JEFF FLAKE: U.S. Senator (R-AZ) (2013-2018); New York Times Bestselling Author; CBS News Contributor

With nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives, JEFF FLAKE has had the nation’s eyes on him as he’s consistently risen over the dysfunction of partisan politics. Recently named a contributor at CBS News—where Flake will be launching a new series called Common Ground, which focuses on opposing groups coming together—Flake candidly unpacks what to expect from the current administration and what is and isn't achievable in a newly-divided Congress, providing shrewd analysis on the current political environment, foreign affairs, trade and the economy, and more. Flake made headlines for his recent conversation with David Axelrod at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, and was heralded for being incredibly generous with his time on campus following his lecture at Vanderbilt UniversityFlake’s recently-published New York Times bestselling book Conscience of a Conservative was described in The Washington Post as "the single largest act of political bravery in the Trump era," and his, eloquent, impassioned and headline-making retirement speech, delivered from the Senate floor, was labeled by CNN commentator Chris Cillizza as the most important speech of 2017.”


JULIA GILLARD: 27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-13); Chair, Global Partnership for Education; Inaugural Chair, Global Institute for Women's Leadership at Kings College

A world leader with fresh insights on geopolitics, the global economy, and women's rights, JULIA GILLARD  is heralded for keynotes that are equal parts inspiring and informative. She recently made headlines thanks to her sharp insights at the Economic Times Women's Forum, where she addressed an audience of 500 on the challenges and opportunities of female leadership. AS the event-planner raved: "From the audience feedback we received, it is clear that she was a huge hit and the crowd loved her inspiring story." An incredibly in-demand speaker, Gillard is set to shed light on "Engagement in the Asian Century" for an audience of 2,000 at the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, on Designing Success for 3,400 at the prestigious Simmons Leadership Conference, engage in a moderated conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power at the Connecticut Forum, and more. Gillard recently established and was named chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, which will work to better understand and address the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions worldwide. The news of Gillard’s new role quickly made headlines as she has become a leading voice on gender equality.


MOHAMED EL-ERIAN: Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz; Former CEO of PIMCO (2007-14); Bloomberg Opinion Contributor

Internationally respected economist and financier MOHAMED EL-ERIAN is a go-to voice on the global economy, regularly in-demand by major outlets including Bloomberg MarketsCNBC, Fox Business, and more, for his expertise and frank insights. He recently made headlines for his frank analysis on what's driving the U.S. market momentum, and penned a Bloomberg Opinion piece on how to improve Fed communication. Regularly receiving rave reviews for his dynamic, informative presentations and openness with audience-members, El-Erian is in-demand to deliver keynotes worldwide at the upcoming CFA Institute Annual Conference to discuss disruption as the new reality in investment management for 1,600 attendees; MBA’s National Secondary Market Conference and Expo where he will deliver the opening keynote on the latest industry trends and regulatory developments; and Lupus Alpha's Investment Focus 2020, where he will shed light on current challenges on capital markets.


JIMMY WALES: Founder, Wikipedia, World's 5th Most-Visited Website; Founder, Wikitribune

One of the most sought-after visionaries in business and technology, JIMMY WALES has been in-demand to illuminate the future of media, business and tech, helping companies both anticipate disruption and become disruptors, at events as varied as The World Business Forum and Geekpark's 2018 Innovation Festival. Audiences consistently praise Wales’ optimism for the future and masterful ability to break down issues ranging from Artificial Intelligence and automation to trends in new media and the digital economy, with passion, clarity and substance. Recently sought-out for the Ringling College Library Association's Town Hall Series, Wales made headlines thanks to his candid remarks and ambitious plan to save journalism. A remarkably in-demand speaker, In the coming months Wales is set to address some 2,000 business leaders at the prestigious World Business Forum Mexico and World Business Forum Milan, another 600 at OpenText's Enterprise World, 1,000 top-level executives at Food Service's Technology Conference, and more. Recently, Wales engaged in a fascinating, in-depth interview in the first-ever episode of Vanity Fair and Facebook Grow's new podcast The Making Of...,


CECILE RICHARDS: President, Planned Parenthood (2006-18); New York Times Bestselling Author; Board Member, Ford Foundation

The Former President of Planned Parenthood and New York Times bestselling author of Make Trouble, CECILE RICHARDS is a trailblazing activist and social justice leader. Deemed “heroine of the resistance” by Vogue and named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Richards offers powerful insights and sharp commentary on politics, social justice, women’s rights and being a force for positive change. Richards recently made headlines for her empowering TEDWomen Talk, which has racked up over a million views, and shared the urgent message that if women are not at the table, then they are on the menu. Sought-out to deliver a keynote at ComNet, Richards inspired tweets of praise such as: "I was too starstruck to tweet during @CecileRichards speech. LOVED her wisdom on storytelling, narrative shift, lessons from her mother and fighting the good fight. she is such a warm, engaging and funny speaker." and "Inspired to listen harder and tell more stories by @CecileRichards"


Visionary, passionate, and heralded for their ability to connect with audiences, these HWA Speakers have been in-demand and making headlines.