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Bill Clinton | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Founder, Clinton Foundation; 42nd President of the United States

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. More >

Hillary Clinton | HWA Exclusive Speaker

67th Secretary of State of the United States, 2009 -2013; United States Senator (NY), 2001-2009; First Lady of the United States, 1993-2001

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. More >

Shimon Peres | HWA Exclusive Speaker

President of Israel (2007-2014) ; Former Prime Minister of Israel

Former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres is a true world statesman and one of only a small handful of people who have ever been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Peace Prize. In addition to ... More >

Alex Ferguson | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Manager, Manchester United football club (1986–2013); Record-Breaking Coach Lauded as the Most Successful Manager in the History of Professional Sport; Long-Term Leadership in a Highly Competitive Global Environment

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, ... More >

Tim Berners-Lee | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Inventor of the World Wide Web; One of TIME Magazine's "Top 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century"; Founder, World Wide Web Consortium

One of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” Tim Berners-Lee is the ultimate innovator who created the most powerful communication medium in the world—the World Wide Web. His visionary work has transformed ... More >

Kofi Annan | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation; Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2001; Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1997-2006; Chair of The Elders and of the Africa Progress Panel

As the world’s most prominent diplomat, Kofi Annan continues to be a powerful voice on issues of sustainable development, peace and security, and human rights and the rule of law. A skilled leader during a difficult era, whether as Secretary-General ... More >

Itzhak Perlman | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Renowned Violinist; Inspirational Speaker on the Power of Passion

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 ... More >

David J. Stern | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Commissioner Emeritus, the National Basketball Association; Longest Tenured Commissioner in Sports History (1984-2014)

David J. Stern is the former commissioner of the NBA. Over his three-decade tenure, he built the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing and digital technology. In its Jan. 20, 2014 cover story, Bloomberg ... More >

Ehud Barak | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Minister of Defense of Israel (2007-2012); Prime Minister of Israel (1999-2001); Most Decorated Soldier in Israel's History; Member, Board of Directors, CIFC Asset Management

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 ... More >

Julia Gillard | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013)

Julia Gillard is the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, making her the first ever woman to serve as Australia's Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. In 2013, Forbes magazine declared her 28th on its list of the "World's Most Powerful Women," ... More >

Al Gore | HWA Exclusive Speaker

45th Vice President of the United States; Nobel Peace Laureate; Board of Directors, Apple; Chairman, Generation Investment Management; Chairman, The Climate Reality Project ; Bestselling Author

A political, business, and environmental visionary recognized around the world as one of humanity’s leading minds, Vice President Al Gore offers a unique perspective on national and international affairs. Referred by Time magazine as “a businessman ... More >

Dick Cheney | HWA Exclusive Speaker

46th Vice President of the United States; Secretary of Defense; Congressman, House Leadership; White House Chief of Staff; Former Chairman and CEO of Halliburton

For over 40 years, Dick Cheney 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 ... More >

Lawrence Summers | HWA Exclusive Speaker

President Emeritus and the Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University; Director, White House National Economic Council, 2009-2010 ; President, Harvard University, 2001-2006 ; Secretary of the Treasury, 1999-2001 ; Chief Economist of the World Bank, 1991-1993

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 ... More >

Steve Forbes | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media; Bestselling Author

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 ... More >

Laura Tyson | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Member of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (2011-2013); Member of Secretary John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board (2011-2013); Member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011); National Economic Advisor to President Clinton (1995-1996) ; First Female Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (1993-1995) ; First Female Dean, London Business School (2002-2006); Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Former Chairwoman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, a dean at two top-ranked business schools and a board member of four multinational companies, Dr. Laura D'Andrea Tyson continues to be a key voice in the most dynamic and critical debates ... More >

Felipe Calderon | HWA Exclusive Speaker

President of Mexico (2006-2012)

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. ... More >

Antonio Villaraigosa | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013)

Los Angeles’ larger-than-life Mayor from 2005 – 2013, Antonio Villaraigosa created a grand vision for his city and delivered, creating America’s “greenest big city,” attracting significant investment in public transit, dramatically ... More >

Gerhard Schröder | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chancellor of Germany (1998-2005)

As Germany influences the future of both the European Union and the Euro, there is no leader better positioned than Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to speak on the central issues affecting the EU and the global economy. He remains vastly popular ... More >

Jimmy Wales | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Founder, Wikipedia; U.S. Internet Entrepreneur and Wiki Pioneer; One of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”; Wikipedia is the 5th Most Popular Website in the World

