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We are living in an unprecedented political climate, one rife with negative rhetoric, “alternative facts,” and chaotic communication.

In such a divided political environment, Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, brings problem-solving and the voice of reason to an ideologically bent Washington.

A strong proponent of reaching across the aisle, Landrieu discusses finding common ground on complex issues such as infrastructure, tax reform, immigration, and access to healthcare. 

Drawing from his firsthand experience as a two-term mayor and a lieutenant governor who turned a descending city into a prosperous 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

Polling is an inexact science: there’s so much information out there, with many sources claiming to have the most up-to-date data, that it becomes difficult to know what information is reliable. Gary Langer, Emmy Award-winning pollster for ABC News and one of the most respected and trusted pollsters in the industry, provides valuable information to help you better grasp how the world is changing and what you should do about it. Langer peppers his discussion with recent polls that clarify the political, economic and social mood of the nation today. He discusses how trends inform current—and future—public attitudes and the resulting policies. It’s an illuminating look at where we are, where we're headed and the forces that will shape attitudes for years to come.

In "How and Why It's President Trump," Gary Langer offers a deep dive into political attitude formation and the social and economic conditions that produced the 2016 election outcome, including the problematic election narrative, the performance of the polls and a look down road ahead. With colorful cartographs and references to train wrecks, Simon and Garfunkel and 30 years of partisan trends, Gary's talk is as engaging as it is informative.

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.

As Secretary of the Air Force and as a business leader, Deborah was charged with talent management; readiness and training;
technology and modernization; and making her organizations as efficient as possible. She also visited more than 40 partner nations during her most recent tenure in government. She offers up to the minute commentary on the Washington budget scene and topical issues in national security and foreign policy.

Deborah talks about controversial topics including: the readiness of today’s armed forces; sequestration; opening combat jobs to women in the military; making the acquisition process more efficient; and countering the threats posed by ISIS and Russia.

In an up-close-and-personal format, Jim Lehrer sits down for a candid discussion on a wide range of topics including current events around the world, the 21st Century information revolution, the on-going coarsening of public discourse, the state of journalism in America today, the importance of national service and much more. He gives audiences the facts and context for today’s events and helps them to understand the complex and often confusing avalanche of unfiltered news and information that besieges the public each day. A respected journalist renowned for his objectivity, Lehrer enjoys and looks forward to taking questions from the audience about topics and issues of importance to them.

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.

When it comes to politics and elections, Mara Liasson is of the most trusted voices in political journalism. In her positions as Political Contributor for Fox News, National Political Correspondent for NPR and the host of several award-winning newsmagazines, Liasson wields the experience needed to provide audiences with a solid understanding of the issues. Serving as White House correspondent during the Clinton Administration and covering every presidential election from 1992 to 2012 for NPR, Liasson delivers a candid perspective on how the media will impact the politics and policy issues facing the country today.

The world has changed in the wake of the #MeToo movement. What comes next? In That’s What She Said, bestselling author Joanne Lipman, the former Editor in Chief of USA TODAY, offers real-world solutions and a path forward. There’s no man-bashing here; Lipman explores how men as well as women can join together to close the gender gap. In this lively talk, she’ll offer surprising insights into issues ranging from unconscious bias to childrearing to brain differences between the genders, and offer practical tips that all of us can use, right now, to help eliminate bias in the workplace.

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