!! The positive feedback I received was overwhelming and folks were so inspired!! He did an incredible job for us. Thank you!! Please tell him he was awesome and had everyone buzzing. He got a standing ovation as well." - Texas International Produce Association


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

"Cody stole the show at our global corporate affairs gathering. He brought his warmth, richness of experience, and incredible sense of humor together to give us the guidance we needed to cultivate authentic storytelling at Hilton. I was not surprised to see that he rated the top speaker in our program." - Hilton

"Cody was a great performer and everything went really well. Guests were really impressed by his speech, vision as a professional and personality. The speech and Q&A both went well." - MSLGroup


Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Co-Founder & President of the Board of Trustees of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate; Inspirational Speaker & Advocate for Political Empowerment

"Victoria Reggie Kennedy was wonderful and our members and leadership were very happy with the program. She spoke with conviction and passion and her enthusiasm for the subject matter — and the grand traditions of our GWB celebration — was evident. The quality of her remarks was surpassed only by her personal warmth and generous spirit! Mrs. Kennedy is a terrific speaker and she exceeded expectations." - Union League Club of Chicago

"Vicki Kennedy rocked the room at the Catholic Charities Centennial Celebration. She was warm, compelling and highly motivational. The 1,000 delegates left the ballroom of the Washington Hilton en route to Capitol Hill to lobby for transformative poverty legislation with 'wind beneath their wings'...Absolutely fantastic!!" - Catholic Charities


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

"There are three reasons why [the National Party] is so popular: John Key, John Key and John Key. National’s leader is more than just the mastermind of a stunning landslide victory for the right. He is a political phenomenon virtually without parallel... Why is Key so popular? His 'common touch' personality is part of it, but it’s far more than that. Key’s political antenna is razor sharp..." - Political analyst Geoffrey Miller, writing for The Guardian


Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2016)

"The program was fantastic!...SG Ban [was a] highlight. We really appreciate your help with securing [him]... I look forward to working with you on the next one!" -SAP


 

Martin Luther King, IIICivil Rights Activist; Global Humanitarian; Political Leader

"MLK III was great! We had over 900 in attendance and I have only heard positive feedback from guests. He was great to work with and very accommodating. Great lecture, great speaker." - University of South Florida

"Martin Luther King, III was spectacular! It was such an honor to have him at our event. His speech was heartfelt and impressive, and the audience seemed to hang on to Mr. King’s every word." - The Kennedy Forum


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

"Wanted to share some of the great feedback we received on Steven’s keynote at the Global CISO Executive Summit! "Great delivery of Information"; "Enjoyed the Flow"; "Fantastic - inspiring"; "Discussion flowed well after dinner"; "AWESOME"; "Changes the we view flow and how it can change the way we work. Great and powerful concept, interested in learning more." Thanks again for everything and I hope we can work together again soon!"Evanta. 9.19

"Steven Kotler presents a vision for the future that not only brings optimism, but inspires all who listen. His visit left our business school buzzing, and transformed student's visions for the roles business leaders can play in shaping the future." - University of Iowa School of Business


Nicole Krauss, International Bestselling Author, Great House and The History of Love

"It was a great evening. Close to 400 people were in attendance. Nicole Krauss was so gracious, poised, and warm. Even though we were not planning on a formal signing, she ended up doing just that for quite some time at the reception." - Princeton Public Library

"The event was a huge success. We filled the Continental Ballroom and the classroom visit was very special and engaging. The class was thrilled for the visit and I have been getting great feedback from my peers and from other attendees. A big thanks to you and Nicole for all of your support and for the great reading and discussion on yesterday!" - George Washington University


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

"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. Thanks to you and your team for all the help coordinating!" - AT&T


Steven Levitt, Bestselling Author, Freakonomics Series; 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

"Steve was a hit. The group really enjoyed his remarks, both insightful and humorous. We would hire him again in an instant. Please thank him for knocking it out of the park." - Madison Capital Partners

"Steve Levitt was wonderful, definitely the hit of the conference. He is so nice, down to earth and easy to work with. I would recommend him highly." - Flexible Packaging Association


Phil Libin, Digital Entrepreneur & Venture Capital Investor; Co-Founder of Global Productivity Tool, Evernote

