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Jon Favreau (Exclusively WSB)

When Jon Favreau—director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2009-2013)—joined the White House at age 27, he became the second-youngest chief speechwriter in United States history. Sharing illuminating anecdotes from a career spent working alongside the Commander in Chief on the two most pivotal presidential campaigns in recent history, in the West Wing and throughout the world, Favreau conveys his own life experiences, his aspirations to balance idealism with the reality of politics and insights to inspire others to consider public service and develop their skills as future leaders.

Jon Favreau (Exclusively WSB)

The significance of meaningful and effective words cannot be overrated, especially when a critical message is needed to stand out in a 24/7 news cycle and break through the constant noise of social media.  Jon Favreau—director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2009-2013)—knows this all too well as he has worked on some of the most important communications coming from the OvalOffice.  According to Obama chief advisor David Axelrod, he has had his “stamp on all the great speeches from 2005 to early 2013” and always sought to tell a compelling story rather than string together a collection of sound bites. However, it is not simply a sheer talent with words that has made Favreau a success. While his rhetorical prowess has played a role, what sets Favreau above the rest is his unique ability to “see” or get behind the words—to capture the essence of an issue and create dialogue that clearly and powerfully articulates what it is about that issue that matters and why we should care. As former right-hand man and “mind reader” to arguably one of the greatest orators in United States history, Favreau offers his audiences valuable insight on how precisely—from conception to delivery—to “get behind the words we speak.” In the process, he discusses the significance of “mining” resources for inspiration, creating scripts that speak from and to the heart and “walking the walk” of talk.

Jon Favreau (Exclusively WSB)

As chief speechwriter and senior aide to Barack Obama during the 2008 and 2012 elections, Jon Favreau has been at the center of the storm for two successful presidential campaigns. As a political columnist for The Ringer and co-host of Keepin’ It 1600, one of America’s most popular podcasts, he draws on his unique perspective to cut through the noise and focus on the issues, messages and moments that had the biggest impact on the 2016 election. Favreau offers insights into Donald Trump’s rise, Hillary Clinton’s challenges, and the effects of the media and the national mood following one of the most unusual races in history.

Carly Fiorina speaks on a wide variety of business, economic and political topics including:

  • Leadership and Change: It Starts with the People
  • Leading Organizational Transformation Through Innovation
  • Keeping America Competitive in the Global Economy
  • Insights on Today’s Political and Economic Landscapes

Richard Fisher (Exclusively WSB)

Richard Fisher draws on an exceptional career to explore the global economic landscape in this candid and perceptive presentation. Having served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 to 2015, Fisher astutely understands today’s global economic landscape and is able to not only articulate the most critical and complex issues, but also put them into context as they relate to each audience. Lending to his expertise in the global financial market, Fisher has additionally held many distinguished roles, including deputy United States trade representative with the rank of ambassador in which he was responsible for U.S. trade policy and numerous high-profile negotiations in Asia, Latin America, Mexico and Canada. With vast, unmatched experience, Fisher is uniquely positioned to not only examine the most impactful issues of the past and present, but also share knowledge, offer guidance and provide exceptional perspectives into the future.

Richard Fisher (Exclusively WSB)

After serving more than a decade as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Richard Fisher is able to draw on a breadth of experience and share outstanding insights on the issues facing the American economy. Under Fisher’s leadership, the Dallas Fed grew from $36 billion in assets to $160 billion, and the state of Texas saw job creation increase spectacularly. Considered a hawk for his public emphasis on inflation, Fisher has been vocal on a wide range of national economic issues from the impact and aftermath of the stimulus and early, bold forecasts of economic trends, to his slate of proposals for the rebalance of power among the national Fed system. Fisher brings exceptional economic and financial expertise having also previously served in senior leadership roles including vice-chairman of strategic advisory firm Kissinger McLarty Associates, senior advisor and managing partner of Fisher Capital Management Investors in Dallas, and assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury during the Carter Administration. In this insightful, thought-provoking presentation, Fisher helps audience members to plainly understand the hot-button economic issues that most impact their organization today.

Richard Fisher (Exclusively WSB)

In this informative and engaging presentation, Richard Fisher shares expert insights and explores the complex and dynamic relationship between the global oil and gas market and the U.S. economy. Recognized as a hawk in the political realm for his emphasis on inflation, Fisher has been vocal about his call to action on interest rates and the impact individual policies could have on the nation. Having previously served as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in Texas, the sixth-largest oil producer and top oil services provider in the world, Fisher is able to draw on firsthand experiences to meaningfully connect with the audience and help them understand how this relationship impacts their industry and organization and how to best prepare for the future.

Ari Fleischer (Exclusively WSB)

With news moving at a fast and furious pace, Fleischer focuses on the hottest controversies of the day providing a detailed, in-depth analysis of the latest news coming out of Washington as only a political communications veteran can. With the signature wit and humor he used to handle the toughest of questions in the White House Briefing Room, Fleischer looks at the Trump Administration, Congress, the budget, U.S. foreign policy, and the ever-changing multitude of issues that play out each day. He also takes audiences inside the White House for an amusing and informative glimpse of what life is like “inside the bubble".

President Trump came into office in January, 2017 vowing to adopt an “America First” approach to U.S. foreign policy. How has the Trump administration’s foreign policy actually played out in practice? And what are the implications for the United States over time? Flournoy will assess the President’s foreign policy to date, highlight key challenges and opportunities, and explore the longer-term implications of this administration’s foreign policy for U.S. interests, values, and standing in the world.

With the emergence of competitors like a resurgent Russia and a rising China, the advent of new technologies and military capabilities, and increased competition in domains like space and cyberspace, the United States can no longer take its technological edge for granted. Decades ago, most significant technologies originated in the United States, with the bulk of research and development sponsored by the Department of Defense. Today, while the government remains an important sponsor of innovation, the cutting edge of technological innovation in many areas has shifted to the commercial sector. And with a technology base that is now truly global, other countries are investing heavily to catch up. Flournoy will discuss the critical questions these new realities raise for industry leaders and policymakers: How can our national security community better access and leverage new commercial technologies to keep the country safe? How can we restore trust and improve the partnership between government and the tech community in the post-Snowden era? And how can traditional technology sources for government (e.g., defense contractors) be part of the solution in helping the government access and adapt cutting-edge technologies?

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