Bruckner Chase

On August 24, 2010, at 4:00 AM, surrounded by a community of supporters, Bruckner Chase embarked on a 25-mile marathon swim to connect Santa Cruz to Monterey while also binding those on land with the Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Those twenty-five miles developed into an epic fourteen-hour journey in which he encountered everything from massive jellyfish to blue whales, fog to white-capped swells. Read more

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 has studied the U.S. Constitution and related historical documents with scholarly rigor, and has authored incisive commentary on the critical constitutional issues of our day.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.

A trusted representative of conservative viewpoints, Rivkin is frequently called upon to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and other congressional committees. He testified as a minority party witness in the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and in 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution regarding “The Legal, Moral, and National Security Consequences of ‘Prolonged Detention.’” Rivkin boasts an extensive body of work; his legal opinion pieces and commentary include more than 350 articles and numerous guest appearances on radio, and network and cable televisions programs, such as CNN, NPR, BBC, Fox News, NBC, ABC, CBS and Al Jazeera.

Rivkin develops his positions on critical public and legal matters not from political ideology, but from a reasoned interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, legislation, judicial rulings, and legal opinions. David Rivkin currently represents foreign governments and corporate entities on legal, political, economic, defense, and public relations matters. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Nixon Center, Contributing Editor at The National Review, and a member of the Advisory Council at The National Interest magazine, and currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

 

 

TOPICS

  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutionality of Federal Mandates to the States
  • EPA and Climate Control Law
  • Supreme Court Justice Selection and History
  • International Law
  • Foreign and Defense Policy
  • Health Care Legislation

Full Biography

David B. Rivkin Jr., a partner at Baker Hostetler LLP, is a member of the firm’s litigation, international and environmental groups and he co-chairs the firm’s appellate and major motions team. He has extensive experience in constitutional, administrative and international law litigation.

Mr. Rivkin has been involved in numerous high-profile cases. He has represented the 26 States that have challenged the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and was the lead outside counsel in the District Court and Court of Appeals. He also represented the Republic of Croatia before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice for a number of years on a wide range of issues involving international humanitarian law and the laws of war. Mr. Rivkin also has considerable experience with litigation involving national security-related matters, including defending Bivensactions brought against former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. From 2004 through 2007, he served as an expert member of the United Nations Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

Mr. Rivkin has represented corporations in alien tort statute and civil RICO litigation, as well as in challenges to federal agency actions and constitutional challenges to state statutes. He has provided compliance advice to companies, as well as handled enforcement proceedings before government agencies on issues arising out of various multilateral and unilateral sanctions (ITAR, EAR and questions relating to dealings with proscribed countries), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-boycott issues and environmental and energy matters.

He is a recipient of numerous academic and professional awards, including Phi Alpha Theta (1981), U.S. Naval Proceedings Annual Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for the best maritime affairs article (1984) and the Burton Award for legal achievement (2011). He is a prolific writer and commentator and, over the years, has published hundreds of articles, op eds, book reviews and book chapters on a variety of international, legal, constitutional, defense, arms control, foreign policy, environmental and energy issues for various newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, National Review, Policy Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Policy, American University Law Review, Administrative Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review and University of Chicago Journal of International Law. Mr. Rivkin also has been a frequent commentator and guest on TV and radio shows, including CNN, NBC and MSNBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, NPR, PBS, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and numerous Australian, French, German and Swiss TV stations.

From 1993 to December 1999, Mr. Rivkin was a member of the Hunton & Williams law firm. Prior to returning to private practice, Mr. Rivkin served from 1987-1993 in various capacities in the federal government. During 1992-1993, he was Associate Executive Director and General Counsel of the President’s Council on Competitiveness at the White House. While there, he was responsible for the review and analysis of legal issues related to the regulatory review conducted by the Council.

He handled the development and implementation of President George H.W. Bush’s deregulatory initiatives, which entailed review of all existing federal regulatory strictures and the application of a more rigorous cost-effective standard to new regulations. His substantive areas of responsibility included international sanctions, energy, environment and tax issues. He played a leading role in the development of Order 636, which introduced major changes to the regulation of the interstate natural gas pipelines, and simultaneously served as the Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to then Vice President Dan Quayle.

Mr. Rivkin also served as the Associate General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), from 1990-91. At DOE he was responsible for international, constitutional, environmental and energy matters, including global climate change problems, natural gas, hydro and electricity issues, development and implementation of the Natural Energy Strategy, implementation of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, wetlands policy and related issues, development of RCRA and Clean Water Act legislative proposals and deregulation of energy markets. Mr. Rivkin played a significant role in developing the Reagan and Bush Administrations’ regulatory and legislative proposals affecting natural gas and electric utility industries.

