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Dick Costolo


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. Twitter had become a tool to collapse regimes, a tool that gave a powerful voice for the un-empowered, and created a new way for businesses to connect and news to be reported. More than ever before, social media was forcing ambitious and significant changes to politics, business, ethics, governance, democracy and inclusion. Twitter was enabling all of that while trying to grow revenue, manage rocket-speed growth, and court investors. 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.

Alan Krueger


One of the nation’s most-respected economists, Alan Krueger served as chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) and a member of his Cabinet from 2011-2013, and he is among the 50 highest-ranked economists in the world according to Research Papers in Economics. He joined the administration amid the deepening recession and helped steer the country back toward growth. The former chief economist of both the Department of the Treasury and Department of Labor, he is not only one of the foremost experts on labor and unemployment, but he is also one of the people best poised to address our current economic environment.

Adam Braun


Adam Braun is a leader helping individuals, organizations and companies drive transformation by identifying their true mission. He is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 300 schools around the world. He also leads the Global Education Platform, an initiative conceived by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education to produce breakthroughs in learning innovation.

Braun has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named toBusiness Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s first ten “Global Shapers.”

Alex Banayan


Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, Alex Banayan is the author of a highly anticipated business book being released by Crown Publishers (Random House, Inc.). The book chronicles his five-year quest to track down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg, and a dozen more of the world’s most successful people to uncover the secrets of how they launched their careers. Banayan is the youngest business author ever signed to Crown Publishing in their eighty-year history. 

Banayan is also a venture associate at Alsop Louie Partners, a high-tech venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Fortune magazine reported that Banayan is the world’s youngest venture capitalist. Business Insidernamed him one of the “Most Powerful People In Finance.”



Jane Holl Lute is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Cybersecurity, responsible for the overall direction and activities of the organization. Ms. Lute most recently served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the Department’s chief operating officer, Ms. Lute was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Department’s efforts to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage the nation’s borders, administer and enforce U.S. immigration laws, strengthen national resilience in the face of disasters, and ensure the nation’s cybersecurity. 

Ed Balls


Joe Moglia is the current Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade and the head football coach of Coastal Carolina University. In the business world, he was at Merrill Lynch for 17 years before becoming the CEO at TD Ameritrade in 2001. By 2008, in the midst of a global financial crisis, the firm had its sixth record year in a row, grew its market cap from $700 million to $10 billion, and shareholders enjoyed a 500% financial return.

In 2008, he stepped down as CEO, became Chairman of the Board and returned to football. In his first three seasons at Coastal Carolina, playing the toughest schedules in school's history, he led his team to two conference championships, two National Playoffs, was Conference Coach of the Year, Big South co-Coach of the Year and three times named a finalist for National Coach of the Year. 

Joyce Banda


An entrepreneur, activist, politician and a philanthropist, Dr. Joyce Banda is the former president of Malawi, making her the country's first female president and Africa's second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman byForbes magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, she is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled and other marginalized groups.

Ed Balls


Former UK Shadow Chancellor, Cabinet Minister and Chief Economic Adviser to the UK Treasury, Ed Balls has over twenty years of experience at the nexus of international finance, economic policy-making, business and politics. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. On the international stage, he was the chair of the IMFC deputies committee, for which he traveled extensively to both developed economies and emerging markets. He has regularly represented the UK at Finance Minister level meetings of both the G20 and the European Council.



Felipe Calderón is the 56th President of Mexico. Establishing economic reform as a top priority of his administration, Calderón implemented policies that catapulted Mexico into a powerful player in the global economy. With his experience as an influential policymaker, both in Mexico and on the world stage, President Calderón is in a unique position to assess the transforming world economy.

He has been  named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum, and “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations, among other acknowledgments. TIME magazine has designated him as one of their top 100 influential people in the world.

Lara Logan


Lara Logan's candid reporting, often from the most dangerous places in the world, has earned her a prominent place among the world's best foreign correspondents. In her current role at 60 Minutes, Logan helps us understand the political and human conflicts around the world, including Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, and Egypt. 

Committed to the story, she lived in Iraq for five years at the height of the violence. She was one of the few journalists in Baghdad when the U.S. Military entered the city, reporting live in the square as the statue of Sadam fell. Logan has earned almost every journalistic and reporting award.

