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Speakers in Review


Gen. Keith Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command 2010-2014 and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service 2005-2014 (2016)
Kenneth Blanchard, Chairman of Blanchard Training and Dev., Inc. (1990)
Bob Bowlsby, BIG 12 Conference Commissioner (2013)
Norman Brinker, President and CEO, Brinker International (1995)
Marcus Buckingham, Author of First Break All the Rules (2002, 2008)
Herman Cain, Chairman and CEO, Godfather’s Pizza (1998)
James D. Carreker, President and CEO, Trammell Crow (1996)
Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO of Gallup, Inc. (2014)
Robert Crandall, Chairman, President, and CEO, American Airlines, Inc. (1987)
Mary Cunningham, President and CEO, Semper Enterprises, Inc. (1987)
Alfred C. DeCrane, Chairman, Texaco, Inc. (1993)
Alexander Douglas, President, Coca-Cola North America (2010)
Tim DuBois, President of Tim DuBois Music and Award-Winning Songwriter, Producer, and Legendary Music Executive (2018)
Archie Dunham, Chairman and CEO, ConocoPhillips (2004)
Carly Fiorina, Former Chairman and CEO, Hewlett Packard (1999-2005) and 2016 Presidential Candidate (2016)
Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D., Chairman and CEO, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. (1998)
Robert Gates, Former Director of the CIA (2002) and Secretary of Defense 2006-2011 (2012)
Phyllis George Brown, Chairman, Chicken By George (1989)
Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2000)
Malcolm Gladwell, Author of books Blink and Tipping Point and Staff Writer for the New Yorker magazine (2006)
Mark Goldston, President and Chief Operating Officer, L.A. GEAR (1993)
Gary Heil, Author of The Leader’s New Clothes (2003)
Collins Hemingway, Former Director of Business Development, Microsoft (2001)
John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil Company (2007)
Lou Holtz, Author of Winning Every Day: A Game Plan for Success (2003)
Ambassador Karen Hughes, Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller, Counselor to President George W. Bush, 2001-2002(2015)
Lee Iacocca, Former Chairman, Chrysler Corporation (1994)
Jack Kemp, Republican, (1996) Vice Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of HUD (1996)
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Visionary Environmental Business Leader and Advocate (2011)
Rollin King, Founder, Southwest Airlines (1992)
Mary Matalin, Former Host, CCN’s Crossfire (2004)
Harvey Mackay, Author and Syndicated Columnist (2000)
David McCullough, Author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, Truman (1996)
Richard Morrow, Chairman and CEO, Amoco Corporation (1988)
John Naisbitt, Author of Megatrends (1995)
Paul Orfalea, Founder and Chairperson, Kinko’s, Inc. (2006)
Tom Peters, Author of In Search of Excellence (2001)
T. Boone Pickens, Legendary Energy Executive / Entrepreneur (2011)
Ben Sasse, Ph.D., U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2007-09 (2011)
Peter Sheahan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ChangeLabs™ (2012)
Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and General Counsel, Verizon (2015)
Hedrick Smith, Author of The New Russians (1992)
Mark B. Sutton, Chairman and CEO, UBS Americas (2005)
Peter Ueberroth, Former Commissioner, Major League Baseball (1988)
Robert Waterman, Author of The Renewal Factor (1989)
Chuck Watson, Former Chairman and CEO, Dynegy, Inc. (2003)
Rick Webb, Walmart Senior Vice President of Global Business Processes (2013)
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric (2010)
Thomas Wheeler, President and CEO, Mass Mutual (1993)
Steve Wozniak, Chief Scientist, Fusion-io, and Co-Founder, Apple Computer (2015)


William F. Buckley, Jr., Author, columnist, politician, and host of Firing Line (1991)
William Cohan, Author, House of Cards (2009)
Martin Feldstein, Past Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan’s Chief Economic Adviser (1987)
Alan Greenspan, President, Townsend-Greenspan and Company,and Chairman, Federal Reserve Board (1986)
Ricki Tigert Helfer, Chairman, FDIC (1997)
Carla Hills, Former U.S. International Trade Negotiator under President Bush (1994)
James R. Jones, Chairman and CEO, American Stock Exchange (1990)
Henry Kravis, Founding Partner, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. (1990)
Ann McLaughlin, Former Secretary of Labor (1992)
Kevin P. Phillips, CBS Political Analyst (1992)
Jose Pinera, Former Chilean Secretary of Labor and Social Security (1999)
Jane Bryant Quinn, Economics and Finance Editor, Newsweek (1988)
Louis Rukeyser, Host, Wall Street Week (1989)
L. William Seidman, Fourteenth Chairman, FDIC (1992)
Ben Stein, Financial Expert, Economist, Author (2014)
Lester Thurow, Dean, M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management (1989)
Wally Uihlein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Acushnet Company (Titleist, FootJoy, and Cobra) (2008)


Patrice Adcroft, Former Editor, OMNI (1991)
Cathleen Black, President and CEO, American Newspaper Publishers Association (1994)
Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent & Managing Editor NBC Nightly News (2013)
David Brooks, Columnist, New York Times Commentator, NPR & PBS Newshour (2014)
Ann Compton, Legendary ABC News’ White House Correspondent, 1973-2014 (2016)
Catherine Crier, Broadcast Journalist (1995)
Thomas Curley, President and Chief Operating Officer, USA Today (1990)
Malcolm Forbes, Jr., President and CEO, Forbes, Inc. (1987, 2009)
Moira Forbes, President & Publisher, ForbesWoman (2018)
Thomas Friedman, Author and Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times (2008)
James B. Hayes, Publisher, Fortune magazine (1990)
Reed Hundt, Former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (1999)
Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes magazine (2005)
Sherry Lansing, past President, 20th Century-Fox Productions (1990)
Andrea Mitchell, NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent (1997)
Susan Packard, Cofounder and President of Brand Outreach, HGTV (2009)
Tim Russert, Managing Editor and Moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press (2007)
Chris Wallace, Award-Winning Veteran Journalist & Host of FOX News Sunday (2017)
George Will, Syndicated Columnist, Washington Post (2000 and 2008)
Randi Zuckerberg, Former Head of Marketing, Facebook and Current Founder and CEO, R to Z Media (2012)

World Leaders

Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State (2002)
Tony Blair, Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1997-2007 (2011)
George H.W. Bush, Forty-first President of the United States (1997)
Vicente Fox, President of Mexico, 2000 – 2006 (2008)
General Tommy Franks, Former Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command (2004)
John Glenn, Astronaut and former U.S. Senator (2005)
Mikhail Gorbachev, Former President of the U.S.S.R. (1996)
Henry Kissinger, Former U.S. Secretary of State (1991)
The Rt. Hon. John Major, MP, former Prime Minister of Great Britain (1998)
General Colin Powell, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1995) and former Secretary of State (2006)
Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State, 2005-2009 (2010)
H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Former Commander in Chief U. S. Central Command (1992)
Lady Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain (1993 & 2001)
Lech Walesa, Former President of Poland (1999)