In addition to his positions with the Council on Competitiveness and the Department of Energy, he served in the office of then Vice President George H.W. Bush as Legal Advisor to the Counsel to the Vice President, in the White House Counsel’s Office and as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy Development (OPD), U.S. Department of Justice. While at OPD, he worked on a wide variety of constitutional, domestic and international issues, including judicial selection, legal policy, immigration and asylum matters and intelligence oversight.

Prior to embarking on a legal career, Mr. Rivkin worked as a defense and foreign policy analyst, focusing on Soviet affairs, arms control, naval strategy and NATO-related issues, and served as a defense consultant to numerous government agencies and Washington think tanks.

 

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin

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Emotional,   inspiring,   intense,   motivating, and hope-giving are just a few words to describe Jeremy’s story of overcoming Obsessive  Compulsive  Disorder.    At  the age of twelve, Jeremy developed a severe case of OCD–Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Anxiety came first, followed by a stream of methodical actions he felt he had to perform in order to calm his many panic attacks: repetitive praying at bedtime; endless reorganizing of clothes, furniture, and other household objects; walking in patterned movements; obsessive counting; and constant tapping, just to name a few. On most days these rituals occupied up to four hours of his day. His quality of life rapidly declined. He lost over thirty pounds in just over two weeks, his grades in school dropped to the point where he was always in danger of failing, and he became depressed and lost interest in all the boyhood activities he previously loved.  He lived with this crippling illness for almost seven years before his life began to turn around.

Jeremy Bennett is a man on a mission. He takes his audience into a dark corner of the human mind, then draws them back out again with the hope that OCD can be managed. And it can. He is living proof.  In his motivational presentations and in his book, The Power of the Mind: How I Beat OCD (Release date Summer, 2010) he tells his journey and gives hope to those who have lost it.

Jeremy has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Francis Xavier University, is an international motivational speaker, a professional Psychological Illusionist, and is currently starring in Vision TV’s ‘Supernatural Investigator: Chaos Magick’ and is in production of a 13 episode television series called ‘Occam’s Razor’ where he travels the world investigating different supernatural subjects.  He is also the Co-Chair of the Canadian Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine Congress and star of ‘Believe’, a made for television special that was broadcasted internationally.

Jeremy believes all success starts with a thought.  It’s how we treat and nurture that thought that will determine what we attract into our lives.

 

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Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent books include:

The Third Industrial Revolution
The Empathic Civilization
The Hydrogen Economy
The European Dream
The End of Work
The Age of Access
The Biotech Century

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade. Mr. Rifkin advised the government of Spain during its presidency of the European Union (January 1st – June 30, 2010). Mr. Rifkin also served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state.

Mr. Rifkin is the principle architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 27 member-states.

Mr. Rifkin is also the founder and chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, comprised of 100 of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, construction companies, architectural firms, real estate companies, IT companies, power and utility companies, and transport and logistics companies. Mr. Rifkin’s global economic development team is the largest of its kind in the world and is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop master plans to transition their economies into post-carbon Third Industrial Revolution infrastructures.

Since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania — the world’s #1 ranked business school— where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.

Mr. Rifkin’s monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times in the United States, The Guardian in the U.K., Die Süddeutsche Zeitung and Handelsblatt in Germany, Le Soir and Knack in Belgium, L’Espresso in Italy, El Mundo and El País in Spain, Kathimerini in Greece, Informatíon in Denmark, De Volkskrant in the Netherlands, Hospodárské Noviny in the Czech Republic, Wort in Luxembourg, Eesti Päevaleht in Estonia, Trud in Bulgaria, Clarín in Argentina, and Al-Ittihad in the U.A.E.

Rifkin has been influential in shaping public policy in the United States and around the world. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has had consistent success in litigation to ensure responsible government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues.

He has been a frequent guest on numerous television programs, including Face the Nation, The Lehrer News Hour, 20/20, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America. The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy.

Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rifkin speaks frequently before government, business, labor and civic forums. He has lectured at hundreds of the world’s leading corporations as well as more than 200 universities in some 30 countries in the past 30 years.

Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends (www.foet.org) in Bethesda, MD. The Foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy.

Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard

Watery images of the once-glorious Titanic were some of the most enchanting and enthralling images of recent years, something most people only dream of seeing in real life. For Robert Ballard they represented a concrete accomplishment, and just one in a series of triumphs. World-famous for his discovery of the Titanic and the Bismark, Ballard leads audiences on a journey to uncover some of history’s greatest mysteries. Ballard’s adventurous spirit is matched by a practical and hugely successful approach to goal setting, team building and execution. Read more

Tom Hinton

Tom Hinton, one of America’s most popular business speakers, is well known for his expertise in the areas of Customer Relations, Leadership, Team Building, Sustainability, and Green Business Practices. Hinton is recognized internationally as America’s Expert on Business Excellence. As a renowned speaker and author, he has addressed over 900 companies, public sector agencies, and non-profit organizations. His high-content, results-driven keynote speeches, workshops and training programs will inspire and motivate your attendees and help them achieve outstanding results that benefit your organization! Read more

Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce has been writing about the energy business for nearly two decades. His articles on energy and other subjects have appeared in numerous publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The Nation and The Atlantic Monthly to Oklahoma Stripper. An experienced and engaging public speaker, Bryce has spoken to numerous professional and civic groups including the Houston World Affairs Council, American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Attorneys General, and the Bruno Leoni Institute in Rome. Read more

Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston is an accomplished, engaging speaker. He’s given keynotes and moderated panel discussions in front of audiences of all types and sizes, from small meetings of the top executives at a corporation to large conference keynotes in front of thousands of people.

Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green business, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, The New York Times, and CNBC.  Andrew is dedicated to helping companies both large and small use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value, and build stronger relationships with employees, customers, and other stakeholders.

Andrew relies on his real-world business experience and comfort on stage to bring a relaxed (and often humorous) style to his presentations on the overlap of business and environment. He has no boring 5-bullet-point slides and uses mainly visual images that grab the audience’s interest. Andrew tailors his examples and ideas to match the audience, but his “regular” talks run from 20 to 60 minutes; his programs explore how environmental pressures such as climate change, as well as powerful stakeholders, are all driving companies to go green; he offers strategies and tools the world’s best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world, while Illuminating the hurdles companies face when trying to go green and sharing stories of how leading companies make environmental stewardship a strategic competitive advantage.

TOPICS

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage
This engaging talk by a globally recognized speaker and green business expert will:

  • Explore the environmental pressures and powerful stakeholders driving companies to go green
  • Describe the strategies and tools the world’s best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world
  • Illuminate the hurdles companies face when trying to go green
  • Share stories of how leading companies use environmental thinking to build a strategic competitive advantage

Andrew makes the case that going green, especially during economic slowdowns, drives innovation and represents a new and fundamentally better way of doing business.

Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top
This engaging talk by a globally recognized speaker and green business expert demonstrates the importance of environmental strategy in hard times, and show you how leading companies:

  • Get Lean: Amp up your energy and resource efficiency to survive tough times
  • Get Smart: Use environmental data about products and supply chains for competitive advantage
  • Get Creative: Rejuvenate your innovation efforts by asking heretical questions such as “How might we operate with no fossil fuels?”
  • Get Going: Engage and excite employees to solve the company’s, the customer’s, and the world’s environmental challenges

Andrew posits that going green will help your company survive and thrive as the economy gets better, and emerge as a leader.

Biography

Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, is the author of Green Recovery, a strategic plan for using environmental thinking to survive hard economic times. He is also the co-author of Green to Gold, the best-selling guide to what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go green.

Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green business, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, The New York Times, and CNBC. Andrew is dedicated to helping companies both large and small use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value, and build stronger relationships with employees, customers, and other stakeholders. His clients have included Bank of America, Bayer, HP, Pepsi, Boeing, and IKEA. Andrew also sits on the Sustainability Advisory Board of Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Andrew bases his work on significant in-company business experience. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in strategy and marketing at Time Warner and MTV. After these more traditional roles, Andrew pursued his passion to explore the overlap between business and environment. He served as the Director of the Corporate Environmental Strategy Project at Yale’s renowned School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Today, Andrew is a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands of people around the world and acting as a practical evangelist for the benefits of going green. He also writes extensively on green business strategy, including a weekly column for Harvard Business Online, regular pieces on Huffington Post, and a monthly strategy e-letter, Eco-Advantage Strategies. For his efforts, Andrew was recently named a “Planet Defender” by Rock the Earth.

Andrew received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. He lives in Riverside, CT with his wife Christine and two young sons.

Andrew Winston is an accomplished, engaging speaker. He’s given keynotes and moderated panel discussions in front of audiences of all types and sizes, from small meetings of the top executives at a corporation to large conference keynotes in front of thousands of people. Andrew relies on his real-world business experience and comfort on stage to bring a relaxed (and often humorous) style to his presentations on the overlap of business and environment. He has no boring 5-bullet-point slides and uses mainly visual images that grab the audience’s interest.

Andrew tailors his examples and ideas to match the audience, but his “regular” talks run from 20 to 60 minutes and explores how environmental pressures such as climate change, as well as powerful stakeholders, are all driving companies to go green. He will describe the strategies and tools the world’s best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world. Andrew knows how to illuminate the hurdles companies face when trying to go green and share stories of how leading companies make environmental stewardship a strategic competitive advantage.

Peter Thum

 

Peter Thum is a pioneer in showing that business can do good while doing well. He is humanitarian with keen entrepreneurial skills to build two businesses founded on advancing a social mission.

As the founder of Ethos™ Water, Thum turned his idea of getting clean water to children into a successful social venture that not only changed lives but the entire industry. In building a brand, a business and a self-funding philanthropic engine directly connecting consumption to a related social mission, Thum forged new ground and created a model that others could follow. Read more