Today Wikipedia is the 5th Most Popular Website in the WORLD, and Leading Technology Futurist and Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales is one of the most sought after visionaries in business and technology. Named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential ... More >

Jim Messina | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Premiere Democratic Strategist; 2012 Campaign Manager for President Obama; White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (2009-2011); National Chair, Organizing for Action; President and CEO, The Messina Group

As the campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, Jim Messina revolutionized the way that political campaigns reach voters, transforming how politics, technology and innovation influence each other. Messina spearheaded what Politico ... More >

Edward Norton | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Award-Winning Actor, Screenwriter, Director and Producer ; Visionary Entrepreneur ; Philanthropist and Activist; Founding Partner, CrowdRise

Edward Norton is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is a visionary entrepreneur, as well as committed social and environmental activist. Norton was a founding partner of CrowdRise, a web-based technology platform that changes ... More >

Olympia Snowe | HWA Exclusive Speaker

U.S. Senator from Maine (1995-2013); Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives (1979-1995)

Olympia Snowe’s dedicated work for over three decades has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. The Washington Post summed up Senator Snowe's powerful legacy as a politician "with several historic distinctions ... More >

Bill Daley | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chief of Staff to President Obama, 2011-2012; Vice Chair, Chairman of the Midwest Region, and head of the Office of Corporate Responsibility for JP Morgan Chase, 2004-2011; Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, 1997-2000

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. Well-known ... More >

Joe Lieberman | HWA Exclusive Speaker

United States Senator from Connecticut (1988-2012)

A thoughtful legislator. A principled man. An effective leader. This is the reputation that Joe Lieberman has earned himself after four terms as the representative of Connecticut in the United States Senate. Perhaps best known as the Democratic candidate ... More >

Kay Bailey Hutchison | HWA Exclusive Speaker

U.S. Senator from Texas (1993-2012); Member, Bank of America’s Global Advisory Council; Member, Campaign to Fix the Debt Congressional Fiscal Leadership Council; Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ; Contributor, CNBC TV Network

The first—and only—woman elected to represent Texas in the United States Senate, Kay Bailey Hutchison has been a passionate and commanding force in American politics. Once ranked the 28th most conservative Senate member by ... More >

George Papandreou | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011); Foreign Minister of Greece (1999-2004); Member of Greek Parliament (1981-Present); President of Socialist International (2006-Present)

As Prime Minister of Greece from October 2009 to November 2011, George Papandreou has been at the forefront of the global financial crisis. Named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in 2010 for “making ... More >

Philipp Hildebrand | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Vice Chairman, BlackRock Inc. ; Chairman, Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (2010– 2012); Financial Stability Board (FSB) (2007-2012), Named Vice-Chairman in 2011; Former Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); Member, Group of Thirty; Former Partner, Moore Capital Management; Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford

Not only is Philipp Hildebrand "a thinker and strategist," according to the Financial Times, "many economists and policymakers argue that his bold moves and non-bureaucratic mindset are just what is needed amid the economic turmoil." Philipp ... More >

Rick Santorum | HWA Co-Exclusive Speaker

2012 Republican Presidential Candidate; United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1995-2007)

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 presidential campaign as a dark-horse candidate, ... More >

Shaquille O'Neal | HWA Exclusive Speaker

15-Time NBA All Star Player; Media Personality, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name–Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors. The four-time ... More >

Bono | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Lead Singer of U2; Co-Founder of DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) and the ONE Campaign

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. In 2002, Bono co-founded DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) to raise public ... More >

John Lipsky | HWA Exclusive Speaker

First Deputy Managing Director, IMF 2006-2011 ; Co-Director, Aspen Institute’s Program on the Global Economy ; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Advisory Board Member, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) ; Former Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Investment Bank; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

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 ... More >

Steven Levitt | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Bestselling Author, Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and Think Like A Freak; Co-star, Freakonomics Documentary ; Freakonomics Spent 8 Years on The New York Times Bestseller List; Co-Founder, Spin For Good; William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Co-Author of the Phenomenal Bestselling Business Books Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, and Think Like A Freak, and winner of the highly esteemed John Bates Clark Medal as the most influential economist in America under the age of 40, ... More >

Stephen Dubner | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Bestselling Author, Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and Think Like A Freak; Freakonomics Spent 8 Years on The New York Times Bestseller List ; Host of Freakonomics Radio; Co-star, Freakonomics Documentary

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He is best-known as co-author of the books Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, and Think Like a Freak. They have sold more than 7 million copies in more than 40 countries. ... More >

