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Sir Tim Berners-Lee Wins the Prestigious Turing Award
The Association for Computing Machinery has awarded inventor of the World Wide Web Sir TIM BERNERS-LEE the prestigious Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize” of the computing industry. Awarded annually to an individual who made “major contributions of lasting importance to computing,” the Turing Award “marks another pinnacle” for Sir Tim, who has also been Knighted by Queen Elizabeth and named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.” The announcement of Sir Tim as the Turing recipient made headlines from Forbes and CBS to TechCrunch and Wired, and also resulted in an interview with The Guardian where Sir Tim addressed concerns about the future of the internet and the protection of individuals’ privacy. As Sir Tim told the Associated Press of the award: “It’s a crowning achievement. But I think the award is for the Web as a project, and the massive international collaborative spirit of all that have joined me to help.”Watch Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s CNNTech Interview, following his award announcement >>
Kofi Annan sets the tone for global leaders
In his role as Chair of The Elders, former U.N. Secretary-General KOFI ANNAN takes account of the challenges facing the world and sets the agenda for global leaders in this Newsweek editorial. Annan poses the challenge that Leaders Must Answer the Tough Questions in 2017.Read the article here > >
Speaker Boehner on texting with Trump and working with Trump's team
What do President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus all have in common? As Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015 and the leader of House Republicans for nearly a decade, JOHN BOEHNER worked closely with every one of them – even with Trump, who regularly chatted and texted with the Speaker during tough legislative battles. On issues ranging from tax reform to infrastructure to immigration and the national debt, during the nearly five years during which he was two heartbeats away from the presidency, Boehner was in the thick of it all. Respected on both sides of the political aisle, nobody has a better understanding than John Boehner of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as a new White House and Congress take charge.Contact us to bring Speaker Boehner to your event >>
Lara Logan Reports on the World’s Most Pressing Stories
A bold reporter admired for her shrewd analysis and fearlessness in heading straight into the heart of a story, LARA LOGAN examines issues that dominate headlines in a new light. As a 60 Minutes correspondent, two of her latest pieces bring us to the frontlines as Logan shares first hand insight into both the war against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq and into the innovative, and unlikely, strategies behind bringing peace to Colombia. Whether dodging incoming gunfire, or scaling Medellín’s once-infamous, cartel-controlled hillside neighborhoods, Logan’s ability to report from any setting and clearly synthesize complex issues, is a testament to her talent.Watch Video...
Al Gore inspires at Advertising Week Europe
In a powerful session at Advertising Week Europe, Former Vice President AL GORE sat down for a conversation with Empire Editor-in-Chief Terri White to discuss his new documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power and the impact of climate change on our world today. In the session, Gore shared his experience as a Congressman from Tennessee using a Kodak slide projector—a precursor to the incredibly moving visuals he uses as a speaker today—to share his message on climate change in a compelling way. Gore’s remarks were so poignant they were included in a Huffington Post list of the most inspiring AW Europe stories. As the article says: “Hearing Al Gore talk … it’s impossible not to be struck by what an inspiring figure he now is – and what an inspiring story he is telling … When you hear him talk about climate change today, the immense depth of expertise comes through, seamlessly integrated with a passion for the story and why it matters.” Gore’s AW Europe session also made headlines for the candid, behind-the-scenes insights he shared on global policy issues.Watch Al Gore in Conversation at Advertising Week Europe >>
Joe Plumeri is a Master at Engaging & Empowering Audiences
Larger-than-life CEO known for his electrifying speeches and talent for transforming the way people and companies think and operate, JOE PLUMERI is a true master at engaging audiences. Check out this fantastic clip from a recent team conference for First Data where he talks about reaching beyond your grasp. Plumeri truly leads by example as he continues to reach for the exceptional and beyond, and it is his passion and success in excellence that continues to make him a sought-after speaker worldwide.Watch Video...
Sharing Economy Expert April Rinne is 'Fantastic'
There is not an industry that the sharing economy doesn't touch. Traditional businesses and regulation are being sideswiped by newer competition based on sharing platforms, i.e., Uber and Airbnb. APRIL RINNE wins high praise from hosts interested in a macro-level keynote, as well as from hosts interested in particular applications to their industry. ITB Berlin described her keynote speech as "fantastic" and "as it should be."Watch April discuss bold decision making in the shared economy >>
Charles Duhigg's audiences take away the art and science of being Smarter, Faster, Better
Audiences have high praise for productivity expert and journalist Charles Duhigg after each event. He is a substantive, entertaining, and effective speaker who gives audiences gems they can take away. His New York Times video series "The Art of Better" reveals the secrets and science behind productivity - and the people who harness it. Hosted by New York Times journalist and The Power of Habit author CHARLES DUHIGG, the series aims to change the way you work to be, as Duhigg's latest book describes, Smarter, Faster, Better.Watch it here > >
Global Citizens of the World Community: What and How Matters
As global community and global citizenship develops, The World Economic Forum identified new “Skills for the 21st-Century” including cultural awareness, adaptability and curiosity. These HWA Speakers are global citizens who are working to build the world community not only by what they do, but how they do it.Learn more about some HWA speakers inspiring global citizenship >>
Rave Reviews for Captain Phillips
From U.S. college campuses to international economic forums, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS has been inspiring audiences with his real life tale of powerful leadership and transformative decision-making when faced with tremendous obstacles. Consistently praised as both a riveting and approachable speaker, Captain Phillips forges relationships with attendees everywhere he speaks, going above and beyond event planners' expectations. Described as "down to earth" (Constellation Brands), "warm and genuine" (American Equity Underwriters), and "personable, engaging, and interesting" (General Mills), planners report being overwhelmed by the time Phillip's takes to interact with event attendees and how much his compelling presentation applies to today's business environment.Watch Phillips on HWA Chats...
HWA's New Behind-the-Scenes Video Chats
At HWA we have the honor and pleasure of sitting down with the incredible thought leaders that we represent, and they always leave us inspired and thinking in new directions. Now we would like to share some of those personal conversations with you.Watch HWA Chats...
Event-Planner Favorite Cokie Roberts Brings America’s History Into The Present
Acclaimed political commentator and #1 New York Time’s bestselling author COKIE ROBERT’S wisdom is set to impact the next generation with the release of her latest book— Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation. A stunningly-illustrated, non-fiction picture book, Ladies of Liberty is based on Cokie’s critically acclaimed work for adults and delves into the iconic women—from Sacagawea to Abigail Adams—who shaped America’s history. Cokie appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News, and Morning Joe to discuss her latest work, flawlessly weaving commentary on the book with insight into the United States’ incoming political administration and demonstrating the lessons that can be learned from history. Cokie even took her wisdom into a 5th grade classroom, highlighting her uncanny ability to provide a message that resonates with any audience.Leave your audience in awe and host Cokie Roberts >>
UNC Raves about Sen. Snowe
Jeff Terry (Executive Director, Advancement, UNC Kenan-Flagler Bsuiness School, UNC) sent the following high praise after Sen. Snowe's recent event: "SENATOR SNOWE gave a wonderful lecture to our faculty, staff, students, alumni and surrounding UNC community. Her topic, "What’s Gone Wrong in Washington, and Why It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way,” certainly resonated with every audience member and highlighted Senator Snowe’s skills and reputation as a consensus builder in Washington. What is more, Senator Snowe is so gracious and engaging. This was one of the best lectures we have ever had at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School."Contact us to bring Senator Snowe to your event >>
Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire named top business book that "every entrepreneur should read in 2017"">
Steven Kotler’s Stealing Fire named top business book that "every entrepreneur should read in 2017"
Looking to stay ahead of the business curve? According to a new Inc. Magazine list, New York Times bestselling author and peak performance guru STEVEN KOTLER'S Stealing Fire helps individuals and companies do just that. Included as #1 in Inc.’s list of “9 Business Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2017,” Stealing Fire is a revolutionary work that reveals how people can send productivity and creativity through the roof, and produce their best work when it matters most. With all of the uncertainty in today’s business environment—from the accelerated impact of technology and globalization, to potential changes to trade and economic policy—powerful business books like Stealing Fire offer a one-stop-shop on how to stay at the top of your game and outperform the competition.Watch Steven Kotler discuss the groundbreaking research behind Stealing Fire >>
Ann Curry captivates sold-out crowd at mega-event Tapestry: A Day for You
Award-winning journalist and acclaimed news anchor ANN CURRY wowed a sold-out crowd of over 1,500 attendees as the keynote speaker at Tapestry: A Day for You. In her moving remarks, Curry drew on her experience as a war correspondent in Syria, Darfur, Serbia and Iraq to share lessons on journalism, women’s empowerment, humanitarianism and more. Her insightful professional stories were balanced with plenty of humor and personal anecdotes from her upbringing on learning the art of compassion. Curry’s passionate and informative speech was followed by a Q&A session, and she also signed autographs, shaking hands and interacting with countless enthusiastic attendees. Throughout the conference the tweets of praise came rolling in: Such an honor to meet @AnnCurry today! So inspiring, wise, & genuine; @AnnCurry you're the most remarkable individual I've ever met. Thank you for being a beautiful soul, and sharing your work; @AnnCurry Saw you at Tapestry today and was truly inspired. Thank you for being you!!
Watch highlights from Ann Curry at Tapestry: A Day for You >>
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. He is the founder of the Clinton Foundation which focuses on tackling a number of the worlds' greatest challenges.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator.
Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations.
