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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).

Dr. Coburn successfully challenged the broken culture of Washington. In discussing his departure from Senate, The Week wrote "The people who should really miss Coburn are those who want an authentic, adult conservatism. The Senate needs such conservatives, never more so now that Tom Coburn won't be there."

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.

Felipe Calderon


Felipe Calderón is the 56th President of Mexico. Establishing economic reform as a top priority of his administration, Calderon implemented policies that catapulted Mexico into a powerful player in the global economy. As presidential candidate, Felipe Calderón drew up a plan of government based on the concept of Sustainable Human Development, organized into five sections: Rule of law and public security, a competitive, job-creating economy, equal opportunities, sustainable development and effective democracy and responsible foreign policy. He was named “Leader of the Year” by the Latin Business Chronicle in 2007, as well as honored by LATIN TRADE with the BRAVO Business Award. TIME magazine has also designated him as one of their top 100 influential people in the world.

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.

Jim Messina


As the campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, Jim Messina revolutionized the way that political campaigns reach voters, transforming how politics, technology and innovation influence each other. Messina spearheaded what Politico described as the "most technology-heavy campaign in history," charting an unprecedented strategy to earn President Obama a second term in the White House.  Abandoning stale marketing techniques, Messina used every mode of communication to create the ultimate model of demand generation outreach. Messina’s vision revolutionized how ideas are created, branded and sold, and his experience is invaluable to any business seeking to become the innovator of its industry.


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.

Olympia Snowe


Olympia Snowe’s dedicated work for over three decades has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. Forbes magazine has named her among the world's most powerful women. TIME magazine declared her "The Caretaker" for her effectiveness at tackling national issues while staying true to her Maine constituents and has named her among the country's top senators. The Washington Post summed up Senator Snowe's powerful legacy as a politician "with several historic distinctions to her name: She is the first woman in U.S. history to serve in both chambers of a state legislature and both chambers of Congress. She was the first Greek American woman to serve in Congress, the youngest Republican woman elected to the House and the first Republican woman to serve on the Senate Finance Committee."

Joe Lieberman


A thoughtful legislator. A principled man. An effective leader. This is the reputation that Joe Lieberman has earned himself after four terms as the representative of Connecticut in the United States Senate. Perhaps best known as the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000, Senator Lieberman has established himself as a national leader—one who works across party lines to find common ground, a person who speaks his conscience and who gets things done for the good of all people in America.

Martin Luther King, III


As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by his parents and is continuing their quest for equality and justice for all people. Whether speaking to an audience in Mozambique or Mississippi, Israel or Indiana, his vision of the future has touched thousands. Motivating audiences around the world with his insightful message of hope and responsibility for nearly twenty years, Mr. King's dedication to creating and implementing strategic nonviolent action to rid the world of social, political, and economic injustice has propelled him to the forefront as one of the nation's most ardent advocates for the poor, the oppressed, and the disillusioned. Sample speech topics include: "Leadership in the Face of Adversity: Strategies for Taking a Stand and Making it Count" and "Continuing the Legacy: The Civil Rights Struggles of the 21st Century."

Kay Bailey Hutchison


The first—and only—woman elected to represent Texas in the United States Senate, Kay Bailey Hutchison has been a passionate and commanding force in American politics. One of only six female senators when she was elected in a special election in 1993, Hutchison forged a path for other women to make their mark in the political world. By the time she retired, she was the Senate’s highest-ranking Republican female and had been the fourth-highest ranking Republican senator.

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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In her new book, A World Without Cancer, board-certified radiologist Margaret Cuomo, M.D. sets forth a bold new approach which reveals how profit, politics, and personal ambition have hindered progress in cancer research and prevention. Having experienced the loss of many friends and family members to the disease, Dr. Cuomo issues a call to action that will empower all stakeholders—the pharmaceutical industry, the government, physicians, and all concerned Americans—to transform the way we view and fight cancer. Dr . Cuomo’s presentation provides a provocative and surprising look into the ways that profit, personalities, and politics obstruct real progress in the war on cancer. Intent on inspiring significant strides in creating a cancer-free world, Dr. Cuomo gives audiences valuable insight into the “cancer industry” and what changes must occur in order to help find a cure.

Joe Plumeri


Perseverance. Good old-fashioned hard work. And the refusal to quit. These are the qualities that have defined Joe Plumeri's work--and his life. An exemplary leader, Joe Plumeri is Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of Willis Group Holdings, an international insurance broker. His unique vision transformed Willis Group, a company nearly bankrupt when he first began, into an unrivaled success story. Plumeri is a legend within financial services circles, driven by his 30-year career at Citigroup and his 12 year tenure in the insurance industry, where he was recently named among the “Top 25 Living Legends.”



