Brett King

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William Shipman

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Maddy Dychtwald

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James Glassman

James Glassman

A former CNN talk show moderator, syndicated financial columnist, and State Department official, James K. Glassman has made a career out of taking hard to understand, complex issues and distilling them into plain, clear language. He is widely recognized as an expert on the economy, finance, technology and international affairs, and is the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, an action-oriented think tank that is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. He also currently hosts Ideas in Action, a weekly public affairs program broadcast on PBS stations across the country from our nation’s capitol. Glassman wrote the first investing column for Reader’s Digest in the 1970s and went on to write columns for the Washington Post, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and Forbes.com. He’s written three books on investing, Dow 36,000, with co-author Kevin Hassett; The Secret Code of the Superior Investor, and most recently, Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence. Glassman is a former Senior Fellow for the American Enterprise Institute, where his work focused on economics, business and understanding the intersection between policy, finance and technology. He most recently served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, where he brought new Internet technology to bear on outreach to foreign republics, and Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, where he directed all non-military, taxpayer-funded U.S. international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Alhurra TV. Read more

John Bogle

John Bogle

Named by Fortune magazine as one of the investment industry’s four giants of the 20th century, John Bogle is a titan of the investment world and a hero to independent investors.

The founder and former chairman of The Vanguard Group–the world’s largest no-load mutual fund organization–John Bogle now shares with audiences his proven, common sense philosophies for investing. No matter what your investment experience, Bogle’s practical and unique insights can be used immediately as a springboard to success. Read more

Juan Licari

Juan Licari

Juan M. Licari, director at Moody’s Analytics and the head of the Credit Analytics team for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, provides consulting support to major industry players, builds econometric tools to model credit phenomena, and implements stress-testing platforms to quantify portfolio risk exposure. He is an industry leader in developing and instituting credit solutions that connect credit data to the underlying economic cycle, allowing portfolio managers to plan for alternative macroeconomic scenarios. Licari is actively involved in communicating his research and methodologies to the market. Read more

Marvin Zonis

Marvin Zonis

Marvin Zonis is a leading expert on the global economy and on political risk. Professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Zonis’ insights into the intersection of politics, economics and emerging technologies make him a valuable and always timely keynote speaker for a vast range of businesses and organizations. His sharpest skill is presenting, in vivid detail illustrated by real world examples, the developments and trends impacting the contemporary social, political and economic landscape. The former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, he is an authority on Middle Eastern politics, and has spent the last 50 years studying the volatile mix of Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East. At the University of Chicago, he continues to teach courses on International Political Economy, Leadership, and Business Strategy in the Era of E-Commerce, and consults with corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment. Zonis is a member of the Board of Directors of CNA Financial, serves on the Board of the Institute for Psychoanalysis and is a Fellow of Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, a global consulting firm. He is also a member of the U.S. Comptroller General’s Board of Advisers at the GAO. Zonis has written extensively on the intersection of digital technologies and globalization, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. His writing has been featured in The Financial Times, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Chief Executive Magazine, La Vanguardia, The Boston Globe, and the Japanese journal Nikkei Weekly. His books include The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis Driven World; The Eastern European Opportunity; Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah; Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his latest, Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten The Global Economy, which shows that globalization (and events like the recent overthrow of the long-time leaders in Egypt and Tunis; the global recession triggered by the U.S. credit crisis in 2008; and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) makes understanding the political economies of different countries more important than ever. He is a commentator for a range of media outlets, including NPR, the BBC, and ABC News, where he served as a special consultant for the Middle East. Read more

Mark Zandi

A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis to business leaders, journalists and the public, Mark Zandi frequently testifies before Congress and has been consulted by the Obama administration as well as Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign. His clear and articulate explanations of complex economic and financial phenomena have made him a sought-after speaker at client briefings and conferences, a nonpartisan consultant to government officials, and a valued source of facts and analysis for major news media outlets. As chief economist and co-founder of Moody’s Economy.com, Zandi directs the firm’s research and consulting activities for businesses, government agencies, and other entities in the U.S. and around the globe. His recent research has focused on the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy, analyzed the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies, and assessed the appropriate policy response to bubbles in asset markets. He is the author of Financial Shock, a critically acclaimed exposé of the financial crisis. A respected economist who has the ear of policymakers around the world, Mark Zandi is an unequaled resource to those looking to understand the complexities behind an economy in flux. Read more