Ban was the foreign minister of South Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. As foreign minister of South Korea he was able to travel to all the countries on the United Nations Security Council, a maneuver that turned him into the campaign's front runner.
On 13 October 2006, he was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly. On 1 January 2007, he succeeded Kofi Annan. As Secretary-General, he was responsible for several major reforms on peacekeeping and UN employment practices. Diplomatically, Ban has taken particularly strong views on global warming, pressing the issue repeatedly with U.S. President George W. Bush, and on the Darfur conflict, where he helped persuade Sudanese president to allow peacekeeping troops to enter Sudan.
Ban was named the world's 32nd most powerful person by the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People in 2013, the highest among South Koreans. In 2016, Foreign Policy named Ban one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for his achievement of making the Paris Agreement a legally binding treaty less than a year after it was adopted.
As the world’s most prominent diplomat, Kofi Annan is a powerful voice on issues of sustainable development, peace and security, and human rights and the rule of law. A skilled leader on complex issues, Kofi Annan provides powerful insights into the challenges facing the international community, and its implications for citizens, governments and businesses alike.
One of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger’s preparation and leadership enabled him to safely guide US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River—an inspirational and iconic moment in modern history. His incredible personal story is captured in Sully, a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger. In his speeches, Captain Sullenberger shares timeless management principles—including his credo of “leadership by personal example”—and the lessons from his life which prepared him to handle the unprecedented crisis presented by the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
An authority on leadership and management, Sir Alex Ferguson is regarded as one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of football, the world’s most popular sport.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.
An expert on domestic economics and a leading authority on international finance, Larry Summers is one of the most distinguished voices on issues ranging from the global economy to education to the role of the United States in the world. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration as Director of the White House National Economic Council, Dr. Summers was Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration, President of Harvard University, and Chief Economist of the World Bank. Dr. Summers’ tenure at the U.S. Treasury coincided with the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history. He is the only Treasury Secretary in the last half century to have left office with the national budget in surplus. During his tenure in the Obama Administration, Larry Summers emerged as a key economic decision-maker and continues to be called upon as the number one resource for the most pressing economic debates of the day.
A former small businessman, John Boehner served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for nearly five years during which he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. Speaker Boehner focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, cutting government spending, reforming Congress, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.
Julia Gillard is a world leader with fresh insights on geopolitics and the global economy, particularly the volatile Asian markets. She was the first woman to serve as Australia's Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the global financial crisis. She is a champion for economic and education equality for women and children around the world.
Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and an internationally respected authority in the worlds of economics, finance, and corporate leadership. With the economy at the forefront of conversation on a global level, Mr. Forbes offers long-standing insights that capitalism, free markets, and a flat tax are essential to a healthy economy. This is a message Mr. Forbes has been delivering as editor of one of the world’s most successful business magazines for decades, and he continues to be one of the most sought-after speakers on this and other economic issues leading the economic debates around the world.
Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is an internationally respected economist and financier with experience at the highest level of business and government. Markets hang on his analysis and insight, and audiences interested in issues of finance and global markets buzz when El-Erian comes to the podium. Meeting planners share their praise for his ability to connect with audiences through a humorous laid-back style, and to clearly explain the complex issues of the global economy.
Time magazine named Dick Costolo one of the 10 Most Influential U.S. Tech CEOs. 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. 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 unempowered, 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.
Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” one of the UK’s "100 Greatest Britons,” and one of the world's "Most Influential Thinkers,” Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the most powerful communication medium in the world — the World Wide Web — and gave it to the world for free. It is no exaggeration to say that his visionary work has transformed every aspect of our lives. Sir Tim’s genius is in understanding the next, new unimagined future and practical consequences for business, technology and healthcare and how it will transform the way we live and work, the way we govern, heal our bodies and much, much more. In his speeches, Sir Tim shares his insights about the future of tech with audiences who learn how to apply new technologies now for competitive advantage or thoughtful consideration about the future we want to create
Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew (2013- 2017) has served as the most senior economic official in the U.S. government, helping to shape policies that drove the longest economic recovery in American history. At Treasury, he oversaw all aspects of international and domestic fiscal policy, including issues related to financial regulation, global sanctions regimes, tax policy, debt management, and trade. As a speaker, he brings the freshest insights and an insider's knowledge of the individual people and policies affecting the direction of the global economy. Secretary Lew addresses these issues both from an historical perspective -- given his over 30 years of government experience -- and by looking forward to how the new Administration and Congress may tackle the many challenges they face. With his unique perspective, Secretary Lew presents an engaging view of how complex financial and geopolitical forces are shaping our economy, both domestically and overseas.
Dick Cheney is an American statesman who has served at the highest levels of the US Government and private sector. As White House Chief of Staff in the aftermath of Watergate and America’s withdrawal from Vietnam, Wyoming’s Congressman and a member of the House Republican leadership during the Reagan years, Secretary of Defense as the Cold War ended and America defeated Iraq in Desert Storm, former CEO of Halliburton, and Vice President of the United States on 9/11 at the dawn of the Global War on Terror, Cheney has participated in many of the events that have shaped our nation for over four decades. Few Americans alive today can match the breadth and depth of his experience and service. As a statesman, policymaker, businessman, and politician Cheney’s insight, experiences and knowledge are unparalleled.
Al Gore was referred to by Time magazine as “a businessman who is out to change the world.” An environmental, business, and tech visionary recognized as one of the world's leading activists, Vice President Al Gore offers a unique perspective on national and international issues, including the threats of climate change and the future of tech.
Consistently an active leader in technology, Al Gore is uniquely in touch with the opportunities and challenges in charting a new digital society. Vice President Gore’s status as a leader in global politics, technology and business influences his positions as member of the Board of Directors of Apple and a Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Silicon Valley’s preeminent venture firm. In addition, he is Chairman of Generation Investment Management, an asset-management company incorporating sustainability values into the financial-services world.
Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name–Shaq. A cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. He electrifies the room with his larger-than-life personality and audiences always give him standing ovations for his motivational keynote speeches. When Shaq is at your event, every seat is filled and your event gets a lot of buzz.
Gloria Steinem remains an iconic and inspiring voice, and one of the most visible symbols of the women's movement. Ms. Steinem continues to be an ever-present and sought-after speaker on all fronts of social activism. Steinem now produces and hosts WOMAN, a new tv series that explores human rights and violence against women around the world, with a focus on first-person accounts and support systems. It is aired on Vice TV where Steinem offers its millennial audience, newly awoken to her legacy, ways to get involved. “What I hope is, seeing it will be the closest thing to being on the ground yourself,” she said. “It is being a witness. And people in hard times need a witness, and somebody who can help.”
Few individuals have the breadth of political, economic and military leadership experience as former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, enabling him to speak with authority on a wide range of issues, including international diplomacy, global economic matters, and terrorism.
From an economic perspective, PM Barak served for many years as an advisor to hedge funds and private equity firms, and is currently a member of the CIFC— a NASDAQ credit manager with $14 billion under management. A respected voice on economic matters, PM Barak has offered his insight at the World Economic Forum, SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference, and to various international firms and businesses.
A current political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Josh Earnest draws on a decade of insider access working alongside President Barack Obama both on the campaign trail and in the White House to provide engaging, razor-sharp analysis on today's top issues.
Rising to international acclaim as President Obama's Press Secretary from 2014-2017, Earnest was selected in the midst of an increasingly caustic media environment to assume the most visible job in American politics. Earnest distinguished himself as Press Secretary – not with bluster – but with a keen ability to marshal facts and construct persuasive arguments that earned him the respect of Washington insiders in both parties.
Earnest stood before the White House press corps each day for the last two and a half years of Obama’s tenure prepared to discuss the most complex and consequential issues in the world. Whether reacting to a legislative setback, a diplomatic breakthrough or a terror attack, Earnest earned a reputation for uncommon poise under an intense spotlight where there is no margin for error. In fact, White House correspondents surveyed by Politico in 2015 voted Earnest the “best White House press secretary I’ve worked with.” Earnest brings the same shrewd analysis, signature wit, and engaging style he was known for as Press Secretary to the newsroom and audiences worldwide.
Max Baucus is uniquely qualified to address issues regarding U.S. tax reform, world trade, China and the Asian Continent. As Ambassador to China (2014 - 2017) and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee (2007 - 2014), Max Baucus has extensive experience in international trade issues. Ambassador Baucus led the passage and enactment of Free Trade Agreements with 11 countries and worked to increase U.S. exports by knocking down trade barriers. He was deeply involved in orchestrating congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China in 2000 and in facilitating China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001, and is credited with holding China accountable on issues of intellectual property, human rights and currency. Baucus served in Congress from 1978 until his appointment to Ambassador to China, during which time he fostered and enacted groundbreaking legislation, not the least of which is the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare). As the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, he ushered the Act through Congress, vocal even at the time about his concerns regarding costs and lack of bipartisan support, two issues which now threaten the Act's durability under the Trump administration.
With over four decades of experience in the political arena, Karl Rove is an iconic strategist whose provocative and robust knowledge of the major issues of the day have made him one of the most sought-after commentators of our time.
Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone as “unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon” and by Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard as “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation… He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.”
From major international conferences to college campuses and more intimate corporate events, Karl Rove's shrewd and unparalleled analysis make him resonate with all audiences. Sponsors hosting Rove have reported that his remarks "were extremely insightful and very helpful to our industry leaders" (Edison Electric Institute); "stimulating and valuable" (The Fraser Institute); and "provocative, lively and thoughtful" (Nomura); with audiences "often erupting in applause" (Wabash College) and his presentations consistently praised as "one of the highest-rated" (The TriZetto Group).