April Rinne


It’s a new world and Sharing Economy expert April Rinne helps you see it in a new way. Uber, Airbnb and other “share” services have transformed industries. Anyone with a spare room, or a car or even a little free time can become a mini-entrepreneur. What is the future of these businesses? Who are the next disruptors? Is sharing just for consumer businesses? Will sharing become the next big thing in B2B? April Rinne has the answers. Advisor to the Davos World Economic Forum on the Sharing Economy and a graduate of Harvard Law, Rinne is the advisor of choice for Fortune 500 companies, local and national governments, startups, impact investors and think tanks; guiding them to a better understanding of the sharing economy and what it means for their purposes, operations, strategy and future relevance.

Henry Waxman


Dubbed a "legislative maestro" by Politico for his distinguished work in Congress, Representative Henry Waxman played a leading role in the enactment of major health, consumer protection, environmental, telecommunications and "good government" laws. His tenacity during his 40 years of public service earned him recognition as “one of the most accomplished legislators of our time” by The Washington Post. Rep. Waxman currently serves as Chairman at Waxman Strategies, a public affairs and strategic communications firm. He advises clients on public policy and continues to focus on the issues he championed while in Congress.



Standing up for women's rights, former Texas State Senator and 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis is one of our nation's most inspiring voices. She skyrocketed to near celebrity status after her historic 13 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to stop a legislative effort that would have dramatically reduced women’s access to healthcare services in her state. Widely recognized as a leader in the arena of women’s healthcare, Sen. Davis prides herself on the ability to see an issue from multiple perspectives, while forging a path to consensus and compromise.

Michael Moss


Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with theNew York Times. Taking audiences on an eye-opening journey deep inside the food companies, Michael Moss offers audiences around the world an illuminating and surprising look at the researchers, marketers, strategists, and CEOs who seduce us with their products. Using humor, case studies, and insight gleaned from investigative reporting that won him a Pulitzer Prize, he shows how food makers get consumers to buy, often at the expense of their health.



Dr. Tom Coburn is a medical doctor and newly retired member of Congress, who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and, most recently, as two-term senator. Described by news-media as a budget hawk, Dr. Coburn led the fight 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. He established himself as "a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's budget woes" (Associated Press) and as a man who is "thoughtful and willing to seek solutions to big problems" (Politico).

Deval Patrick


Deval Patrick served two terms as the 71st governor of Massachusetts. Guided by the advice of his grandmother to “hope for the best and work for it,” he entered office in 2007, a first-time candidate propelled by an unprecedented grassroots campaign and lead the Commonwealth to top national rankings in education, health care, energy efficiency, economic competitiveness and more. Through a challenging economic environment, the Governor maintained a disciplined growth strategy of investment in education, innovation and infrastructure. 

An accomplished executive, passionate leader and gifted orator, Deval Patrick will capture—and hold—the attention of any audience.



Former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres is a true world statesman and one of only a small handful of people who have ever been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Peace Prize. In addition to his long-standing message of peace, his speeches comprise his unique insights in the fields of politics, strategy, leadership, and much more. Drawing on his 7 decades of experience in public service, Shimon Peres expounds on his vision for the Middle East region, for the world, and for the future's leadership. Having held every high office in the government of Israel and having fostered professional and personal relations with countless heads of state, cultural icons, religious leaders, and visionaries of our time, Shimon Peres brings unparalleled insights to audiences. His speeches encompass a shrewd analysis of the present, a bold vision for the future, and yet untold stories from his inimitable history.

Mohamed El-Erian


One of the most respected and influential minds in finance, Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is a member of the Allianz International Executive Board, chief economic advisor to its management board, and chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council. Between December 2007 and March 2014, he was chief executive and co-chief investment officer of PIMCO, the global investment management firm with around $2trillion of assets under management as of the end of 2013. He had re-joined PIMCO in 2007 after having served for almost two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity that manages Harvard’s endowment and related accounts. His 2008 book, When Markets Collide, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year and was named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best business books of all time by the Independent (UK). He was named to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Jean-Claude Trichet


Jean-Claude Trichet was President of the European Central Bank from October 16, 2003 to October 31, 2011.  An authority on global economic and financial issues, he has been consistently recognized as an influential and powerful policymaker.

