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In this presentation, Dr. Gates shares his views about the most pressing threats to global stability and America’s security. He focuses on his experience dealing with these issues as defense secretary under presidents Bush and Obama—an experience recounted vividly in his recent best-selling book, Duty.  He draws heavily on his memoir sharing his views on the way America's government—White House, cabinet agencies, and Congress—works, and too often does not work. We face one of the most complex, dangerous and uncertain international environments today. From rising military tensions with Russia and China, multiple conflicts in the Middle East and the threat of ISIS, to dicey trade relations and economic challenges confronting Europe, Dr. Gates foresees a generation of conflict, and predicts we will continue to face the most challenging international environment since the Cold War for some time to come.

The only officer in the history of the CIA to rise from entry-level employee to director, Dr. Gates has consistently been a successful leader of change throughout an exceptional career. In this candid, inspiring presentation based on his book A Passion for Leadership, Dr. Gates draws on years of dedicated leadership at the CIA, Texas A&M University and the Department of Defense to offer wisdom and encouragement to leaders on how to successfully implement change and transform their organizations. In a time of change, companies have to change all the time to be competitive. How do you recognize and preserve the tradition and culture that made a company great, and determine what is in the way? Assessing the failures of big institutions, Dr. Gates offers innovative and practical advice, sharing personal anecdotes and experiences as most pertinent to your audience.

Willie Geist has a front-row seat to the news every morning on the TODAY show and on Morning Joe, a program The New York Times called one of the ten best on television. Sitting at the crossroads of D.C. politics and New York media, Willie sits face-to-face with the country's biggest newsmakers, adding his biting satirical take to the national conversation. A rising star and the youngest host in all of network news, Willie was recently compared to a young Dick Cavett by The Village Voice. Willie's presentation is at once a hilarious, topical commentary on our culture and a more sober look toward the future of his own business.

From Nixon to Clinton, Watergate to Whitewater, few Americans have observed the ups and downs of presidential leadership more closely over the past thirty years than David Gergen. A White House adviser to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, he offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future. As the world's economic and political dynamics continue to evolve, a new age is ahead for America, but its realization will depend heavily upon the success of a new generation at the top. Drawing upon all his many experiences in the White House, he offers seven key lessons for leaders of the future. What they must have, he says, are: inner mastery; a central, compelling purpose rooted in moral values; a capacity to persuade; skills in working within the system; a fast start; a strong, effective team; and a passion that inspires others to keep the flame alive.

Television and the Internet have become indispensable tools for presidential leadership. In fact, the media is a primary institutional force an effective president must manage by cooperation, charm and persuasion. The incoming administration’s future success will be partly measured by its ability to manage the media in order to communicate its legislative goals to the nation. The experienced journalist, presidential advisor and sought-after political analyst, David Gergen, shares with audiences:

  • His views on how the media impacts our nation’s policy focus 
  • What the incoming administration must do to ensure the media does not resist the President's goals
  • Lessons to be learned from presidential media greats, such as Roosevelt, and mistakes to avoid

Many questions remain unanswered regarding the future of the country—and both parties need take an active part in solutions to tackle the difficult issues ahead. What plans will Congress and the Trump Administration pursue to grow the economy? Where is the country headed on energy, immigration, health care, the environment, jobs and taxes? How will we face the development of increasingly complex and dangerous threats to national security? On what issues will both parties be able to work together? How will all of this impact what our President is able to accomplish? Uncanny in his ability to translate what is happening in Washington into how it will affect your audience, David Gergen sets his sights on the current political landscape. A trusted advisor to presidents of both parties and a leading commentator for more than two decades, Gergen offers unmatched perspectives on the future of America.

No president in history has dominated the news or disrupted the national conversation more than Donald Trump. More than his policy positions or professional experience, it was his personality that shaped the campaign and the first year of his presidency in ways that are changing both the institution and the country. Why were so many experts in both media and professional politics so wrong about his chances for success, and what do the experiences of past presidents tell us about how his administration is likely to unfold? Bestselling presidential historian Nancy Gibbs, the former Editor in Chief of TIME, has interviewed five US presidents, including President Trump, who made no secret of his interest in TIME’s coverage. She interviewed him early in the 2016 campaign, then immediately after his election, and finally at a private dinner at the White House. This lecture explores his rise to power and the implications of his tenure as the most unprecedented of all modern presidencies unfolds.

No one who has not served in the Oval Office can fully understand what the job does to you. That simple truth helps account for the remarkable bond among American Presidents, who belong to the world’s most exclusive fraternity. Behind the scenes, the most unlikely political partners reached out to one another for help with problems no one else could solve: Harry Truman secretly enlisted Herbert Hoover on a post-war mission to save millions of lives; John F. Kennedy turned to Eisenhower after the Bay of Pigs invasion went terribly wrong, and Lyndon Johnson asked Ike to rush to Washington to help him bind the country’s wounds after Kennedy’s assassination. Bill Clinton used to call Richard Nixon late at night for advice. Presidential historian Nancy Gibbs, former Editor in Chief of TIME, is co-author of the bestselling The Presidents Club who has interviewed five US Presidents about their remarkable private relationships. This is an exploration of how the most powerful men in the world put country before party and gave each other the support they needed to do the world’s hardest job.

Even though health-care reform passed through Congress and has been signed into law, a public policy debate still rages on as to whether this is the right piece of legislation to fix century-old issues. As mayor of one of America’s largest cities,Rudy Giuliani developed a comprehensive model to promote enrollment in public health programs. As a presidential candidate, he advocated development of a national tax-free health savings account. And, at Giuliani Partners, companies have sought his expertise to tackle a range of health-care projects including the need to combat the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse. A solution to the crisis will require the combined efforts of the health-care community and federal and state officials. With a strong viewpoint and years of experience on the issue, Giuliani shares with audiences:

  • His views on the Affordable Care Act
  • Insight on how seemingly insurmountable challenges, such as health care, can be overcome with effective leadership
  • An overview of the steps the health-care community and the nation’s elected representatives must take to help alleviate our health-care challenges

Based on her longtime best-selling and award-winning book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin presents audiences with essential, object and fresh lessons in leadership, political acumen and management strategy. By deeply examining Lincoln’s leadership style and keen understanding of human behavior, Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln’s political genius by explaining his skillful navigation of the "team of rivals" he constructed to achieve not only political success, but also victory in the Civil War. Underestimated as both an effective orator and leader, this ordinary and extraordinary leader surprised both his colleagues and critics as he rose to political prominence, and today is remembered as one of the greatest presidents of all time. Goodwin, whose Team of Rivals was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film Lincoln, also shares stories about her involvement in the hit film that saw Daniel Day-Lewis so convincingly bring Abraham Lincoln to life for millions of moviegoers.

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