Newest Speakers

Our newest speakers include: Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council; H.R. McMaster, US National Security Advisor; Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia and Nobel Laureate; Ben Rhodes, Obama Advisor and author of The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House; Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter; Maria Shriver, Award-winning Journalist and Author; Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist; David Rowan, renowned Tech Journalist; Tarana Burke, founder of #MeToo; Greg Norman, Golf’s “Great White Shark”; Peggy Noonan, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist; Lori Greiner, Shark on ABC's "Shark Tank"; Alex BanayanMillennial thought-leader and bestselling business author of The Third DoorCharles Duhigg, Bestselling Author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better; Steven KotlerNew York Times Bestselling Author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman and Bold.

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

Renowned foreign affairs expert Elliott Abrams has released a critically acclaimed new book, Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring. Drawing on four decades of experience as an American official and Middle East expert, Abrams takes us inside his work with leaders like Scoop Jackson, Pat Moynihan, George Shultz and Ronald Regan, to reveal a personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy.  With careful, sharp analysis of America’s record in the Middle East and beyond, Realism and Democracy presents an argument, both “realist” and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East. Praise for the book has poured in from America’s most trusted foreign policy experts: “Elliott Abrams has done the country another important service. This outstanding book reminds us that the enduring power of America is that, at our best, we see our interests as our values, and our values as our interests. Now more than ever, Americans and their leaders need to understand that support for human rights has been, and should remain, a key pillar of U.S. foreign policy. This book could not be more timely or more significant” (Senator John McCain); “Elliott Abrams gives us a brilliant review of the fight for freedom, showing with clarity what works and what does not. But even more, he highlights the possibilities for progress that may be gained from a determined, long-term strategy advocatingF democracy and human rights” (The Honorable George P. Shultz). Already set to deliver remarks on the book at Georgetown University’s Andrew H. Siegel Memorial Lecture, The Alexander Hamilton Society, and Freedom House, Abrams brings his tremendous breadth of experience and powerful argument to life for any audience.

 Kurt Andersen: Host, Peabody-winning public radio program Studio 360; Bestselling Author of "Fantsayland"; Heyday"; "Turn of the Century"; "True Believers"; Visionary and Media Entrepreneur

Nabbing the top slot on Amazon’s bestseller list the day of its release, Kurt Anderson’s new book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500 Year History is a fascinating examination of America’s culture and past that brilliantly displays how we’ve gotten to where we are today. Andersen traces America’s national character, connecting the dots and revealing the scope of how “believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA,” from the epic dreaming of our founders, to the Salem witch trials, to the birth of Hollywood, up until today’s “fake news.” As Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute, wrote: “This is an important book—the indispensable book—for understanding America in the age of Trump. It’s an eye-opening history filled with brilliant insights…” Having already discussed the incredible revelations and impact of the book at the Aspen Institute, graced the cover of both The Atlantic’s September Issue and the Sunday New York Times Book review, and making headlines in Slate, The Village Voice, WNYC, and more, Fantasyland is consistently hailed as THE essential must-read for understanding America’s current moment. Appearing on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell—during which O’Donnell describes the book as, “brilliant,” “invaluable,” and a “stunning, sweeping, explanation—Andersen delves into the eye-opening breadth of his work, and remarkable amount of research and insight contained in Fantasyland’s pages. As Lawrence O’Donnell succinctly sums up:  “This stands as the single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became President of the United States… You must read Fantasyland. You’re not going to understand where this country is, without reading this book.”

Watch Kurt Andersen on The Last Word >>

 Alex Banayan: "World’s Youngest Venture Capitalist" (Fortune Magazine); Forbes "30 Under 30"; Thought Leader on Millennial Trends for Business

Millennial thought-leader and Forbes "30 Under 30" ALEX BANAYAN's national bestseller The Third Door was named the #1 "Top Career Books to Read in 2018" by Forbes.  Also an instant Amazon bestseller upon its release and named to Business Insider's "15 best business books to read this summer," The Third Door is an unprecedented adventure that takes readers behind the scenes and into one-on-one exclusive interviews with the world’s most successful people—including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Lady Gaga, Stephen Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Pitbull, Steve Wozniak and more— revealing how titans of their industry launched their careers and found successAs the Forbes article raves: "The book reads like a movie as Banayan voyages from his college dorm room to interview these icons and discover what led to their success. The only thing better than the insightful lessons in this book are the stories that tie the narrative together... It’s not surprising that the book debuted as a national bestseller. Whether you’re searching for a new job, starting your own business, or looking to add extra fuel to your current career, this book is a powerful and massively enjoyable way to do just that." Also praised in The New York Post as "finally, a graduation book worth reading,"The Third Door is receiving rave reviews as Banayan has been sought-out by ForbesMoney Magazine, Entrepreneur, BillboardCNBC, and more to reveal what he learned from his seven years interviewing the world's top business leaders and industry moguls. Just like his book, Banayan's keynotes are chock-full of compelling and practical lessons. He's received rave reviews from some of the world's most elite companies such as: "Alex Banayan is an unbelievable storyteller. He is thoughtful, engaging, and dynamic. Banayan represents the voice of entrepreneurship, the power of hustle, and the energy of unlimited potential" (APPLE) and "When Alex Banayan spoke at my department's corporate off-site, his energy was contagious, his story was inspiring, and his ideas were key to helping push and inspire my team’s leadership. If you're looking for someone with insight and passion, then Alex Banayan is your man" (Nike).

Joyce Banda, Africa's Second Female President; Former President of Malawi (2012-2014); Member, UN Council of Women World Leaders

In this video profileAfrica's second female President Dr, Joyce Bandaa champion for the rights of women, children, and the disabled and other marginalized groups, describes her ascendancy to being the first woman president of Malawi. Dr. Banda was named to the United Nations Council of World Women Leaders, where she continues to serve as a tireless advocate for women's leadership at the highest levels around the globe.

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

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s sharp analysis on foreign affairs in the Middle East is on full display in an interview with The New York Times, saying it would be a “mistake” for President Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The most decorated soldier in Israel’s history, and a two time Israeli Minister of Defense (1999-2001 and 2007-2012), Barak is an internationally trusted expert on international diplomacy and terrorism. The New York Times cites him as “the latest and most prominent Israeli to urge Mr. Trump not to disavow the deal…” In his interview, Barak shrewdly points out the implications withdrawing from the deal would have on larger international affairs, including North Korea.

Read Ehud Barak’s interview with The New York Times >>

 Max BaucusU.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2014-2017); U.S. Senator (D-MT) (1978-2013); Chair, Senate Finance Committee (2007-2014)

Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to China MAX BAUCUS was sought-out to shed light on health care and his instrumental leadership in crafting and passing the Affordable Care Act at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Heralded for his breadth of insight and candor, Baucus brings tremendous on-the-ground experience to the conversation, with his years in the Senate and leadership roles as chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and time on the Joint Committee on Taxation, Committee on Agriculture, Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee), and the Committee on Environment and Public Works. A chief architect of the Affordable Care Act, Baucus remains in-demand for his insights on health care, trade, taxes, relations with China, and the political landscape at large. Recently, he has been in-demand by CNBC, Bloomberg, and Politico, thanks to his informative and shrewd commentary. Praised by audiences for his willingness to dive into the issues, reviews from Baucus' recent events include: "[Sen Baucus] provided a very insightful view... Our clients and staff really appreciated his unique perspective. Sen Baucus was a great keynote speaker for our event" (Major Multinational Bank). 

Ban Ki-moon: Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2016)

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has launched an eponymous non-profit dedicated to human rights and supporting youth and women worldwide: The Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens. As Secretary Ban said at the Centre’s inaugural ceremony, “We are 7.6 billion people globally. Half of the world is women -- half of the world is under 25 years of age. There are billions of people underprivileged, marginalized, jobless and hopeless. To peacefully empower them, particularly women and the youth has to be our top priority to advance humanity.” A renowned world leader heralded for his efforts to promote human rights, peace, action on the environment, and many other key global issues during his tenure as Secretary-General, Ban was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and has received France’s Legion of Honour in addition to numerous other prestigious awards. At the helm of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens—and as Chair of the Olympic’s Ethics Committee, which he was recently named to as well—Ban continues his work  promoting peace and advocating for equitable solutions to global challenges.

Ed Balls: UK Shadow Chancellor and Chief Economic Advisor to the UK Treasury (2010-2015); Economic Secretary to the UK Treasury (2006-2007); Former Chair, International Monetary and Financial Committee Deputies

Former UK Shadow Chancellor and Economic Secretary to the UK Treasury ED BALLS launched his third Harvard Working Paper on the impact of Brexit on British businesses. Entitled "On the Rebound: Prospects for a US-UK FTA," the paper takes a deep dive into the prospects for, and potential impact of, a free trade agreement between the US and the UK,  highlighting the key potential upsides, possible risks and principal negotiating issues from both US and UK perspectives. With over twenty years of experience at the nexus of international finance, economic policy-making, business and politics, Balls is a renowned leading expert on Brexit and its impact on the global economy. He has regularly represented the UK at Finance Minister level meetings of both the G20 and the European Council, and served as a minister and cabinet minister in the governments of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Balls launched "On the Rebound" with an event at King's College, illuminating the paper's seven key findings, which quickly made headlines. He is regularly in-demand to deliver keynotes on the future of the global economy and the future of Britain post Brexit, earning rave reviews such as: "Ed was terrific! Informed, entertaining, challenging, interesting .. He is a brilliant speaker, and we hope to engage him in the future" (The Institute of International Finance). 

Tim Berners-Lee:  Inventor of the World Wide Web; Leader & Visionary in the Future of Technology; TIME Magazine's "100 Most Important People of the 20th Century"; President and Founder, Open Data Institute

Inventor of the World Wide Web TIM BERNERS-LEE was the subject of a fascinating profile in Vanity Fair magazine about his vision for the future of the internet. Expressing concerns and regrets about his invention-- which he has seen debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance--  Berners-Lee also outlined a path for the future, highlighting how we can ensure his vision of a safe and open web. His insightful and moving Vanity Fair interview quickly made headlines in other outlets, including Business Insider and NBC News. Currently at the helm of the Open Data Institute, and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, Berners-Lee remains passionately involved in shaping the future of the web, and has been working on a new platform, entitled Solid, to reclaim the Web from corporations and return it to its democratic roots. As the president of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, said of Berners-Lee in the article: He is the Martin Luther King of our new digital world." Regularly in-demand to shed light on the future of tech, recently Berners-Lee has been sought-out to deliver keynotes at numerous high-profile events including the Tigo Business Forum on AI, the MPOWER Cybersecurity Summit, and ConnectWise's IT Nation.  In his captivating keynotes, he shares insights into both how to apply new technologies for competitive advantage, and thoughtful consideration about the future we want to create and how to protect ourselves, regularly earning praise such as:  "I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful event last night. The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and all the guests greatly valued your insights and perspectives. A number commented to me that it was the best EY event they had ever attended. That is a testament to your genius and interactive style" (Ernst & Young).

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

Former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard made headlines for the conference he coordinated—and headlined—on “Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy.” In an in-depth and informative keynote based on his just-published, much-cited white paper, “Rethinking Stabilization Policy. Back to the Future,” Blanchard dove into the lessons from past economic crises, touching on monetary, fiscal and financial policy.  The sharp analysis in the paper and presentation became the basis of articles in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg,  and Central Banking. Called “the smartest economist you’ve never heard of” by The Washington Post, Blanchard’s transformative insights are in-demand by top media outlets and event-planners alike. Just recently he was sought-out for an interview on the economic forecast by Bloomberg.

John BoehnerSpeaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2011-2015); House Minority Leader (2007-2011); House Majority Leader (2006-2007); Senior Strategic Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs

 Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner’s epic, must-read Politico profile, “John Boehner Unchained,” dives into the legacy of Speaker Boehner’s 25 years in Congress and his views on the current administration. An in-depth profile requiring months of reporting, the piece highlights Boehner’s political ambitions to truly clean up Washington, how he cemented his role as an effective dealmaker able to work with both sides of the aisle, and his continued honesty and spot-on analysis regarding politics today. Described in a BloombergView op-ed as “an absolutely must-read piece” and a “terrific piece of reporting, highly entertaining, and full of interesting tidbits about why Boehner was so good at his job,” and listed as “required reading by Esquire, the Politico piece has made headlines in nearly every major outlet including The Washington Post, Salon, Vanity Fair, The Hill and more. Presenting Boehner’s remarkably frank views on divisiveness within the GOP and the polarization of the media, the article also showcases Boehner’s tremendous skills as a negotiator who secured numerous policy victories during his time in office. As former Vice President Joe Biden is quoted as saying in the article, while remarking on the extreme polarization of politics today: “The only way we’re going to get this back together again is with some more John Boehners.”

Read Speaker Boehner's Politico profile >>

Bill Bratton, Vice Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council; Police Commissioner of New York City (1994-1996) (2014-2016); Chief of Police of Los Angeles (2002-2009); Commissioner of the Boston Police Department (1993-1994)

America’s “Top Cop” and Former Police Commissioner of New York (1994-96 and 2014-16), William Bratton is this year’s History Makers Award winner along with his wife, defense lawyer and TV analyst Rikki Klieman.  A prestigious award from the New York Historical Society that recognizes individuals who have left an indelible mark on New York and the country as a whole, past History Makers have included Hillary Clinton and Lin Manuel-Miranda. The only person to ever lead the police departments of America’s two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles, Commissioner Bratton gained international acclaim for re-engineering New York’s police department, achieving the largest crime declines in the city’s history. From introducing new, predictive technologies, to boosting team morale, Bratton transformed crisis into opportunity at every stage of his esteemed career. Bratton will receive his award following an in-depth interview at the New York Historical Society’s History Makers Gala.

Watch Bratton share his insights on leadership in his HWA Chat >>

Adam Braun, New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, The Promise of a Pencil; Founder, Pencils of Promise; Founder & CEO, MissionU

Adam Braun has been an education entrepreneur for more than a decade serving students around the world. Previously Co-Founder & CEO of MissionU, a college alternative built for the 21st century, and Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built nearly 500 schools around the world, Braun has established himself as a forward-thinking entrepreneur whose bold thinking and effective business strategies make a tangible and meaningful impact. He now joins WeWork's WeGrow as Chief Operating Officer and his innovative education startup MissionU has also joined the WeWork family. The technology that Adam and his team built at MissionU will help to support WeGrow with a strong digital presence as they scale globally. MissionU was named to Fast Company's list of "The World's Most Innovative Companies of 2018" thanks to its disruptive and strategic approach to higher education. 

Braun was sought-out for Entrepreneur's How Success Happens podcast, where he shared transformative lessons on entrepreneurism, how to avoid burnout, leadership, and achieving success. A contributor for Quartz at Work, Braun provides empowering inspiration and actionable takeaways on innovation and personal and professional success. In demand to unpack similar themes for audiences worldwide, Braun dives into topics as varied as technological disruption, leadership, global citizenship, millennial business and social trends, and the future of work. Companies like Coca-Cola, Kraft and Great-West Life have all hosted the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, giving Braun the following praise: “The best speaker I’ve ever seen in the history of our company’s offsite events” (Coca-Cola HBC); “The feeling was unanimous, the best speaker we’ve ever had at an offsite” (Kraft Brands); “We all agreed that he is someone to watch over the next few years” (Great-West Life).

Tarana BurkeFounder of the Me Too Movement; 2017 TIME Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers; Social Justice Activist

Tarana Burke is among those recognized as Time’s Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers- the women and men who have publicly spoken out about and taken action against sexual harassment and assault. A lifelong social justice activist, Burke is the founder of the Me Too Movement, having first used the phrase as part of her work building solidarity among survivors years before it became a viral hashtag. A powerful rallying cry that has swept the world—generating over 13 million Facebook posts and Tweets—Me Too amplifies the voice of thousands of victims of sexual abuse and inspires solidarity, healing, and social change. As the inspiration of the movement and a sexual assault survivor herself, Burke has been sought-out for interviews on CBS NewsPBS NewsHourMTV NewsPoliticoDemocracy Now!, and The Today Show, to shed light on the true origins of the movement, draw attention to survivors and marginalized voices, and reveal where we can go from here.

 Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico (2006-2012); Chair of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Former President of Mexico FELIPE CALDERON (2006-2012) is in-demand to deliver insights on issues of immigration, climate change, trade and more in a series of high-profile talks. First, speaking at the World Affairs Council’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Calderon addressed a packed house of over 700 on the history and importance of the relationship between the United States and Mexico, highlighting the economic, security and global benefits a stronger partnership could produce. His informative keynote, entitled “A Presidential Look at Latin America and Mexico’s Perspective on Hemispheric and Bilateral Relations”, touched on everything from NAFTA and trade policy to tourism and job creation. Next, Calderon will deliver a keynote on climate change for 1,800 CIOs, IT Teams and engineers at the Unexpected Sources of Inspiration Conference, which delves into new technologies and how they will shape the future. Named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum and “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations, Calderon currently chairs The Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, a major international initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change. A sought-out leader thanks to his forward-thinking insights, and innovative, actionable solutions, most recently Calderon penned a powerful op-edon the shipping industry and its impact on the environment for Newsweek. He brings the same substantive, frank analysis and problem-solving attitude to each of his engagements, earning praise wherever he speaks. Reviews from his recent engagements include: “President Calderon did a fantastic job presenting at our Seminar. He was exceptionally open and honest - participants loved him” (Accenture); "President Calderon was truly magnificent. His speech was outstanding, excessively inspiring and very relevant…” (American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt); "The visit was great ... He was open and to the point. We really felt he was most generous with his time. The campus really enjoyed every minute” (Colgate University).

 Dick Cheney: Vice President of the United States (2001-2009); U.S. Secretary of Defense (1989-1993); Chair of the House Republican Congress (1987-1989); White House Chief of Staff (1975-1977)

Vice President Dick Cheney met with the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen to discuss the strategic partnership between Taiwan and the United States. Tsai heralded Cheney as a long-time supporter of the Taiwan Relations Act—a Congressional act that has been fundamental to Taiwan’s security and development— and emphasized she looks forward to Cheney’s continued support as U.S.-Taiwan relations grow in the areas of trade, investment, defense and more. A trusted expert on Asia-Pacific relations, Cheney was in Taiwan to deliver a keynote at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue in Taipei. For an audience of top government officials, students and diplomats, Cheney shed light on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, regional economic integration, and Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy.  

Ron Chernow: Pulitzer Prize Winner in Biography; Bestselling Author of Alexander Hamilton - Inspiration for Smash Broadway Play

Described as the “definitive biography for the foreseeable future” by Publishers Weekly, Ron Chernow’s new release Grant is a sweeping and dramatic examination of one of the most misunderstood and compelling generals and presidents. An instant bestseller on Amazon and The New York Times, Grant is hailed as a book with fascinating relevance to our current political moment: “This is a good time for Ron Chernow’s fine biography of Ulysses S. Grant to appear… As history, it is remarkable, full of fascinating details… As Americans continue the struggle to defend justice and equality in our tumultuous and divisive era, we need to know what Grant did when our country’s very existence hung in the balance. If we still believe in forming a more perfect union, his steady and courageous example is more valuable than ever.”(Bill Clinton, New York Times Book Review); “‘Grant’ is vast and panoramic in ways that history buffs will love. Books of its caliber by writers of Chernow’s stature are rare, and this one qualifies as a major event…Indispensable.” Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the National Book Award, Chernow is heralded for being as gifted a speaker as he is a writer. Already set to illuminate his new work in conversations at the 92Y and as keynote of the Morristown Festival of Books, Chernow has received rave reviews following his speaking engagements such as: “We've had some of the most articulate historians/biographers speak here at the VHS… Well, Ron Chernow was better than any of them. I knew he was a beautiful writer; I didn't know what a splendid, eloquent speaker he was. Our audience was thrilled and enlightened” (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography).

Michael ChertoffU.S. Secretary of Homeland Security (2005-2009); Founder, Data Equilibrium Project to address the gap between privacy and national security; Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group, a global security firm; Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2003-2005); U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division (2001-2003)

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff's new book, Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age-- a fascinating, informative and crucial exploration of today's cyber security threats-- is an instant #1 Bestseller on Amazon. An insightful and compelling call for action on how we need to rethink the balance of privacy and security in the digital age, Chertoff's book has been receiving rave reviews as Chertoff has been in-demand to shed light on his research across major media outlets. Recently interviewed on CBS' This Morning, NPR, CNN, Yahoo Finance, and more, Chertoff provides substantive and engaging commentary on today's top digital security threats and issues-- from Facebook's use of data collection, to recent high-profile hacks-- Chertoff argues that what is at stake is not so much the simple loss of privacy, which is almost impossible to protect, but of individual autonomy―the ability to make personal choices free of manipulation or coercion. Drawing on his extensive cyber-security expertise working for the government and at the helm of global security firm The Chertoff Group, Chertoff offers colorful stories that illuminate how we've gotten to where we are today, and charts a path that balances the needs of government, business, and individuals alike. When he addresses audiences, Chertoff consistently receives stellar reviews such as: "Your keen insights and demonstrated understanding of the dangers we face and the adversaries we must guard against provided a sobering reminder of what must be done to protect our nation. Your participation in and support for the symposium was invaluable in furthering our understanding..." (CACI International Inc.), and "From reading the evaluations, you were a big hit and your message was exactly on point. I also want to thank you for being so courteous to my staff and our guests. Thanks again for your stellar performance" (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners). 

 Nicholas ChristakisPhysician & Social Scientist in Healthcare and Social Networks; Co-Author of the Bestselling Book, Connected; Co-Director, Yale Institute for Network Science & Human Nature Lab

Named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and to Foreign Policy's “Top 100 Global Thinker,” renowned physician and social scientist NICHOLAS CHRISTAKIS is set to publish a new groundbreaking book: “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society” (Little, Brown Spark, March 2019). A cutting-edge exploration of the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint reveals how our genes have shaped societies for our well-being, and how in turn societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes. A timely book that is sorely needed in today’s world of increased political and economic polarization, Christakis highlights the positive role of our evolutionary past and how natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features including love, friendship, cooperation and learning. Chock-full of fascinating research and advances in social science, evolutionary biology, genetics, neuroscience, and network science, Blueprint shows how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path -- and why we are united by our common humanity far more than we are divided. Blueprint sheds bright light on how groups of humans can work together in better ways, guided by our evolutionary past. Both inspiring and informative, Christakis’ work perfectly embodies why he is so popular as a speaker. Heralded for helping audiences think differently and illuminating how his research applies to individuals and organizations across industries, Christakis’ recent rave reviews include: “Nicholas was absolutely terrific. The room was at capacity – 3,000+ or so and everyone was engaged, enlightened, enriched and entertained by his talk. No one left the room. A grand slam and excellent opening for our Annual Meeting. Numerous compliments and great post talk questions” (Heart Rhythm Society); and "Nicholas Christakis presented visionary ideas on how social networking can be utilized strategically to maximize business opportunities on many levels” (Sysco).

Robert Cialdini: New York Times Bestselling Author; Most-Cited Social Psychologist in the Fields of Influence, Persuasion and Negotiation

Internationally renowned for his research in the science of persuasion, DR. ROBERT CIALDINI has struck a chord with audiences with his latest book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, as evidenced by a PBS NewsHour segment on the professor, speaker, and bestselling author topping over one-million YouTube views.  This places this Cialdini Pre-Suasion segment as a top all-time NewsHour video. You can watch the trending PBS segment here.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee; 67th Secretary of State of the United States, 2009 -2013; United States Senator (NY), 2001-2009; First Lady of the United States, 1993-2001

What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s new book on what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Topping the charts in both Nonfiction and Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction—the book’s hardcover sales of 168,000 was the highest opening for any nonfiction release in five years—Clinton’s most personal memoir yet is both a commercial and critical success, receiving rave reviews such as: “What Happened is not one book, but many. It is a candid and blackly funny account of her mood in the direct aftermath of losing to Donald J. Trump. It is a post-mortem, in which she is both coroner and corpse. It is a feminist manifesto. It is a score-settling jubilee…. It is worth reading.” (The New York Times); “An engaging, beautifully synthesized page-turner...” (Slate); “What Happened is a raw and bracing book, a guide to our political arena.” (The Washington Post). Also an instant #1 Bestseller on Amazon, What Happenedexplores what it takes to be the first woman nominated for president by a major party, and provides a truly one-of-a-kind insider’s view of all that happened in the 2016 election. Since the book’s release, Clinton has been in-demand for her candid and thoughtful analysis, delivering fascinating, intensely personal, and informative interviews on countless major media outlets including The Rachel Maddow Show, CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley, Anderson Cooper 360The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NPR, Pod Save America, and more. 

GARY COHN:  President of the National Economic Council (2017-18); President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-17)

Renowned economist and investment banker Gary Cohn is a leading voice on the global economy, international markets and current economic policy. Having just served in the White House, Cohn has over twenty years of experience in the private sector, and is able to decode what to expect from the Trump administration and how issues ranging from trade and taxes to monetary policy and interest rates will impact businesses across industries.

Named as President Trump's chief economic advisor in January 2017, Cohn was heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). Credited with pushing the tax overhaul through Congress, Cohn was celebrated as an experienced voice of reason in the White House, one dedicated to driving pro-growth economic policies. In 2018, when Cohn announced his plans to resign, the news sent shock waves through global financial markets

Growing up in a middle-class family and severely dyslexic, Cohn's rise to the top of Wall Street is an inspirational story of legend; one chronicled in Malcolm Gladwell's besteller "David and Goliath." Landing his first job as a trader thanks to an ambitious cab ride, Cohn was recruited by Goldman Sachs in 1990 and climbed the ranks until he was named President and COO in 2006. Leading his team through the global financial crisis with pragmatism and strength, Cohn helped formulate the strategies that saved the firm. 

Recently, Cohn was sought-out for “One-on-One at The Post” an in-depth conversation with Washington Post White House economic policy reporter Damian Paletta. In the fascinating and substantive hour-long conversation, Cohn addresses everything from the President’s trade agenda to the next phase of tax reform.

 Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma (2005-2015); U.S. Representative from Oklahoma (1995-2001); Physician

In this HWA Chat, Dr.Tom Coburn, who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and, most recently, as two-term senator, addresses the reality of why our healthcare system is suffering. Respected for his direct and down-to-earth approach, Dr. Coburn, fought to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans. With his extensive background in healthcare and politics and his personal experience as a patient, he offers critical insight into American healthcare policy.

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Dick CostoloCEO of Twitter (2010-2015); Technology Entrepreneur; Partner, Index Ventures

Former COO and CEO of Twitter DICK COSTOLO is a management expert who has taken numerous tech startups from inception to success. In his five years as CEO at Twitter, Costolo led the social media platform through an explosive, uncertain future, taking it from a private company with 300 staff valued at $3.7bn to a public company with 3,600 employees valued at $23.5bn. Making headlines in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe LA TimesTech Crunch and Inc. for his famously thoughtful, unique, and engaging leadership style, Costolo’s speeches and interviews are chock-full of actionable insights on what it’s like to be at the helm of “the fastest growing, most disruptive communications platform in the world” and what it takes to survive in tomorrow’s tech future. Costolo credits his background in improv comedy for his talent for bold thinking and thriving in “unscripted” situations. He became known, and made headlines, for personally leading a management course at Twitter in order to create a cohesive environment and effective strategy for his fast-growing and ever-evolving workforce, highlighting what it takes to build trust, transparency, and resilience even as a company’s role in society changes. Currently, as a Partner at Index Ventures, a VC firm that invests in tech-enabled companies and ambitious, cutting-edge entrepreneurs, and Board Member at Patreon—a platform similar to Kickstarter that provides continual funding and support for freelancers—Costolo is at the 50-yard line of the future of work, developing the next wave of disruptors.  


Margaret Cuomo: Board-certified Radiologist; Author, A World Without Cancer; Board Member, HeritX, organization focused on preventing inherited cancer; National Advocate for the Prevention of Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Dr. Cuomo remains extremely involved with cancer prevention and advocacy. She was just named to the board of HeritX, the only organization that focuses solely on preventing inherited cancers, and she has also been selected to Co-Chair the 2018 Susan G. Komen Impact Awards in May. 

But beyond Dr. Cuomo’s work with cancer prevention, she also has a new speech topic on The Power of STEM Education in which she discusses the importance of STEM in addressing the challenges of today and in developing the next generation of problem solvers. Having dedicated much of her career to the diagnosis of cancer and AIDS using state-of-the art technology, and also providing academic instruction to medical students, Dr. Cuomo shares how crucial STEM education is, in and beyond the field of medicine. She also addresses the importance of opening the doors for women and minorities, and fostering inclusive educational environments where all people are given the resources and support needed to excel. When Dr. Cuomo recently addressed 600 students at Newark Academy (they specifically were looking for a female STEM speaker) she received the following rave review: "They thought she was one of the most spectacular speakers they have ever hosted. She was warm and charismatic and they felt that she excelled in the small groups format. The informal conversation/Q&A with the students was phenomenal. They couldn’t stop raving about that."

Dr. Cuomo has also become a leading voice on health and wellness and lifestyle modification.  In her new speech topic Lifestyle Modification: How to Stay Healthy, Longer she empowers audiences to make lifestyle decisions to tangibly improve their health, revealing the ways in which food, exercise, sleep and stress management not only promote general wellbeing but can also be used to treat a wide range of diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The talk can be tailored to focus on a particular health issue, or address health and wellness in general, and leaves audiences with the tools and inspiration they need to make lasting, impactful changes to their daily lives.

Ann Curry, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; National and International Correspondent for NBC News (2012-2015)

Emmy Award-winning journalist ANN CURRY delivered a compelling, crucial and passionate TedTalk on the state of journalism and how the credibility of the profession is at stake. Highlighting the weaponization of information that is being used to divide people worldwide, Curry shared how people are yearning for journalism they can trust and how the media can rise to meet this call. Drawing on her tremendous breadth of experience as a former national and international correspondent, Curry revealed how the best journalism reveals truth, which in turn generates trust, fosters understanding, and leads to a humanity that has the power to unite us all. Curry quickly rose to global prominence thanks to her high-profile interviews and in-depth coverage of natural disasters and active war zones, and her reporting is a testament to the power of journalism to connect us all. Her new PBS series We’ll Meet Again—for which Curry serves as a reporter and co-executive producer— is an example of exactly this kind of journalism, and reveals the human side of major world events such as the Vietnam War, 9/11, and Japanese internment during WWII. Curry brings the same passion, insight, and inspiration to each of her engagements, providing audiences with a thought-provoking and utterly captivating perspective on the world. Her recent rave reviews include: "Her passion and emotion brought tremendous encouragement and delight to all who heard her speech, and they rose to their feet in applause. Her message supports our mission and will continue to inspire us to accept the challenge of reaching our goals..." (Girls Scouts of the USA); "The event was a total success, due in large part to Ann Curry – she was warm, humorous, and intelligent and her speech captivated our audience. We are going to have a tough time topping her for next year... " (Hospital Hospitality House)

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Bill DaleyHead of the Office of Corporate Responsibility for JP Morgan Chase (2007-2010); White House Chief of Staff to President Obama (2011-2012); U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1997-2000)

In an intimate discussion with a University of Illinois Chicago honors seminar, Bill Daley gave first-hand insights into life in Chicago in the 1960’s, his father’s twenty-one years as mayor, and the nation’s ongoing political climate. “Students had a real discussion with him,” lecturer David Greenstein said afterward. “It was an exciting opportunity for students to interact with an important public figure in a small group.” Daley’s family history combined with his impressive work as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and as White House Chief of Staff, gives him an invaluable perspective and ability to highlight trends and patterns between the past and present. Daley’s profound knowledge and candid conversation with the students allowed Chicago’s history to truly come to life.

Pandit Dasa: Founder, Conscious Living LLC; Renowned Mindful Leadership Expert; Author of Urban Monk; Former Monk of 15 years

Renowned mindful leadership expert, author, and former monk, PANDIT DASA's recent talk on the topic of Mindful Leadership and meditation session were very well received by 100 top sales leaders for a State Farm insurance event in Los Angeles. 

Next in Philadelphia, Pandit spoke to about 120 lawyers, paralegals and contract specialists for Comcast cable. He concluded his talk on "Mindfulness for Managing Stress" with a 7-minute mindfulness meditation for the entire audience. Afterwards, several attendees came up to purchase his book, Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine, and told him how they had been thinking about starting meditation and how much the session had helped them.

TD Ameritrade paid Pandit Dasa the highest compliment as a speaker when they invited him back to speak for the third time at their annual company conference in Orlando. Over a two-day period, Pandit presented one 45-minute keynote speech to about 300+ financial advisors and conducted an additional 11 mindfulness workshops, in a special meditation room where people could come and learn to meditate. Overall, the event was tremendously successful as several attendees came back for multiple mindfulness workshops.