He was named “Person of the Year” by the Financial Times in 2007 and was one of the “Fifty Faces that Shaped the Decade” of the Financial Times in December 2009 (the only Frenchman in this list and one of the six Europeans). He was twice named “Policy Maker of the Year” by International Economy Magazine (1991 and 2007). He was fifth on the “World’s Most Powerful” list in Newsweek and listed as one of the “Most Powerful Figures in Finance” by Institutional Investor (2008). He was also one of the “Most Influential People in the World” in Time magazine (2011).

David Stern


In his speeches, David J. Stern shares the long-term leadership and global brand management lessons learned during his 30-year tenure as Commissioner of the National Basketball Association. In its Jan. 20, 2014 cover story, Bloomberg Businessweek observed, "The NBA that Stern took over in 1984 was a glorified 23-city circus" and today "the league very much resembles a multinational corporation. And the seamlessness of its executive transition should be the envy of most of them." Forbes says Stern "belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of Most Influential Sports Business Leaders." Stern presided over a business transformation that is remarkable in the history of American enterprise, growing annual revenues to $5.5 Billion with combined value of the teams of more than $20 Billion, launching the Women's National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League, growing the brand and fanbase and opening 13 offices internationally, and negotiating television revenues of almost one billion dollars per season.

Sir Alex Ferguson


When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after 26 years as manager of Manchester United football club, media outlets around the world lauded his legendary career. The New York Times called Sir Alex “…a candidate for the title of greatest coach, or manager, in history — not only in soccer, but in any sport on any continent.” As a manager, Sir Alex was often guarded in his public comments, but now, Sir Alex is able to candidly share with audiences his personal views on his leadership and management success and details of his storied career. Sir Alex reveals the passion, philosophies and principles that shaped his career. From the qualities required to develop talent to the skills necessary to build, and rebuild, winning teams to the importance of embracing and adapting to change. These are just a few of the management lessons Sir Alex developed over his time as the most successful manager in the history of the world’s most popular sport.

Itzhak Perlman


For decades, Itzhak Perlman has been inspiring audiences as the world’s foremost virtuoso violinist. In an engaging conversation, Perlman will share his experiences as one of the world’s most beloved figures in classical music, and discuss how after decades of performing at the very highest level, he continues to find joy, passion, and excitement in music. He will talk about how a life in music has allowed him to continue to grow, and why he chose to move into conducting and teaching. In a moderated question and answer session, Perlman will touch on a broad range of topics, from what defines genius to how he became a wine connoisseur. And he will use his violin to demonstrate the power of music to emotionally connect with an audience.

Mohamed ElBaradei


For the past two decades, Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Unique in maintaining credibility in the Arab world and the West alike, Dr. ElBaradei has emerged as a singularly independent, uncompromised voice. He offers unparalleled insights from his years at the helm of the International Atomic Energy Agency, for which he and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Dr. ElBaradei is a leading voice on the march toward democracy in Egypt, and was featured in Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers list for "helping put the political demands of Egypt's citizens on a global stage." Dr. ElBaradei speaks about democratic reform, global security, the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and other subjects that draw upon his experience as an international statesman.

Ehud Barak


Ehud Barak has earned a reputation as a highly respected global statesman. The former Israeli Prime Minister and most recent Minister of Defense "became Israel’s most decorated soldier and held the nation’s trifecta of top positions" through a career that has lasted five decades, according to the New York Times. Barak was the first foreign leader to meet with the new U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, at the Pentagon. Leon Panetta, the previous U.S. defense secretary, recently bestowed Mr. Barak with the United States Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award. He praised Barak for his dedication to public service: "Through his distinguished military career, and the political career that followed, few people have such far-reaching and positive impacts on Israeli security and prosperity and, I have to say, on the U.S.-Israeli relationship."


