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Madeleine K. Albright (Exclusively WSB)

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks with humor, insight and eloquence about her life and career as a young refugee who rose to become for a time the world’s most powerful woman. Albright sketches a vivid portrait of her years as Secretary of State and offers candid descriptions of the leaders she encountered in Washington and overseas. She also discusses America’s global role and the many challenges facing President Trump and other world leaders today. While in office, Albright was renowned for her courage in “telling it like it is.” Now, as a best-selling author and successful businessperson, she offers a unique and always lively account of service at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Madeleine K. Albright (Exclusively WSB)

As a former Secretary of State and current businesswoman, Madeleine Albright has a deep understanding of the connections that exist between international economic developments and geopolitical security. No one is better positioned than Albright to offer insights about the policy challenges faced by President Trump or to analyze the strategies being employed by other world leaders, including those in such pivotal countries as China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Iran. Dr. Albright is an expert on how decisions are made at the global level and has strong opinions on the pros and cons of investing in emerging markets. She also speaks with force, clarity and humor on the many parallels that exist between operating a business and managing world affairs.

Madeleine K. Albright (Exclusively WSB)

In an up-close-and-personal format, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sits down for a candid discussion, sharing her perspective on the current state of world affairs and on the personalities who shape today’s headlines. Audiences are given unprecedented access to one of the globe’s most powerful, respected and vibrant women as Albright sheds light on challenges both personal and public. Albright responds to questions from both the moderator and the audience, and engages in a no-holds-barred discussion of issues ranging from war and peace to the challenge of juggling career and family life.

Shaukat Aziz (Exclusively WSB)

As international markets suffer, growth in emerging economies continues to increase, causing global markets to become increasingly dependent on the economies of developing countries. Pakistan’s economy experienced an unprecedented boom in the early 21st Century, a success attributed largely to the efforts of Minister of Finance Shaukat Aziz. When Aziz began his tenure as minister of finance in 1999, Pakistan’s lack of credibility within the global financial market discouraged foreign investment, resulting in declining exports and abating normal capital inflows. As a result of Aziz’s implementation of debt reduction programs and the securing of hundreds of millions of dollars in loans, Pakistan’s economy experienced a growth rate of 6.4% per year. By the end of his tenure in 2007, Pakistan’s economy was one of the fastest growing global economies. Based on his knowledge of the global economy Aziz shares with audiences:

  • The current status of global markets and the role of developing countries
  • The role of organizations like the World Bank in providing financial aid to developing countries
  • The future of the global economy
  • Designing a structural reform agenda for sustainable growth
  • Emerging challenges for the global financial sector

Shaukat Aziz (Exclusively WSB)

Age-old conflict in the Middle East and parts of Asia continue to derail a focus on the other issues that plague the region including poverty, hunger, disease, and illiteracy. To truly tackle the systemic challenges of the region, tensions must first be reduced and countries must join together for a common purpose. As the prime minister of Pakistan, Aziz worked closely with leaders of other countries on peace, security and economic prosperity. In this enlightening presentation the prime minister will underscore the need for:

  • An assessment of the current events of the regions and what core issues must be addressed
  • A renewed commitment to regional peace, security and economic prosperity
  • How Pakistan must serve as a key player as a major Muslim country, which can be a stabilizing influence for the entire Muslim world and the world at large.
  • Root Causes of Terrorism and Possible Solutions
  • Bridging the Gaps Between Faiths and the Need for Promoting Interfaith Harmony

Shaukat Aziz (Exclusively WSB)

In 1999, Shaukat Aziz was asked to return to his home country of Pakistan to institute reforms that would aid the country's struggling economy. Dedicated to helping Pakistan, Aziz left his top management position at Citibank and assumed the Finance Minister position pro-bono. Throughout his eight years working in the Pakistani government as Finance Minister and then as Prime Minister, Aziz led the fledgling country through massive social and financial reform. Aziz worked to capture the hearts and minds of his constituents and was able to enact considerable social reforms including the promotion of women's rights and education as well as expanding Pakistan's role in global diplomacy. While initiating reform that changed the government's approach to managing global issues and leveraging its position in the global community, Aziz implemented broad-based structural reforms that led Pakistan to become one of the fastest growing powers in Asia. Aziz engages audiences with a discussion of:

  • How to lead change management efforts at the global level, in business and in state affairs
  • The persistence it takes to implement reform with a population that is resistant to change
  • Cultural and political impediments to reform

Bret Baier (Exclusively WSB)

Before moving to his post at the White House, Bret Baier was based at the Pentagon where he covered the military and intelligence communities. In those five years, Baier traveled to Iraq 12 times and to Afghanistan 11 times, giving him a one-of-a-kind perspective on the U.S.-led war on terror. With gripping stories from those trips and inspiring tales from his experiences with American troops on the frontlines, Baier is one of the only reporters in Washington with the ability to speak from first-hand experiences in war zones while conveying an insider’s knowledge of the high-stakes politics of war.

Bret Baier (Exclusively WSB)

Of the outstanding achievements in the Presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, none were more dramatic or impactful than his last. In this presentation, Baier discusses his newest book, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission, which tells the story of how President Eisenhower fought to secure the nation's future before his young successor, John F. Kennedy, took power. Baier takes audiences on a journey through the many successes and challenges of the Eisenhower Presidency. From his negotiations with the Soviets and the Koreans which has been said to have saved the world from destruction, to the fiscal and social changes that ushered the U.S. into one of the greatest economic booms in world history. The lessons of the Eisenhower administration are as relevant in today as they have ever been. Baier brings the audience full circle by connecting the current political climate to the stories of the Eisenhower era.   

James Baker, III (Exclusively WSB)

Mr. Baker served as secretary of state as the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War ended, leaving the United States in a uniquely preeminent position – diplomatically, militarily and economically. Now, he says, terrorism and the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction have summoned the United States to a new and more difficult kind of leadership, both for our nation's own protection and to preserve peace and stability around the world. Mr. Baker reviews these and other global challenges, such as turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East, North Korea's nuclear challenge, the need to integrate China into the international system, and the continuing battle for free trade and investment.

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