Kevin Warsh | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Member of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (2006-2011); Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and Executive Secretary of the National Economic Council (2002 to 2006); Vice President and Executive Director of Mergers & Acquisitions, Morgan Stanley & Co. (1995-2002) ; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution

Kevin Warsh played a significant role in stabilizing the economy during the financial crisis. His authoritative and enlightening presentations on both domestic and international economic issues are helping audiences and corporations understand how ... More >

Michael Eisner | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Iconic Business Leader, Entertainment Innovator, and Entrepreneur; Chairman & CEO, The Walt Disney Company (1984-2005); Founder & CEO, The Tornante Company

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 ... More >

Victoria Reggie Kennedy | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate ; Trustee, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Distinguished Professor and Mentor, University of Massachusetts; Advocate for Historic Healthcare Legislation

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 ... More >

Barbara Walters | HWA Exclusive Speaker

ABC News correspondent; Host of The Barbara Walters Specials ; Creator, Co-host and Executive Producer of ABC Daytime’s The View

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 ... More >

Jay Walker | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Curator of TEDMED; Entrepreneur and Technology Pioneer; President, Walker Digital; Founder, Priceline.com; Founder, Patent Properties

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 ... More >

Gloria Steinem | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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. More >

Wolf Blitzer | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Lead political anchor for CNN and anchor, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer ; Former Senior White House correspondent for CNN; Emmy Award-Winning Journalist

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. More >

Andrew Young | HWA Exclusive Speaker

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1977-1979); United States Congressman (1973-1977); Mayor of Atlanta (1982-1990); Chairman of the Andrew Young Foundation

Ambassador, Congressman, Mayor, humanitarian, ordained minister, international businessman, and sports enthusiast, Andrew Young has been serving and shaping our country for almost 50 years. More >

Fred Thompson | HWA Exclusive Speaker

United States Senator from Tennessee, 1994-2002; Host, Fred Thompson's America (syndicated radio show)

Fred Thompson is one of the most respected and visible figures speaking out on the important challenges facing America today. Senator Thompson’s uniquely American life has been marked not only by recognizing opportunity when it arose, but by answering ... More >

Martin Sheen | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Award-Winning Actor; Social Activist & Humanitarian; Front Line Special Envoy (An International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders)

Endeared to audiences nation-wide for his seven-year run as President Bartlet on NBC’s award-winning series The West Wing, Martin Sheen uses his dynamic presence and celebrity status to lend an inspired voice to political and humanitarian causes ... More >

Her Majesty Queen Noor | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Founder & Chair, King Hussein Foundation; Founding Member, Global Zero (international initiative working towards the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide)

Her Majesty Queen Noor is an international humanitarian, activist and an outspoken voice on issues of global peace-building, nuclear non-proliferation, women's empowerment, and cross-cultural understanding. She is actively involved in a number of international ... More >

Karl Rove | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Iconic Political Strategist; Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush; Bestselling Author, Courage and Consequence ; Fox News Contributor & WSJ Columnist

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

Bill Frist | HWA Exclusive Speaker

18th Majority Leader, U.S. Senate (2003-2007); U.S. Senator from Tennessee (1995-2007); Heart-Lung Transplant Surgeon; Founder, Vanderbilt Multiorgan Transplant Center

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, ... More >

Elliott Abrams | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy, 2005-2009 ; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs, 2002–2005 ; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations, 2001–2002

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 ... More >

Naif Al-Mutawa | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Creator & Co-Writer, THE 99

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is a Kuwaiti clinical psychologist and creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Recently, Forbes named THE 99 as one ... More >

Kurt Andersen | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Visionary and Media Entrepreneur ; Host, public radio’s Studio 360; Bestselling Author

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 ... More >

John Ashcroft | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Attorney General of the United States, 2001-2005; United States Senator, 1995-2001; Governor of Missouri, 1985-1993

As Attorney General during one of the most turbulent times in American history, John Ashcroft is a uniquely positioned expert on leadership, and other issues currently facing the nation. More >

Toby Moskowitz & Jon Wertheim Authors of Scorecasting | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Co-Authors, Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won (ultimately these are pioneering lessons for the business world & life)

How can understanding strategies and myths from the multi-billion dollar sports world help your business? This question is answered by Tobias Moskowitz , an award-winning economist with a passion for sports, and L. Jon Wertheim, a leading sports journalist ... More >

Authors of Freakonomics | HWA Exclusive Speaker

International Bestselling Authors of Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and Think Like A Freak; Freakonomics Spent 8 Years on The New York Times Bestseller List; Co-stars, Freakonomics Documentary

