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Tony La Russa details the keys to his successful leadership—before, after and especially during the game—which can be applied at every level to help your team realize new heights of professional performance. Having inspired extreme loyalty from his players, he reveals the seldom-heard stories of why believing in each player’s ability, even when others did not, provided the platform for them to obtain amazing come-from-behind victories. La Russa has proven that studying the facts relevant to your business allows you to trust your instincts and is a powerful strategy that can lead to great achievement.

Our country has never experienced an administration quite like our present one, where ongoing negative rhetoric, alternative facts and chaos seem to be the order of the day. In today’s divided political climate, Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, believes Washington must stop being so ideologically bent and become problem-solvers. “Compromise” is not a dirty word. Parties must find common ground and come to resolution on complicated issues such as infrastructure, tax reform, immigration, and access to healthcare. In this timely presentation, Landrieu discusses how we need to create a condition in this country where everybody is working, has access to healthcare, and feels like they’re being treated fairly by the justice system. When we are actually working together versus apart, there’s nobody in the world that can come close to competing with the U.S. Drawing from his firsthand experience as a two-term mayor and lieutenant governor, who turned a descending city into an ascending one, Landrieu can be paired with a Republican to speak on the following topics as they pertain to
governing in a Trump era:

  • Growth potential of cities
  • Insight into race relations
  • Criminal justice system
  • Ethical leadership
  • Climate change
  • Public finance
  • Infrastructure

As lieutenant governor of Louisiana, Mitch Landrieu helped lead the state through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He also led the city and state through Hurricanes Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac, the BP oil spill, and a national recession. When he was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans in May 2010, the recovery from Hurricane Katrina had stalled, the city teetered on bankruptcy and the New Orleans Police Department was under federal investigation. Under Landrieu, New Orleans has become one of America’s great comeback stories. He kick-started the recovery by fast-tracking over 100 projects and securing billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks and recreation and critical infrastructure. He brought sound fiscal management, balanced budgets and ethical contracting to City Hall, leading to the city’s highest-ever credit rating and over $8 billion in private development. By making public safety a top priority, Landrieu reformed the police department and implemented the cutting-edge murder-reduction strategy, NOLA for Life, which led to a nearly 20 percent decrease in the city’s murder rate. In this presentation, Landrieu reveals how his post-disaster leadership skills and innovation helped pull his city through crisis and become more resilient. With his Southern wit and charm, he shares with audiences:

  • How clear command, control and communication can get you through any crisis
  • How his philosophy of “facilitate, link and leverage” brings people together to move forward
  • Why ethical leadership is good for business
  • Why the future of America runs through cities

Finding talented, hardworking employees who will uphold the standards of your company is difficult. Coach Larranaga shares his tried-and-true methods for recruiting players and assistant coaches and for creating an environment that keeps them on the job. Larranaga tells audiences about his 8 C’s—character, competitiveness, competence, consistency, cohesiveness, commitment, communication and confidence—which are the foundation for selecting a winning staff and team and developing a championship-caliber program. Audiences will learn:

  • How to develop a program that will elevate their organization’s performance to the highest level
  • Where to find talented employees
  • How to build a winning, dedicated staff

You can’t always predict external factors, but you can control your own behavior and attitude, Larranaga tells audiences. He shares the formula that has made him George Mason University’s most successful head coach, one that helped him transform the relatively unknown team into one of sports’ greatest success stories. An educator first, Larranaga uses real-life examples from tough calls he has made on and off the courts to prepare his athletes for the game of life. Audiences will leave inspired, entertained and energized as they learn:

  • How to transform challenges into motivational opportunities
  • How individual attitudes can transform outcomes
  • How lessons learned on the court translate to other aspects of life, including professional careers and family life

As one of the most diverse nations on earth, the United States has a unique potential to be the most innovative and how will we live together peacefully and productively? Can we find a way to make our multifaceted diversity an asset, economically and socially or will it continue to be our deepest and most painful source of conflict? Crossing The Thinnest Line argues passionately and persuasively for the possibility, power, purpose and payoff of embracing difference. The stakes for the conversation are high and getting higher. Already, 89% of the world's educated population is either female or minority. In less than a generation, the US will become minority majority. The world economy is global and interconnected. Embracing diversity has never been more imperative. With compelling data and powerful, personal stories, Lauren Leader-Chivee looks at challenges and solutions to immigration, education, business, media and politics and inspires us to rise to the challenge.

Over the last year, issues of conduct, culture and workplace equality have risen to become a global conversation of enormous proportions. As the old saying goes, never let a crisis go to waste. Given the impact social media has on the velocity of scandal, and the critical importance both economically and socially of safe, harassment free workplaces, what can businesses do to address both? The #MeToo moment is an unprecedented opportunity for businesses to make major strides toward greater equity and meritocracy but that takes a considered approach. In this talk, Lauren Leader-Chivee addresses how leaders can take a proactive approach to addressing these critical issues and as well as the potential backlash that already seems to be brewing.  It’s essential that every leader, no matter their level or gender, contribute to changing the status quo and this talk will explore in detail, specifically how that can be done.

Over the course of her 35-year career, Deborah has developed insights and lessons learned: from business and policy successes
and failures. Among them: “Establish goals and priorities, but be prepared to zig zag. At least 50 percent of effective communications is listening.” And “You can and should compromise on most things, but never integrity.” Her problem solving
approach—which she outlines with personal stories from business and government—includes: investigate, communicate, activate, and follow up.

For more than four years Leiter served at the heart of terrorism crisis management in the U.S. Government as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center—the post-9/11 organization created to serve as the hub of intelligence and policy planning for the U.S. counterterrorism community. Over the course of two administrations, Leiter helped lead the U.S. Government’s efforts to respond to repeated crises and high-stakes events, such as al-Qaida’s failed attempt to bring a U.S. airliner down over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, a failed car bomb attack in Times Square, the tragic shooting at Ft. Hood, and the successful mission that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Through examples from these and other events, Leiter shows how principled, thoughtful, visionary, and energetic leadership can carry an organization through crises and—more importantly—can lead to improvements in mission effectiveness that might otherwise be impossible. Leiter’s lessons of motivating and focusing a workforce, working with critical partners and customers, and effecting change apply to a wide range of businesses and organizations well-beyond those involved in combating terrorism or involved in the national security enterprise.

Using her twenty year experience on live television and ten years of being a panel moderator at prestigious national and international conferences, Levi can moderate any panel dealing with geopolitics, history, feminism, religion, social and economic divides.

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