Wendy DavisTexas State Senator (2009-2015); Founder, Deeds Not Words; 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee; Advocate for Women's Health & Issues of Personal Freedom

Renowned women's rights activist and former Texas State Senator WENDY DAVIS was selected to deliver Duke University's prestigious Delta Gamma Lecture on Leadership and Ethics to the incoming freshman class. In her powerful, poignant remarks, Davis opened up about the obstacles she's overcome in her life as a single mother rising from humble beginnings to Harvard Law School and the Texas State Senate. She also encouraged students to always stand up for what they believe in and to be unafraid to embrace failure. Having skyrocketed to near celebrity status after her historic 13 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to stop a legislative effort that would have dramatically reduced women’s access to healthcare services in her state, Davis was refreshingly candid about her political views and the current administration. As students in attendance raved: I thought it was really brave of her to come here and speak so clearly about political issues, especially in today’s climate,” and "She put so much emotion into the speech that she gave, and was so open with us about what she thought...” Davis was also recently sought-out to speak at the Telluride Festival for the premier of the new Netflix film "Reversing Roe," which featured news clips from her filibuster described in stellar reviews as "the most vivid scenes, full of passion..." Davis bring energy, passion and substantive commentary to each of her engagements, whether on a college campus or on the TED stage

 Howard Dean, Chairman, Democratic National Committee (2005-2009); 79th Governor of Vermont; Founder, Democracy for America; MSNBC Contributor

This engaging and insightful ATLANTIC article captures all the reasons why former DNC Chairman Howard Dean is one of the most sought-after voices in politics: "It would be difficult to find a more dynamic and well-rounded Democratic political creature than Howard Dean...And now that America is on the precipice of what will inevitably be one of the most polarized and unpredictable general elections in recent history, Dean has become a sought-after political pundit, appearing frequently on cable news and quoted often in print media. In the present political climate, Dean has a unique perspective on his fellow Vermonter, Bernie Sanders; on Hillary Clinton, whom Dean has endorsed; and on the shape of the Democratic electorate itself. In fact, if there were an emperor of progressive Democrats, Dean would be the man."

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Alan DershowitzRenowned Defense Attorney; Prominent Scholar on U.S. Constitutional & Criminal Law; Bestselling Author of Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case; Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal Justice System and the O.J. Simpson Case; The Case for Israel; Contributor, CNN

Renowned Defense Attorney Alan Dershowitz has been in-demand by major outlets including The New York Times, Fox News, CNN, and more following the publication of his widely-circulated column for The Hill on political extremism and the ongoing special counsel investigation into President Trump. Heralded as one of the "most distinguished defenders of individual rights" and "the best-known criminal lawyer in the world," Dershowitz takes a non-partisan deep-dive into today's most pressing ethical and legal issues. He has become a go-to voice on the ongoing investigation into President Trump, and whether the President's individual liberties are under attack. Standing his ground amid a fierce backlash to his Hill column, Dershowitz has been sought-out to decode all of the legal affairs surrounding the current administration thanks to his bold, thought-provoking, and shrewd commentary that considers ethics beyond the constraints of politics. At events Dershowitz challenge audiences with his perspectives on today’s foremost social, legal, and ethical issues, regularly receiving effusive praise such as: "He received rave reviews and made an outstanding contribution to the debate. The video of the debate has been viewed over 100,000 times since Friday night, record for us and a testament to the passion, substance and debating savvy Alan brought to the contest" (Munk Debates). 


Liza Donnelly, Award-Winning Cartoonist, The New Yorker; Resident Cartoonist, CBS News; Cultural Envoy, U.S. State Department; Author/Editor of 16 Books

Award-winning New Yorker cartoonist LIZA DONNELLY delivered a captivating keynote on "New Media Landscape: Content Fit for the 21st Century" at InspireFest 2018, dazzling over 3,000 attendees. Renowned for her unique “live drawings” of major events from the Oscars to the Presidential Inauguration, Donnelly uses the same dynamic approach for her presentations, and hooked the InspireFest audience right from the beginning by quickly sketching them on her iPad, which was projected onto the screen behind her. Donnelly interwove her live drawings with shrewd insights into the evolving media landscape, highlighting how new technologies can be an asset across industries, can foster clean and meaningful communication, and can speak truth to power. Shedding light on everything from the #MeToo Movement to how brands can hone in on an authentic message, Donnell'y keynote was insightful, authentic, and visually fascinating. Her presentation drew praise in Silicon Republic, a leading source for technology, science and start-up news, and on Twitter. Tweets of praise from the audience included: "Everyone at  is loving  and her poignant and pithy drawings, helping us slow down, listen and observe."; "Thanks soooooo much to the amazing  I'm going to treasure this..." " stopped us in our tracks at  today with an illustration that captures something that, as she says, there are no words for."; "So brilliant to have  here at  & hear about & see her amazing work".

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Stephen Dubner, Bestselling Author, Freakonomics Series; Host of Freakonomics Radio; Host of smash hit podcast, Tell Me Something I Don't Know; Co-star, Freakonomics Documentary

Bestselling co-author of the Freakonomics series and host of smash-hit podcasts Freakonomics Radio and Tell me Something I Don’t Know, Stephen Dubner won a 2017 Webby Award for Best Individual Episode. The leading international award honoring excellence on the internet, the Webby Awards are considered “The Internet’s highest honor” and receive some 13,000 submissions from over 60 countries.  Dubner won for his fascinating and thought-proving Freakonomics Radio episode, “Is the Internet Being Ruined?,” which presciently explored whether the internet has delivered on its promise of openness and user-freedom.  Following his impressive win, Dubner appeared on an episode of the Webby Awards Podcastto revisit the question posed in his award-winning episode, and to share insights from the internationally renowned and game-changing Freakonomics franchise.

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 Charles Duhigg. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist for the New York Times' New York Times Bestselling Author of "The Power of Habit" and "Smarter, Faster, Better"

Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG is the host of a fascinating new five-part New York Timespodcast, Change Agent. The podcast is inspired by all of the people who have solicited Duhigg’s help in solving their problems since the release of his groundbreaking book The Power of Habit, which has spent over three years on the New York Times Bestsellers List. People from all walks of life, from an addicted online shopper to a recovering alcoholic to a business-owner struggling with employee attendance, have sought Duhigg’s insights into turning obstacles into opportunity and implementing the revolutionary research he uncovered on habit formation. Instantly shooting to #1 on iTunes, each engaging episode of Change Agent unearths surprising stories from science and business that offer answers to people’s problems, tracking whether the solutions actually work. Showcasing Duhigg’s knack for riveting storytelling and chock-full of actionable takeaways, the podcast perfectly demonstrates why Duhigg is a hit with audiences at each and every one of his events. Just take a look at his recent rave reviews: "Charles was fantastic, as we knew he would be. He was also kind enough to sign some books for us, and take photos with a couple of the attendees. Just great!" (Wolters Kluwer); "Charles was amazing. He resonated with the audience, and lifted up the event. What a great thinker and speaker! I would highly recommend him." (


New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist CHARLES DUHIGG wrote the New York Times Magazine’s cover feature about search engine behemoth Google. A fascinating, 8,000 word, in-depth report that explores how the company quickly squelches competition, became one of the outlets most shared, racking up over 250 comments. Duhigg was also sought-out for an interview about the piece on CNBC's Squawk Alley, sharing engaging analysis about the nature of Google, anti-trust laws, and monopolies. A dynamic financial reporter, writer and speaker with tangible, genuinely interesting, and often funny, lessons for all business audiences, Duhigg knows how to craft a keynote that packs a punch. His book The Power of Habit-- a riveting exploration of the science behind habit formation and how it can be changed to trigger creative breakthroughs, record productivity, and success in life and business-- spent over 60 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was named one of the best books of the year by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Chock-full of implementable and transformative takeaways, Duhigg shares the same powerful messages with audiences. Heralded as "a phenomenal speaker" (Bloomberg); “a great thinker,” (; “thought-provoking,” (CEB); “engaging, funny, and generous with his time,” (Westmont College); and “entertaining” (CEB), Duhigg’s research and presentations resonate with every audience.

Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary (2014-2017); Political Analyst, NBC & MSNBC


Former White House Press Secretary and current political analyst for NBC News & MSNBC, Josh Earnest is in-demand for his candid insights into today’s top issues and insider’s perspective on life in the White House. At a series of upcoming events— including the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ (NEASC) Annual Conference where he will address an audience of 1,000, the University of Missouri’s Cockefair Lecture, the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) Legislative Day, and Florida Southern College’s Distinguished Speaker Series—Earnest is set to reveal both informative and engaging lessons from his 10 years working alongside President Barack Obama and a fresh perspective on today’s headlines. Delivering keynotes such as “A Matter of Facts: Navigating a Post-Truth Era” and “The Briefing: Today’s Headlines in Perspective”, engaging in substantive debates with Republican pundits such as Karl Rove, and participating in in-depth Q&As, Earnest balances both sharp analysis and witty anecdotes to keep audiences riveted and informed.  Just look at the tweets of praise that came rolling in following one of Earnest’s recent keynotes: “What an honor to introduce Josh Earnest at @VillageShalomAges last night! Great speech!”


After recently addressing some 500 attendees at the Ages of Excellence event, Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest received the following rave review:  "Josh Earnest was LOVELY! He was extremely easy to work with, he was very kind and personable to our guests, his remarks were on point … and he offered insight into his personal White House experience as well as a hopeful perspective into the current political landscape. We were thoroughly pleased with his presentation." The feedback echoes what attendees have to say following each of Earnest’s engagements, thanks to his substantive analysis, willingness to discuss any issue, and refreshing bipartisanship. Whether engaging in a point-counterpoint debate at an elite university, or addressing senior executives at a major law firm, Earnest showcases his tremendous breadth of experience working in the White House and infuses his remarks with plenty of humor and engaging anecdotes. Just look at the tweets of praise that come pouring in during each event: “I've never felt star struck in my life. Thank you @joshearnest for changing that. Tonight was INCREDIBLE!! #OnlyatGW”; “Lots of friendly sentiments, honest answers, and appeals to service from @joshearnest and Secretary Tom Ridge at the #OnlyAtGW debate!”; “@ASAEcenter GR conference kickoff w/ @joshearnest. Good advice on takeaways for current political moment. Also, funny Tom Brady story”; “@joshearnest thank you so much for taking my question about your time in the WH tonight at the @berkeleyforum.”

Mohamed El-Erian: Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz; Chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017); CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO (2007-2014); Internationally Recognized Expert on World Economy & Finance

Internationally respected economist and financier MOHAMED EL-ERIAN  recently made headlines due to his appointment as a new member of Under Armour's Board of Directors. An in-demand financial expert who is a fixture on major outlets including Bloomberg Markets,  CNN, and CNBC thanks to his expertise and revelatory insights into the stock market and global economy, El-Erian's insights prove to be game-changers for businesses across industries. As Under Armour's Chairman and CEO said, "Mohamed's renowned international, macroeconomic and financial expertise are welcomed strengths as we lean even more deeply into our transformation, driving greater operational excellence, financial discipline and shareholder returns as we continue to drive our brand forward around the world." Appearing on TV on a near daily basis, El-Erian decodes everything from Fed rates to rising tariffs, and his most recent Bloomberg View column on stock market activity was quickly picked up by other outlets. He shares similarly engaging and illuminating insights with audiences at each of his engagements. He recently shed light on the changing global economic outlook for an audience of 1,000 asset managers and investors at the 2018 Context Summit and is set to speak at the upcoming Barclay's Asia Forum. He regularly receives rave reviews from audiences worldwide, such as: "Mohamed did an excellent job. He tailored his remarks to our audience really well. He was also very gracious when interacting with our guests and senior management at the cocktail reception...Here is a sampling of the open-ended feedback: 'perfect start'; 'he was excellent and very happy to see the high caliber of keynote speaker'; 'fantastic, very informative'; 'Excellent delivery taking complicated thoughts but delivering them in real life experiences.'" (Commonfund).

 Ronan Farrow. NBC Investigative Reporter & Host of #Undercovered; Award-Winning Journalist & Voice of the Millennial Generation; U.S. Special Advisor on Global Youth Issues (2011-2012)

Investigative reporter RONAN FARROW was both awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People of 2018for his culture-shifting reporting for The New Yorker on Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment, and abuse of power.  Awarded along with Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, the Pulitzer Prize committee recognized Farrow's, “explosive, impactful journalism... spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women,” and as the TIME tribute cited, "Their hard work and impeccable journalism have changed attitudes, behavior, conversations, norms, laws and policies, yielding enormous personal and public good." Beyond his grounbreaking work with The New Yorker, Farrow has also signed an exclusive three-year deal with HBOto develop and be featured in a series of investigative documentary specials, and just released a book War on Peace, which is a harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy. The book was an instant Amazon and New York Times #1 Bestseller, and Farrow has been making headlines in virtually every major outlet as he's been sought-out for interviews by The Late Show with Stephen ColbertABC's Good Morning America, CBS' This MorningTIME, The New Yorker, SLATE, NPR, Preet Bharara's podcast and more, shedding light on everything from Tillerson's short-lived tenure as Secretary of State to lessons on investigative journalism. He has taken his powerful message to audiences nationwide, delivering compelling speeches at Colgate Univerisrty, Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2018, Gonzaga University, and more. His recent commencement address at Loyola Marymount University made headlines in The Washington Post, Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, and more, thanks to his inspiring message on rising up and trusting your inner voice. 

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

As the mastermind behind the Fifth Annual Forbes Women’s Summit, Moira Forbes brought together over 300  game-changing women from over different twenty industries. This record breaking number of multigenerational innovators, entrepreneurs and influencers gathered to inspire action and fuel creative fires at the Summit, which aims to serve as a source of inspiration and support that connects and empowers women around the world, helping them realize their potential and reach new heights. In her influential role as Executive Vice president of Forbes media and President of ForbesWoman, Moira Forbes has been instrumental in uniting women of diverse backgrounds since 2001. The summit’s theme, “Navigating a New Tomorrow” celebrated female achievement and created a community through two days of intimate and encouraging dialogue. Forbes closed out the summit with a dynamic and empowering speech that was widely heralded (and quoted) on twitter and caused the motivating hashtag #redefinepowerto trend on the social media platform. As one woman tweeted: Happy to see industry trailblazer @moiraforbes encouraging women to #RedefinePower today in NYC!”

Steve ForbesChairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media' Expert on the Global Economy, Monetary Policy and Politics; Bestselling Author

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, STEVE FORBES has become a fixture on Fox News thanks to his shrewd and useful insights on trade, tariffs and China. Highlighting the impact of an escalating trade war on businesses and consumers alike, Forbes breaks down other ways to approach relations with China, illuminating a path forward. Forbes also recently penned a widely-shared New York Times op-ed on the topic, calling for President Trump to end tariffs.   A business icon and internationally respected authority on all issues of economics, finance and politics, Forbes brings the same substantive and engaging commentary to each of his engagements. He offers audiences thought-provoking insights and riveting anecdotes that make each of his engagements a smash hit. Recently named one of the top 10 most influential libertarians by Newsmax, Forbes has recently been sought-out for events as varied as Woodard's Scaling New Heights Conference and the Synergy Global Forum. He consistently garners tweets of praise from audience-members such as: "was an honor to meet you today. Thank you for your time, knowledge and insights into the future" and "Turns out  is an excellent storyteller." Forbes receives similarly stellar reviews from event-planners such as: "Steve Forbes was absolutely fantastic!... We had a sell out for the event and that was due in large part to the popularity of Steve as our Annual Meeting speaker. I would highly recommend Steve to any group looking for a speaker that will be a draw and will give a most informative presentation" (Louisiana Association of Business and Industry)

Vicente Fox: President of Mexico (2000-2006); Humanitarian & Founder of Centro Fox; Co-President of the Centrist Democrat International, international organization of center-right political parties

Sought-out to deliver the closing keynote at the ASU + GSV Summit, Former President of Mexico VICENTE FOX (2000-2006) delivered engaging and informative remarks about education, the future of work, trade and U.S. Mexico relations. Touching on everything from his admiration of teachers and the importance of NAFTA, to the role technology will play in creating an equitable future, Fox enthralled the audience of 4,100-- including 350 CEOs—at the EdTech industry’s premier financial event. Fox’s keynote garnered lots of praise, including legions of tweets such as: “HE DELIVERED! Great speech by President Fox--@VicenteFoxQue . An inspiring story. He started out driving a truck for Coca-Cola...then became the President of Coca-Cola in Mexico...and eventually became President of Mexico. Passionate about education and opportunity.”; “Inspiring hearing @VicenteFoxQue discuss the importance of education for people of all types. ‘Nations belong to citizens’”; "Deep #ThankYou to @VicenteFoxQue . My #ASUGSV2018#epiphany: We, across our countries, are an Army of Change. Together we will build #accessible education for every child and adult on our planet.” From the CEO of Coca-Cola Mexico, where he is credited with boosting sales by over 50% and making Coke the country’s top-selling drink, to the President of Mexico where he played a vital role in the country’s democratization and economic growth, Fox is a leading voice on the contemporary geopolitical landscape. A passionate humanitarian and advocate for social justice, since leaving office he has founded Centro Fox to promote compassionate global citizenship among the next generation, and his newly-released book Let’s Move On is passionate call to unity and resistance against ethnocentric sentiments. He draws on this tremendous wealth of experience at each of his engagements, empowering and informing audiences worldwide. Among his recent rave reviews include: "A complete hit and the largest audience we have ever had for a daytime lecture" (San Joaquin Valley Town Hall); “President Fox's speech went well and was inspiring, he had so much experience to share!"(Ogun State Investors Forum); President Fox was incredible a real class act. We had a full house with 4,200 people, plus an overflow room… (National Association of International Educators).