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 ... More >

Charlene Barshefsky | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Former U.S. Trade Representative 1996-2001; Board Member, America-China Society; Board of Directors, American Express Company; The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.; Intel Corporation; and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; and the Council on Foreign Relations; Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Known globally as the architect and negotiator of China’s WTO agreement, Ambassador Barshefsky is one of the world’s experts on China. With two decades of experience, she offers highly expert, in-depth knowledge about conducting business ... More >

Ingrid Betancourt | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Global Human Rights Advocate ; Nominee, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

Held as a hostage in the jungle for more than six years, Ingrid Betancourt is a global symbol of freedom and human resistance in the face of the toughest of adversities. Ms. Betancourt now works to draw attention to the plight of hostages and victims ... More >

Boutros Boutros-Ghali | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1992-1997; Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1977-1991

Utilizing the power of the United Nations to promote and maintain peace across the globe, Boutros Boutros-Ghali has had a long association with international affairs as a diplomat, jurist, scholar and widely published author. More >

Carol Browner | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy (2009 to 2011); Former Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group

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 ... More >

Liz Cheney | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; Founder and Chairman, KeepAmericaSafe.com

Liz Cheney is a highly sought-after political commentator whose experiences in the government, private sector and American politics over the last 20 years have given her a unique insight into a wide range of critical issues facing the United States today. ... More >

Lynne Cheney | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Bestselling Author; Former Co-host CNN’s Crossfire Sunday; 6th Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities

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 ... More >

Mary Cheney | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Accomplished Corporate and Political Advisor; Managing Partner, Yellowstone Associates; Director of Vice Presidential Operations for Bush-Cheney 2004

A key advisor on two presidential campaigns with tenures at AOL and Coors, Mary Cheney draws on more than 15 years of political, corporate, public affairs, and strategic communications experience to offer a unique and compelling perspective ... More >

Michael Chertoff | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Secretary of Homeland Security, 2005-2009; Chairman and Co-Founder of The Chertoff Group, a Global Security Firm

Leader and statesman, Michael Chertoff’s greatest successes have earned few headlines – because the important news is what didn’t happen. Serving as 2nd Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff oversaw the federal ... More >

Nicholas Christakis | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Co-Author of the Bestselling Book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives ; Physician and Social Scientist expert in Healthcare and in Social Networks; Director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University; Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science

Nicholas A. Christakis is a social scientist and physician who conducts research in the areas of biosocial science, network science, and behavior genetics. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute ... More >

Torie Clarke | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, SAP; Senior Advisor for Comcast Corporation, 2004-2013; Former Pentagon Spokesperson; ABC Commentator; Contributor to the Tony Kornheiser Show on WTEM Radio

A Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at the multinational software corporation SAP and on-air commentator for ABC, Torie Clarke has advised some of the world’s top executives. Best known to the public as the chief spokesperson for ... More >

Kenneth Cole | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc; Chairman, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS

Kenneth Cole has built a 150 store-strong retail empire, uniting his fashion instincts and business acumen with his philanthropic convictions. Mr. Cole’s influence reaches far beyond the world of fashion – he has been a dynamic advocate for ... More >

Margaret I. Cuomo | HWA Exclusive Speaker

National Advocate for the Prevention of Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes; Board-certified Radiologist; Author of A World WIthout Cancer

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. is a board certified radiologist, teaching professional, and national advocate for the prevention of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Her book, A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New World and the Real Promise of Prevention, ... More >

Mario Cuomo | HWA Exclusive Speaker

52nd Governor of New York State

Known as an intellectual, passionate, and challenging voice for democracy, social responsibility, and diversity, Governor Mario Cuomo reminds us of our collective American legacy. More >

Ann Curry | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist ; National and International Correspondent for NBC News; Anchor at Large, NBC News’ TODAY

NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and TODAY Anchor at Large, esteemed journalist Ann Curry is one of the most visible and personable female broadcasters in America. Her belief in the power of knowledge and the importance of ... More >

Richard M. Daley | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chairman of JP Morgan/Brookings Institution Global Cities Initiative ; Director, The Coca Cola Company ; Mayor of Chicago, 1989-2011 ; “Widely Viewed as the Nation’s Top Urban Executive” - TIME; Of Counsel to the International law firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman

As one of the world’s most celebrated mayors, Richard M. Daley has found ways to spread his message of global commerce through urban innovation since leaving his Chicago post. Named Senior Advisor to JP Morgan Chase and Chairman of the Global Cities ... More >