When political strategist Jim Messina used big data and technology to help President Barack Obama win a second term in the White House, Bloomberg Businessweek called it “the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken.” Since then other nations' governments, including the European Union and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, have brought Messina into their camps to help them win their fights. Businesses are also taking advice from Messina as they try to use big data and technology to break into new markets, win a competitive play, and harness consumer loyalty. Audiences who hear Messina speak are wowed by his quick and sharp insights of the business of politics and the levers that surge campaigns forward.
The world first knew Arnold Schwarzenegger as a famous bodybuilder and a Hollywood action hero, and now as California's 38th Governor, an environmental crusader, a successful businessman, and a generous philanthropist.
Michael Eisner teaches audiences how to develop corporate creativity and strategically invest in innovation, based on his experiences as CEO of Disney and as Founder of The Tornante Company, a fund to invest in and develop companies in the media and entertainment sector. Both Fortune 500 CEO and entrepreneur, Mr. Eisner knows that even large global companies can innovate and adapt to new markets, new economies and new technologies. Through his remarks, he not only inspires corporate innovation, he gives parameters for successful execution such as brand building, establishing strategic partnerships and employee work teams.
Under the leadership of Michael Eisner, Walt Disney Company revenues grew from $1.7 billion to more than $30 billion by focusing on the power of ideas, pursuing the innovative vision, and taking creative risks. As a leader in the media industry for four decades, Mr. Eisner has overseen organizations recognized for their inventiveness and innovation, experienced an explosion of technological advances that have impacted his business and led his companies through the advent of the next big ideas. In his presentations on leadership, he shares his insights on what it takes to run a company that must always grow and change.
Named on TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2017, Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation's most successful and recognized news anchors and advocates for female empowerment. She has earned a solid reputation for incisive interviews of today’s newsmakers and for sharing timely stories from a clear point of view, which focuses on real, no-excuses conversation. For decades, loyal viewers have credited Ms. Carlson with “Getting Real,” the title of her best-selling book which celebrates the drive in each of us to achieve and embrace success and to stand up for what is right with a “never give up” attitude. Never apologizing for her own success nor accepting any limits, Ms. Carlson’s personal story is an testament to how strength and perseverance, and trust in one’s own talents, can lead to true empowerment and real success.
One of the only household names in classical music today, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for music-making and communicating with music lovers around the world. In his presentations, Mr. Perlman's joy of music is brought to life on stage as he uses his violin to demonstrate the power of music by emotionally connecting with his audience.
Leading Technology Futurist and Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales is one of the most sought after visionaries in business and technology. Wikipedia is the 5th Most Popular Website in the WORLD, moving toward free access for all to the sum of human knowledge. When audiences meet Wales, outspoken and defiant in his protection of this transformative idea, they understand why he is compared to other other historic greats like Gutenberg. Event planners cite his optimism for the future and his masterful ability to speak on issues ranging from censorship, Artificial Intelligence, driverless cars, and government reach into web data the name of national security.
Named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," Jimmy Wales was also acknowledged by the World Economic Forum — the foremost global gathering of political, business and cultural leaders — as one of the top 250 leaders across the world for his professional accomplishments, his commitment to society, and his potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
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.
George Papandreou was Prime Minister of Greece during the eurozone financial crisis, Foreign Minister during the Balkan conflict, and he is the current President of the Socialist International, the world's largest organization of progressive political parties. He is a member of the Club de Madrid, a select group of former heads of state, and he is a member of the Aspen Minister's Forum, a prestigious group of former Foreign Ministers assembled by Madeline Albright under the auspices of the Aspen Institute. He is also a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps an international NGO supplying humanitarian relief in nearly every conflict zone around the world. Papandreou is a globally recognized expert on the future of the EU, and on the on-going eurozone financial crisis. He is at the forefront of the discussion of the threat of the dangerous political figures that fuel nativist ethnocentrism and xenophobia. Named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers," he speaks with authority on the future of the European Union with regard to the refugee crisis, economic stability, global security and shifts in geopolitical alliances. He was born and educated in the U.S., with degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard.
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.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Duke is central bank economist who got her start in retail banking and small business lending. As a result, her practical understanding of the retail banking industry shaped the decisions of the Fed during the crisis and the recovery, as she became the Fed’s point person on housing, consumer and small business issues. Audiences appreciate that Duke has walked down both Wall Street and Main Street, and her speeches highlight how governments can catalyze growth, protect investment and free access to capital for America's businesses.
Olympia Snowe is recognized as a policy thought-leader in Washington. She is also an inspiration for the barriers she overcame to become one of the most powerful women in Washington. 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."
She made the decision not to seek a fourth term in the United States Senate when she arrived at a stark reality: that the excessive political polarization in Congress would not diminish in the short term. As a result, she joined the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, to take her fight for bipartisanship in a different direction. At the BPC, she serves as a Senior Fellow where she is able to harness her insider’s knowledge to promote change from outside of Congress.
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 by Forbes magazine 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. Continuing her tireless work encouraging women to enter political office and championing the rights of women and the disenfranchised, Dr. Banda has taken on a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Global Development, jointly with the Woodrow Wilson Center, where she brings her invaluable experiences as a leader in African politics. In 2016, she also joined as a member of the United Nation's Council of Women World Leaders.
Barbara Walters’ ground-breaking exclusive interviews with world leaders and her enterprising reporting have made her one of the most highly acclaimed journalists on television. In her lively and colorful appearances, Walters shares the insights she acquired from her experiences interviewing with the most important newsmakers in the world today.
Dr. Coburn challenges the broken partisan culture of Washington. When audiences hear Dr. Coburn speak, they hear what The Week calls "authentic, adult conservatism." Coburn serves as the antidote to a high-tension political environment, with level-headed, thoughtful and practical solutions to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans. Dr. Tom Coburn is a medical doctor and retired member of Congress, who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, he established himself as "a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's budget woes" (Associated Press) and as a man who is "thoughtful and willing to seek solutions to big problems" (Politico).
Edward Norton is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is a visionary entrepreneur and committed social and environmental activist. Norton is a founding partner of CrowdRise, a web-based technology platform that changes the way organizations share their mission and involve those who support their causes. He speaks personally about his fundraising efforts and our responsibilities, particularly with regard to sustainability and natural resource management in our industrial economy.
Robin Sharma is one of the world's premier speakers on Leadership and Personal Mastery, recently named one of the World's Top Leadership Gurus. As a presenter, Sharma has the rare ability to electrify an audience yet deliver uncommonly original and useful insights that lead to individuals doing their best work, teams providing superb results and organizations becoming unbeatable.
For nearly 20 years, many of the most well-known organizations on the planet, ranging from Nike, GE, Microsoft, FedEx, PwC, HP and Oracle to NASA, Yale University and YPO have chosen Robin Sharma for their most important events, when nothing less than a world-class speaker will do.
Sharma's books such as The Leader Who Had No Title have topped bestseller lists internationally and his social media posts reach over six hundred million people a year, making him a true global phenomenon for helping people do brilliant work, thrive amid change and realize their highest leadership capacities within the organization so that personal responsibility, productivity, ingenuity and mastery soars.
Sharma has been ranked as one of the Top 5 Leadership Gurus in the World in an independent survey of over 22,000 businesspeople and appears on platforms with other luminaries such as Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jack Welch and Shaquille O'Neill.
Arguably the most successful athlete-turned-businessman in the world, Greg Norman is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom as his dominance on the golf course. The internationally renowned “Great White Shark” won more than 90 tournaments worldwide, including two Open Championships, and he holds the distinction of defending his No. 1 position in the world golf rankings for 331 weeks, the second-longest reign in history. As one of the most prolific players in the game’s history, his career culminated in 2001 when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame with a higher percentage of votes than any other inductee in history.
Greg Norman now transcends the game of golf, with over a dozen companies around the world bearing his name and the iconic shark logo as part of the Greg Norman Company, which he leads as Chairman & CEO. His internationally recognized brand boasts more than 100 golf course designs across six continents, a global real estate collection, award-winning wine, golf-inspired lifestyle apparel and a diverse investment division. Across all facets of business, the Greg Norman brand consistently delivers the quality that his name is synonymous with and continues to inspire people to attack life.
Deval Patrick served two terms as the 71st governor of Massachusetts. An accomplished executive, passionate leader and gifted orator, Deval Patrick will capture—and hold—the attention of any audience. 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.
Coca-Cola, Kraft, and Great-West Life have all hosted New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Adam Braun and praised him as “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); “We all agreed that he is someone to watch over the next few years.” (Great-West Life)
Adam Braun knows how to motivate people to powerful action and organizations who bring Adam to their event are seeing the difference.
Adam Braun’s story is how one young man turned $25 into more than 300 schools, serving more than 30,000 students around the world, and built a global community which is well on its way to achieving its goal of making a quality education a possibility for everyone. His story proves that anyone can take small steps to lead a successful and significant life.
Adam's book, The Promise of a Pencil, did not become a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller just because it was a great story; it became a sought-after guide for achieving goals and dreams and in the book Adam outlines chapters that provide actionable steps toward success. Adam empowers audiences to discover their next big idea, and he gives them guideposts for a path forward.