Julia Gillard: 27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013); Chair of the Global Partnership for Education to bring quality education to every child around the world

Former Prime Minister of Australia JULIA GILLARD has established and been named chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, a new institute at King’s College in London. Bringing together rigorous research, practice and advocacy to better understand and address the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions worldwide, Gillard will actively work with the Institute to promote gender equality and tackle complicated issues of women’s treatment in workplaces across industries. The news of Gillard’s new role quickly made headlines as she has become a leading voice on gender equality and female leadership around the world. Australia’s first, and to-date only, female Prime Minister, Gillard's prominence as an internationally celebrated feminist was solidified following her now-viral 2012 Parliament speech on misogyny. Since leaving office, Gillard has continued her advocacy work as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, which aims to bring quality education to every child around the world, with a focus on increasing the number of girls able to attend school. A regular contributor to The Guardian, Gillard frequently pens passionate op-eds and delivers sharp, refreshing interviews on female leadership, gender parity in politics, and more. This International Women’s Day, she even called for more women to run for office. A smash hit with audiences, Gillard bring her passion, expertise, and insight to each of her engagements, continually receiving rave reviews. Sought-out for recent high-profile events such as The Simmons Leadership Conference and the Distinguished Speakers Series, Gillard has received praise such as: "She was fantastic and wonderfully well received!...The bar is very high here at The Richmond Forum, and she just sailed right over with ease” (The Richmond Forum) and "I cannot express how important and successful your talk before the Boston College student body turned out..." (Boston College).

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

Iconic conservationist Jane Goodall is the subject of a new documentary from National Geographic, Jane, which draws from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage of Goodall’s work in the Gombe. Hailed as “one of the best documentaries of 2017” (; “required viewing for anyone seeking a classic in the making” (Indiwire); and “a wondrous, moving, and truly stirring portrait...” (Hollywood Reporter), Jane explores how Goodall challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Amid the incredible press surrounding Jane, which is drawing praise at film festivals worldwide, Goodall has been sought-out for interviews by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times to share her remarkable life story and insights into her continued mission to save the planet. It’s a message she’s shared with riveted audiences, most recently during her Tomorrow & Beyond USA Lecture Tour. Imparting her vision of hope and empowering audience members to do their part to make a difference, Goodall receives praise such as: "One word - phenomenal. We sold out of tickets (3000) almost two weeks in advance of Dr. Goodall's lecture. Our phones didn't stop ringing for weeks. Her lecture and book signing were amazing and truly inspirational..." (Oakland University).


Al Gore: Vice President of the United States (1993-2001); Tech Investor & Board Member of Apple & Silicon Valley's KPCB; Founder and Chairman, The Climate Reality Project; Nobel Peace Laureate (2007) 

Former Vice President Al Gore’s powerful remarks at the Milken Institute’s Asia Summit and Women’s Leadership Summit are making headlines and inspiring audience members to take to Twitter with impactful quotes and highlights from his sessions. As the headliner of each event’s session, “Al Gore: Leading the Charge for Environmental Action” and “A Conversation With Al Gore: How to Inspire a Movement,” Gore touched on resilience, how to mobilize support for meaningful causes, and what’s next in the movement to combat climate change. Gore highlighted that investors, rather than government, could be the driving force for positive change, and emphasized how diversity and empowerment of women is crucial to any movement’s progress.  Fresh off the success of his critically acclaimed documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power—for which he was hailed as a “star orator” with a gift “for making statistics enthrall” by The Financial Times—Gore brings the same energy, passion, and informative presentation style on display in the film to each of his speaking engagements.  

Lori Greiner. Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank; The "Queen of QVC"; Prolific Inventor & Entrepreneur; National Bestselling Author

Selected to grace the cover of Parade Magazine, prolific inventor and entrepreneur Lori Greiner revealed everything from her morning routine and favorite invention, to her secrets for success and how to tell if a product is a “hero” or “zero.” Known as the “Queen of QVC” and “warm-blooded shark” on ABC’s smash hit Shark Tank, Greiner knows what it takes to build something from the ground up and take a product from concept to the marketplace. In the Parade story “Lessons from a Shark,” Greiner shares how she started with the invention of a sole earring organizer in 1996: “I had to figure things out on my own. I feel that when you’re driving a business, you should know every facet of it since no one will love your business like you do.” Since her humble start, Greiner has grown her empire to include over 500 products and 120 U.S. and international patents. On Shark Tank, she’s celebrated for bringing her business savvy to aspiring entrepreneurs, taking a real hand-on approach, sharing her invaluavble advice, and translating it into breakthrough success. When describing her decision to join Shark Tank, Greiner said: “The casting director called and said, ‘You’re a uniorn,’ meaning there isn’t anyone out there like me who creates a product, makes it, packages it—everything from soup to nuts. ‘American could really learn a lot from you.’” Just winning an Emmy for Best Structured Reality Program for the fourth consecutive year, Shark Tank’s 9th seson premieres on October 1st, and guarantees to bring more of Greiner’s one-of-a-kind passion and transformative business insights.

Read Lori Greiner’s Parade Magazine cover story >>


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

In a recent interview for Bloomberg, R. Glenn Hubbard provided frank analysis on the U.S. job report and discussed new policy strategies to spur U.S. economic growth. A brilliant economist and acclaimed Dean at Columbia Business School, Hubbard has been a leading voice for economic guidance over the past two decades. His recently published articles for the Wall Street JournalThe Hill and New York Times discussing the changing fiscal climate highlight how his clear, candid insights and shrewd commentary continue to influence U.S. policy decisions. A former Chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors and current Co-Chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, Hubbard is frequently sought-out for his expertise, because as he recently told CNN MoneyEconomists offer a perspective in policy debates. President won’t always agree with it, but you need to hear what economists have to say.

 Daniel HoffmanFormer Central Intelligence Agency Senior Executive Clandestine Service Officer; Expert on Cyber Security and Counterterrorism

Former CIA officer and expert on cyber security and counterterrorism DANIEL HOFFMAN penned a powerful op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, unpacking the implications and strategies behind the Steele dossier. Drawing on his 30 years of government experience—including time observing Soviet and Russian intelligence operations—Hoffman goes beyond partisan politics to argue that the highly contested dossier was part of a Russian espionage disinformation plot targeting both parties and America’s political process. Hoffman shares both shrewd insights into the Kremlin’s tactics and a compelling argument for what the U.S. response should be, highlighting what is at stake in terms of national security. His sharp analysis was instantly cited in other outlets, including Politico.  Frequently sought-out by major outlets thanks to his substantive and frank commentary on Russia and ongoing national security concerns, Hoffman is a seasoned expert who is able to break down complex issues for every audience. At a recent event for Flywheel Data, he received the following rave review: "Wow! Dan captured our attention from the minute he walked into the room. It is not every day that you can hear from an elite government official who made a career of NOT being noticed or heard. We are fortunate that Dan has stepped forward and is pulling the stealth curtain back for all of us to have a peek. Dan had us in utter shock and amazement at some of stories he shared..."

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

Addressing hundreds of senior executives from the world’s leading financial institutions, former Counselor to George W. Bush Karen Hughes spoke at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group’s esteemed strategic forum: the Global Financial Leadership Conference. Touching on everything from emerging geopolitical tends, to critical economic issues and the future of the financial marketplace, Hughes drew upon her unique insights serving in both the public and private sectors. Lauded for her expertise as a communications strategist, Karen Hughes, who currently serves as the Worldwide Vice Chair for Burson-Marstellar, participated in a crucial panel discussion: “The People Have Spoken: What to Expect In the Next 100 Days.” Known for seeking out today’s top and most innovative minds on the cutting edge of global developments, the Global Financial Leadership Conference sets the conversation among the financial industry elite.   

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

At New Jersey City University's Black History Month celebration, Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey JUDITH JAMISON shared stories from her remarkable life and commented on the role of the arts in American culture for an enraptured audience of students, staff and artists. An icon of modern dance, a civil rights trailblazer, and a passionate advocate for promoting inclusivity through the arts, Jamison has received the National Medal of Arts, The Congressional Black Caucus' Phoenix Award, an Emmy Award, and been invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama, among her many other accomplishments. Her optimistic and empowering remarks left audiences spellbound, and even generated the following praise in an Instagram post: “It was such a pleasure to learn from and share space with the legendary, Judith Jamison tonight. Hearing her speak gave me a timely reminder that there are miracles happening around us every day, and that we just have to stop and pay attention to them.” Jamison receives similar effusive praise at each of her events. When she recently spoke at two college campuses, she received the following rave reviews:  "Mrs. Jamison was a most gracious and eloquent speaker. The fervor in which she spoke on the role of the arts in our lives moved the audience to gasp, then cheer. What a pleasure to host such a guest whose caliber is unparalleled. She brought such a warmth, honesty and lively spirit to our campus." (University of Utah); "Everything was wonderful…I have had students and faculty approach me all week long saying they were inspired by Ms. Jamison's speech. I was really nice to have someone to speak on diversity and growth in the arts." (Hamilton College)

 Mae Jemison. First African American Woman in Space; Founder and President, the Jemison Group and BioSentient Corp, Two Medical Technology Companies; Currently Leading 100 Year Starship to assure human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century; Inductee National Women's Hall of Fame & International Space Hall of Fame

Pioneering astronaut MAE JEMISON, the first African-American woman in space, appears in a fascinating new documentary series from National Geographic: One Strange Rock. From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith, One Strange Rock is a mind-bending and thrilling journey that explores the wonder and fragility of planet Earth that has already made headlines in Forbes, Fast Company, Parade, and more. Told from the point of view of eight astronauts, Jemison among them, One Strange Rock reveals what sets our miraculous planet apart from the rest of the universe, and what we can do to preserve it. Sought-out for an interview in Newsweek and NBC to discuss the project (the first episode aired March 26), Jemison shared highlights from the series’ set, and opened up about what it was like to travel to space and her ongoing efforts to protect life on Earth.  Currently at the helm of the 100 Year Starship, a groundbreaking, Pentagon-funded effort that aims to make human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next 100 years, Jemison is pioneering and transforming breakthrough science and technology that enhances the quality of life on Earth. She is also an outspoken advocate of diversity in STEM and a chief collaborator on “Science Matters,” an initiative to encourage kids of all backgrounds to pursue science. Jemison brings her tremendous breadth of experience and expertise, and bold, forward-thinking inspiration to each of her engagements. Consistently drawing a sold-out audience, Jemison receives rave reviews such as: "[The event] ended up being sold out!... [S]he dropped a lot of gems for all of the attendees” (Penn State Harrisburg); "Dr. Jemison was fantastic... We had standing room only for her talk... I'm very grateful to Dr. Jemison for being so generous with her time and attention during the reception and with students" (Boston College); "Dr. Jemison was amazing! I have received nothing but positive feedback on her presentation. In fact, many have said she was the best speaker they had ever heard..." (Girl Scouts USA).

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

Founding Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center and Founder/President of The Health Initiative, DAVID KATZ recently shared insights into healthy eating in a fascinating and informative interview with New York Magazine’s Grub Street. Grub Street’s most-viewed story for over a week, the interview, “The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right,” also appeared in the March 19th edition of New York Magazine. The conversation spans truly every topic related to healthy eating, from diet fads and how we should feel about gluten, to the “healthiest” alcohol and what to look for on nutrition labels. Interesting, chock-full of science-backed facts, and at times hilarious, the interview wonderfully showcases how Katz balances substance and humor as a speaker. Through his work at the True Health Initiative, Katz hopes to make the fundamental truths about healthy, sustainable living and eating common knowledge worldwide.  He is also the author of a forthcoming book The Truth About Food, and served as the President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Regularly sought-out to deliver insights on healthcare, medicine and diet,  Katz is set to deliver a keynote at the upcoming Nutraceuticals and Medicine Conference, and was recently named to Virgin Pulse’s prestigious Science Advisory Board and delivered a keynote at their Thrive Summit. Heralded as “outstanding” (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine); “a total pro” (Almond Board); and “awesome” (Texas International Produce Association), Katz consistently receives rave reviews such as: "We had an overwhelmingly positive response to Dr. Katz's presentation. We thank you for all your assistance in contributing to our event" (MultiCare Health System).

Cody Keenan. White House Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2013-2017)

White House Director of Speechwriting (2013-2017) CODY KEENAN delivered an awe-inspiring convocation address at Northwestern University for an audience of 15,000. Delivering plenty of jokes and insights, Keenan described his career and rise to the West Wing, shedding light on perseverance, landing your dream job, and political dynamics in Washington. A speechwriter for President Obama for over a decade, Keenan got his start as a campaign intern in Chicago, and currently serves as Obama's collaborator on his upcoming book and as his post-presidential speechwriter. Through times of challenge and change, Keenan helped Obama craft remarks on every topic for every audience – from tiny backyards in Iowa to the biggest stadiums in the country. Over eight years in the White House, their collaborations were compared to the works of Abraham Lincoln, described as the “‘I Have a Dream’ speech for the 21st Century,” and categorized even by prominent Republicans as “speeches that every child should read in school.” Keenan shared his political idealism with the Northwestern audience, highlighting what politics has the power to do, even amid divisive times. NowThis Politics even posted a clip of the speech on Facebook, and it quickly racked up over 400 thousand views. Keenan's inspiring and compelling remarks garnered countless tweets of praise such as: "Thanks again for a moment of hope...hope and grace" and "Great message to the Wildcat class (and to the rest of us).

Watch Cody Keenan's speech at Northwestern University >>


Erica Keswin Author, Bring Your Human to Work (Fall 2018); Workplace Strategist & Executive Coach Specializing in the Business of Relationships

A workplace strategist who has worked with some of the most iconic organizations in the world from the NFL to NASA, ERICA KESWIN highlights how relationships are the most powerful driver of success for individuals and companies striving to attract and retain talent and loyal customers. Her forthcoming book, Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World (McGraw Hill, Fall 2018), is already generating hype and serves as a powerful guide to a workplace revolution that honors relationships and puts people first. Her flagship keynote, offers powerful case studies and walks leaders and managers through her ten sure-fire ways to help them design a more human workplace, where employees are more engaged, creative, passionate, and porductiveA dynamite speaker, Keswin just delivered a keynote at WorkHuman 2018, in which she revealed her tried-and-true, human roadmap for a more meaningful, connected, inclusive, and productive workplace culture, and was recently interviewed live from SXSW by New York Times COO Meredith Kopit Levien. Keswin regularly receives rave reviews at each of her events such as:  "The workplace is changing with new faces, new technology, and new expectations. Few are better positioned to speak, write, and consult on the convergence of these forces than Erica Keswin..." (Bloomberg LP) and "Erica provided unique and informative insights... I found her suggestions on taking back control of my professional and personal calendar to be both effective and empowering, and I continue to use much of her practical advice even months after attending her seminar..." (Apres Group). Keswin is also a regular contributor to Forbes, and recently penned a powerful, widely-shared op-ed entitled "Because Life Happens When We're All At Work" outlining effective strategies for getting the most out of employees while respecting their personal lives, and also made headlines in Entrepreneur thanks to her cost-effective and helpful advice on how companies can keep employees happy and engaged. 