Howard Dean | HWA Exclusive Speaker

MSNBC Contributor ; Founder, Democracy for America ; Chairman, Democratic National Committee (2005-2009); Architect of the “50-State Strategy”; 2004 Candidate for the Democratic Nomination for President ; Governor of Vermont (1991-2003)

Dean’s groundbreaking campaign for the U.S. Presidency and subsequent four years as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider's view and a reformer's commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and ... More >

Alan Dershowitz | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Renowned Defense Attorney; Bestselling Author

Professor Alan Dershowitz 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,” ... More >

William Donaldson | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Member of President Obama's Economic Advisory Panel ; 27th Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Former U.S. Undersecretary of State; Chairman of Donaldson Enterprises; Board of Directors, The Volcker Alliance; Former Chairman, President and CEO, Aetna; Former Chairman and CEO, New York Stock Exchange; Founding Dean, Professor of Management, Yale University School of Management

William H. Donaldson has spent more than 40 years at the highest levels of business, government and academia. With his experience as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is perhaps the most important rule-making authority for U.S. ... More >

Elizabeth Duke | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Governor of the Federal Reserve (2008-2013)

Every measured word uttered at the Federal Reserve moves markets, so when a member's term ends and they become private citizens again, everyone wants to hear what he or she has to say. Elizabeth Duke was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal ... More >

Cate Edwards | HWA Exclusive Speaker

President, Elizabeth Edwards Foundation; New York Times Bestselling Author, Home

Cate Edwards is the daughter of Elizabeth and John Edwards and proudly and passionately serves as the President of the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation. In 2011, Cate launched the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation. The nonprofit foundation honors the memory ... More >

Mohamed ElBaradei | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Former Vice President of Egypt; Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 1997-2009; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

For the past two decades, Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has played a key role in the most high-stakes conflicts of our time. Unique in maintaining credibility in the Arab world and the West alike, Dr. ElBaradei has emerged as a singularly independent, ... More >

Mohamed El-Erian | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council; Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz; CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO (2007-2014)

Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council. Between December 2007 and March 2014, he was chief executive and co-chief investment officer of PIMCO, the global investment ... More >

Marlin Fitzwater | HWA Exclusive Speaker

The Only Press Secretary in United States History to be Appointed by Two Presidents (President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush), 1987-1992

Few are better qualified to comment on the Presidency than the legendary Marlin Fitzwater, who stood next to two Presidents (Reagan and Bush Sr.) during cold war summits, economic downturns, and eight military conflicts. He gave over 850 press briefings ... More >

Moira Forbes | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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. More >

James Fowler | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Co-Author of the Bestselling Book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives ; One of Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers"; Professor in the School of Medicine and the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California; Harvard PhD and Expert on Social Networks, Behavioral Economics and Genopolitics; Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

Dr. Fowler's work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences, with a focus on social networks, behavior, evolution,politics, genetics, and big data. His book,Connected: How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel ... More >

Marta Fox | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Wife of Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico; President, Vamos México Foundation; Chairwoman and President, Vision Mexico

A powerful voice on women’s issues and shared social responsibility, Marta Sahagún de Fox played an active role in Mexico’s democratization, and offers audiences unique insight into the challenges facing Latin America. She has also dedicated her life ... More >

Vicente Fox | HWA Exclusive Speaker

President of Mexico (2000-2006)

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 ... More >

Roland Fryer | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Founder and Director, Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University; Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; Sloan Research Fellow; Collaborator on the Bestselling Book Freakonomics

Award-winning Harvard economist, education activist and collaborator on the bestselling book Freakonomics, Roland Fryer is a superstar. He has concrete solutions for fixing failing schools in America, and is on a mission to make a difference. Named a ... More >

Peter Fuda | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Global Authority on Leadership & Business Transformation; Founder & Principal, The Alignment Partnership; Bestselling Author, Leadership Transformed

Peter is regarded as a global authority on leadership and business transformation, and is considered an indispensable source of competitive advantage by CEOs around the world. Peter has completed countless speaking engagements to tens of thousands of ... More >

Michael Gerson | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Assistant to President George W. Bush for Policy & Strategic Planning (2005-2006); Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor (2002-2005); Washington Post Op-Ed Columnist; Former Senior Fellow, U.S. Council on Foreign Relations; Senior Advisor, ONE

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in nearly 100 other newspapers. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a ... More >

Wael Ghonim | HWA Exclusive Speaker

One of the Inspiring Voices of the Arab Spring - Moving Millions Toward Freedom ; Head of Marketing of Google Middle East & North Africa (1998-2011)