Watch him in action in this inspiring presentation: Creating Extraordinary Change in Life & Business
By the age of 31 he was already named to Business 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. Braun was previously nominated for the TED Prize and has received the nation's oldest and most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award. In 2015 he joined a coalition to address high-level challenges with Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and several Nobel Peace Prize winners.
In 2017, Adam launched his new project: MissionU, a groundbreaking approach to education for the 21st Century. Adam serves as MissionU's CEO.
Lori Greiner started with one idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is now regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products, having created over 500 products and secured over 120 U.S. and international patents. Lori is known as the star "warm-blooded" Shark on Shark Tank, the three-time Emmy-winning entrepreneurial business show on ABC, where she invests in companies and turns dreams into reality. Lori's QVC-TV show Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner has been on the air for the past 16 years. Lori says she can instantly tell if a product is a “hero or a zero,” and this is clearly shown through her many thriving investments and a 90% success rate on new items launched. Lori's international bestseller Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! is a step-by-step guide on how to turn an idea into a million-dollar reality.
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.
A passionate champion of America’s founding principles, Senator Rick Santorum's impressive presidential campaign positioned him as a leading voice of the Republican Party. Senator Santorum began his first presidential campaign as a dark-horse candidate, but with a victory in the Iowa caucuses, he became a center-stage challenger who went on to win another ten states, over 3 million votes, and claim the mantle of conservative alternative to the front-runner. In four years in the U.S. House of Representatives, 12 as U. S. Senator, and now as a Senior Political Commentator with CNN, Rick Santorum earned a reputation as a passionate fighter for conservative values and a vocal advocate for smaller government, cutting wasteful spending, a strong national defense, and a return to our country’s founding principles.
A thoughtful legislator. A principled man. An effective leader. This is the reputation that Joe Lieberman 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 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.
Steven Kotler is a New York Times Bestselling Author, award-winning journalist and the Co-Founder and Director for Research of the Flow Genome Project, the largest open-source citizen science project on human performance in the world. The author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance and Bold, Kotler shows companies how to unlock their potential and level up their game like never before. His bestselling books and research decode how scientific and technological breakthroughs are radically changing the world for both businesses and individuals. Whether it’s an optimistic view of how technology and innovation can help us solve life’ s greatest challenges; or how bold thinking and extraordinary technological changes have and will alter our lives in amazing ways; or how individual science – the science of “flow” can alter a person’s way of interacting with the world to out-perform others; Kotler is a master storyteller who decodes our brave new world with enthusiasm and optimism to provide what the Wall Street Journal called “a manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world’s most pressing concerns."
An international pioneer in the fields of innovation, technology and human performance, Kotler has spoken to and consulted with everyone from Fortune 100 companies to the US Special Forces. He explores the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals, and details how today’s top entrepreneurs—Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk—have learned to think at scale and perform at speed—the core requirements for creative disruption.
Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit spent over 168 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. His latest bestselling book, Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business (2016) is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life. Duhigg's journalistic accomplishments have made him an in-demand speaker for organizations from the UCLA School of Management to Fortune 500 companies and The Johnson Foundation to the National Association of Science Teachers. His presentations are both descriptive and prescriptive, and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of business, science, medicine, and education. He is a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for the business section of The New York Times, where he contributes to the newspaper and the Times Magazine.
Co-author of the New York Times bestselling Freakonomics series, and 2003 recipient of the American Economic Association’s prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, given to the country's best economist under 40, Steven D. Levitt works with businesses to apply his Freakonomics approach (combining data, economic theory, and unorthodox thinking) to the corporate world.
Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known as co-author of the New York Times bestselling Freakonomics series. They have sold more than 7 million copies in more than 40 countries. Dubner is also the host of the Freakonomics Radio podcast, which gets 5 million downloads a month, and he maintains the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.”
Freakonomics, published in 2005, was an instant international bestseller and cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it still appears regularly on The New York Times bestseller list. SuperFreakonomics followed in 2009, to similar acclaim, and in 2010 a documentary film version of Freakonomics was chosen as the closing film of the Tribeca Film Festival.
The most recent successes in the series include Think Like A Freak (2014), which became an instant New York Times bestseller, and When to Rob a Bank (2015), which is a collection of the best Freakonomics.com blog posts.
WILLIAM J. BRATTON
The only person to lead the police departments of America's two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles, William J. Bratton’s 46-year career in law enforcement is marked by transformative leadership and sharp reductions in crime. As America's "Top Cop" Commissioner Bratton has translated crisis into opportunity at every stage of his esteemed career, demonstrating the power of optimistic leadership and strategic, turnaround team management.
Commissioner Bratton offers his audience key takeaways for how they can lead through and transform their own crises, earning praise from audiences, such as this from Johnson & Johnson: “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.”
Commissioner Bratton’s leadership record speaks for itself. As Police Commissioner of New York City from 1994 to 1996, Bratton gained an international reputation for re-engineering the police department, revitalizing morale and achieving the largest crime declines in New York City's history. During his tenure, murder and serious crime dropped significantly. As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009, in a city known for its entrenched gang culture and youth violence, Commissioner Bratton brought crime to historically low levels through his Real Time and Predictive Policing initiatives. He also transformed the LAPD's relationship with local communities.
Among his numerous awards and recognitions, Commissioner Bratton has been named both one of the “Most Influential People in the Security Industry” (Security Magazine) and “Public Official of the Year” (Governing Magazine). He currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, advising clients on risk identification, prevention and response, giving corporations the tools needed to handle a constant evolution of threats.
As an economist, policy-maker, professor, and former business school dean, Laura D'Andrea Tyson has long been a leading champion of ways to re-think the role of business in society. Currently a Professor and Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Haas School of Business and the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley, Tyson has also served as Dean of London Business School from 2002 through 2006 and as Dean of the Berkeley Haas School of Business from 1998 through 2001.
Frequently sought our for her economic insight from the highest levels of government, Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board (2011-2013) and served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (2011-2012). She was also a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011).
Tyson is currently a Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse Research Institute and The Rock Creek Group. Among the many other esteemed positions Tyson currently holds are:
In addition to her economic work at the highest levels of governments and Fortune 500 companies, she is a leader in the blending of business and social change, exploring ways that for-purpose organizations can impact social change using for-profit principles, and vice versa. Additionally, she has tremendous experience and insight into global trade and trace policy, as she helped usher China into the WTO and was instrumental in the creation of NAFTA and other trade legislation.
Penny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world, Pritzker is the founder and Chairman of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as professional services, real estate, technology, agriculture, industrial services and consumer products.
From June 2013 through January 2017, Pritzker served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. Pritzker was a core member of President Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts. During her tenure, she launched SelectUSA, the first federal initiative aimed at attracting foreign direct investment to the United States, which facilitated $23 billion in investment to date and created or retained tens of thousands of good paying American jobs. Pritzker also developed the agency’s first comprehensive digital and data agenda, chaired the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program and served as the Administration’s point person on manufacturing.
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. Since leaving his post as President, he has focused his leadership and attention on the economic benefits of acting on climate change, and has positioned himself as a leading voice on this global issue. President Calderón has hosted and chaired the G-20 Summit of Leaders, the most important forum of heads of state and government. He also chaired the UN Conference on Climate Change COP 16, which marked a new era of cooperation in this field. He was named "Statesman of the Year" by the World Economic Forum and "Champion of the Earth" by the United Nations, and received the Teddy Roosevelt Award for the Environment, the GLOBE Award from the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment, the International Star of Energy Efficiency award, and TIME magazine has designated him as one of their top 100 influential people in the world.
Olivier Blanchard is a renowned international economist and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. Since October 2015, he is the Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in Washington. He is also the Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT.
When companies invite Former Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schröder to speak at an event, they know their audiences are going to be informed about geopolitics on a level beyond what they read in the papers or hear in the news cycle. Gerhard Schröder shares in his speeches - whether a keynote address to thousands or an intimate BOD dinner - his insights gained from personal conversations with Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, and the reigning powers in Iran. He is a true statesmen who can address any global issue of importance to his audience including the European refugee crisis, the stability of the EU, energy policy and its influence on geopolitics, and the implications of new trade opportunities in the Middle East.
John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy.
Mr. Key was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016.
Prior to entering politics in 2002, Mr. Key worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore London and Sydney. Mr. Key's most recent positions included heading Merrill Lynch's global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce.
In 1999 Mr. Key was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Abigail shines a unique, humanistic lens on culture, business and technology that brings fresh perspective to corporate culture, product development, branding and marketing. Her quest is to spark novel thinking and lead people to take action. Abigail is the Head of Strategic Planning at the ZOO, Google’s creative think tank for agencies and brands. At Google, she helps advertisers and marketers make sense of human beings’ deep, emotional relationship to the digital space and convert those insights into strategic and creative efforts.
Karen Gordon Mills is the perfect speaker for a small business, entrepreneurship, innovation or leadership event. She is an expert on economic growth, job creation and competitiveness. Businesses and governments (including officials in the United Kingdom, Australia and the European Union) seek her insight not only for her higher level ideas of growth and innovation, but also for important small business tactical insights such as access to capital, regional economic clusters, hiring skilled workers, boosting exports, and tapping into government and commercial supply chains. Mills was widely praised for doing this on a national level when she served in President Barack Obama's Cabinet as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and as member of the President's National Economic Council. Audiences always have high praise for Mills and her commanding yet approachable style.
Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, Alex Banayan is the author of a highly anticipated business book, The Third Door, to be released by Crown Publishers (Random House, Inc.). The Third Door is Banayan's unbelievable journey tracking down the world's most successful people to uncover how they launched their careers. Over the course of his five-year quest, Banayan has sat down with Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Jessica Alba, Maya Angelou, Jane Goodall, Pitbull, Quincy Jones, Larry King, Tim Ferriss, Tony Hsieh, and Steve Wozniak—and had remarkable run-ins with Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Clinton, and more. After exclusive interviews and extensive research, Banayan has uncovered the single trait every single one of these leaders has in common. His discovery will change the way your organization understands and approaches success. Banayan is the youngest business author ever signed to Crown Publishing in their eighty-year history.
As a keynote speaker, Banayan has presented to corporate leadership teams and conferences around the world, garnering standing ovations from Apple, Nike, IBM, Dell, MTV, Harvard, and countless others. Microsoft declared that Banayan “cracked the code for success.”
A leader of the next generation of entrepreneurs and the focus of major media around the world, Banayan is a venture associate at Alsop Louie Partners, a high-tech venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Fortune magazine reported that Banayan was "the world’s youngest venture capitalist" and Business Insider named him one of the “Most Powerful People Under 30.”
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." He is currently Vice Chairman of BlackRock Inc. He most recently 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. He was also one of the first western central bankers to publicly demand tougher capital standards for banks in 2007, before the Lehman Brothers crisis in 2008. During the financial crisis, Dr. 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).
Phil Libin is a Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm with $3B under management. Phil is also the Co-Founder and former CEO of the global productivity tool Evernote, which created an epic transformation in workflow and has redefined the way individuals and teams work today. A sought-after leader on innovation, Libin provides audiences with an engaging look at what it takes to reinvent productivity at global scale. His investment focus is generally on using technology to enhance humanity, productivity, and business globally.
Former President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan is a worldwide proponent of democracy, peace and prosperity. As President, he made a commitment to change the global negative perceptions of the Nigerian elections; to make them non-violent, free, fair and credible. He pursued a transformational agenda and under his watch, Nigeria experienced unprecedented economic growth and became the largest economy in Africa. He promoted democratic values and principles, peace and national security.
Endeared to audiences nation-wide for his acting career which spans more than five decades, Martin Sheen uses his dynamic presence and celebrity status to lend an inspired voice to political and humanitarian causes around the globe.
Dr. Mae C. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space. She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness. Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology, education, STEM, and motivation.
HER MAJESTY QUEEN NOOR
Her Majesty Queen Noor is an international public servant and advocate for cross-cultural understanding and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty, climate change and disarmament. Her peace-building work has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Jean-Claude Trichet was president of the European Central Bank, Chairman of the Bank of France and is Chairman of the influential Group of 30 (G30). An authority on global economic and financial issues, he is consistently recognized as an influential and powerful monetary policymaker. Audiences know they are in the presence of, as Time magazine stated it, "One of the most powerful people in the world.
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. 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).
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. He has served as a minister and cabinet minister in the governments of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is widely recognized as a passionate advocate for women’s healthcare and other national issues which threaten our individual freedoms. Sen. Davis prides herself on the ability to see an issue from multiple perspectives, while forging a path to consensus and compromise. 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.
Bono uses his rock star status to raise awareness about the crises in Africa: unpayable debts, uncontrolled spread of AIDS, and the unfair trade rules which keep Africans poor. Bono co-founded DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) to raise public awareness of the issues in its name, and influence government policy on Africa. On behalf of DATA, Bono has lobbied U.S. Presidents and Congressional leaders, along with the heads of many other G8 nations. DATA is a founding member of the One Campaign to make poverty history, which is part of a global network of millions of people campaigning against extreme poverty.
One of the most insightful journalists in America today, Wolf Blitzer draws on his unique international breadth of experience and depth of understanding when discussing the issues facing Washington and the world today.
Ronan Farrow is an influential voice in media and government, once described by The New York Times as "the youngest old guy in the room" for his ability to help traditional institutions speak to a new generation. Esquire has named him man of the year of his birth, New York Magazine has named him "Activist of the Year", and he has repeatedly appeared on the Forbes "30 Under 30" list. As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, he fronts the Today Show’s “#Undercovered” series and has anchored a daily MSNBC program. He previously served as a government official, including reporting directly to the Secretary of State as the first US Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues. He has written about human rights and foreign policy for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications. He is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a Rhodes Scholar. His speeches have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s Top 10 Speeches of the Year.
Mia Farrow has appeared in more than forty films but she is equally known as an fierce advocate for human rights. She has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2000, with a focus on children in conflict zones, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
She is active on Twitter and her website (http://www.miafarrow.org), contains entries from Darfur, Chad, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Uganda, Congo, South Sudan, Kenya and the Syrian border in Lebanon. Her op-ed pieces and photographs have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and numerous publications and exhibitions around the world. She has traveled to the Darfur region of Sudan 13 times and spoken extensively about genocide and human responsibility across the United States as well as at Senate and Congressional hearings and at the United Nations Security Council.
In 2008 Mia Farrow was selected by Time magazine as one of the’ most influential people in the world. She has been the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards including the Refugees International McCall-Pierpont Award for “extraordinary services to refugees and displaced people," the Tiananmen Square Award, the Leon Sullivan International Service Award, and the Marian Anderson Award in 2010.
Her ongoing project , The Darfur Archives, documents the cultural traditions of Darfur’s major ethnic tribes. It is preserved at the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.
The sharing economy, collaborative economy, on-demand economy, freelance economy, gig economy, access economy, trust economy -- or even just the “new economy”: what is going on? From Airbnb to TaskRabbit and Uber, hundreds of sharing and on-demand platforms are transforming industries and causing us to rethink almost every aspect of our lives. Anyone with a spare room, a car or even a little free time can become a mini-entrepreneur. What is the future evolution of these businesses? Who are the next disruptors on the horizon? What -- and where -- are the real opportunities and obstacles? Sharing Economy expert April Rinne has the answers. Advisor of choice for a range of private and public sector organizations, from Airbnb to the World Economic Forum and governments worldwide, a graduate of Harvard Law and an inveterate traveler, Rinne can help you see the shifts underway through a practical, helpful lens and bring new insights to light for you and your organization. For more information on April Rinne and her work, please visit her website here.
Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with the New York Times. Taking us on an eye-opening journey deep inside food companies, he offers audiences around the world an illuminating and surprising look at the researchers, marketers, strategists, and CEOs who seduce us with their products. Moss brings to vivid life the creative ways food manufacturers use the science of human behavior, biology and marketing to hook us. 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.
Cody Keenan has been a speechwriter for President Barack Obama for nearly a decade, rising from a campaign intern in Chicago to Director of Speechwriting at the White House. Through times of challenge and change, Keenan has helped President Obama craft remarks on every topic for every audience – from tiny backyards in Iowa to the biggest stadiums in the country; from sermons on the National Mall to the State of the Union Address. Over eight years in the White House, their collaborations were compared to the works of Abraham Lincoln, described as the “‘I Have a Dream’ speech for the 21st Century,” and categorized even by prominent Republicans as “speeches that every child should read in school.”
Together, Keenan and Obama's efforts resulted in some of the most unforgettable addresses of our time. From Tucson to Newtown to Charleston, Keenan helped President Obama fill his role as Consoler-in-Chief. From commencement addresses to Selma to Obama’s Farewell Address, they redefined the essence of the American creed and charted an inspiring, optimistic course for a new generation’s active citizenship. In 2017, Obama asked Keenan to continue their partnership, and today, Keenan serves as Obama’s collaborator on his upcoming book, and as his post-presidential speechwriter.
Described as the "Springsteen" of Obama's White House and included in British GQ's "35 Coolest Men Under 38 (And a Half)", when it comes to finding a message that resonates, Keenan is truly in a league of his own. As Obama said of Keenan, "I rely on Cody not just to share my vision, but to help tell America’s story. He’s a brilliant writer. He’s relentless.”
Joe Moglia is an executive leadership speaker who honed his message of the four-pillars of success through his own trials as a business leader and football coach. 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 the 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.
Jane Holl Lute has dedicated her career to preventing terrorism, enhancing global stabilty and security, and helping those in crisis. It says something about the times in which we live that Ms. Lute now focuses on cyberterrorism, the source of today's most menacing threats to nations, businesses and individuals. Audiences praise Ms. Lute for grounding her remarks about cybersecurity in her roots as a United Nations Peace builder and Assistant Secretary-General of the U.N. responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support for humanitarian operations in crises. She has also served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security where she 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.
With award-winning cartoons covering a gamut of topics from global politics, to pop culture, to gender equality, New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly proves that pen and ink are a powerful catalyst for engaging conversation about political and social issues. Donnelly's TEDTalk on how humor and art can empower has racked up over 1,200,000 views,,= and her work appears in The New York Times, Forbes, Medium, Politico, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, CNN, The Nation, National Lampoon, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and most recently as Contributing Cartoonist on CBS This Morning. Donnelly's "Live Drawing"—where equipped with nothing more than an iPad and her quick hand she is able to bring high-profile moments to life—has allowed audiences to engage with major events including the Women's March on Washington, The Olympics, The Oscars, the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and more.
Donnelly is also a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department and a member of the United Nations initiative "Cartooning for Peace," which has brought her to the global stage to speak about freedom of speech, world peace, women's rights and other world issues. She is the author of 15 books, numerous essays and her spot-on ability to observe the world with a thought-provoking and humorous lens is resonating with audiences around the world!