"We are very much satisfied with the work and the speeches of Phil Libin. He fulfilled our expectations fully and behaved very professionally throughout the whole conference. Especially the fireside chat was very inspiring for the audience." - Swiss Economic Forum


Joe Lieberman, Advocate for Centrist Policies to Break Partisan Gridlock; U.S. Senator from Connecticut (1988-2012); Democratic Candidate for Vice President (2000)

"The session went GREAT!!!! Senator Joe Lieberman is an awesome speaker and person. Our attendees have said he was one of the best speakers that CGS has had." - Computer Generated Solutions

"Everything went great. Joe Lieberman is an extraordinarily gracious and polite man. Both of his speeches were excellent and well received." - Hofstra University


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 recently spoke at our annual investment forum, where we host over 200 clients and prospects to discuss real issues affecting the global economy and financial markets. John is unique in that he can speak to current global economic issues as an investor, policy-maker and economist. He partnered with our chief investment officer and portfolio managers to dive deep into a number of topics, including the euro-zone debt crisis. For any investment or professional services firm engaged in the global markets, his insights are well worth the investment." - Fort Washington Investment Advisors

"John Lipsky was great and he was on top of the global economic issues. His presentation was comprehensive even for an audience of Korean financial executives who professionally are themselves familiar with these issues and had recently heard other experts. Thank you for arranging this." - Newspim


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

"Quite the remarkable evening. People were really moved by her message and candid discussion of her life and experiences."- Voices , Inc.- 10.4

"Lara Logan is a brilliant example of informative and compelling news reporting. Her accounts of life in some of the world’s most dangerous places and situations and the personal struggles she has faced will surely captivate and inspire Radio Luncheon attendees." - Radio Advertising Bureau


Capricia Marshall, Chief of Protocol of the United States (2009-2013); White House Social Secretary (1997-2001); Special Assistant to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton (1993-1997); Ambassador-in-Residence, Atlantic Council

"When I sat in the back of the room of 800 people and overheard attendees saying how incredible it was to listen to Ambassador Capricia Marshall, I was convinced that I made the right decision in recommending her as the keynote speaker at the Destination Marketing Annual Luncheon. I have recommended Ambassador Marshall as a speaker to numerous groups and can say that I get effusive thanks from organizers post-event. Her compelling, relevant, current and universal stories from behind the scenes of history offer a unique view that only a Chief of Protocol of the United States and a Social Secretary to the President can offer. I am not surprised at the level of her personal popularity and respect from leaders from every aspect of government and diplomacy as well as business and popular culture. She has also been one of the most popular speakers that I have ever had at BizBash’s Event Innovation Forum which targets event organizers for corporations, associations and trade shows. Her polished presentation and sophisticated delivery has been universally praised by everyone that attended our events, earning her our highest ratings." - BizBash Media


Jim Messina, White House Deputy Chief of Staff (2009-2011); Campaign Manager for President Obama's successful 2012 re-election campaign; National Chair, Organizing for Action

"Jim was superlative! The whole Forum was incredibly successful and Jim was definitely a highlight, on and off the stage." - Global Retail Marketing Association

"Jim Messina gave a brilliant and compelling speech! He really captivated our audience with a relevant theme, insightful stories, humor and an excellent Q&A — he totally nailed it. All around great guy." - New York eHealth Collaborative


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

"Working with Karen Mills was an absolute pleasure. Her speaking engagement was so well received and in turn we had many bankers request [a video of] her presentation. Karen definitely added to the success of our event and we were so glad she attended our dinner as well. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again." - PayNet


Joe Moglia, Leadership Speaker with Executive Experience in Business & Sports; Chairman of the Board, TD Ameritrade; Head Football Coach, Coastal Carolina University

"Joe Moglia is an incredibly gifted person with an even more incredible life story. He did a great job speaking to our Senior Leadership Group team very directly with a clear concise message. I was very impressed that he took the time to research our industry and address very specific issues with examples from within our company and his personal life. His ability to motivate and lead a team are well documented; however, his ability to connect with a room that he had never met before was pretty special. He had our team on the edge of their chairs during his presentation and ready to take the field when he finished." - Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

