Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell serves as the host of MSNBC’s daily news program Andrea Mitchell Reports in addition to her role as NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, a position she has held since 1994. Mitchell has covered the biggest international stories of our time including the global War on Terror, nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan and North Korea, the conflict in the Middle East and other global issues that influence your audience. Before covering foreign affairs, Mitchell covered national affairs as both a White House correspondent and congressional correspondent, providing viewers with the top political stories of the day. Read more

Andrew Busch

Andrew Busch

Author, columnist and television commentator, Andrew Busch has been connecting the dots between events and global financial markets for the last twenty-five years. As the Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist for BMO Capital and outside advisor to Congress and the US Treasury, Andrew Busch regularly crafts strategies for dealing with the volatile global markets. With a humorous and humble Midwest approach, Busch shows audiences how to interpret the seismic global and public policy shifts that are taking place for investors and corporations. His timely and energetic presentations show attendees how to live and thrive in the current economic chaos. Read more

Barry Asmus

Barry Asmus

An unapologetic advocate of free enterprise and privatization, Barry Asmus is recognized as a revolutionary thinker who delivers his ideas in an energy-filled entertaining presentation. Asmus doesn’t just talk policy – he makes it happen. A senior economist for the National Center for Policy Analysis, Asmus has directly influenced how world leaders approach social security, health care, monetary and fiscal policy and other equally complex issues. With presentations customized to reflect your particular economic policy needs, Asmus helps audiences understand major policy issues – without all the jargon. Read more

Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum has advised nearly every major Democratic candidate from Edmund Muskie and Ted Kennedy to Al Gore and John Kerry, because he understands how political campaigns are fought and won.

 

A complete list of Shrum’s clients would be a “Who’s Who” of American politics. As chairman of Shrum, Devine & Donilon, a political media consulting firm, he has created and produced advertising that resulted in winning campaigns for over 20 U.S. Senators, six Governors, mayors of many major cities and several Congressmen. Read more

Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley has spent more than two decades as one of Florida’s leading political writers covering local, state and national politics. A former Political Editor, Metro Editor, Editorial Writer and Tallahassee Bureau Chief for The Palm Beach Post, Crowley has reported on every major statewide political race since 1980. He has made numerous appearances on CNN, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, NPR as well as radio and local television throughout Florida and across the nation. Crowley also has given radio and television interviews to media outlets throughout the world, including Read more

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

One of the most influential political observers in the country, Charles Krauthammer challenges
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David Rivkin

David Rivkin

Attorney David B. Rivkin, Jr. has studied the U.S. Constitution and related historical documents with scholarly rigor, and has authored incisive commentary on the critical constitutional issues of our day. Now in private practice, Rivkin’s lengthy career has been distinguished by service in the White House during two presidential terms, in both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a well-known writer and media commentator on matters of constitutional and international law, as well as on foreign and defense policy. Read more

Donna Brazile

Donna Thoren

 

Don Thoren works with organizations and helps people explore what their future “could be” , and develops plans and skills in its pursuit. In his beginning, he grew up on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, gave his first speech in a Future Farmers of America contest, and held many student leadership positions in high school and college. As an Army training officer, he participated in establishing standards and conducting innovative training to achieve high operational readiness scores.

 

General Electric gave Don the opportunity learn personnel practices and then sent me into manufacturing to achieve results with the people he hired. First as a shift foreman and later manager, he learned the importance of integrating systems with leadership skills to achieve exemplary results. At American Salesmasters he learned to make 20 street sales calls a day to sell communication and sales training seminars.

 

Looking back on 30 years of speeches, consulting and organization change initiatives, Don is grateful to those clients who allowed him the opportunity to help them on their way, and to employees who came to work with him as they sought to practice and teach, “Maximizing Joint Productivity.”

 

Today, Don is a seasoned practitioner who specializes in:

 

  • Mentoring leaders
  • Showing how conflicting opinions can lead to break through thinking and break out results
  • Delivering unique speeches for special occasions
  • Coaching project teams
  • Teaching others to speak more effectively and persuasively
  • Helping resolve alignment issues
  • Improving the results of technical sales people
  • Teaching creative problem solving
  • Conflicting opinions, turf wars, customer demands, confusing technological choices and the assignment of responsibility are the issues most likely to cripple organizations.

 

The solution to all this chaotic change and attendant conflict is embracing the commitment to “Let Ideas Compete—Not People!” The skillful collision of ideas CAN create new and better “3RD IDEAS.” Learning to view passionate conflict as an invaluable engine of creativity is key to organizational and personal success.

Full Biography

Full Biography

Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, and the vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee.

Brazile began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to support the campaign of a city council candidate who promised to build a playground in her neighborhood. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, she has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as presidential campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore.

Author of the bestselling autobiography Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In the media, she serves as a political contributor on CNN, consultant to ABC News, regularly appearing commentator on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos and frequent contributor to National Public Radio. In print and online, she is a columnist for Roll Call and Ms magazine.

Washingtonian named Brazile one of the ‘100 most powerful women’ and Essence named her one of the top 50 women in America. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has bestowed upon her its award for political achievement.

Prior to serving as vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation, Brazile dedicated herself to strengthening the American democratic process as chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all American citizens to participate in the electoral process. Her passion is encouraging young people to vote, work within the system to strengthen it and run for public office.

Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco appointed Brazile, a New Orleans native, a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the guiding agency charged with leading the state s rebuilding process in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes.

Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C.

Eleanor Clift

Elanore Clift

A journalistic trailblazer, Eleanor Clift takes her audiences into the corridors of power for an insider’s view of Washington. Providing tested journalistic insights on the issues and intrigues that surround our political process, Clift gives audiences her take on today’s headline news including a look at President Obama, Congress and the changes wrought by the 2010 midterm elections. Drawing on her reputation as one of Washington’s most trusted political analysts, Clift tells the stories behind the stories, gleaned from her years building relationships and sources with the nation’s key political players. Read more

Forrest Sawyer

Forrest Sawyer

A broadcast legend and one of the world’s most respected journalists, Forrest Sawyer provides audiences with the vast media experience, creativity and integrity that put him in at the top of his game. With his real-time knowledge of world events, Sawyer puts his listeners behind-the-scenes of late-breaking headlines and issues of national, international and business concern. Is the new age of corporate-owned media influencing how the news is brought to you? And how will advances in technology shape the way in which you receive it? Read more