Wael Ghonim is an extraordinary individual, an activist who has been dramatically transforming one of the most influential countries in the Arab region. Ghonim is redesigning Egypt’s place in the world—and the world’s relationship to ... More >

Robert Gibbs | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Longtime Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama ; Contributor to MSNBC and NBC News; Senior Advisor, President Obama's 2012 Reelection Campaign; White House Press Secretary, 2009-2011 ; Co-Founder, The Incite Agency

A top advisor to President Obama for nearly a decade and senior advisor for his 2012 reelection campaign, Robert Gibbs offers audiences a unique perspective on the top political issues affecting our country. Gibbs provides robust insights into ... More >

Dan Gillerman | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations (2003-2008)

Dan Gillerman was appointed Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations in 2003, the first time that Israel nominated someone from the private sector to this post. Armed with eloquent English and an understanding of the media rules of the game, Ambassador ... More >

John Glenn | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Astronaut; U.S. Senator from Ohio (1974-1999)

John Glenn draws upon his extraordinary life experiences – as an astronaut, corporate executive and Senator – to illuminate audiences with the values, leadership and bravery that our age craves. More >

Jane Goodall | HWA Exclusive Speaker

World-Renowned Conservationist; Founder, Jane Goodall Institute; United Nations Messenger of Peace

In the more than 50 years since she began studying chimpanzees in Africa, Dr. Jane Goodall established her identity as a tireless advocate for environmental stewardship. More >

Daniel Gordis | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Senior Vice President, Shalem Center; Koret Distinguished Fellow, Shalem Center in Jerusalem; National Jewish Book Award Winning Author ; Founding Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism

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 ... More >

Tipper Gore | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Influential Activist; Mental Health Policy Advisor to President Clinton; Founder of Tennessee Voices for Children; Co-Founder and Chair of Families for the Homeless

Once named one of the "Ten Most Admired Women in the World," Tipper Gore has dedicated her life to public service. She is a hands-on advocate for issues related to mental health, homelessness, and community values. More >

R. Glenn Hubbard | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School; Chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors (2001-2003); Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (1991-1993); Co-Chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; Serves on the Board of Directors of ADP, BlackRock, KKR Financial Corporation, and MetLife

An economic advisor to Presidents, a well-respected Dean and Professor, R. Glenn Hubbard has been the architect of policies that affect millions.  In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Glenn is the author ... More >

Karen Hughes | HWA Exclusive Speaker

One of the World’s Foremost Communication Strategists; Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller; Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2005-2007); Counselor to President George W. Bush (2001-2002)

Ambassador Karen Hughes serves as Burson-Marsteller’s Worldwide Vice Chair.  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 ... More >

Martin Indyk | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

Martin Indyk contiues to be an active participant in the dramatic Middle East Peace Process that grabbed the world’s attention. He has continued to play a leading role in building bridges to peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Ambassador ... More >

Judith Jamison | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; 50th Hall of Fame Inductee at the National Dance Museum

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, from 1965 to 1980, became the most ... More >

Mae Jemison | HWA Exclusive Speaker

First African American Woman in Space; Currently Leading 100 Year Starship (An initiative to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years); Founder and President of Two Medical Technology Companies

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 made history! She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist ... More >

John Kao | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chairman, Institute for Large Scale Innovation; Past Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Advisory Council on Innovation ; CEO and Founder, EdgeMakers, Inc.; Bestselling Author, Innovation Nation and Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity; Innovation Advisor to Public and Private Sector Leaders Worldwide

John Kao has made a career out of helping organizations go from “getting” the importance of innovation to “getting innovation done.” Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” by The Economist, John is Chairman of the Institute ... More >

David Katz | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Director and Co-Founder, Yale Prevention Research Center ; ABC News Medical Consultant; Director & Founder, Integrative Medicine Center, Derby, Connecticut; Founder and President, Turn the Tide Foundation ; Principal Inventor of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI) used in the NuVal Nutritional Guidance System

A clinician, researcher, author, inventor, journalist, and media personality, Dr. Katz is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including an honorary doctoral degree and widely supported nominations for the position of U.S. Surgeon General.  ... More >

Zalmay Khalilzad | HWA Exclusive Speaker

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2007-2009) ; Ambassador to Iraq (2005-2007); Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-2005)

Praised for his inclusive tactics, convivial style, and result oriented approach, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s record in the most turbulent areas of U.S. foreign policy has earned him broad respect throughout the world. Serving as the 26th United ... More >

Martin Luther King, III | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Civil Rights Activist; Global Humanitarian; Political Leader

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 ... More >

Henry Kissinger | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Secretary of State (1973-1977); Nobel Peace Laureate

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 ... More >

Nicole Krauss | HWA Exclusive Speaker

International Bestselling Author, Great House and The History of Love

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 ... More >

Daniel Kurtzer | HWA Exclusive Speaker

United States Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005); United States Ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001); Professor of Middle East Policy, Princeton University

Having served in numerous positions of international influence, Ambassador 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. He is the S. ... More >

Hadassah Lieberman | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Health Care Professional; Daughter of Holocaust Survivors

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 ... More >

Joe Lockhart | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Founding Partner and Managing Director of The Glover Park Group

Joe Lockhart is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of The Glover Park Group and provides clients valuable insight in media relations and political strategy. He is a former chief spokesman and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton (from 1998-2000). ... More >

David Makovsky | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Senior Adviser to the US Secretary of State for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations (2013-2014); Senior Fellow and Director, The Washington Institute's Project on Arab-Israel Peace (2000-2013, Present); Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies, Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University (2000-2013, Present)

David Makovsky’s expert insights and accessible and exceptionally engaging style on the past, present and future of U.S. policy to the Middle East and Arab-Israeli peace process shed light on future challenges and opportunities. He has a wide array ... More >

Capricia Marshall | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chief of Protocol of the United States (2009-2013); Youngest White House Social Secretary in Modern Time (1997-2001); Special Assistant to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton (1993-1997)

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 ... More >

Tobias Moskowitz | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Sought-After Economist on Diverse Financial Topics; Fama Family Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Editor, Review of Financial Studies; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; Co-Author of the New York Times BestsellerScorecasting

A prominent figure in economics, who won the 2007 Fischer Black Prize, which honors the top finance scholar in the world under the age of forty, Tobias Moskowitz is one of today’s highly sought-after economic thought leaders. He has been praised ... More >

Bill O'Reilly | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Host of Top-Rated The O’Reilly Factor; Bestselling Author and Syndicated News Columnist

A journalist for more than 30 years, Bill O'Reilly is known for hard hitting, uncompromising No Spin reporting and analysis. More >

Peter R. Orszag | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Member of President Obama’s Cabinet and Director, Office of Management and Budget, 2009-2010; Director, Congressional Budget Office, 2007-2008; Vice Chairman of Corporate & Investment Banking and Chairman of the Financial Strategy and Solutions at Citigroup, Present; Bloomberg View Columnist, Present

Peter R. Orszag has been at the center of some of Washington's most consequential and contentious issues: He was head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for two years while George W. Bush was President before joining the incoming Obama administration. ... More >

David Paterson | HWA Exclusive Speaker

New York's 55th Governor

David A. Paterson became New York's 55th Governor on March 17, 2008, the state’s first black governor and only the second legally-blind governor in the nation’s history. Throughout his career, Governor Paterson has demanded and achieved change, ... More >

Jane Pauley | HWA Exclusive Speaker

One of Broadcasting's Most Respected and Award-Winning Journalists ; CBS Sunday Morning, Contributor; Bestselling Author, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue and Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life

A respected broadcast journalist for over 30 years, Jane Pauley’s career has spanned morning, primetime and daytime television making her one of the most recognizable personalities in America.   A familiar face on morning, daytime and ... More >

Richard Phillips | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Real Life Inspiration for the Movie Captain Phillips, Starring Tom Hanks; Captain of the Maersk Alabama, Hijacked by Somali Pirates; Author, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship ... More >

Joe Plumeri | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings (2000-2012); CEO, Citibank North America (1999–2000); Chairman and CEO, Travelers Primerica Financial Services (1995-1999); President and Managing Partner, Shearson Lehman Brothers (1990-1993)

Perseverance. Good old-fashioned hard work. And the refusal to quit. These are the qualities that have defined Joe Plumeri's work--and his life. An exemplary leader, Joe Plumeri is Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of Willis Group Holdings, ... More >

Mary Lou Quinlan | HWA Exclusive Speaker

CEO/Founder Just Ask a Woman/Mary Lou Quinlan & Co; Named the “Oprah of Madison Avenue” by The Wall Street Journal; Bestselling Author

Mary Lou Quinlan and Just Ask a Woman have built a reputation as the most innovative, insightful way to understand female consumers. Now Mary Lou Quinlan & Co offers an expanded suite of Just Ask a Woman brand consulting services that enable brands ... More >

Dan Raviv | HWA Exclusive Speaker

National Correspondent for CBS Radio; Former Foreign Correspondent for CBS News

Dan Raviv 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. More >

Della Reese | HWA Exclusive Speaker

World Famous Singer, Actress, and Television Star; Spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association; Ordained Minister