Watch Erica Keswin's keynote at WorkHuman >>

 Martin Luther King, IIIOldest son of Martin Luther King Jr.; Civil Rights Activist and Global Humanitarian

Delivering a keynote on Embracing the Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Equality at Missouri Western University’s Convocation on Critical Issues, Martin Luther King III riveted an audience of 4,000 (after the event had to be moved to a larger venue to accommodate demand) as he touched on issues of racial inequality, civil disobedience, promoting change, and more. A prestigious event that aims to “stimulate thought and debate,” the Convocation on Critical Issues has hosted such noteworthy speakers as Colin Powell and Cokie Roberts, and King III’s visit was particularly timely as it came just after the 54thanniversary of his father’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. One of many headlines proclaimed “King III’s visit comes at the right time,” with the article stating: “It’s hard to imagine someone of prominence who would be more equipped to address important issues that have application in today’s American society.” A renowned civil rights leader, King III’s passionate remarks drew on his extensive experience as an activist and garnered lots of praise on Twitter: “An absolute honor to have Martin Luther King III on our campus at #MWSU and deliver such a great, unifying message ”; “Today's Convocation @MissouriWestern featuring @OfficialMLK3 was amazing. He spoke directly to my soul!”; A wonderful speaker, so glad to have the opportunity to bring students to hear MLK III." As the executive director of the MSWU foundation raved: The Convocation was phenomenal. Mr. King was so gracious and was well received by everyone. He is an amazing person.“

Nataly Kogan: Founder of Happier, a global technology and learning platform enabling users to discover new methods of pursuing emotional wellbeing; TEDx Speaker on How to Cultivate Happiness; Author of Happier Now, set for release May 2018; Happiness Expert, Venture Capitalist & Successful Tech Entrepreneur

Nataly Kogan's highly-anticipated new book Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) was named #1 to Fast Company's list of "5 summer beach reads that can make you happier at work". A game-changing book that helps people re-frame their thinking, Happier Now reveals the power in embracing the rich fabric of many human emotions, including the difficult ones, and learning how to use scientifically proven practices to live fully in good times and bad. Full of tangible, actionable tools and strategies, Kogan’s book teaches volumes about compassion, resilience, and yes, happiness. The CEO and Founder of Happier--a global technology and learning platform enabling users to discover new methods of pursuing emotional wellbeing-- NATALY KOGAN has dedicated her career to helping individuals and organizations better understand and achieve happiness. Happier Now shares Kogan's extensive experience and research, and has been making headlines in The Washington Post, Forbes, Popsugar, and more as Kogan breaks down the tips and strategies illuminated in her book with refreshing honesty. Kogan brings the same tangible advice to each of her keynotes, earning overwhelming praise such as: "Nataly’s background and experience on what really drives a happier existence at work & home was very well received. She brings a lot of credibility to the topic as she is very honest about her own experiences. It was refreshing to hear..." (Gillette); "As the keynote speaker at our biggest event of the year, Nataly immediately captivated our audience... Her witty sense of humor, genuine passion for her work, and real world stories gave us inspiration (and many head nods and laughs!). Her positive energy is infectious, and our audience left feeling ready to take their careers to the next level thanks to her unique advice and words of wisdom." (Young Women in Digital).

 Steven Kotler: New York Times Bestselling Author of Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Abundance & Bold; International Pioneer in Peak Performance & Innovation; Cofounder & Director of Research for Flow Genome Project

New York Times bestselling author and international pioneer in peak performance STEVEN KOTLERwas sought-out to deliver a keynote on "The Science of Maximizing Human Potential" at Talks at Google. A deep dive into the science of peak performance, Kotler's talk reveals revolutionary insights into human brain and how this knowledge is revolutionizing our ability to tackle huge challenges, innovate like never before, and generate surprising shortcuts for enhancing creativity and performance. Full of practical tips on how to apply the latest research, Kotler takes audiences behind the pages of his latest bestseller Stealing Fire, elected as a Top Shelf Pick and Best Business Book of 2017, and leaves them with the tools they need to level-up their game. Kotler consistently earns rave reviews each of his engagements, such as: "Wanted to share some of the great feedback we received on Steven’s keynote 'Great delivery of Information'; 'Fantastic - inspiring'; 'AWESOME'; 'Changes the we view flow and how it can change the way we work. Great and powerful concept, interested in learning more.' (Evanta); "I am on my Steven Kotler high. He was amazing today!" (Microsoft Corporation).

 Alan Krueger: Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers (2011-2013); Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy (2009-2010); Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University 50 Highest Ranked Economists in the World by IDEAS/RePEc, research papers in economics

Renowned economist ALAN KRUEGER made headlines thanks to the valuable insights he shared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's recent, high-profile Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium. Sought-out to deliver the lunchtime keynote address entitled "Reflections on Dwindling Worker Bargaining Power and Monetary Policy," Krueger shared shrewd insights on wage growth, unemployment, the "Amazon Effect", and the economy at large. His substantive commentary was cited in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, and more. One of the 50 highest ranked economists in the world by IDEAS/RePEc and a former Chairman of the White House Council on Economic Advisors, Kreuger's research shapes the national conversation and directly influences economic policy. His recent groundbreaking paper Where have all the workers gone? An inquiry into the decline of the U.S. labor force participation rate garnered attention from nearly every major media outlet, making headlines in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune, The Washington Post, Quartz, New York Magazine, NBC News, The New Yorker, and more. Recently sought-out to deliver a keynote at Jobs for the Future's Horizons event, Krueger regularly receives rave reviews at each of his engagements, such as: "The event was great-- the team really enjoyed the time spent with Alan and had extremely positive feedback. They believed he uncovered a hard to see insight and they thought it was a very productive use of time..." (AT&T). 

Steven LevittBestselling Author, Freakonomics Series; Co-Founder, Spin For Good; William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago; Director, Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Author of the bestselling Freakonomics series and economics professor at the University of Chicago, Steven Levitt recently conducted an experiment that had the whole country buzzing. Known for his fresh ideas and unique approach to real-life economics, Levitt has a vocal following on his weekly podcast and Reddit, and tapped into his fan base to answer one question: What happens when people make major life decisions based on random chance? For his experiment, Levitt recruited nearly 20,000 people to make life-changing decisions—like getting married or leaving a job— based on the flip of a coin. “As a basic rule of thumb, I believe that people are too cautious when it comes to making a change,” said Levitt, who was interviewed about the experiment in dozens of outlets including The Washington Post The Atlantic, and The Economist. Levitt turned conventional wisdom upside down; his use of curiosity and charisma to connect with audiences proved so powerful that he managed to get “hundreds of people to quit jobs, break up or have kids based on coin flips”.

 Read more about Levitt’s groundbreaking experiment >>

 Jack Lew Secretary of the Treasury (2013-2016); White House Chief of Staff (2012-2013), Director Office Management & Budget (2010-2012); Citigroup Senior Executive & COO New York University

Former Treasury Secretary JACK LEW was sought-out for an interview by MarketWatch to share insights on tax cuts and their near- and long-term economic impact. Revealing frank analysis on higher interest rates, the growing deficit and potential outcomes of the November midterm elections, Lew painted an in-depth picture of key issues facing the economy.  Lew's remarks made headlines on The Hill thanks to his illuminating commentary on what is achievable in Congress, and how the tax cut bill will impact the possibility of developing a bipartisan deficit-reduction plan. Currently a partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm that invests in family-run businesses and entrepreneurs, Lew has over 30 years of government experience. At the Treasury, he oversaw all aspects of international and domestic fiscal policy, helping to spit one of the longest economic recoveries in American history. He is regularly in-demand for his informative and substantive commentary on all issues related to the global economic outlook, consistently receiving rave reviews such as: "Secretary Lew’s participation received a lot of positive comments onsite and his session was well-received. [He] had a great Q&A session... with the audience there was a lot of participation and engagement" (European Pensions & Investments Summit), and "It was a huge success! We received such great feedback on his remarks, interview and the panel! One of the best we’ve had. He is just the nicest man (Pershing LLC). 

 Phil Libin: Digital Entrepreneur & Venture Capital Investor; Co-Founder & CEO, All Turtles, AI Startup Studio; Co-Founder, Evernote, Global Productivity Tool

Renowned digital entrepreneur and tech investor Phil Libin has launched a new startup, All Turtles, to find and foster the next wave of Artificial Intelligence (AI) businesses and products. A way to break out of the Silicon Valley bubble by providing support and distribution to AI entrepreneurs, Libin describes All Turtles as a unique “startup studio” that will seek out and develop interesting concepts into full-fledged businesses, with locations starting in San Francisco, Tokyo and Paris. The news of Libin’s new project was instantly picked up by major outlets, including a compelling interview with TechCrunch, and profiles in Business Insider, The Financial Times, The Silicon Valley Business Journal, and more.

 John LipskyFirst Deputy Managing Director, IMF (2006-2011); Co-Chair, Aspen Institute’s Program on the World Economy; Executive Director, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Director, Center for Global Development

John Lipsky’s service at the International Monetary Fund coincided with the onset of the greatest economic and financial challenges faced yet by the rapidly globalizing world. Having served as the IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director between 2006-2011, as well as Acting Managing Director from May-July 2011, Lipsky helped lead the IMF’s efforts to halt the global downturn, to reestablish economic and financial stability, and to restart growth through unprecedented international policy cooperation in the face of historic market upheavals and systemic disruption. 

 Joseph Lubin: Founder and CEO, ConsenSys, blockchain venture studio; Co-Founder, Ethereum, blockchain computing platform; CoinDesk's Most Influential in Blockchain; Former VP of Technology in Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs

Featured in Forbes' first-ever list of cryptocurrency's most powerful and influential people, "Prophet of BoomJOSEPH LUBIN is the Founder & CEO of ConsenSys, one of the largest and fastest growing blockchain companies in the world, with over 1,000 employees across 28 countries. He is also the Co-Founder of Ethereum, a groundbreaking blockchain computing platform, and the second-largest public blockchain by value

Also named to CoinDesk's "Most Influential In Blockchain," Lubin is renowned for his innovative and creative leadership style, and has taken ConsenSys and Ethereum through exponential growth. Under his watch the number of ConsenSys employees has exploded by over 400%, and the organization has grown to include 37 different companies across industries including prediction markets, energy and supply chain. Ethereum has experienced a similarly meteoric rise, "attracting attention from giants in finance and technology, like JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft and IBM, which have described it as a sort of Bitcoin 2.0," according to The New York Times

In his compelling keynotes, Lubin reveals the transformative power of blockchain technology and his vision for a decentralized future. Reflecting on his journey co-creating Ethereum, Lubin sheds light on how the technology has the power to transform industries, and how companies can better understand and tap into its power. 

 Jane LuteFormer Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (2009-2013); BOD, Center for Internet Security; Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations; Cybersecurity & Homeland Security Expert

A former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (2009-2013) and current President and CEO of the Council on CyberSecurity and Board Member of the Center for Internet Security, Jane Lute is an internationally trusted and renowned cybersecurity expert who has dedicated her career to enhancing global security and handling crises. Just elected to the Board of Directors of Union Pacific Corporationdue to her cybersecurity expertise, Hall is frequently in-demand by major conferences and the media alike to address everything from the evolving landscape of cyber threats to how they are most effectively handled. She recently delivered a TECH Talk at the Symantec Government Symposium, spoke on a panel at the RSA Conference, and was sought-out for her insights on what she called a “global cyber awakening” for global supply chains as they are permeated by tech.

Watch Jane Lute give TECH Talk at the Symantec Government Symposium >>

H.R. McMaster26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired; New York Times Bestselling Author

National Security Advisor (2017-18) Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security and international affairs, renowned for his leadership in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Fortune's "50 World's Greatest Leaders", McMaster was described in a recent New Yorker profile as having "an impeccable reputation as a warrior-intellectual" who "in addition to excelling in combat... has written a Ph.D dissertation that became a landmark book, 'Dereliction of Duty.'"A three-star general who until recently served as National Security Advisor under President Donald Trump, McMaster has been at the helm of large and diverse teams, often in the most perilous and challenging of situations. He rose to fame during the Gulf War, where as a captain McMaster led an outnumbered cavalry troop to victory over Iraqi forces in what is considered the last great tank battle of the 20th century. From the battlefield to the White House he has distinguished himself for his bold, effective leadership, and he offers unparalleled insights into everything from how to be strategic in times of crisis, to how to foster loyalty, support and teamwork. Already the author of a New York Times bestseller, Dereliction of Duty, McMaster is working on a highly-anticipated upcoming book. Sought-out to address audiences everywhere from the Atlantic Council to Georgetown University, McMaster is in-demand thanks to his leadership, security, and global affairs expertise. 


Jamie Metzl: Expert on Asia; Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Former Executive Vice President, Asia Society; Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council; Regular commentator for CNN & Bloomberg

As the North Korea crisis unfolds by the day and the likelihood of a US-China trade war increases, Asia expert, former White House official, and regular CNN contributor Jamie Metzl is uniquely qualified to shed light on these crucial situations, providing sharp analysis on what individuals, businesses and organizations can expect. Having just penned a powerful and informative editorial for CNN entitled “12 things Trump should know about North Korea,” delivered a keynote at China’s most important gathering on North Korea, and spoken at HSBC’s China Forums in both New York and San Francisco, Metzl is highly in-demand for his shrewd insights on the impacts of what’s happening in Asia. What would a fully nuclear armed North Korea mean for the United States, Asia, and the world? What should the world expect from China’s critical party congress at the end of this year? Drawing on his extensive experience advising both the North and South Korean governments, serving as director on the U.S. National Security Council, and recently engaging in extensive consultation with experts on the China-North Korea border, Metzl is able to answer all of these questions and more. In his inside view, tour de force talks, he explains the North Korea crisis, the often conflicting interests of Asia’s key players, the options going forward, and the implications of all of this for the region and world.

Jerry Michalski: Futurist & Thought Leader on Transformative Business Models; Corporate Consultant and Technology Advisor; Founder, REX (Relationship Economy eXpedition); Globetrotter and Adventurer

Worldwide we are experiencing a crisis of trust. As the World Economic Forum highlighted, recent studies show individual’s trust in the four institutions of government, media, business and NGOs are in steady decline worldwide. What does this mean? And what would it look like if individuals actually trusted their institutions? Jerry Michalski has been exploring these crucial questions for decades, delivering compelling TEDx Talks and thought-provoking keynotes on trust as the key element to any successful relationship, whether it be peer-to-peer, business-to-client, or government-to-citizen. Through his newly launched Patreon project, appropriately titled What if We Trusted You (WIWTY)Michalski illuminates a successful, optimistic path forward, highlighting what can be gained when organizations across industries move away from coercion and towards cooperation, and away from control and towards community, so that they may thrive in a new economy where the most innovative businesses already let strangers rent our homes and drive our cars. Launched through Patreon, a platform similar to Kickstarter that encompasses the very ideals of trust Michalski touches on, WIWTY is an ambitious and bold project involving a book, podcast, media experiment and more. Ultimately, it will bring Michalski’s pioneering work to the world as he collaboratively builds a productive path forward.

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 Karen MillsAdministrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2009-2013); Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School; Former Member of Obama Cabinet and National Economic Council; Expert on the Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth & Innovation

Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration KAREN MILLS was sought-out to speak at the MIT Technology Review's EmTech Next Conference, to shed light on crucial topics such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the future of work, disruption and more. A current Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, Mills is a leading voice on economic growth and innovation, regularly in-demand for her keen and actionable insights on fintech, supply chain disruption, and the future of the labor force. As an expert on economic growth, businesses and governments (including officials in the United Kingdom, Australia and the European Union) seek Mills’ insight not only for her higher level ideas of growth and innovation, but also for important small business tactical insights. On an EmTech Next panel entitled MIT Work of the Future: Perspectives from Business and Economics, she illuminated what we can learn from past examples of massive disruption in the workforce, which lessons apply today, and where we might be in uncharted territory. She highlighted how AI function more as a service than a physical good, and its economic implications, as well as the four players participating in the supply and demand of the work force and how they are, and are not, serving one another. Heralded for balancing substantive commentary and actionable strategies, Mills receives rave reviews after each of her events, including: "Working with Karen Mills was an absolute pleasure. Her speaking engagement was so well received and in turn we had many bankers request [a video of] her presentation," (PayNet) and "Karen was fantastic... Loved working with her" (Lenders One Conference). 