Arnold Schwarzenegger


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addressed 1,100 attendees at the 6th annual Zero Emission Conference in Oslo, sharing insights from his experience in leading the state of California toward one of the cleanest energy economies. He received fabulous feedback: "Arnold was amazing! A dream to work with. Extremely professional all the way. I can’t say enough how pleased and impressed everybody involved with him is. The speech was powerful, energetic, empowering and inspirational. We give him full score..!" At the Vienna Energy Forum, Mr. Schwarzenegger emphasized the strong need for economic development of renewable energies and the key role of local action to initiate these dynamic changes. View video...

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Highly sought after for his insights into the global economy, former Secretary of the Treasury and world renowned economist Larry Summers "was great and delivered exactly what [was] wanted from him" with his recent keynote keynote speech at the 2013 BCA New York Investment Conference. "He is a professional and he comes across very authoritative and thoughtful." Institutional Investor was also extremely pleased with Secretary Summers, as he "was a joy on-site and he did a great job. He was really gracious and everyone loved him." Commonfund praised Dr. Summers as "insightful, brilliant, provocative and very engaging."

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2012 Republican Presidential Candidate, former U.S. Senator and bestselling author Rick Santorum is consistently at the forefront of American politics. Drawing from his extraordinary run as a presidential candidate and his experience in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, Santorum provides unmatched insight to assess America’s future. He received a wonderful review from the Traffic Club of Pittsburgh: “I want to congratulate and thank you for your truly outstanding presentation. The audience of approximately 1,200 was extremely attentive and moved by your remarks. In my more than 15 years of arranging for 'celebrity' speakers at the Traffic Club dinners, I do not recall any of our speakers receiving the standing ovation which you received at the conclusion of your remarks.”


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In today's political climate, few voices are as influential—or perspectives as valuable—as former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. As one of President Obama’s closest advisors for almost a decade, Gibbs was senior advisor for his reelection campaign and continues to play an integral role in the political world. Purdue North Central Sinai Forum was thrilled with Mr. Gibbs: "Gibbs was great. He had an extremely well crafted program, made every effort to be approachable at the reception for our large donors and treated our audience to an insightful, at times humorous, bird's-eye-view into the workings of the Oval Office. He was very  accommodating and a pleasure to host. I wish all of our speakers would take a few lessons from him!" At the Progress Gala on behalf of the Broadbent Institute, Gibbs offered his political insight to 500 attendees. The institute reported, "Robert was a great interview subject and really helped us define for the media the landscape of the work we're doing. His speech was really frank and well-received by the audience."

John Lipsky


John Lipsky, former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and leading international finance expert, engaged 400 C-Level executives of Korean companies on behalf of Newspim, and received fabulous feedback: "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." He earned a rave review for his keynote presentation to Fort Washington Investment Advisors: "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. For any investment or professional services firm engaged in the global markets, his insights are well worth the investment."

Philippe Hildebrand


Not only is Philipp Hildebrand "a thinker and strategist," according to the Financial Times, "many economists and policymakers argue that his bold moves and non-bureaucratic mindset are just what is needed amid the economic turmoil." Philipp Hildebrand served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, where he was a strong advocate of the bank’s policy of capping the franc against the euro. During the financial crisis, Mr. Hildebrand played a prominent international role as a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and as the Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Dr. Hildebrand currently oversees BlackRock’s institutional client relationships in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Dr. Hildebrand can speak with an insider’s knowledge about Central Banks in these regions and how their decisions affect global economic stability- and instability. He knows first-hand what negotiations are required to lift up our world economy, affecting global businesses as well as individual citizens.


Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou has been captivating audiences around the world. He recently completed a large amount of speaking engagements around the country as part of the Cambridge Speakers Series, as well as the The Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California. An event planner on behalf of a major international bank said their event with Prime Minister Papandreou "went very well. We got very good feedback to his speech …Serious, clear, straight forward, structured and honest." Feedback from another financial institution was positive as well: "Regarding his presentation – the client was very happy and there was great feedback from the attendees. He really came to life during the Q&A." Munk Debates raved, "The PM was gracious, hugely knowledgeable and a big crowd favorite."

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Former member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and member of the Board of Directors of UPS, Kevin Warsh offers authoritative and credible presentations on both domestic and international economic issues, helping audiences and corporations understand how U.S. and foreign monetary policy impacts large and small businesses, as well as individuals. Warsh was "terrific, relevant, strategic and insightful" at the 2013 Leadership Forum of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Warsh also delivered a thought-provoking keynote at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Center for Business and Public Policy Lecture: "Kevin was outstanding! As I knew he would, he delivered interesting and insightful comments with energy and enthusiasm. A great event for us!"