Renowned journalist, Cokie Roberts, named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress (2008), is one of the most esteemed and brilliant broadcast journalists of our time. A New York Times bestselling author, trusted historian on women in America and a sought-after political commentator, Cokie continues to be one of the most popular speakers on the lecture circuit today. In addition to her award-winning political reporting, Cokie serves on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including the National Archives Foundation, the Mayo Clinic, and Save the Children, with whom she has traveled the world and seen the devastation of children living in poverty. She can provide poignant, first-hand accounts on these global issues and on the humanitarian and development efforts of both the private sector and the U.S. government. She is a true champion of causes for women and children around the world and offers presentations that are well researched, thoughtful and truly inspiring.
What is the Ann Curry difference? She is more than a highly esteemed, award-winning journalist. Ann brings stories to life. Her reporting is raw, bold, and deeply personal, because she knows how to connect with each person she interviews. Her passion to share someone else’s truth so that she can better inform the world, comes from a deep understanding of the importance of service and it continues to be the driving force of her work on and off camera or stage. Audiences praise her for her “…genuine interest, insights, compassion for others, passion for your work, and obvious intellect and talents ... Your message was inspirational.” (Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc.) Her celebrity status in the “Who’s Who” of the journalism world is a wonderful vehicle bringing her to events around the world, but at the end of the day, Ann is a person who will connect with every member of an audience and share a message that will leave each person forever changed.
Charles B. Rangel is a war hero, history-making congressman, and master lawmaker. A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, he made history as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Having just completed his 22nd term in the House of Representatives, Rangel had been cited as the most effective lawmaker in the House, leading all of his colleagues in passing legislation. He was a prime contributor to President Obama's historic health care reform law.
Kevin Warsh is a monetary policy expert and economist who served the United States in the Federal Reserve and the White House, and whose insights are sought by Central Banks around the world. Most notably, he was hired by the Bank of England, where he issued an independent report proposing reforms in the conduct of monetary policy in the United Kingdom. Parliament recently adopted the report’s recommendations.
Additionally, Warsh advises private and public companies and is a member of the Group of Thirty (G30). He played a significant role in stabilizing the economy during the U.S. financial crisis. His authoritative and enlightening presentations on both domestic and international economic issues are helping audiences and corporations understand how U.S. and foreign monetary policy impacts large and small businesses, as well as individuals. Warsh is particularly well-positioned to explain the risks and rewards of Brexit, as well as economic strategy under the next U.S. administration.
A visionary leader with a deep understanding of the economic and social challenges facing Latin America, President Vicente Fox is one of the world’s most important voices on the contemporary geopolitical landscape and the role of business in the developing world. When elected to the presidency of Mexico in 2000, he broke the stranglehold that the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party had held on the State for seven decades. A charismatic reformer, he is credited as playing a vital role in Mexico’s democratization, and with strengthening the country’s economy. After leaving office in 2006, President Fox and his wife founded Centro Fox, a non-profit dedicated to discover, exercise, and harness the leadership qualities we all have inside of us.
AUTHORS OF FREAKONOMICS
Since the remarkable success of the International Bestsellers Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics (more than 5 million copies sold worldwide), its much heralded authors, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, have given more than 1,000 lectures, some to audiences as large as 10,000, and are still in high demand. The books have made economic analysis and "out of the box thinking" so accessible and interesting to the general population that the Freakonomics team has gained additional success, including: the Freakonomics blog, which receives 2 million page views per month; Freakonomics Radio, which is No. 1 on iTunes, with 5 million downloads per month, and broadcast on public-radio stations across the country; their Twitter feed has over 600,000 followers; their Freakonomics documentary, was a hit at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, and a hit on iTunes, Netflix and....Showtime; and both Levitt and Dubner continue to have national media exposure. Levitt and Dubner offer story after story, with research backing each theory, that address ways to create behavior change and show which incentives work and don't work.
The duos most recent book successes include Think Like A Freak (2014), which became an instant New York Times bestseller, and When to Rob a Bank (2015), which is a collection of the best Freakonomics.com blog posts.
Joe Plumeri is the larger-than-life CEO known for his electrifying speeches and talent for transforming the way companies think and operate. Plumeri believes what sets the most successful leaders apart is their ability to harness their own passions, in their own authentic ways. Audiences find not only optimistic relief in Plumeri’s message but also key strategies to cultivate authentic power. Shortly after he takes his place on the podium, Plumeri becomes relatable to each of us trying to succeed on our own terms, in ways that produce significant results for our careers, companies and stakeholders.
In his speeches, he shares personal stories of struggle and inspiration which led him to become CEO of many companies, including Willis Group, a company nearly bankrupt when he first began but which he transformed into one of the world’s leading insurance brokers. Plumeri offers simple yet profound guidance on how to stay positive, motivate yourself and others, and achieve success in your life and work. National Public Radio has included one of Plumeri’s speeches in its list of “Best Commencement Speeches, Ever.”
Takeaways from Plumeri’s Speeches:
John Lipsky’s service at the International Monetary Fund coincided with the onset of the greatest economic and financial challenges faced yet by the rapidly globalizing world. Having served as the IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director between 2006-2011, as well as Acting Managing Director from May-July 2011, Lipsky helped lead the IMF’s efforts to halt the global downturn, to reestablish economic and financial stability, and to restart growth through unprecedented international policy cooperation in the face of historic market upheavals and systemic disruption.
Over the course of his distinguished career in both the private and public sectors, he has earned the credentials that give him the respect of leaders from both sectors around the world. Lipsky offers a unique insight into how economic policy is being negotiated and implemented today, reflecting the unique challenges and the global realities of shifting relative power in both economic and political arenas.
Jay Walker is a technology pioneer who turns new ideas into BIG opportunities. One of America's best-known business inventors and entrepreneurs, he has founded multiple successful startup companies that today serve more than 75 million customers. Whether it’s changing the way consumers buy groceries and airline tickets (priceline.com) or changing the way old line companies approach their businesses, Walker and his team have invented over 600 proprietary business systems that solve problems in industries ranging from travel to defense to retail to restaurants to vending to publishing to gaming and entertainment. TIME twice named him one of the "50 Most Influential Business Leaders in the Digital Age," and he holds more than 200 patents. He is Chairman of Walker Digital, a privately held R&D lab founded in 1994 and based in Stamford, Connecticut. The company specializes in creating innovative applications that work with large-scale digital networks such as the Internet. He is also the founder of Patent Properties.
Jay is best known as the founder of Priceline.com, the "name your own price" service that has brought a new level of value to the travel industry. He is also the Curator and Chairman of TEDMED, an annual gathering focusing on the future of medicine and healthcare as well as work on philanthropic efforts.
J. CRAIG VENTER
Few speakers are able to answer, "What is the meaning of life?" more than just rhetorically, but J. Craig Venter helps his audiences understand the meaning at its scientific essence. He is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous, invaluable contributions to genomic research and the study of life, and through his studies he has become a teacher and policy advisor on health, longevity and the environment. He is co-founder of Human Longevity Inc. and a scientist of human existence—from sequencing the human genome to actually creating synthetic life.
Nicholas A. Christakis is a social scientist and physician who conducts research on the social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science, which focuses on the relationship between social networks and health. His startling findings present intriguing new evidence that our real-life social networks shape virtually every aspect of our lives. How we feel, whom we marry, whether we fall ill, how much money we make, and whether we vote—everything hinges on what others around us are doing, thinking, and feeling.
By applying what Dr. Christakis has uncovered about the mechanics of social networks, organizations and businesses gain useful—and profitable—insights into the behavior of their employees, customers and partners.Named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine, Dr. Christakis has also made Foreign Policy’s "Top 100 Global Thinkers." list.
Margaret Trudeau is celebrated for her role as a respected mental-health issues advocate and proponent of living a vibrant, joyful life especially as we age. From becoming the Canadian prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.
Uniquely qualified to discuss the challenges and solutions in healthcare policy, Senator Bill Frist is consistently recognized among the most influential leaders in American healthcare. He is a nationally acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Council of the health investment firm Cressey & Company. He is the co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest provider of non-hospice, community-based palliative care.
Senator Frist has also been a leader in education, having founded the State Collaborative on Education Reform (SCORE) in Tennessee, which has become a national model on how to best reform a statewide education system.
Senator Frist has been at the forefront of many debates and government initiatives that have shaped a myriad of policies over the years. He brings an experienced voice to the current issues of health reform, education, government policy, global health issues and volunteerism.
He is actively engaged in the business as well as the medical, humanitarian, and philanthropic communities.
Well-known and respected in business and economic circles, former Secretary of Commerce and banking executive at JP Morgan Chase Daley is an authority on job creation, economic growth, global competitiveness and international trade. As Chief of Staff in the Obama administration, Bill Daley was instrumental in developing the American Jobs Act, brokered an agreement to reduce the deficit by over $2 trillion, and played a central role in passing historic trade agreements. He is a sharp and frequent commenter on politics and our economy.
Foreign Policy Magazine named Henry Kissinger one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" for a "half-century ruling the U.S. foreign policy community." World-renowned for his unparalleled skills in the art of diplomacy, Dr. Kissinger is one of the shrewdest, best-informed and most articulate figures ever to occupy a position in Washington. A vital presence in international and national politics, Dr. Kissinger understands firsthand the delicate balance of world power and America’s influence.