"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


Tobias Moskowitz, Financial Economist with Applied Insights from the Big Business of Sports; Co-Author of the New York Times Bestseller, Scorecasting; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

"Toby entertained our audience of CEOs and other executives with an interactive presentation that related sports statistics to metric-driven business decisions we face daily. He has a gift for conveying complex data in an easy-to-follow, conceptual format that challenges conventional wisdom while offering intriguing insight into human behavior and motivations. Highly recommend!" - Huron Capital Partners, LLC


Michael Moss, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us; Pulitzer-Prize Winning Investigative Journalist; Expert on the Food Industry

"Michael's call to action and entertaining, informative style transfixed the crowd and triggered many questions from the audience. We were so fortunate to have such a knowledgeable speaker who could communicate his message in a way that kept us rapt. He also sold out his books afterwards, a true testament to his effective presentation." - UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health

"Michael Moss is an energizing, excellent speaker who offered a fascinating look at the perils of processed food. His anecdotes were eye-opening, instructive and delivered with intelligence, humor and insight. He knows how to keep an audience engaged and interested. I would highly recommend him." - Health Achieve


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

"It was an absolute honor and pleasure to host you at our User Conference in New Delhi. Your insightful and captivating talk on how Europe’s future could impact the global economy was highly appreciated by all attendees at the event. Most of the audience at the User Conference was comprised of decision makers and top management of banks, financial institutions and retail establishments who are keen to know about global economic developments and trends, and I believe that your presentation proved truly enlightening and beneficial for the attendees." - Network International

"The PM was gracious, hugely knowledgeable and a big crowd favorite." - Munk Debates


Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts (2007-2015); Senior Advisor of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force; U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division (1994-1997); Leader in Social Impact Investing

"He was fantastic on stage, as always." - Education First


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

"I have secured over 160 speakers in the last seven years and I have to admit that Jane Pauley is now one of my all-time favorites. She was lovely, charming, warm, funny and brilliant to interview. She spoke with, I think almost everyone of our guests, in both the VIP party the night before and at the day of the event. She was being constantly pulled to take photos or sign books and I have never seen a celebrity so gracious and warm to absolutely everyone. She even came early to the event to hear the preceding speaker, who she knew from interviewing many years ago. It was unbelievable how engaging, personable and sincere Jane was with everyone she met. What a class act in every way — I am honored to have met her and heard her story first hand." - The UP Experience

"Jane was terrific! She was everything we could ask for in a kickoff speaker for our 25 programs! She went out of her way to connect with members, shaking every hand and posing for pictures, always with a genuine smile. She was charming, delightful and fun, and we have not even gotten to her speech yet! She clearly had done her homework about our group. She is a consummate professional, and talked for just the right amount of time, answered questions from the audience and was engaged from the moment she stepped off the plane until the moment we dropped her at the airport." - Tuckahoe Woman's Club


Captain Richard PhillipsHero 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

"I can’t tell you enough how much everyone enjoyed meeting with Rich and hearing his story. He was the perfect mix of humble, kind, entertaining and endearing. What a wonderful person!" - Medical Alert Monitoring Association 9.15.17

"He was wonderful! He was fabulous!!! He was a hit!!! It was an awesome story, and he told it extremely well. He had lunch with our CEO and other company executives and they all had a great time! I would be happy to recommend Rich for any event; everyone just loved him, and he got a standing ovation! We couldn't be any more pleased." - Human Capital Institute

"Captain Phillips is a gifted speaker and the audience of 425+ enjoyed not only his humor, but also his core messages about duty, leadership, and faith in oneself. He is gracious to the very last decimal point. I only hope that Captain Phillips enjoyed his visit with us, as much as we enjoyed his generosity of spirit and, of course, his compelling presentation." - Lamar University


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

"Joe hit it out of the park! 9.5 of 10 on ratings. The audience took a real liking to his energy and delivery." - The Power Within

"Joe’s presentation was excellent and we had great feedback! He clearly was committed to customizing his remarks to the messages we wanted to enforce, but more than that, his background and experience led him to ask really penetrating questions about the state of the business and our culture. I think that made a huge difference. He obviously comes with a lot of credibility, but his remarks really resonated with the leadership team." - Philips