Bill Daley


Global Business Leader and former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley has been a close advisor to President Obama, making him a key voice in American policies. Mr. Daley "was great as a speaker" at the 9th Annual Yalta Meeting, where he engaged over 100 world leaders. Forbes Emerging Markets had nothing but praise for his "awesome" speech to 150 world leaders at the launch event for Forbes Afrique magazine: "The event was great…Bill is seriously fantastic." A former banking executive, Daley is an authority on economic and business issues. Daley recently offered insight into the future of the banking industry to officials at the Clearing House Leadership Council Dinner, and engaged industry leaders of a major global investment bank, who called him the "best speaker of [their] conference."

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Fox News contributor Liz Cheney is a highly sought-after political commentator whose experiences in the government, private sector and American politics over the last 20 years have given her a unique insight into a wide range of critical issues facing the United States today. The New York Times covered her presentation at the Smart Girls Summit and wrote: "By speech’s end, the crowd was standing, and the former vice president’s daughter was being mobbed for photos and hounded to run for office." Ms. Cheney and her father Vice President Cheney received fantastic feedback for their insightful presentations at the Desert Town Hall Series: "We had a great event with the Cheneys, and our audience enjoyed the conversational format. All in all it was a great way to start our 20th season!"

Mayor Richard M. Daley


According to TIME Magazine, Mayor Richard M. Daley "is widely viewed as the nation’s top urban executive." After his presentation at Baldwin-Wallace College to a captivated audience of 1,000, Mayor Daley received a rave review: "The evening with Mayor Daley was excellent in all respects. He really was in his element and left the audience with a legacy of inspiration, passion, and solid ideas for the future." He was a "genuine delight" at the Forum for Urban Design, making it "one of the most memorable events we've hosted to date." At the State of Silicon Valley Conference, he addressed 1,200 attendees and Joint Venture Silicon Valley reported: "Mayor Daley was terrific! He's easy to talk to, down-to-earth, and so straightforward. People here thought he was really refreshing." Not only in demand for domestic audiences, Mayor Daley participated in an event celebrating an ongoing city-wide initiative to boost tourism in Bucharest, Romania. Perfect 10 Productions was thrilled: "Our event was a great success and the results exceeded our expectations. Mayor Daley's attendance and remarks were a great contribution, and we were very grateful for his time and insights!" Mayor Daley was asked to speak about how the city can build on generating more visitors in the same way he brought more tourism to Chicago.

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Master Innovator John Kao, dubbed "Mr. Creativity" by The Economist, has made a career out of helping organizations go from "getting" the importance of innovation to "getting innovation done."Over 9,000 business leaders from around the world "came together to learn from the best" when Kao spoke at the American Society for Training & Development's International Conference and Exposition. ASTD said Kao’s "message on the art and discipline of business innovation...were a hit with our audience. We heard positive comments about your presentation for the rest of the week." He received fabulous feedback for his performance and talk at the World Economic Forum in Davos: "On behalf of the Tech Pioneer, Social Entrepreneur, and Global Shaper Communities, I'd like to thank you for your fun and energetic facilitation...We were also very impressed with your skillful moderation and ability to engage the audience in an insightful dialogue."

Nicholas Christakis


Dr. Nicholas Christakis has done groundbreaking research on social networks, and is the co-author of the bestseller, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. His startling findings present intriguing concepts that organizations can utilize to build a stronger business model. After a presentation for Sysco, the group reported: "Nicholas Christakis presented visionary ideas on how social networking can be utilized strategically to maximize business opportunities on many levels." After his appearance, The Heart Rhythm Society raved, "He 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." Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, Dr. Christakis has also been listed on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list and his work has appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and other major media, repeatedly in the past three years. View his TED TALK!

James Fowler


A new kind of social scientist and an expert on the power of social networks, Dr. James H. Fowler is an internationally recognized scholar who helps organizations recognize the power of social networks. Co-author of the bestseller, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Fowler's presentation to the Institute for International Research garnered high praise: "James Fowler was fantastic! We look forward to having him at future events."Alliant Insurance Services said, "We received great feedback on Dr. Fowler. People were very interested with the topic and I think we got some great questions that followed." Dr. Fowler has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, TechCrunch's Most Innovative People in Democracy, and Most Original Thinker of the year by The McLaughlin Group. View a video of Dr. Fowler's PopTech talk!

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As one of broadcasting's most respected journalists for more than 30 years, Jane Pauley's career spans morning, daytime, and primetime television making her one of the most recognizable personalities in America. Author of the poignant, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, Pauley is a highly regarded advocate for mental health, children’s health, and education issues. Her participation at two events for HOPE Services was considered "outstanding." The client reported: "Her remarks were funny, poignant, well-paced, but best yet – well received by our guests. I would not hesitate to recommend her to another nonprofit. She really worked hard to understand our cause and fit her remarks to the occasion." In addition, Ms. Pauley was "amazingly gracious with all of our guests" at both the evening VIP Event for sponsors and major donors, and the 'Rise and Shine' Benefit Breakfast, their largest annual fundraising event.


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