For the past two decades, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Director General Emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency, he offers unparalleled insights from his 12 years at the agency's helm, which earned him and the IAEA a joint Nobel Peace Prize. A prominent voice for peace, freedom and democracy in the Arab and Islamic worlds, he comments on today's most pressing matters such as threats from Iran, Syria, Turkey and North Korea. Audiences look to Dr. ElBaradei to add context to the drastic and often dark headlines we read every day and guides audiences through his vision for stability and peace without terrorism.
Appointed by President Barack Obama, Daniel Shapiro served as the United States Ambassador to Israel from July 2011 until the end of the Obama Administration. As Ambassador, Shapiro won praise from leaders of both countries for his deft management of the U.S.-Israel relationship during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Iran nuclear agreement, regional instability, and periods of significant bilateral tension and disagreement. Among Shapiro's major contributions were negotiating the $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding for U.S. military aid to Israel, unprecedented public outreach in fluent Hebrew to Israel’s diverse communities, and 40 percent growth in U.S.-Israel trade.
Shapiro's time as the Ambassador to Israel followed a diverse career of over 20 years in senior foreign policy and national security positions in the United States government, including as the Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council.
Currently, Shapiro is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies. His remarkable breadth of insights have been featured across the major media networks, and his writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Israeli Channel 2, and more.
Michael Nutter served as the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, his hometown. He served 22.5 years as an elected official in Philadelphia, serving 14.5 years as a City Council member, and then 2 four year terms as Mayor, leaving office on January 4, 2016 due to term limits.
Mayor Nutter was considered one of the foremost leaders in innovation, tackling challenges of public safety, increasing funding for educating children, revitalizing the economy and spurring economic growth, restoring ethics and integrity to city government, ensuring fiscal discipline and making Philadelphia one of the great green and sustainable cities in America.
Known for keeping an active and engaged schedule as Mayor, Michael Nutter is doing the same as a private citizen. He's a Professor at Columbia University, a Political Contributor on CNN, a Senior Fellow with Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Program, Chair of the Mayors Advisory Board for Airbnb, and holds numerous Fellowships and Advisory positions in academic, political, non-profit and corporate entities. Mayor Nutter is actively engaged in the work of cities and trying to make them work better on behalf of their citizens.
A familiar face on television, one of broadcasting’s most respected journalists and host of CBS Sunday Morning, Jane Pauley is praised by audiences for her relatable and personal inspirational message. She advocates for people 50+ starting different careers, making a difference and pursuing their dreams. She is a also a highly regarded advocate for mental health, children’s health, and education issues. Jane Pauley's celebrity fills the room with optimism, and audiences often bring her back more than once, citing the warm reception she received by the audience.
Prior to anchoring on CBS, Pauley had a 13-year career on NBC's Today program and was also a co-host of Datleine NBC for 12 years.
Ambassador, Congressman, Mayor, humanitarian, ordained minister, international businessman, and sports enthusiast, Andrew Young has been serving and shaping our country for almost 50 years.
For over a quarter of a century, Carol Browner has been at the forefront of the United States’ environmental and energy polices. As President Clinton’s EPA Administrator and as President Obama’s "Energy Czar," Browner has negotiated, developed, proposed and implemented U.S. policy affecting global energy, environment, public health, and business matters.
Today, Browner provides her expertise through dual roles in the business and policymaking arenas and serves as a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm.
Karen Hughes serves as Burson-Marsteller’s Worldwide Vice Chair. She is one of the world's foremost communication strategists, specializing in strategic messaging and communications, crisis communications and executive positioning with clients ranging from global corporations to Fortune 500 CEOs.
For her work in U.S. government, she has been described as "the most powerful woman ever to serve in the White House" (Dallas Morning News) and "the most powerful public diplomacy czar in decades" (The Boston Globe). As Under Secretary of State, she traveled to more than 50 countries, meeting world leaders and reaching out to international audiences.
Dean’s groundbreaking campaign for the U.S. Presidency and subsequent four years as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee provided him with both an insider's view and a reformer's commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations. His 12 years as Governor of Vermont and his Chairmanship of the National Governor's Association have given him a vast knowledge of domestic issues.
His skillful stewardship of the party as Democratic National Committee chair began in 2005 and continued through the inauguration of President Barack Obama. As Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Governor Dean made the Democratic Party competitive in every race, in every district, in every state and territory, while integrating national and state party operations and standing up for Democrats' core values.
While we all aspire to live bravely in the face of life's significant challenges, few of us are tested to live bravely before the guns of hostile Somali pirates who threaten our leadership and authority, our lives, and the lives of our colleagues. Before Somali pirates hijacked his cargo ship and held him captive for five days, making him the center of a riveting international drama which played out live on television, Captain Richard Phillips was as normal as each of us doing our best at work and home. Audiences connect with Captain Phillips on a personal level, become friends with him by the evening's end, and leave lifted by his inspirational message.
R. GLENN HUBBARD
An economic advisor to Presidents, a well-respected Dean and Professor, leading Republican economist R. Glenn Hubbard has been the architect of policies that affect millions. Event planners invite Hubbard to speak at their events not only to offer their audiences shrewd economic commentary but also to ensure their program maintains the gravitas they've worked so hard to cultivate. Hubbard is that rare economic policy speaker who entertains as he delivers a complex message clearly and concisely - the same skills which have made him a familiar face on political and economic television news programs.
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort.” He has been named America’s most “public Jewish Defender,” -- “the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.” He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 – the youngest in the school’s history -- and became an Emeritus professor after 50 years of teaching and 10,000 students.
In his speeches he continues to challenge audiences with his thought-provoking perspectives on today’s foremost social, legal, and ethical issues.
An expert on today's professional woman, Moira Forbes, President and Publisher of ForbesWoman brings her savvy business perspective to the podium on a variety of issues relating to today's socioeconomic landscape and the effect women have on it.
Dr. Katz has been acclaimed by colleagues as the “poet laureate” of health promotion and praised by audiences around the world for his passionate work to help us live longer, healthier lives. A clinician, researcher, author, inventor, journalist, and media personality, Dr. Katz is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions; supported nominations for the position of U.S. Surgeon General; recognition by Greatist.com as one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness in the world; and inclusion by LinkedIN as one of the original 150 INfluencers.
Audiences who invite Joe Lockhart to speak know they are hearing from someone with real, executive experience at the highest levels. Joe Lockhart knows how to handle a crisis. He serves as NFL's EVP of Communications, and protects one of America's greatest brands with the most intense fan base. The business of football is a global behemoth, and the league has to communicate to a diverse set of stakeholders across many channels. Overseeing that brand-enhancing communication is what Lockhart does so well. Prior to the NFL, Lockhart served as as White House Press Secretary under President Bill Clinton and as Vice President of global communications for Facebook from where he managed corporate, policy & international communications.
Judith Jamison - American dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - is a legendary icon in the world of the performing arts. Ms. Jamison, who as a dancer with the troupe, became the most stellar of modern dance's female performers and was appointed Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in December 1989 at the request of her mentor, Alvin Ailey, who personally chose her to succeed him. Ms. Jamison has shared her talent and artistic oversight at one of the most respected dance companies in the world for more than 50 years. Audiences respond to her passionate and electric remarks, and carry with them the truth of their own potential.
MARGARET I. CUOMO
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. is a board certified radiologist, teaching professional, and national advocate for the prevention of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Some of her areas of expertise include: preventive medicine, public policy as it relates to health and wellness, toxic chemical reform, and the ways in which government, the medical community, the media, academia and more should partner in order to effect change in the "war on cancer."
Her book, A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New World and the Real Promise of Prevention, presents a provocative and surprising look into the ways that profit, personalities, and politics obstruct real progress in the war on cancer. This groundbreaking book, based on her own first-hand experience with cancer patients, has been described as “urgent and powerful,” “an eye-opening look at the way we fight cancer,” and a “call for bold leadership to transform our system from treatment to prevention.”
Kurt Andersen–a brilliant analyst and synthesizer of historical and cultural trends, bestselling novelist, groundbreaking media entrepreneur, and host of public radio’s Studio 360– takes a smart and refreshingly hopeful approach to the economic turmoil of the day and shows us how this is actually a moment of great opportunity to get ourselves and our nation back on track. Mr. Andersen explains how we’ve done it before and why we are about to do it again–and better than ever.
Michael Chertoff is a renowned security expert whose extensive experience includes serving as the second Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He founded the Data Equilibrium Project to explore data protectionism and the gap between privacy and national security. He is also co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management firm where he provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on issues from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery.
Called “the really indispensable Cheney” by columnist George Will, Lynne Cheney enlivens audiences and lights up TV screens while arguing for the need to teach America’s story fully and fairly. As chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and second lady, she brought this message to audiences across the country.
With a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Mrs. Cheney also speaks forcefully on the importance of nurturing a diversity of viewpoints on college campuses, as well as in the mainstream media. Through speeches and appearances on radio and television - including a stint as co-host on Crossfire Sunday - she has established her identity as an incisive commentator on culture and politics.
Peter Fuda is a global authority on leadership and business transformation who helps companies and individuals answer this question: How does a good manager become a great leader? He does more than rely on current buzz words such as 'change,' 'disruption' and 'innovation' and seeks cultural and meaningful transformation by focusing on goals, alignment, and ambition. Major companies around the world seek Peter's guidance as they set strategic goals and stake claim to them.