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

"I was fortunate enough to attend the DMAI Convention in Minneapolis recently and I was even more fortunate to have the privilege of listening to you speak. I found your presentation so inspirational and valuable. I love seeing strong women in leadership roles so that was very inspiring and the content of your presentation was absolute gold. 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." - Tourism Tropical North Queensland

"Abby hit it out of the park! She is one of the best presenters I have seen and can bring a room to life very quickly. Our audience of clients and colleagues were engaged throughout." - Worldwide CEO


Dan Raviv, Washington Correspondent for i24 News; Former Foreign Correspondent for CBS News

"Our lecture with Dan Raviv was an unqualified success. We have sponsored many lectures, but none so well received as Dan's. Numerous people took the time to tell us how stimulating and engaging they found Dan's presentation." - University of Miami, Middle East Studies Institute


Ben Rhodes, Senior Advisor to Former President Barack Obama; Former Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting for President Barack Obama

"Ben was wonderful and generous with the students. Everybody appreciate his acute and thoughtful answers to the many questions asked... The students who attended the Q & A were enthusiastic and the public clearly enjoyed your open presentation." - Indiana University

"Everything went smooth as silk. Ben talked with many, many people and generated lots of follow-up conversations and thinking by faculty and students — that’s just what we want." - Stanford University


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

"April is a true star. After our 2017 event we gathered to identify the top 10% of our speaker corps, and April quickly emerged as an automatic invite for 2018. April is thoroughly smart, engaging, and authentic – a powerful combination. Invite her. Your event will be the better for it!"- University of Colorado at Boulder 

"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. Her knowledge of the sharing economy and its many facets—from travel and tourism, to cities and community and far beyond—is extraordinary. She set the stage for an excellent conference, and many participants commented that April's speech was the most interesting and useful of all. Thanks, April! " - ITB Berlin Convention


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

"We owe you a huge thank you for all your help. Cokie Roberts was absolutely fabulous on Sunday, vastly exceeding our sky high expectations. She was the absolute perfect speaker for our event." - Kaiser Permanente

"Cokie was superb. We had about 400 attendees and she was such a great speaker; her presentation was a rare combination of engaging, entertaining and informative. I know that many guests simply didn't want it to end. We have received so many positive and thoughtful comments from the attendees." - BNY Mellon


Steven Roberts, Leading Political Pundit; “One of the Top 50 Journalists,” Washingtonian Magazine

"All of the comments I have heard regarding [Steve's] speech have been extremely positive. People have been very pleased that [he] had the interest and took the time to learn as much about our community...we throughly enjoyed having [Steve] in Hutchinson and would welcome his return at any time." - American Express

"[Steve] was outstanding! Steve was insightful, informative, and humorous. He was altogether delightful. We recommend him most highly to any prospective clients." - Romaine & Associates


Desiree Rogers, CEO with Experience in Marketing, Re-Branding & Consumer Connection; CEO, Johnson Publishing Company: Publishers of Ebony & Jet Magazines; Former White House Social Secretary & Special Assistant to President Obama

"Desiree nailed it! Her presentation was spot on and resonated very well with our audience. Following close of her presentation, Desiree participated in a “meet and greet” session for about an hour at the Exhibit Hall opening. She was engaging, delightful and gave ample time with everyone." - Society for Human Resource Management

"It was a triumph! Everyone was so taken by Desiree, who was charming and eloquent and truly connected with the AABC. We had a full house at the speaking event and people responded incredibly warmly and receptively to the content." - SC Johnson Company


Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush (2001-2007); Fox News Contributor & WSJ Columnist

"Fascinating. The event this year was the most well attended we have experienced and the feedback we are receiving from those who attended is very positive. It was an honor for our business community to be able to hear and gain such valuable information. Your wealth of information was the highlight of the conference." - Zions Bank

"Your remarks were extremely insightful and very helpful to our industry leaders. Your comments on the the current political atmosphere and the prognosis for the future were most informative. We appreciate your also taking the time to greet and speak with so many of the meeting attendees." -Edison Electric Institute


Jonathan Safran Foer, Award-Winning, Bestselling Author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

"Jonathan Safran Foer was a pleasure to have speak at Natural Products Expo East. He had wonderful insights to share with our audience, and helped everyone to think about food and culture in new ways. He was flexible and amenable on-site and our entire team greatly enjoyed speaking with and working with him as a keynote." -The New Hope Network 9.15.17

"He was really fantastic.  it was a very interesting discussion and he was a good sport about everything... Thank you so much for everything.  We are very satisfied customers!"- Jewish Agency for Israel 9.10.17

"Jonathan was the perfect speaker for our audience. Witty, charming, self-deprecating - he had the audience on the edge of their seats, awaiting his every word. We had people sitting two rows deep into the hallways outside the room just so they could catch a glimpse of him. We had to open a second room to accommodate people and even then some were left standing. The feedback we received was incredible..." The University of Pennsylvania


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

"I have been at the University for over 7 years and have heard several wonderful talks, lectures, presentations, etc. However, I must say that Senator Santorum’s was the best I have ever heard. The students who attended were touched by his words and I believe he changed a lot of lives." - Ave Maria University

"In this political moment that we’re navigating, Senator Santorum has his fingers on the pulse of not only what America is thinking outside of the Beltway, but what the movers and shakers are thinking inside the Beltway — and that includes all the power players within the West Wing, from the President on down…Senator Santorum’s presentation to our Board of Directors was unusually informative. His unvarnished take on the inner workings of Washington and understanding of the national mood was valuable to our strategic decisions over the course of the day. Rick also has some great stories and gave a highly entertaining presentation." - The Bipartisan Policy Center


Daniel Shapiro, U.S. Ambassador to Israel (2011-2017); Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies; Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa, National Security Council (2009-2011)

"Last night’s event went fabulously—indeed, Ambassador’s whole visit was really exceptional. He was so generous with his time and I can’t tell you how much we, and our students, appreciated it. There were some really productive and engaging conversations and I know the audience got a lot out of Amb. Shapiro’s insights. He’s such a kind, thoughtful person and I’m delighted we could host him." - Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University 9.14.17

"The fact that … [U.S.-Israel] bilateral relations and cooperation grew in strength despite some severe arguments is largely thanks to you. Best I can tell, you have been the best Ambassador that Israel ever had, and both the Israeli and the American people owe you a great debt of gratitude." - Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Yuval Steinitz


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

"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." - UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

"The event was a huge success! Full house, great questions, and the Senator was a wonderful speaker! Everyone was so excited to talk with her (and she so graciously obliged) that it was hard to shut down the post-lecture reception!" - Oregon Historical Society


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

"Thanks to your terrific attention to detail and thoroughness in the preparations, everything went very smoothly with her visit. As you said she would be, Gloria was an engaged, flexible, willing, and delightful speaker to have on campus. She is, of course, a legend. There were many many fans here, both from the campus and the community. The turnout was tremendous - approximately 700 people showed for the lecture. We can seat 600 comfortably (430 in the auditorium and 170 in an overflow area with a closed circuit tv). We squeezed almost everyone in ... All in all, it was a fantastic event and we couldn't be more pleased with Gloria and the Harry Walker Agency." - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

"Ms. Steinem was well worth the wait. She was intelligent, deliberate and well informed on the topic of women in technology. She was warm and comfortable with our audience of about 100 educational technology professionals from the New York suburban area. Thank you for making this outstanding experience possible." - Lower Hudson Regional Information Center


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

"Great Lecture! Bret is an engaging speaker and gave us the global perspective we requested. Everyone was very pleased!"- Temple Anshe Emunim (8.27.17)

"Bret was TERRIFIC last night. We had a large crowd, his talk was superb, he endured the questions and he was a pleasure to deal with. Thanks for making it all possible. It couldn't have gone more smoothly. You have a lot of happy customers in LA." -  Community Advocates, Inc.