Sir Paul Tucker


Former Bank of England deputy governor, Sir Paul Tucker is one of the most respected central bankers and financial policy makers of our time. He spent more than three decades at the central bank, including experience in Asia, and was knighted for his reforms, which are creating a more resilient international banking system. As a former leading member of the G20 Financial Stability Board, he has keen insight into international policymaking and into how large and complex international banks and markets should be properly supervised given the myriad of global regulations. Sir Paul was instrumental in establishing how an independent Bank of England sets monetary policy free from political decisions, illustrating how central bankers were responsible for some of the most effective policy initiatives during the last decade. Reflecting his agency in public policy via the Bank of England, globally and in Europe, Tucker is now a senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Public Policy, as well as at Harvard Business School.

Karen Mills


Karen Gordon Mills served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 until August 2013. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School focusing on U.S. Competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation. As SBA Administrator and a Cabinet member, Mills served on the President’s National Economic Council and was a key member of the White House economic team. At the SBA, she led a team of more than 3,000 employees and managed a loan guarantee portfolio of over $100 billion. Mills is credited with turning around the Agency, streamlining loan programs, shortening turnaround times, and reducing paperwork.

Julia Gillard


Julia Gillard is the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, the first ever woman to serve as Australia's Prime MInister or Deputy Prime Minister. In these roles, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australia education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as building a national broadband network. In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard has represented Australia at the G20, including winning Australia’s right to host the 2014 meeting, the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard’s leadership, Australia was elected to the United Nations Security Council.

Elizabeth Duke


Every measured word uttered at the Federal Reserve moves markets, so when a member's term ends and they become private citizens again, everyone wants to hear what he or she has to say. Elizabeth Duke was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve from 2008 until 2013, and now shares her insights with audiences for the economic future ahead. With a straightforward style, she explains complex policy decisions in the language of the business leaders and bankers she has known her whole career. Her speeches shed light on the policies and decisions that have a rippling and profound impact on the economy.

Capricia Marshall


As Chief of Protocol of the United States, bearing the rank of Ambassador, from 2009 until 2013, Capricia Penavic Marshall was the United States’ lead representative in setting the stage for diplomacy at the highest levels.

In her post, Ms. Marshall worked to leverage U.S. relationships with foreign governments. She reinvented modern protocol by building relationships between industry leaders in the U.S and economies worldwide, and created strategies to transform global engagement.

Edward Norton


Best known for his incredible work on the silver screen, Edward Norton is a two-time Academy Award nominated actor (American History X, Primal Fear), as well as screenwriter, director and producer. But, beyond Hollywood, he has also firmly established himself as a noted philanthropist and entrepreneur.  In 2010, Norton co-founded CrowdRise, an innovative new web platform on which individuals, organizations and companies can crowdfund and tap into previously under-leveraged networks of people to raise support for causes they care about. What started off as a personal fundraising project turned into a leading next-generation approach to activism and social impact that both Barron's and Forbes have called 'a game changer for philanthropy.' A committed environmental and social activist, Norton is also the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, a member of President Obama's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners.

Seth Mattison


Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers for 2013 by MeetingsNet. Over the past 5 years Seth has shared his insight with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Deloitte.

Shaquille O'Neal


Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name–Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named the fourth most influential athlete by Forbes magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Business Week’s Power Sports 100. Over the last two decades, the 15-time NBA All Star has established a nearly unrivaled personal brand. In this interactive presentation and discussion, Shaq shares his personal insights into building and expanding not just a memorable brand—but an iconic one.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee


Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web—the most powerful communication medium the world has ever known. One of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” he is a scientist and academic whose visionary and innovative work has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. Having invented the Web in 1989 while working at CERN and subsequently working to ensure it was made freely available to all, Berners-Lee is now dedicated to enhancing and protecting the Web's future. Sir Tim has advised a number of governments and corporations on ongoing digital strategies. For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together. He discusses history of developing the web, and details what’s next on the horizon for the web we know today.

Jeff Rohrs


Jeffrey K. Rohrs is a pied piper of marketing sensibilities and that rare breed of speaker who can both inform and entertain audiences of all stripes. His first book, Audience: Marketing In The Age Of Subscribers, Fans & Followers, explores the emergence of Proprietary Audience Development as a core marketing responsibility. Informed by Mr. Rohrs' deep knowledge of brand, email, mobile, search engine, and social media marketing, the book is a must-read for CEOs and new marketers alike - anyone looking to gain a competitive advantage in today's ever-expanding marketing universe.

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