Joe Moglia: Chairman of the Board, TD Ameritrade; Head Football Coach, Coastal Carolina University; CEO, TD Ameritrade (2001-2008); Leadership Speaker with Executive Experience in Business & Sports

Few people achieve the rank of head coach of a Division I college football program. Even fewer chair $20 billion publicly-traded companies. Joe Moglia does both--at the same time.” The opening lines of Joe Moglia’s The Forbes Interview podcast reveal his incredible, wide-ranging success from Wall Street to the gridiron. The Head Football Coach at Coastal Carolina University and Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade, Moglia has one of the most “unique resumes in modern business.” Sought-out by Forbes to share his invaluable insights on leadership, fostering talent, and strategic risk-taking, Moglia’s unlikely story provides an inspiring recipe for success. It’s a message he’s shared with audiences nationwide, riveting attendees with both his empowering personal story and invaluable takeaways for success in business and life. Just a few comments from recent events: "I don’t think we’ve ever had a speaker that captured the audience’s attention and moved them the way Joe did." (Wells Fargo); "Joe Moglia will blow you away. Both raw and remarkable, he weaves his experience in life, business and football together in a way that gives everyone in the audience immediate tools to be more effective leaders, coaches and parents.” (Collegiate Sports Summit); “Joseph Moglia engaged with the audience instantaneously and his life story was riveting!” (Fidelity).

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Peggy Noonan: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist for The Wall Street Journal; Bestselling Author, The Time of Our Lives; Political Analyst, NBC News & MSNBC; Former Special Assistant & Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan

Pultizer Prize-winning journalist and MSNBC political analyst PEGGY NOONAN is in-demand for bringing American politics and current events to life with fresh insights and thoughtful analysis. Sought-out to address an audience of 700 senior executives at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting, 1,600 executives at the American Hospital Association's Annual Membership Meeting, and 1,600 C-suite executives and government leaders at the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, Noonan will shed light on what to expect from Washington and the implications for businesses and citizens alike. A bestselling author and former White House speechwriter, Noonan’s Wall Street Journal column, Declarations, garners millions of readers each week and has been described asthe best op-ed column in America.... perceptive, persuasive, principled and patriotic." Noonan brings the same thoughtful and revealing analysis to her engagements. Recently sought-out to deliver a keynote and engage in a Q&A at the Urban Land Institute’s trustees meeting, Noonan shared her reflections on one year of the Trump administration, and an industry write-up of the event highlights her candid commentary, breadth of expertise, and sense of humor.

Greg Norman: Golf's "Great White Shark"; Chairman & CEO of the Greg Norman Company 

GREG NORMAN, Golf's "Great White Shark" and CEO of his eponymous company, is launching his own SiriusFM Radio Show entitled Attack Life Radio With Greg Norman. As host of the monthly hour-long program, Norman will share stories and lessons from his extraordinary and adventurous life, revealing his philosophies and advice for getting the most out of life. The show's launch quickly made headlines in Forbes, Golf Magazine, Sports Business Daily, and more, as Norman shared his candid insights into politics, business, leadership and entrepreneurship. Heralded for his pursuit of perfection both on the links and in the boardroom, Norman holds the distinction of defending his No.1 position in the world golf rankings for 331 weeks, the second-longest reign in history, and being the first player to surpass $10 million in career earnings. As CEO and Chairman of the Greg Norman Company, Norman is at the helm of a multi-million dollar business empire with over a dozen companies bearing his name across six continents and multiple industries, including consumer goods and services, real estate and investments. A dynamic orator who seamlessly weaves tangible business lessons with fascinating personal anecdotes, Greg Norman speaks to the resilience, tenacity and passion needed to truly excel in life. In his keynote. "Attacking Life: All I Know About Winning in Golf and Business," Norman shares lessons learned from the worlds of business and sports, touching on themes of strategic leadership, disruption, innovation, smart marketing, and bouncing back from defeat. As the Harvard Business School Association of Boston said after a recent event: “With his trademark charm and eloquence, Greg shared the secrets behind his myriad achievements. Illustrating the principles at the core of his success, he offered concrete advice ... Practical, engaging, and incisive, the lessons Greg Norman shared demonstrated how anyone, at any stage of his or her career, can be a champion.”

Michael Nutter: 98th Mayor of Philadelphia; CNN Commentator; Stewarded Philadelphia to A Credit Rating for First Time since 1970s; Urban Policy Innovation Advocate

Former Mayor of Philadelphia (2008-2016) MICHAEL NUTTER has been sought-out for a series of fascinating, in-depth interviews to discuss today's political landscape, policy innovation, and public leadership. Featured in WHYY's Emmy Award-Winning program "Friday Arts," Nutter shed light on his recent memoir Mayor: The Best Job in Politics and discussed his life in politics and lessons learned. Nutter also engaged in an intimate discussion on the current political environment at Harvard's Institute of Politics as well as engaged in a fireside chat at Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. In the hour-long conversation, Nutter touched on everything from how to achieve meaningful progress on safety, sustainability and education to the current political climate and how the media is covering the current administration. A sought-out thought leader, Nutter is a current CNN Contributor and serves as an advisor for a number of elite organizations including Dentons, the world's largest law firm, and Ekistic Ventures, the technology venture fund. Heralded for his engaging, substantive, and downright funny keynotes, Nutter consistent receives rave reviews such as: "It went very well. Mayor Nutter has been most delightful to work with for this event" (Novo Nordisk A/S). 

Shaquille O'NealMember NBA Hall of Fame & 15-Time NBA All Star Player; Media Personality, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Addressing a jam-packed audience of 2,000 entrepreneurs and executives at the prestigious EY Strategic Growth Forum, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal kept audiences tweeting praise throughout his engaging keynote. Sitting down for a Q&A, Shaq provided insights, inspiration and plenty of laughs, opening up about raising a family in the spotlight, the lessons that helped shape him into a successful leader, how to bounce back from criticism, the power of giving back, and much more. Heralded for his humility, humor and infectious energy, here is a small sample of the many tweets for audience members during the event:Learned a ton today at #SGFUS. From IPO's to @SHAQ discussing giving back, pursuing dreams and raising kids. He was humble, inspiring, and motivating…”; “Awesome to have 15 time @NBAAll_Star @SHAQ share winning insights from an amazing @NBA & on-going media/business career. #Funny & #inspirational. Big man with an even bigger heart.”; “@SHAQ “Leaders create other leaders.” Thanks for inspiring this packed house of entrepreneurs.”; “Inspirational and funny discussion with @SHAQ on leadership and no regrets (except Kazaam.) @EY_Growth.”

 Clarence Page: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist; Member of Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Board

Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, syndicated columnist and member of the Chicago Tribune's Editorial Board CLARENCE PAGE is regularly in-demand for his sharp, thoughtful and moving analysis on politics and culture in America today. A frequent panelist on The McLaughlin Group, commentator on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, and political analyst on MSNBCmost recently Page delved into early primary elections, today's changing media landscape, and international affairs. Page's columns in the Chicago Tribune are widely-shared, revealing thought-provoking insights into top issues. Recently, Page has shed light on everything from racially-fueled Twitter wars to how automation is affecting our lives and the economy. Based in Washington, Page has his fingers on our political pulse. An esteemed and universally heralded journalist who in addition to the Pulitzer has also received lifetime achievement awards from the Chicago Headline Club, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the National Association of Black Journalists, he knows how to decode top political issues with clarity, balance and humor. 


George PapandreouPrime Minister of Greece (2009-2011); President of Socialist International; Greece Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2004); Authority on the Eurozone and Global Financial Issues

Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou will be presented with the prestigious Distinguished Leadership Award by the International Leadership Association (ILA). Given to individuals whose leadership has created an extraordinary impact that transcends national boundaries, the Distinguished Leadership Award is presented at ILA’s Annual Global Conference. Beyond accepting the award, Papandreou will speak on the conference’s theme, Leadership in Turbulent Times, a topic he is highly qualified to address as Greece’s Prime Minister immediately following the global financial crisis of 2008. Named by Foreign Policy as a “Top 100 Global Thinker” in 2010 for his work in “making the best of Greece’s worst year,” Papandreou remains a trusted expert on the Eurozone and how to best address global economic challenges. As ILA President and CEO Cynthia Cherry said: “George Papandreou lives the ILA values and is an inspiring example for all of us who strive to make positive change for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide."

Jane PauleyHost, "CBS Sunday Morning"; Emmy Award Winning Broadcast Journalist; Advocate for Living Large at 50+ and Mental Health; Bestselling Author

Emmy award-winning journalist, bestselling author and host of “CBS Sunday Morning,” Jane Pauley was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. As AWMF Chair Sarah Foss said: “Speaking personally, Jane Pauley, her journalist acumen and strong representation of women as valid voices, was the reason that I joined the media industry. I know that her timeless work has inspired legions of women and men for decades and continues to move her viewers today.”  Pauley was honored during the prestigious Gracie Awards Luncheon, the media industry’s opportunity to recognize individuals who have used their voice to bring important stories to life, and delivered powerful and humorous remarks to a rapt audience. With her signature combination of wisdom and self-deprecating wit, Pauley touched on everything from aging to the future of the media industry. "I hope you find great inspiration from a woman who started the best new job of her career at the age of 65," she said. Pauley’s Gracies’ speech drew lots of praise on Twitter: What an honor to meet a legend. @RealJanePauley gave an unforgettable and empowering speech. She truly is a wonderful and kind woman; @RealJanePauley has inspired so many. Lifetime achievements indeed!; @RealJanePauley Such a pleasure meeting you today. Thank you for the laughter and life-lessons.

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 Itzhak Perlman: 16 Time Grammy Award-Winning Violinist; Inspirational Speaker on the Power of Passion; Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom & Genesis Prize (The Jewish Nobel)

Violin virtuoso Itzkhak Perlman is the subject of a new documentary Itzhak that focuses on his remarkable life.  A 16-time Grammy Award-Winner, Perlman is one of the only household names in classical music today, and the documentary showcases his tremendous talent and passion. Directed by Alison Chernick, Itzhak follows Perlman as he travels around the world over the course of 2015-2016, and also dives into aspects of his childhood such as when he was diagnosed with polio at age four, and when he was catapulted to fame during a teenaged performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. As Chernick said: “As a documentarian, I saw a large character with huge passion and spirit. I wanted to explore the person behind this beautiful sound . . . I saw Jewish history, humor, discipline, drive, and, of course, amazing resilience and overcoming of obstacles, and I knew the story would be incredibly colorful.” Itzhak premiered to rave reviews (and a thunderous 10-minute standing ovation) as the opener of the Hamptons Film Festival. It will also premiere in New York in November, and is set to be shown on the PBS Series “American Masters” in the spring of 2018.


Richard Phillips: Hero of the High Seas & 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

From U.S. college campuses to international economic forums, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS has been inspiring audiences with his real life tale of powerful leadership and transformative decision-making when faced with tremendous obstacles. Consistently praised as both a riveting and approachable speaker, Captain Phillips forges relationships with attendees everywhere he speaks, going above and beyond event planners' expectations. Described as "down to earth" (Constellation Brands), "warm and genuine" (American Equity Underwriters), and "personable, engaging, and interesting" (General Mills), planners report being overwhelmed by the time Phillip's takes to interact with event attendees and how much his compelling presentation applies to today's business environment. 

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Mark PlotkinTime Magazine “Hero for the Planet”; Award-Winning Thought Leader on Social Entrepreneurship; The Skoll Foundation's “Social Entrepreneur”

A three decade explorer of rainforests and the wisdom of its shaman, world-renowned explorer and ethnobotanist Dr. MARK PLOTKIN's new keynote dives into the origins of wine. As Plotkin reveals, the story of wine does not begin with the ancient Greeks and Romans, nor even with the human species. It was the great Jane Goodall who noted that chimpanzees not only seemed to enjoy elevating their moods with alcohol but that they in fact sought out overripe, fermented fruits and alcohol-rich nectar on a regular basis. Tracing the history of wine from the Caucasus--where wine presses dating back 8000 years have recently been excavated-- to the ancient world, up through today, Plotkin explores the fascinating commercial, cultural and even medicinal uses of wine. His one-of-a-kind lecture presents the story of wine from a unique prehistoric, cultural, biological and medical perspective that leaves audiences thinking (and tasting) differently


Joe PlumeriCEO & High-Energy Motivational Speaker for Teams & Individuals; Bestselling Author of The Power of Being Yourself; Former CEO of Willis Group, Citibank North America & Primerica

Larger-than-life CEO known for his electrifying speeches and talent for transforming the way people and companies think and operate, Joe Plumeri s a true master at engaging audiences. Check out this fantastic clip from a recent team conference for First Data where he talks about reaching beyond your grasp. Plumeri truly leads by example as he continues to reach for the exceptional and beyond, and it is his passion and success in excellence that continues to make him a sought-after speaker worldwide. 

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Abigail PosnerHead of Strategic Planning at Google’s Creative Think Tank for Agencies and Brands; Thought Leader on Culture, Creativity and the Internet

Google executive ABIGAIL POSNER was sought-out to deliver a keynote for hundreds of business leaders, entrepreneurs, VC fund managers, and startup CEOs at Calcalist’s sold-out Mind the Tech Conference. The Head of Strategic Planning at Google, Posner brings a fresh and cutting-edge perspective to technological innovation, branding and marketing. Frequently in-demand for shedding light on the latest advances at the intersection of customer engagement, marketing, and tech, Posner recently made headlines in Forbes for revealing the future of marketing communications and virtual reality (VR) storytelling and  how to convert human insights into effective creative efforts. At Mind the Tech, Posner shared how technology enables people to express their deep-seated needs and desires, and how effective brands and companies are able to tap into this. Diving into the digital space like an anthropologist, Posner decodes people’s deeper relationships with social media and their technological devices, providing content creators and businesses with a new lens and effective tools for reaching their target audience.  Her keynote generated praise on Twitter, such as: “Amazing presentation and delivery. True #inspiration,” and “Amazing talk by @aposner at #MindtheTech conference. Delivered flawlessly and in such inspiring way. I laughed, I got inspired and even cried a little.


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Penny PritzkerU.S. Secretary of Commerce (2013-2017); Founder and Chairman, PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group

Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is the co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) independent task force on the future of work, which just published a groundbreaking report “The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the 21st Century”. Diving into the impacts of phenomenon like automation, artificial intelligence, and globalization, the report focuses on how to rebuild the links among work, opportunity, and economic security for all Americans in the face of accelerating change and offers recommendations for government, business, educators and nongovernmental institutions. Pritzker has been in-demand to decode the implications of the task force’s findings, making headlines for informative interviews in both Wired and Marketplace. While Secretary of Commerce, Pritzer was heralded for her forward-thinking and adoption of innovative tech, facilitating $23 billion in foreign investment to date through the launch of SelectUSA and developing the agency’s first comprehensive digital and data agenda. Since leaving office, Pritzker has returned to PSP Capital Partners, the private investment firm she founded, but with a greater interest in new technologies like AI and big data. A leading voice on the future of work and the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century, digitized economy, Pritzker currently serves on the Board of Directors of Microsoft and Measure, a drone service company , is on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is a member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, and serves as co-chair of the Cyber Readiness Institute.

Philippe ReinesLong-Term Senior Advisor to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton (2002- present); Founder, Beacon Global Strategies 

Senior Advisor to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton since 2002 and Founder of strategic advisory firm Beacon Global Strategies, Phillippe Reines is in demand for his shrewd insights into today’s political landscape. Recently sought-out by The Washington Center for his insider perspective on dynamics in Washington, Reines offered sharp commentary on the current administration, the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential campaign landscape.  An expert in strategic communication at the global level, Reines is able to translate his insights into actionable action plans and effective strategies for organizations and businesses across industries. Heralded for decoding what an effective communications and public relations strategy looks like even against a tense political backdrop, Reines also shares first-hand accounts of crisis-management and high-level decision-making in action. As Hillary Clinton said of ReinesI have relied on Philippe’s judgment, intelligence and wit for nearly a decade… As an author, Senator, candidate and now as Secretary of State, I have come to trust his instincts and value his skill as a communicator and counselor. Wherever we go — from Buffalo to Beijing — one thing remains constant: Philippe always has my back.”

