Bill Daley and Karl Rove provide intimate and insightful commentary as they both speak with great authority and accuracy from a White House Insider's perspective. Each speaker shines a dynamic light on the political issues of the day based on their unique relationships - Bill Daley from his experience as Chief of Staff to President Obama, and Karl Rove from his years as one of President George W. Bush's closest confidants and advisors.
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Well-known and respected in business and economic circles, former Secretary of Commerce and banking executive at JP Morgan Chase, Daley is an authority on job creation, economic growth, global competitiveness and international trade. As Chief of Staff in the Obama administration, Bill Daley was instrumental in developing the American Jobs Act, brokered an agreement to reduce the deficit by over $2 trillion, and played a central role in passing historic trade agreements. He is a sharp and frequent commenter on politics and our economy.
With over four decades of experience in the political arena, Karl Rove is an iconic strategist whose provocative and robust knowledge of the major issues of the day have made him one of the most sought-after commentators of our time.
Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone as “unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon” and by Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard as “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation… He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.”
From major international conferences to college campuses and more intimate corporate events, Karl Rove's shrewd and unparalleled analysis make him resonate with all audiences. Sponsors hosting Rove have reported that his remarks "were extremely insightful and very helpful to our industry leaders" (Edison Electric Institute); "stimulating and valuable" (The Fraser Institute); and "provocative, lively and thoughtful" (Nomura); with audiences "often erupting in applause" (Wabash College) and his presentations consistently praised as "one of the highest-rated" (The TriZetto Group).
Bill Daley has spent his career at the intersection of government and business. As Chief of Staff in the Obama administration, Bill Daley was instrumental in developing the American Jobs Act, he brokered an agreement to reduce the deficit by over $2 trillion, and he played a central role in passing historic trade agreements. Well-known and respected in business and economic circles for his experience as a Secretary of Commerce and JP Morgan Chase banking executive, Bill Daley is an authority on job creation, economic growth, global competitiveness and international trade.
Mr. Daley currently serves as a Managing Partner and the Head of United States Operations at Argentière Capital AG, a hedge fund based in Switzerland.
As President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Daley was involved in all aspects and issues faced by the President and his administration. President Obama also tapped him to be a co-chair of his reelection campaign.
Prior to serving as Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, Mr. Daley served as Vice Chair, Chairman of the Midwest Region, and head of the Office of Corporate Responsibility for JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Daley served as President of SBC Communications (now known as AT&T) from 2001-2004.
Mr. Daley was the campaign chairman for Al Gore’s presidential run in 2000, and prior to that, he served as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997-2000, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. Mr. Daley also served as Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, focusing on international trade issues.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Daley was a partner at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt; was President and Chief Operating Officer of Amalgamated Bank of Chicago; and was a lawyer at the firm of Daley and George. He has also served on the boards of a number of corporate, academic, medical, charitable and civic organizations.
Bill Daley was born in Chicago, Illinois where he also completed his education including a B.A. from Loyola University and a law degree from John Marshall Law School.
Karl Rove, an iconic political strategist and one of the most sought-after political pundits of our time, is best known for his provocative and robust knowledge of the major political issues of the day.
Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.
Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as “…unique…no Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.” Washington Post columnist David Broder has called Rove a master political strategist whose “game has always been long term…and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match.” Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, has called him “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation… He knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.”
Mr. Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel, and is the author of the New York Times best seller, Courage and Consequence. His latest book is The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.
A Colorado native, he attended the University of Utah, the University of Maryland-College Park, George Mason University, and the University of Texas at Austin.