A prominent and award-winning economist, Tobias Moskowitz has been praised for his "ingenious and careful use of newly available data to address fundamental questions in finance.” He brings his innovative thinking to financial audiences around the world to share insights about market efficiency and strategy. Audiences enjoy his speeches, not only for his insights but also for the surprising connections he makes between markets. For example, he helps audiences apply the financial lessons learned from high stakes world of sports trading and betting to their businesses for unpredicted profit.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Award-winning, bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer engages audiences in thoughtful dialogue on his books, culture and society, how we define ourselves, and the choices we make in food, in love and in life.
Roland Fryer is a behavioral economist influencing policymaking on the most important issues of our day including race, fair police and justice, and education. Using data and economic rigor to understand the levers of our behavior, Fryer is an innovative social activist. His personal story "from the hood to Harvard" informs his insightful speeches and audiences are surprised to find that a speech about economics leaves them inspired and more aware of our social interconnectedness.
Nineteen-time Emmy-winner John Stossel is a highly respected journalist who has earned a reputation for asking hard-hitting questions—and offering the tough truth. Hailed by The Dallas Morning News as "the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time," he is the host of Stossel on Fox where he highlights 'current consumer issues with a Libertarian point of view.' He is best known for being the former co-anchor of 20/20. Stossel began his career as a business-bashing consumer reporter calling for government regulation. But when he saw regulation fail, he began reporting on the wonderful things that free markets create: prosperity, innovation, choice, and freedom.
VICTORIA REGGIE KENNEDY
Vicki Kennedy inspires and motivates audiences around the country to be active participants in the life of the country and in their own lives. Topics of particular interest are healthcare reform; patient advocacy; engagement in the political process; and empowerment of women and girls. With broad experience in public service, the practice of law and non-profit Board service, Victoria Reggie Kennedy is recognized as an authority on strategy, communications and governance. A highly sought after and dynamic public speaker, Mrs. Kennedy is able to frame critical issues into messages that resonate with and move audiences to action. Her strong business judgment, ability to grapple with complex issues, financial acumen and ability to create strategic missions are hallmarks of her career.
L. JON WERTHEIM
The executive editor and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, is one of the most accomplished sports journalists in America. In his presentations, Jon Wertheim offers innovative ideas that focus on a fusion of sports anecdotes and business trends to provide pioneering lessons for the business world. His book Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won — co-written with University of Chicago finance professor Tobias Moskowitz — uses economic principles to explain sports. It came out in January 2011 and was a New York Times best seller. His new book This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon will be published in February 2016.
A seasoned sports broadcaster, Mr. Wertheim is also available to host or emcee events.
Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as "one of America's most important novelists."
She is the award-winning fiction writer and internationally bestselling author of Great House and The History of Love.
In her custom-tailored programs, Ms. Krauss discusses what it means to create, live and write.
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.
She has consistently been recognized as one of the leading female power players in Washington. She was most recently featured in Elle magazine's feature "Setting the Agenda: How 43 Women are Changing the World for Women in 2015," as well as its list of "10 Most Powerful Women in DC." She has also been featured in Washington Life magazine's "Power 100" and Capitol File magazine's "6 D.C. Power Women on Challenges, Opportunities and Success."
Desiree Rogers is a bold visionary with the ability to develop creative solutions for organizations facing changing consumer tastes, industry dynamics, or disintermediation. As CEO of a traditional magazine publisher of two iconic African American brands, Jet and Ebony, Desiree Rogers is an expert at rebranding a mature organization into a fresh, digital player with deep connection to a modern consumer. Prior to Johnson Publishing, Ms. Rogers worked in the White House and as a consultant for many Fortune 500 companies.
Steve Roberts has been a journalist for almost 50 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 60s and 70s to President Reagan's historic trip to Moscow in 1988 and twelve presidential election campaigns.
A well-known commentator on many Washington-based TV shows, Roberts also appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and is a substitute host on NPR's Diane Rehm Show.
Bret Stephens is a U.S. foreign policy expert and highly-awarded columnist for "his incisive columns on American foreign policy and domestic politics, often enlivened by a contrarian twist." Audiences value Mr. Stephens' timely insights and also his "breath of fresh air" delivery.
Bret Stephens is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. He previously spent 16 years at the Wall Street Journal, most notably writing "Global View," the foreign-affairs column, for which he was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.
An expert on U.S. foreign policy around the globe and a top White House adviser on Middle Eastern issues, Elliott Abrams has served in major foreign policy positions for two Republican U.S. Presidents, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. He is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Gordis is widely cited on matters pertaining to Israel. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called him “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers,” while Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.” Leonard Fein has written that Gordis is “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.” The Forward has called him “one of the most respected Israel analysts around.”
Hadassah Lieberman charms audiences with stories from her extraordinary life, focusing on women’s health issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, and promoting international understanding. Ms. Lieberman successfully tailors her remarks to fundraising objectives that enable an organization to reach their goals.
For more than 30 years a top correspondent for CBS News on radio and television in London, Tel Aviv, Miami, and Washington, Dan Raviv is now the Washington correspondent for the global TV news channel i24. He is also a bestselling author. He is a veritable vault of exciting stories, wrapped in an enthusiastic and charming personality. His exciting, frank “you are there” style and incredible energy have thrilled lecture audiences from coast to coast. He has a unique ability to entertain and excite audiences, touching their hearts and minds with his own diverse experiences and a close-up view of America's challenges in the world.
Martin Indyk has been an active participant in the dramatic Middle East peace process and has played a leading role in building bridges to peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Ambassador Indyk's speeches are full of vivid details of high-level meetings in Washington and the Middle East. He provides an insider's account of the players and dynamics that shape the volatile region where the United States retains vital interests. Currently Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings, Ambassador Indyk worked with Secretary of State John Kerry as the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, the Jerusalem-based current affairs website that launched in February 2012. The Times of Israel, which provides independent coverage of Israel, the region and the Jewish world, is the fastest-growing news site in the Jewish world, and now also publishes in French, Chinese, Arabic and Persian.
Horovitz was previously editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post (2004-2011). Before that, he was editor and publisher of the award-winning news magazine The Jerusalem Report.
He has written from Israel for newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Irish Times and (London) Independent, and is a frequent interviewee on CNN, the BBC, Sky, Fox News, NPR and other TV and radio stations.
Horovitz lectures widely in Israel, the United States and Europe on Israeli current affairs, regularly giving the introductory briefing on Israel to Congressional delegations brought to Israel under the aegis of AIPAC.
Having served in numerous positions of international influence, Daniel Kurtzer is a uniquely qualified speaker with a distinct perspective on the geopolitical realties and culture of one of the world's most troubled regions. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service (including U.S. Ambassador to Israel and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt) he was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. He was recently appointed State Department Foreign Affairs Policy Board by Secretary of State John Kerry.
He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East; co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011; and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With staff in more than 23 cities across 7 countries, he knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in these rapidly-changing times.
Peter has advised leaders from companies as diverse as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. He is the author of seven books, including Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and his latest release, Matter. Peter has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to over 500,000 people in 20 different countries, and he has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association, and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.
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 brands 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 Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and he 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.
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. He currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Yext and leads all global brand, enterprise, and partner marketing initiatives. 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. The book was also ranked among the “Top 25 Social Media Books for Academia” from the Social Content Marketing Blog
Dr. Williamson is a Vice President of Strategy and Research for Karrikins Group, where she has worked with some of the world's largest companies, helping them set and execute on strategy and transformation. She is a leading voice in how organizations link together communication, design, strategy, sales, marketing and service to deliver sustainable growth. She uses both traditional and forward looking resources in her strategy and transformation work, leveraging design thinking to help client arrive at solutions that are informed by data and inspired by creativity.
Her work with Peter Sheahan on the recently released book MATTER: Create more value, move beyond the competition, and become the obvious choice highlights Julie’s commitment to working with clients to find and deliver on opportunities for growth and development.
Julie is an educator and a professional, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on organizational strategy, behavior, and change, and helping students connect the theoretical concepts to real-world applications. Her work with knowledge management and leadership development has been put to the test with Fortune 100 companies and stands well outside of the classroom.
If you drank a cup of coffee, brushed your teeth or shaved this morning, your life has already been impacted by Michelle Stacy’s leadership.
For the last 35 years, Michelle Stacy has built a career that has culminated in leadership positions at Gillette, P&G, and most recently as President of Keurig. These companies have all benefited from her ability to develop and articulate a clear vision and strategy, build brands, and identify avenues for growth.
Michelle’s key to managing and driving exceptional growth has been her ability to create a positive and focused culture that generates high employee engagement, as well as talent for creating company-wide commitment to lead with a higher purpose.
As CEO of the successful brand management firm, TURKEL, Bruce Turkel has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years. Bruce has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks and Bacardi, to name just a few.
A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, and AdWeek and appears regularly on FOX Business. He's also been a featured expert on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR.
Bruce’s latest book, All About Them: Grow Your Business by Focusing on Others, is a must-read says the Huffington Post and was ranked #1 in Amazon's New Releases in Customer Service. In it, Bruce shares how to grow profits and strengthen your business by implementing powerful influencing techniques to relentlessly focus an organization’s brand on their customers, instead of themselves.
Ben Rhodes was the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speech writing, overseeing President Obama’s national security communications, speech writing, and global engagement. Previously, he served as deputy director of White House speech writing and as a senior speech writer for the Obama campaign. Prior to joining Obama for America, he worked as special assistant to Lee Hamilton at the Wilson Center, where he helped draft the Iraq Study Group Report and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. He is the co-author, with Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission.