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Bill Clinton | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Founder, Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea 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 >

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

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

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 ... 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)

One of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Forbes' "World's Most Powerful Women" former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard lights up the lecture circuit with her powerful presentations. As Australia’s ... More >

Al Gore | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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

One of the Most Influential Economists of Our Time; 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)

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

Felipe Calderon | HWA Exclusive Speaker

President of Mexico (2006-2012); Statesman of the Year, World Economic Forum

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 >

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 >

Karen Mills | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Former Key Member of the White House Economic Team; Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2009-2013); Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School

Karen Gordon Mills served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 until August 2013. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and at the Mossavar-Rahmani ... More >

Jim Messina | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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

Bipartisan Leader in Congress; 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 (1993-2013); Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP ; Contributor, CNBC TV Network

Kay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In January 2013, she stepped down from twenty years in the U.S. Senate, representing the state of Texas. She served ... More >

George Papandreou | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Authority on the Eurozone and Global Financial Issues; Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011); Foreign Minister of Greece (1999-2004); 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

Authority on the Eurozone and International Finance; Vice Chairman, BlackRock Inc. ; Member, Group of Thirty; Chairman, Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank (2010– 2012); Former Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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." Vice ... 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

World-Renowned Economist; First Deputy Managing Director, IMF (2006-2011) ; Co-Director, Aspen Institute’s Program on the Global Economy ; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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 Series; Co-star, Freakonomics Documentary ; 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, Steven ... More >

Stephen Dubner | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Bestselling Author, Freakonomics Series; 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, Group of Thirty (G30); Member of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (2006-2011); Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Stanford University; Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and Executive Secretary of the National Economic Council (2002 to 2006)

Kevin M. Warsh serves as Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics at Stanford University and as lecturer at its Graduate School of Business. He advises several private and public companies and is a member of the Group of Thirty ... 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 >

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

Authority on Healthcare Policy; 18th Majority Leader, U.S. Senate (2003-2007); Heart-Lung Transplant Surgeon; Partner and Chairman of Executive Committee, Cressey and Company

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 the Freakonomics Series; 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 >

Alex Banayan | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Millennial Speaker Inspiring the Biggest Companies; Forbes "30 Under 30"; “World’s Youngest Venture Capitalist”

Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, Alex Banayan is a leader of the next generation of entrepreneurs. He has contributed to FastCompany, The Washington Post, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur magazine, The Huffington Post, and TechCrunch. ... More >

Joyce Banda | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Africa's Second Female President; President of the Republic of Malawi (2012-2014); Activist and Philanthropist

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 for two ... 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 >

Olivier Blanchard | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund; Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

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. ... More >

John Boehner | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2015)

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 ... 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 >

Adam Braun | HWA Exclusive Speaker

NYT Bestselling Author, The Promise of a Pencil; Founder, Pencils of Promise

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 ... 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

Expert on Global Security; Secretary of Homeland Security (2005-2009); Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group, a Global Security Firm

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 is also co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, a security and ... 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 >

Tom Coburn | HWA Exclusive Speaker

U.S. Senator from Oklahoma (2005-2015); U.S. Representative from Oklahoma (1995-2001)

Dr. Tom Coburn is a medical doctor who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and, most recently, as two-term senator. Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, Dr. Coburn led the fight to reduce wasteful Washington ... More >

Dick Costolo | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Former CEO of Twitter; Renowned Technology Innovator

Time magazine named Dick Costolo one of the 10 Most Influential U.S. Tech CEOs. He is a digital entrepreneur who has launched a series of highly successful ventures, but when he became CEO of Twitter in 2010, he realized he was helping run more ... 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. Some of her areas of expertise include: preventive medicine, public policy as it relates ... More >

Ann Curry | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist ; National and International Correspondent for NBC News (2012-2015); Anchor, NBC News’ TODAY (1997-2012)

Esteemed journalist Ann Curry is known as one of the most visible and personable female broadcasters in America. Her belief in the power of knowledge and the importance of service echo through her work, allowing her to impact millions of lives daily. ... More >

Wendy Davis | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Women's Rights Advocate; Texas State Senator (2009-2015) ; 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee

Standing up for women's rights, former Texas State Senator and 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis is one of our nation's most inspiring voices. Widely recognized as a leader in the arena of women’s healthcare, Sen. Davis prides ... 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)

Elizabeth “Betsy” Duke was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve from 2008 until 2013. Within a mere six weeks of her swearing in as a Fed Governor, multiple crises erupted, with home lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie ... 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 Emeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); 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 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; Executive Vice President, Forbes Media; 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 >

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

2015 John Bates Clark Medal Winner: "Most Promising Economist Under 40"; Founder and Director, Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University; Collaborator on the Bestselling Book Freakonomics

The youngest African-American ever to receive tenure from Harvard, Roland Fryer is an award-wining economist, education activist and collaborator on the bestselling book Freakonomics. He is the 2015 winner of the highly esteemed John Bates ... 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); Nationally Syndicated 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 >

Dan Gillerman | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations (2003-2008); Senior Advisor, Blackstone Israel

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 >

Daniel Goldhagen | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Best Selling Author

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen is the bestselling author of the #1 international bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. His latest book, The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism was released ... 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

Commentator on Israel and the Jewish People; Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow,, Shalem Center; 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 >

David Horovitz | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Former Editor-in-Chief, The Jerusalem Post (2004–2011) ; U.S. National Jewish Book Award Winning Author; Founding Editor, The Times of Israel

David Horovitz was the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, Israel’s English-language daily, for seven years (2004-2011). During his tenure he has moved the newspaper to the heart of the Israeli-Diaspora discourse, and helped build www.jpost.com ... More >

R. Glenn Hubbard | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Leading Economist; Dean, Columbia Business School; Chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors (2001-2003); Co-Chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation

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)

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 ... 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 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. Currently vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program ... More >

Judith Jamison | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Artistic Director Emerita, 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

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

Innovation is one of the most commonly used yet most poorly understood concepts in the management lexicon. These days, innovation is “the new black,” yet organizations and leaders who know how to do it and “get it done” are in ... More >

David Katz | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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

Zalmay Khalilzad | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s first-hand knowledge and experience as a statesman in the world's hotspots give him unparalleled insights into the global issues of security, terror, extremism, state building, peace negotiation, and energy. Praised ... 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 >

Alan Krueger | HWA Exclusive Speaker

One of the Highest-Ranked Economists in the World; Former Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers; Former Chief Economist of the U.S. Treasury

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 ... More >

Daniel Kurtzer | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Critical Voice on the Middle East; Member, State Department Foreign Affairs Policy Board; 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, 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 ... 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 >

Lara Logan | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Renowned International Journalist; Correspondent, 60 Minutes

Lara Logan's candid reporting, often from the most dangerous places in the world, has earned her a prominent place among the world's best foreign correspondents. In her current role at 60 Minutes, Logan helps us understand the political and human ... More >

Jane Lute | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Cybersecurity Expert; CEO, Center for Internet Security; Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

Jane Holl Lute is CEO of the Center for Internet Security, an international nonprofit organization focused on enhancing cyber security readiness and response for the public and private sectors. Most recently, she served as the President and CEO of the ... 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

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

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 >

Joe Moglia | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Chairman of the Board, TD Ameritrade; Head Football Coach, Coastal Carolina University

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 ... 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 >

Michael Moss | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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 audiences on an eye-opening journey deep inside the food companies, Michael Moss ... 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 >

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 >

Deval Patrick | HWA Exclusive Speaker

U.S. Governor of Massachusetts (2007-2015)

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 ... 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 familiar face on morning, daytime and primetime television, and one of broadcasting’s most respected journalists, Jane Pauley is a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. Pauley began her network career as co-host of TODAY for thirteen ... More >

Richard Phillips | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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

CEO and Advocate for the Power of Passion; Bestselling Author of The Power of Being Yourself; High-Energy Motivator of Business & Sales Teams; CEO of Willis Group, Citibank North America & Primerica

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, ... 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 >

April Rinne | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Global Authority on the Sharing Economy ; Expert on Global, Trust-Based Innovation; Expert on New Marketplace Creation and Disruptive Innovation; Globetrotter and Adventurer

It’s a new world and Sharing Economy expert April Rinne can help you see it in a new way. Uber, Airbnb and other “share” services have transformed industries. Anyone with a spare room, or a car or even a little free time can become ... More >

Cokie Roberts | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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 has been named one of the 50 most powerful African-American women in business by Black Enterprise and one of the “Top 25 Women to Watch” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Among many prestigious posts, she has served as the first African-American ... 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

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

Ari Shavit is the author of the critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestseller My Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. An outspoken columnist for Haaretz, Israel’s newspaper of record, and a prominent commentator on Israeli Public ... 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 >

John Stossel | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Host and Commentator, Fox Business Network; Former ABC News Correspondent & Co-Anchor of 20/20

Nineteen-time Emmy-winner John Stossel is a highly respected journalist, and New York Times bestselling author. Hailed by The Dallas Morning News as "the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time," he has earned a reputation ... More >

Joseph Telushkin | HWA Exclusive Speaker

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

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 (G30); 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 CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute; Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of Human Longevity, 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 >

Henry Waxman | HWA Exclusive Speaker

Leading Legislator in Congress; U.S. Representative from California (1975-2015)

Dubbed a "legislative maestro" by Politico for his distinguished work in Congress, Representative Henry Waxman played a leading role in the enactment of major health, consumer protection, environmental, telecommunications and "good government" ... 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; Correspondent, 60 Minutes Sports and Fox Sports

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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