John Stossel, Current Events Commentator with a Libertarian Point of View; Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Host and Commentator, Fox Business Network; Former ABC News Correspondent & Co-Anchor of 20/20

"He was excellent! His speech was interesting and very entertaining. He received a standing ovation (very rare from our group) and was great interacting with our Quest students. " - Quest Foundation


Paul Tucker, Expert on Banking and Monetary Policy; Chair, Systemic Risk Council; Deputy Governor of the Bank of England (2009-2013)

"He did a great job ... many people have commented to me about how useful they found his talk on Tuesday. He covered a very broad subject matter but did it in a very candid and entertaining fashion." -  PIMCO

"Paul was wonderful – such a knowledgeable speaker and his content – the realities of Brexit, European elections and US interest rates - was particularly relevant and interesting for what was a largely US-focused audience. The feedback from participants on his session was overwhelmingly positive. We were really happy with the feedback and with Paul’s flexibility and insight." - Angelo, Gordon & Co.


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

"On behalf of the ACSA membership, I thank you for the thoughtful and articulate presentation you made...Given your great knowledge of the US and Global economy, and your unique ability to present a complex subject in a relaxed and clear fashion, we received a significant number of compliments from those attending the meeting for having engaged you. Simply put, everyone was highly impressed with you as an individual and as an absolute master of your subject matter." -  American Cotton Shippers Association

"Your presentation was provocative and illuminating in many perspectives. Most of the audience has put on a number of meetings and have heard countless speakers. In short, this is not a group that is easily impressed. I can tell you that I have received numerous memos and calls indicating that this was the finest seminar ever in terms of quality of speakers. As Program Chair, this makes me happy and proud, but the compliments are due entirely to you." - Northern Telecom


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.

"Your comments on the complexity of human biology really hit home. Especially the premium you put on the environment in shaping life outcomes. Coming from one of the most-quoted biologists and the only man whose DNA has been sequenced, the message that genes are not our destiny certainly struck a chord. The wealth of relevant questions that came your way from a lay audience was proof of how much the delegates enjoyed your address." -  The India Today Group

"Wow. It was a wonderful event and, I can tell, the largest attended event in our history. Dr. Venter was outstanding. He received a standing ovation on the front end, upon introduction. His lecture, as well, resonated with our audience as far as providing the 'big picture': the 'what is coming' type of message. He is brilliant." - American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine


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”

"Jimmy was really great. Of course he is smart, thoughtful and visionary, all which worked well on our campus. But his presentation was well constructed, interactive and engaging. He definitely connected with our students. Would recommend him for any college audience. Really nice job." -  Stanford University

"We were all so thrilled with Jimmy. He was so open and dedicated to share with us, McCann people, media, students and the keynote audience such inspiring stories about him, Wikipedia and basically about such a wide array of interconnected subjects. We were all inspired in such a fantastic way by his presence here." - McCann/Thiess


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 hit a grand slam with our clients last night. He is a terrific speaker." -  Strategas Research Partners

"Kevin Warsh was outstanding! He delivered interesting and insightful comments with energy and enthusiasm. A great event for us!" - Center for Business and Public Policy at the University of Illinois


L. Jon Wertheim, Renowned Sports Journalist; Co-Author of the NYT Bestseller Scorecasting (Imparting Lessons & Analytics from Sports to Improve Your Business); Executive Editor, Sports Illustrated

"Due to L. Jon Wertheim’s tireless work covering the Penn State University-Jerry Sandusky investigation, he provided the Trustee Commission of Florida a keen insight into the issues and corruption at the highest levels of public education in our country. I would highly recommend L. Jon Wertheim to organizations and groups looking for perspective on the abuses of power in academics, athletics and government." -  Trustee Commission of Florida


Andrew Young, Ambassador, Congressman, Mayor, Humanitarian & Civil Rights Activist

"Your speech at the NAMAD luncheon in Portland, OR was the highlight of the entire event. Your inspiring, informative, challenging and eye-opening remarks not only brought personal value to everyone, but left a positive and lasting impression on all attendees....you are truly a unique and special human being. It's truly a privilege and pleasure to be affiliated with someone who is so passionate about and personally committed to progress and teamwork in diversity." - American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

"Everyone was thrilled just to be in the same room with the Ambassador. The speech drew about 900 people from the community and campus. I was amazed that he took to the stage with no notes and just spoke from the heart. He signed books and fliers afterward and posed for lots of photos. We have received lots of kudos since Thursday night for bringing him in. Even our president complimented us on the evening." Indiana State University