Ben Rhodes: Chief International Advisor for Former President Barack Obama; Political Contributor NBC News & MSNBC; Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2017); Senior Speechwiter and Foreign Policty Advisor to the Obama Campaign (2007-2008)

Leading international advisor and close confidante of President Obama BEN RHODES new book The World As It Is is an instant bestseller, listed in The New York Times "9 New Books We Recommend." Starting out at just 29 years-old as a senior speechwriter and foreign policy advisor on Obama's campaign to walking out of the White House on the President's last day in office, for nearly ten years Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration. He oversaw the administration's national security communications, public diplomacy, and global engagement programming, starting every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing. In The World as It Is, Rhodes reveals what it was like to be there, and in his talks takes audiences behind-the-scenes of the most pivotal political moments of the last decade, sharing intimate, candid and revelatory commentary on everything from the future direction of American politics to effective messaging in today's fractured media landscape. With The World as It Is an instant bestseller on Amazon and The New York Times, Rhodes has been sought-out for interviews by New York MagazineCBS This MorningCNNNPR and more to share details from his book, insights into policymaking during the Obama administration, and commentary on Washington today. The book has also made headlines in  The Washington PostThe New York TimesThe GuardianThe AtlanticPeople, and more. As The New Yorker wrote in its exceptional book review: "More than any other White House memoirist, Rhodes is a creature of the man he served... This is the closest view of Obama we’re likely to get until he publishes his own memoir." Rhode's receives equally resounding praise at each of his engagements, such as: "Everything went smooth as silk. Ben talked with many, many people and generated lots of follow-up conversations and thinking by faculty and students — that’s just what we want" (Stanford University).

Cecile Richards: President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Planned Parenthood Action Fund (2006-2018)

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund (2006-2018), is a globally respected activist and leader in women’s health and reproductive rights.  Named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”, Richards is celebrated for her vocal, dedicated and strategic leadership as well as her extensive advocacy experience at grassroots organizations, and in the non-profit sector and Washington. At the helm of Planned Parenthood, Richards led a federation of more than 600 health centers, providing high-quality health care to millions of people each year. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood expanded advocacy efforts to include fighting for access to health care and shaping health care coverage and services for women under the Affordable Care Act. She leaves Planned Parenthood with 12 million supporters and counting, four times more than when she joined. As former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg said: “Planned Parenthood is vital, and under Cecile’s leadership it has been dynamic, strategic and most importantly effective.” Before her time at Planned Parenthood, Richards served as deputy chief of staff to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. She has dedicated her life to working tirelessly on behalf of social justice, from her early years as a labor organizer, to her work as Founder and President of America Votes to her current role on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees.  

The author of a new book, and instant New York Times Bestseller, “Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead,” Richards is making headlines and in-demand by major media outlets such as CBS’ This Morning, NPR, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and Morning Joe, Business Insider’s podcast, and more, for her insights and sharp commentary on leadership, women’s rights and politics. A dynamic and powerful keynote speaker who has addressed audiences everywhere from the Democratic National Convention, to Talks at Google, to Harvard University, Richards is a leading voice with a message that resonates.


April RinneGlobal Authority on the New Economy, Disruptive Innovation and the Future of Work Head of the Sharing Economy Working Group, World Economic Forum' Sharing Economy Advisory Board Member, China's National Sharing Economy Commission; Advisor for Airbnb, Jobbatical and Trov

Expert on the new economy, future of work and disruptive innovation April Rinne has been named a contributor for Quartz at Work, the digital news outlet’s guide to being a better manager and how to navigate the modern global workplace. An in-demand advisor for organizations and companies as diverse as the World Economic Forum, Airbnb, and China’s National Sharing Economy Commission, Rinne is a leading voice on the real opportunities and obstacles of the new economy. Her informative Quartz columns unpack myriad lessons from her forward-thinking and global career, touching on everything from trends in the future of work to growing pains in the gig economy. Her keynotes are equally illuminating, as Rinne has been sought-out by Coca-Cola, TD Ameritrade, Enova, The Aspen Institute, and more to shed light on how businesses can translate uncertain change into economic opportunity. Rave reviews from Rinne’s recent engagements include: “Timely topic, and April was really wonderful to have” (TD Ameritrade);  "April is a gifted speaker with in-depth knowledge of her field of expertise. Her talk at our conference was a highlight which has inspired an entire industry to understand that business can be done differently!...The insights and ideas she shared with us at our congress were an eyeopener for our entire industry... With her inspirational, profound, and – at the same time – entertaining talk at our congress, she put an entire industry under her spell!" (RIAD International Association of Legal Protection); “April Rinne is a brilliant thought leader operating at the nexus of technological change, new economy, and social impact. She is able to unpack the confusing signals and share perceptive insights that allow us to make practical strategy" (Social Innovation Generation).

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 Cokie RobertsPolitical Commentator, ABC News and NPR; Regular Guest on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski; Former Co-Anchor, This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts

At a series of recent events, acclaimed journalist Cokie Roberts received rave reviews from both event-planners and audience members. Selected as a headliner for the New Jersey Speaker Series, the Boston Speakers Series and the Philadelphia Speaker Series, Robert’s engaging and informative speeches garnered lots of praise from attendees on Twitter such as: "@CokieRoberts was tonight’s speaker at the njpac speakers series! Just brilliant, wonderful to listen to facts! Thank you Cokie!"; “I could listen to @CokieRoberts for as long as she'd wish to speak #strongwoman #trailblazer…”;  “Thank you to @CokieRoberts for a great night at @NJPAC. You were fabulous!”; "Excellent evening at the @WidenerUnivPhiladelphia Speaker Series listening to @CokieRoberts discuss partisanship in the US." Roberts was also recently sought-out to address a crowd of 500 at the Anti-Defamation League's BocaWest Lecture Event, where she received the following rave review: "Cokie was terrific! The audience loved her. Her presentation was informative, thoughtful and witty. She told wonderful anecdotes from her childhood and professional career. She also did an excellent job of tying the ADL mission into her remarks both at the dinner and the lecture. During the cocktail hour, she was very gracious about taking photos with our donors. Overall, Cokie was fantastic!"

 Karl Rove: Iconic Political Pundit & Strategist; Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush; Fox News Contributor & Wall Street Journal Columnist Author of New York Times bestselling memoir Courage and Consequence and critically acclaimed history The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters

Foremost conservative commentator and strategist Karl Rove stopped by the Harry Walker Agency to share his candid perspective on today’s political climate and discuss his new book, due for release at the start of 2019. A history that will explore six major presidential decisions of the 19th and 20th centuries, Rove’s new book will provide powerful lessons on leadership and decision-making from the oval office that will resonate with readers regardless of industry. Drawing fascinating parallels between political partisanship today and divisive politics in our country’s history, Rove highlighted the resilience of America’s democracy and offered lessons on today’s political climate. Mixing in plenty of humor with his sharp analysis, Rove also dove into current events, commenting on the outcome of the recent Alabama special election—which he penned a sharp Wall Street Journal op-ed on— and what he sees as the future for both the Democrat and Republican parties.

David Rowan:  Editor-at-Large and Founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK; Renowned Tech Journalist, The Sunday Times

“I get to see a lot of startups and there's a new buzz word. They all have to be machine learning Startups. If they make coffee, if they do your laundry, they're building robots, they're all about machine learning.” - Founding Editor of WIRED UK, David Rowan discusses the coming revolution of machine learning in the world of Startups in a short video with Harvard Business School. Rowan delivers compelling, accessible talks on the acceleration of innovation and machine learning. Just as every start-up previously associated itself with the words “big data”, Rowan says that now the scramble is on to build your business model on “machine learning”. He’s taken 125 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies.

Watch David Rowan’s keynote presentation “Technology-driven trends that are changing business" >>


Rick SantorumU.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1995-2007); Senior Political Commentator, CNN; Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; 2016 & 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate

Leading voice of the Republican Party, Rick Santorum delves into today’s top stories as a Senior Political Commentator on CNN, providing frank analysis on the GOP agenda, the presidency and more. A two-time Republican Presidential Candidate and longtime U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum has an insider’s perspective on what it takes to get things done on Capitol Hill. He draws on his extensive experience to go beyond the headlines and break down the complexities of every issue. From providing sharp insights following Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama Senate race, to his recent appearance on David Axelrod’s The Axe Files, Santorum is a go-to voice, unafraid to provide frank commentary that takes a critical look at both sides of the aisle. And he brings the same substantive analysis to each of his events. Just look at this rave review from The Bipartisan Policy Center: "In this political moment that we’re navigating, Senator Santorum has his fingers on the pulse of not only what America is thinking outside of the Beltway, but what the movers and shakers are thinking inside the Beltway — and that includes all the power players within the West Wing, from the President on down…Senator Santorum’s presentation to our Board of Directors was unusually informative. His unvarnished take on the inner workings of Washington and understanding of the national mood was valuable to our strategic decisions over the course of the day. Rick also has some great stories and gave a highly entertaining presentation."  

Watch Santorum's latest commentary on CNN >>

Juan Manuel Santos: President of Colombia (2010-2018); Recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize 

President of Colombia (2010-2018) and Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2016) Juan Manuel Santos, has been named the next Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world and twice-named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” , Santos is heralded for ushering in a new era of prosperity, peace, equity, and education throughout Colombia, and internationally admired for his transformative leadership on security, trade, and foreign affairs. The winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his “resolute efforts to bring his country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end,” Santos has also been a recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Global Statesman Award, among numerous other prestigious awards. As Harvard Kennedy's School Dean said: “President Santos is an accomplished public servant who has made a positive difference in the lives of millions of Colombians through his relentless pursuit of peace and security in his country...” Sought-out to speak everywhere from Brown University to the World Economic Forum, Santos shares his reflections on the challenges of leadership, revealing what allowed him to change Colombia's history and make the impossible, possible. He delivers a message of unity and humanity that is inspiring, refreshing and necessary, and offers shrewd insights and analysis on issues such as the global economic outlook, global security and foreign affairs. 



Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall:  Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (2014-2017); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs, National Security Council, The White House (2009-2013); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, U.S. Department of Defense (1994-1996); Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center

Sought-out for her incomparable experience working on issues at the intersection of energy and national security, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall was recently appointed a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.  Sherwood-Randall got her start at the Belfer Center in the 1990s, establishing two revolutionary projects: the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project and Preventive Defense Project. Having since served in the Pentagon, at the White House, and as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, Sherwood-Randall returns to the Belfer Center to work on a wide range of pressing security and energy issues, such as research on cutting-edge technology needed for our nuclear strategy, ensuring a clean energy future, protecting energy systems from cyberattacks, and more.  In an informative Q&A with the Belfer Center, Sherwood-Randall highlighted her work, the greatest challenges facing national security and energy systems, and what is needed to attract top young talent to crucial public service roles.

Maria Shriver: Peabody & Emmy Award-winning Journalist & Producer; NBC News Special Anchor; First Lady of California (2003-2010); Six-time New York Times Bestselling Author; Founder, Shriver Media & The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement ; "Architect of Change"

The Today Show has launched a new series "Mother Knows Best," and Special Anchor MARIA SHRIVER kicked off the first feature with an interview of Maye Musk, mother of tech visionary Elon Musk. A Peabody & Emmy Award-winning Journalist, six-time New York Times Bestselling Author, and Founder of Shriver Media and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Maria knows what it takes to balance an ambitious professional career and motherhood. In her compelling interview with Musk, Maria highlights the hard work of motherhood, restarting your life from scratch, and finding passion and purpose in your work. Similar themes can be found in Maria's new Amazon and New York Times bestselling book, I've Been Thinking..., which provides inspiration and actionable lessons on how to live a truly meaningful life.  Celebrated as an activist and trailblazer, Maria motivates audiences to become "Architects of Change," using her own voice as a megaphone for educating the public on key issues from Alzheimer's, to work-life balance, to women's empowerment. Recently she wowed a crowd of 6,000 delivering a keynote at PBWC's Annual Conference for Woman in Business, where she earned the following praise: "She resonated with the audience so much and was very well received."

 Olympia SnoweBipartisan Leader in Congress; U.S. Senator from Maine (1995-2013); Member of U.S. House of Representatives (1979-1995); Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center; Co-chairs Commission on Political Reform

Former Senator and Member of House of Representatives OLYMPIA SNOWE shed light on today’s political climate and the need for bipartisan solutions at Duke’s Crown Lecture in Ethics. Addressing hundreds of faculty, students and community members, Snowe delivered a keynote, “Politics and Our Potential: Can Congress Rise to Meet its Obligation to Govern,” highlighting the need for our leaders to reach across the aisle. The first and only woman to have served in both houses of a state legislature, and then both chambers of Congress, as well as the first woman to serve on the Senate Finance Committee, Snowe was renowned as one of Congress’ leading moderate policymakers thanks to her solidly centrist views and efforts to build bipartisan consensus.  In all her years of service, Snowe never lost an election. Currently, she’s a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where she co-chairs the Commission on Political Reform, which has put forth a set of bipartisan recommendations on everything from improving voter turnout to Congress’ budget process in order to strengthen our democracy. As the director of Duke’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service (POLIS) said: “Dysfunction, partisanship and gridlock dominate the headlines. Sen. Snowe, a political insider who is now out of office, is uniquely positioned to talk to us about coming together to solve our common problems….” Leading up to her talk, Snowe participated in an interview with The Duke Chronicle, opening up about her pioneering career in politics. She also engaged in a more intimate discussion with students at POLIS’ Democracy Lab, garnering praise in a tweet: “Grateful to former Senator Olympia Snowe for spending some time in @Mayer_at_Duke's Democracy Lab today—imparting wisdom on bipartisanship learned from a distinguished career in public service.”

Watch Olympia Snowe's keynote at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy >>

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

In a Vogue article entitled “Gloria Steinem’s Advice for the Next Generation of Feminists Is a Must-Read for Our Time” feminist icon Gloria Steinem shares her sharp advice (and wit) on women’s rights and the current political climate.  Touching on everything from roll backs on health coverage to social justice movements, Steinem inspires the next generation to continue enacting positive change. Her optimism, words of empowerment and perspectives on global feminism were also the subject of articles in Quartzand The New York Times.  A visionary of the Women’s Rights Movement, Steinem continues to be a vocal leader and is currently curating the Festival Albertine in France, aimed to inform and activate the next generation of feminists.

Bret StephensOp-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Former Deputy Editorial Page Editor & "Global Views" Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Pulitzer Prize Winner for Distinguished Commentary; Foreign Affairs Expert

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens has signed as an on-air contributor by MSNBC and NBC News. A leading conservative voice who rose to prominence at The Wall Street Journal, where he was an awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Stephens said of his new role: "I think there's always merit in getting out of our ideological silos and being exposed to points of view with which we don't always agree.” Already in his new role, Stephens has appeared on Morning Joe and Deadline: White House numerous times, providing insightful and candid commentary on breaking news and top policy concerns.

Watch Bret Stephens’ recent appearance on Deadline: White House >>

 Captain "Sully" Sullenberger: “Miracle on the Hudson” Captain; New York Times #1 Bestselling Author of "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters"; Leading Voice on Leadership & Flawless Execution Strategies; Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks film “Sully” released September 9, 2016

Captain Sullenberger captivated an audience of some 1,500 industry thought leaders and executives with his information-packed and riveting keynote at Commvault GO, a leading digital transformation conference that focused on the power of data. Drawing on his experience conducting an emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549, Captain Sullenberger revealed how data was key in framing his decision-making, translating his thought-process and expertise into life lessons for all audience-members regardless of their situation or occupation. Captain Sullenberger’s presentation was so impactful, it inspired many in the audience to take to Twitter to share their motivation and praise, such as:  “Been fortunate to hear many great and inspirational speakers over the years, but this may be the best one”; “I have the opportunity to hear @CaptSully speak, and to say that he is an inspiration wouldn’t even begin to cover it…”; “@CaptSully illustrated his #EverydayRemarkable at #CommvaultGO. Truly remarkable and an honor to hear his story”; “Well @CaptSully just gave one of the best keynotes I have ever heard”; “The @CaptSully keynote ends with a well-deserved standing ovation. Polished, informative, and engaging”; “Well there’s a reason @CaptSully was up last. No one can follow that.”  