Della Reese is a name synonymous with entertainment par excellence. Known for her unique singing style and her starring roles on some of the most successful television programs of the last thirty years, Ms. Reese always delivers an engaging and inspirational ... More >

Cokie Roberts | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Political Commentator, ABC News and NPR; Former Co-Anchor, This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts

Leading political pundit Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR, and is one of the most esteemed and brilliant broadcast journalists of our time. More >

Cokie & Steve Roberts | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Award-Winning Journalists; Co-Authors of From This Day Forward and Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families

For Steve and Cokie Roberts, almost 40 years of marriage have been based on their commonalities rather than their differences. With wit and affection, they reflect on the lessons they’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, about communication, equality, ... More >

Steven Roberts | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

A well-known commentator and journalist for over 40 years, Steve Roberts has covered some of the major events of our time. More >

Desiree Rogers | HWA Exclusive Speaker

CEO, Johnson Publishing Company, LLC; White House Special Assistant to President Obama, 2009-2010; White House Social Secretary, 2009-2010

Desiree Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC has earned a reputation as one of America’s most successful businesswomen. With a Harvard Business School degree and stellar business experience, Rogers has redefined every ... More >

Al Roker | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Weatherman and Host of NBC’s Today Show; Bestselling Author; Multimedia Entrepreneur

Al Roker brings to the podium the same charisma and sense of humor that have propelled him to number one in Americans' hearts. Whether emceeing events or delivering a closing keynote, his ability to improvise and sling out his legendary one-liners are ... More >

Roxana Saberi | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Iranian-American Journalist Falsely Accused and Imprisoned in Iran; Author, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran; Co-writer of the film No One Knows About Persian Cats

A political prisoner caught in the middle of a dramatic political struggle between Iran and the U.S., Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi captured the attention of the world when reports surfaced of her imprisonment in Iran. Abducted by four men ... More >

Jonathan Safran Foer | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Bestselling Author of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals

Award-winning, bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer combines the very best in literary virtuosity and vision with a personality and performance that will provoke laughter and thoughtful dialogue. More >

Jonathan Sarna | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University ; Chief Historian, National Museum of American Jewish History

Dr. Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, as well as Chief Historian of the new National Museum of American ... More >

Ari Shavit | HWA Exclusive Speaker

New York Times Bestselling Author, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel; Leading Israeli Columnist and Writer

Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. With the recent publication of his internationally acclaimed book My Promised Land, he has become one of the most talked about and influential authors of 2014. While My Promised Land became a New ... More >

Bret Stephens | HWA Exclusive Speaker

2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Distinguished Commentary; Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Wall Street Journal; Principal Columnist on Foreign Affairs ; Regular panelist on Fox News’ Journal Editorial Report

Bret Stephens was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary for "his incisive columns on American foreign policy and domestic politics, often enlivened by a contrarian twist." Mr. Stephens is the deputy editorial page editor ... More >

Joseph Telushkin | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Award-winning Author; Widely Acclaimed Authority on Judaism and Ethics

Joseph Telushkin, named by Talk Magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, is one of America’s leading ethicists. His book, Words that Hurt, Words that Heal, inspired Senators Joseph Lieberman’s and Connie Mack’s ... More >

Jeri Thompson | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Columnist, The American Spectator

Jeri Thompson is a political commentator and a columnist for The American Spectator. More >

Jean-Claude Trichet | HWA Exclusive Speaker

President, European Central Bank (2003-2011); Governor, Banque de France (1993-2003); Chairman, Group of Thirty; Chairman, Bruegel Institute Board of Directors

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

Paul Tucker | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Deputy Governor of the Bank of England (2009-2013)

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 ... More >

Sudhir Venkatesh | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Contributor to the International Bestseller Freakonomics; Advisory Board, Berlin School of Creative Leadership; Senior Research Advisor, Department of Justice/FBI (2010-2011); Professor of Sociology and Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University

Highly esteemed Columbia University Professor and Leading Business Consultant Sudhir Venkatesh contributed to one of the most memorable chapters in the International Bestselling Book Freakonomics.  His ability to uncover hidden truths through ... More >

J. Craig Venter | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Pioneering Scientific Researcher; Founder, Chairman and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute; Founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc.

J. Craig Venter, PhD, is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. Dr. Venter is one of the most frequently cited scientists, and the author of more than 280 research ... More >

L. Jon Wertheim | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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. One of the most accomplished sports journalists in America, Jon Wertheim is ... More >

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