Lawrence Summers: Director, White House National Economic Council (2009-2010); President, Harvard University (2001-2006); Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001); Authority on Domestic Economics and International Finance

A former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Director of the White House Economic Council (the very position Gary Cohn recently resigned from), LARRY SUMMERS is a leading authority on the global economy and finance, in-demand for his insights on the current news surrounding tax and trade policy. Just interviewed on NPR on the Trump’s administration’s decision to impose tariffs on China, Summers sheds light on the impact of U.S.-China relations. He was also recently sought-out for an 11-minute interview with Christiane Amanpour, in which he delivered sharp analysis on Trump's steel tariffs, and their impact on businesses and consumers alike. Insightful, candid, and taking into account both the big and small picture, the interview is a perfect example of why Summers is such a substantive and in-demand speaker. Summers’ tenure at the U.S. Treasury coincided with the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history, and he is the only Treasury Secretary in the last half century to have left office with the national budget in surplus. Currently a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Summers recently made headlines for the conference he coordinated—and headlined—on macroeconomic policies, diving into lessons from past economic crises. His sharp analysis became the basis of articles in The New York TimesThe Financial TimesBloomberg,  and Central Banking. He was invited to share a macro overview of U.S. and global economies for an audience of 1,600 C-suite executives at the recent Global Financial Markets Forum, and in the past has been sought-out to speak at companies from PIMCO to PTG Pactual, and has been a regular at Davos and SALT. Audiences hail Summers as “engaging”(PIMCO) “authoritative and thoughtful” (BCA Research) “a master speaker” (Chinese Finance Association) and “fantastic” (Global Agriculture Forum).

Tina Tchen: Former Assistant to President Barack Obama; Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama; Advocate for Gender Equality and Children's Issues

A high-powered lawyer, Tina’s career accomplishments have established her as a powerful advocate for gender equality. Tina is actively involved with the Time's Up initiative, where 300 prominent women in the entertainment world have banded together to create a legal defense fund which aims to support women dealing with sexual harassment across all industries. Ms. Tchen is spearheading the $13.7 million (with a goal to raise $15 million) Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which is administered by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity, and will connect female victims of sexual harassment with lawyers. Major donors include Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, and the talent agencies ICM Partners, the Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency. Launched on New Year's Day in an open letter to The New York Times, the initiative and Ms. Tchen have been making headlines and waves in Vanity Fair, NPR, W Magazine, Good Morning America and more. 

What's next for Time's Up according to Tina Tchen, the powerhouse lawyer behind the famous faces >>

Richard ThalerWinner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; Professor of Behavioral Science & Economics, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business; Field-Defining Pioneer of Behavioral Economics; Co-author of Bestsellers Nudge and Misbehaving

Nobel Prize-winner Richard Thaler is a field-defining pioneer of Behavioral Economics, a field that explores the intersection of economics, finance and psychology. Co-author of the global bestseller Nudge, as well as Misbehaving, Thaler reveals how human traits such as limited cognitive abilities, lack of self-control, and pro-social preference affect economic decision-making as well as market outcomes, ultimately underscoring the human side of economics and its fascinating implications for investors, marketers, policy-makers and consumers. Thaler's game-changing theories have been behind some of the most effective market strategies and revolutionary government and business policies. As a McKinsey article succinctly stated: "Richard Thaler is the rare academic whose ideas are being translated directly into action." Thaler was fundamental in popularizing nudge theory and inspiring key policy reforms including automatic enrollment in 401(k) retirement plans, and the notion of automatic escalation to boost how much workers save. An advisor to David Cameron, Thaler also helped set up and run the Behavioural Insights Team (also known as the "Nudge Unit"), the world's first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioral sciences, which helps the UK government make public services more cost-effective and efficient. The unit was so successful, there are now nearly 200 similar units around the worldAnd as Quartz highlighted in a recent article, General Motors is implementing nudge theory to help retain female employees. Thaler has even worked with National Football League teams on their strategy in their annual draft. Beyond groundbreaking policies and business strategies, Thaler has made headlines as a Founding Principal at Fuller & Thaler Asset Management, which runs and sub-advises funds that consistently outperform the S&P and Bloomberg competitors. As Forbes said, "More than an academic, Chicago prof. Richard Thaler turns research into market-beating returns." Thaler has been sought-out to unpack the lessons of behavioral economics at Google, The Aspen Institute, Carnegie Mellon, the London School of Economics and more. His keynotes reveal groundbreaking takeaways on how to drive desired behaviors and economic outcomes and provide engaging lessons on life (and its many anomalies) in and beyond the field of economics. 


Margaret Trudeau:  Mental Health Advocate; Proponent of Living a Vibrant, Joyful Life As We Age; Former First Lady of Canada and Mother of Current Prime Minister

Former First Lady of Canada and mother of the current Prime Minister MARGARET TRUDEAUreceived rave reviews at a recent event for the YWCA of Yakima. Delivering a powerful keynote for over 1,400 community members, Trudeau shared lessons on how to overcome hardship, bounce back from mistakes, and lead a life of true joy. Opening up about her own struggle with mental illness, Trudeau’s moving stories made headlines in local media and kept the audience rapt. As the event chair raved: “Everything went beautifully with Ms. Trudeau.  Our audience was charmed and inspired by her… She gave our sponsors her full and friendly attention at the VIP breakfast, engaged with residents of our shelter during the tour, gave a highly entertaining  and enlightening presentation at the lunch, and did an unhurried book-signing afterward.”  Recently featured in a fascinating, must-read Vanity Fair cover story, Trudeau is heralded for her refreshing honesty, openness and passion. Celebrated for her role as a respected mental-health advocate, Trudeau’s keynotes take audiences through her remarkable life, from becoming the Canadian prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder. The Vanity Fair article describes Trudeau as “an international sensation, the Holly Golightly of the Mounties,” and describes her remarkable life in the 1970s—hobnobbing with celebrities and making tabloid headlines for wearing a knee-length cocktail dress to the White House. Showcasing her incredible work as a speaker today, the article perfectly showcases what makes Trudeau such a knockout keynote speaker. As the article shares, “It’s not easy to re-invent yourself as a serious person with a serious message after spending the best years of your life making the worst possible decisions, played out for the world to see and ridicule. And yet that is precisely what Margaret Trudeau… has managed to pull off, armed with perspective and grit and humor and the unyielding belief that, somehow, tomorrow has the potential to be better than today.

Laura Tyson: First Female Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (1993-1995); Director, National Economic Council (1995-1996); First Female Dean of London Business School (2002-2006); Dean of Haas Business School (1998-2001); Economic Advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama

Laura Tyson received her alma mater’s most distinguished award: The Smith College Medal. Presented annually to an elite group of the world’s most pioneering women, the award goes to those who have lived their lives in a manner that exemplifies “the true purpose” of a liberal arts education. Tyson, a renowned economist, was the first woman to chair the White House Council of Economic Advisors and first woman to serve as Dean of the London Business School. Tyson also served as Director of the National Economic Council and Dean of the Haas Business School. Her dedication to positive social change and long list of achievements have left “a trail of shattered glass ceilings.” Tyson’s acceptance speech, during which she encouraged students to, “do whatever you want, and if you hit a barrier just break it,” drew Twitter praise. Tyson continues to work for gender equality on a global scale serving as co-chair on the World Economic Forum’s Council on Women’s Empowerment.

 Watch Laura Tyson discuss inequality on UCTV >>

J. Craig Venter: Pioneering Scientific Researcher on the Existence of Life & Human Genome; Founder, J. Craig Venter Institute; Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Human Longevity, Inc.

Pioneering scientist CRAIG VENTER’s Synthetic Genomics has teamed up with Exxon Mobil to lead the way in researching how to convert algae into biofuel. A groundbreaking project, the partnership made headlines in Bloomberg, and has already resulted in several breakthroughs regarding new processes for increasing oil production and thus bringing us one step closer to a viable, renewable energy source. Venter co-founded Synthetic Genomics, a company focused on designing and building biological systems to address issues of global sustainability, in 2005. Beyond ExxonMobil, the company has been sought-out by Janssen, Novartis, and more.  Beyond his work with Synthetic Genomics, Venter also founded the non-profit J. Craig Venter Institute, which has also been working on improving biofuels. Just recently, the J. Craig Venter Institute was awarded a 5-year, $10.7 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy focused on enabling next-generation biofuels and bioproducts. A scientist on the true forefront of alternative energy and technology advancement, Venter regularly receives rave reviews for bringing his profound insights and game-changing research to light. Reviews from recent audiences include: "The program with Dr. Venter was a smash success: he is just one amazing speaker!” (PepsiCo) and "Excellent. Craig Venter’s presentation was mind blowing and really interesting. I think it was a perfect speech for our Summit this year… To have someone on the cutting edge such as Craig Venter really gave our event’s theme credibility. It was also very nice that he was involved with the conference beyond just making his speech…” (Global Water Intelligence)

 Jimmy WalesFounder, Wikipedia, World's 5th Most Visited Website; Founder, Wikitribune; U.S. Internet Entrepreneur and Wiki Pioneer; One of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”

Wikipedia and Wikitribune Founder JIMMY WALES made headlines following his keynote and shrewd commentary at BlockShow, the biggest crypto conference in Europe. Delivering a keynote for 3,000 attendees as the headliner for the event, Wales opened up about the role of failure in spurring true innovation and shared analysis on the bitcoin craze, calling crypto “a bubble.” His comments made headlines in Cointelegraph, EconoTimes, and more, and in a follow-up interview he further delved into blockchain and its applications beyond the bitcoin space. A sought-out expert on innovation and decoding the future of tech, Wales also recently headlined the Sime Summer Conference and CMPC’s Innovation Week. Thanks to his signature combination of eye-opening insights and approachable speaking style, Wales consistently receives rave reviews such as: "We were all so thrilled with Jimmy. He was so open and dedicated to share with us, McCann people, media, students and the keynote audience such inspiring stories about him…  We were all inspired in such a fantastic way by his presence here" (McCann/Thiess); "Jimmy was really great. Of course he is smart, thoughtful and visionary, all which worked well on our campus. But his presentation was well constructed, interactive and engaging. He definitely connected with our students…” (Stanford University); "Jimmy's speech was great and we also received very good feedback from the sponsors... Looking forward to collaborating again in the future" (World Business Forum).

Kevin Warsh: Member of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (2006-2011); Executive Secretary of the National Economic Council (2002-2006); Member, Group of Thirty (G30)

Kevin Warsh wrote an op-ed on how proposed policies under the new administration could lead to faster economic growth. The sharp and powerful five-page analysis was instantly picked up by major outlets, resulting in headlines in Bloomberg, MarketWatch, and the Financial Times. Providing insight into what’s been behind the United States’ slow economic growth over the past five years, the op-ed takes a detailed look at how policy changes such as proposed tax reform and a roll back on regulation could boost growth.

 Andrew YoungU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1977-1979); U.S. Representative from Georgia (1973-1977); Mayor of Atlanta (1982-1990); Civil Rights Activist & Humanitarian

Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, and Congressman ANDREW YOUNGopened up about his work with Martin Luther King Jr. and what happened the day he was shot in a series of powerful interviews. Sought-out for a special episode of CNN Tonight in honor of the 50thanniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, Andrew Young returned to the Memphis hotel balcony where the civil rights icon was shot, and opened up about his friend and teacher’s legacy. Young shared how he and Dr. King were joking around in the hours before his death, how he rushed to his friend’s sidein his final moments, and the pain in calling Coretta Scott King to tell her of the news. Young further discussed the historic moment and Dr. King’s legacy on ABC This Week, touching on the work still left to do in achieving racial equality.  Young was an early leader of the Civil Rights Movement, a close confidante of Dr. King’s who served as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  Young’s powerful remarks on the 50th anniversary of the assassination made headlinesacross major outlets as he remains a powerful voice on civil rights and dismantling racism today. From his recent keynotes at both Auburn University's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast as well as the UNCF Black History Month Luncheon, to his role in Paramount’s new documentary “I Am MLK Jr.,” Young is in-demand for his empowering commentary that simultaneously honors the past and shapes the future. Young seamlessly integrates his remarkable life story and experiences into his speeches, leaving audiences both energized and hopeful. Just look at the rave reviews he has received at recent events: "Your speech was the highlight of the entire event. Your inspiring, informative, challenging and eye-opening remarks not only brought personal value to everyone, but left a positive and lasting impression on all attendees... It's truly a privilege and pleasure to be affiliated with someone who is so passionate about and personally committed to progress and teamwork in diversity."(American Honda Motor Co., Inc.); "His speech and delivery style was awesome. He received a standing ovation when he came up on the stage, several applauses during his speech and an even longer standing ovation after his speech... Ambassador Young is the real deal. He's a humanitarian who genuinely cares about people... We craved his wisdom. He received raves reviews!!!" (Modesto Peace/Life Center)

Watch Andrew Young on CNN Tonight >>



By now the gig economy is more than just a buzzword inspiring headline news, it’s a reality companies of all sizes and across industries have to contend with. In 2016 there were 53 million freelancers in the U.S. alone, and this summer the UK issued the first official report calling for a new category of worker: dependent contractor. As lifetime employment goes part-time, offices are giving way to co-working spaces, M-F 9-5 jobs are becoming flexible work schedules, and terms like gig economy, on-demand economy, sharing economy, and new economy crop up by the minute, HWA experts are prepared to illuminate a path forward. Heralded for their wide-ranging knowledge, first-hand experience, and ability to connect with, inform and inspire audiences, these HWA speakers are undisputed experts on the gig economy. They can share upcoming trends to be aware of, transformative insights into how the gig economy will affect your business, and ultimately provide a strategic playbook on how to be predictive and proactive rather than reactive, so you can stay two steps ahead of the competition.

Alan Krueger, a former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers (2011-2013) and one of the 50 Highest Ranked Economists in the World by IDEAS/RePEc, is today’s leading voice on labor and the gig economy, responsible for steering the national conversation on the future of the workforce.  A current Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Krueger was one of the first economists to provide in-depth research on the gig economy and recently published two white papers on the rise of “alternative work arrangements” —one with the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project and another with The National Bureau of Economic Research—that were so influential they served as the basis of a Fed convening on the gig economy, and inspired countless articles on the rise of the gig economy from The New York Times,  U.S News, Business News Daily, Fortune, Quartz, and more.  Recently sought-out by NPR to provide insight into what participation in the gig economy looks like, Krueger was also just awarded the 2017 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize from the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. At the award ceremony he delivered an urgent message on the gig economy, which can be watched in full here, and which led to a write-up in The National Law Journal.  Selected to speak at major government summits and Fortune 500 companies alike, rave reviews from Krueger’s events include: “The event was great – the team really enjoyed the time spent with Alan and had extremely positive feedback. They believed he uncovered a hard to see insight and they thought it was a very productive use of time…” (AT&T).

The Head of the World Economic Forum’s Sharing Economy Working Group, April Rinne is not only a renowned expert on the gig economy, but a living embodiment of it. A freelancer who’s worked at the intersection of the private, public and social sectors for over 20 years, currently April is also an advisor at Airbnb and a Sharing Economy Advisory Board Member for China’s National Sharing Economy Commission. As Airbnb’s Director of Public Policy Patrick Robinson said: “Drop the April bomb… and good things happen.” Recently sought-out as a keynote to shed light on the future of work and the impact of the gig economy at the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit, The Enova Conference, and The World Economic Forum Regional Summit, April is known to tailor her speeches to every audience and consistently receives rave reviews: “April's presentation was fantastic. She delivered a keynote as it should be: showing the big picture, addressing key issues, and doing so in a way that's enlightening and fun.” (ITB Berlin Convention); "April is an engaging communicator who has a special knack with audiences. She can present new, complex and even sometimes controversial topics substantively and with ease, persuasively informing everyone from students to CEOs..." (Emory University); "April is a gifted speaker with in-depth knowledge of her field of expertise. Her talk at our conference was a highlight which has inspired an entire industry to understand that business can be done differently!” (RIAD International Association of Legal Protection). Check out April’s recent interview on the rise of independent workers worldwide, and her podcast on the gig economy trend with Wharton Business’ podcast.  

Named by Forbes as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in the World,” Penny Pritzker is a respected authority on the future of work and how to prepare for the jobs and workforce of tomorrow. The Founder and Chairman of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group, and the Secretary of Commerce under President Obama (2013-2017), Pritzker is a leading global economic mind with more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private sector. Just selected to share her sharp analysis on “The Future of Employment” at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference and the workforce skills needed in the age of automation and freelancers at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Forum, while at both events Pritzker was sought-out by major outlets (Bloomberg and CNBC) for interviews.  A renowned entrepreneur who’s developed a variety of businesses from the ground up, Pritzker understands the gig economy and today’s workforce concerns from the perspective of both the board room and the situation room. As President Obama said of Pritzker: “Penny is one of our country’s most distinguished business leaders. She's got more than 25 years of management experience in industries including real estate, finance, and hospitality. She’s built companies from the ground up…She knows that what we can do is to give every business and every worker the best possible chance to succeed by making America a magnet for good jobs.”