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News May 27, 2022

  • Former Princeton Native Captivates Audiences

    SPEAKER: Ben Parr

    By: Goldie Currie
    In his book, Parr combines the latest research on attention with interviews with more than 50 scientists and visionaries — Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, film director Steven Soderbergh, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, New York Times bestselling author Susan Cain and many more — who have successfully brought their ideas, projects, companies and products to the forefront of cultural consciousness.

  • A demotion, then an Everest climb cut short: How one woman tackled two different kinds of failure

    SPEAKER: Susan Ershler

    By: Caroline McMillan

    (Bizwomen) – It's known as the Death Zone. Elevation: 26,000 feet. Mere hours from the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.

    And the hiker's set out a few minutes before midnight, on the eve of their 63 rd day of the climb, the storm gathered strength.

    The human body wasn't made to operate at that altitude. Sleeping is difficult. Digesting food is nearly impossible. And oxygen levels are so low that without a supplementary supply, bodily functions are known to deteriorate to the point of unconsciousness. And then, death.

  • Carly Fiorina Forms New Political Action Committee

    SPEAKER: Carly Fiorina

    Supporters of former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced the establishment of a new super PAC Tuesday to support a possible GOP presidential candidacy by the former Senate candidate from California. The new organization, Carly For America, is designed to "build conservative support and help lay the groundwork for a potential presidential candidacy," said Steve DeMaura, the PAC's executive director.

  • Peter Diamandis: Here’s How You’ll Buy Clothes in the Future

    SPEAKER: Peter Diamandis

    Peter Diamandis talks virtual reality as a major emerging technology in today's featured Big Think interview. In his new book Bold (co-authored with fellow Big Think expert Steven Kotler), Diamandis explains how exponential entrepreneurs need to think about and work with exponential technologies set to take the jump from deceptive to disruptive.

  • Richard Branson Attributes Some of His Most Successful Companies to the Art of Note Taking

    SPEAKER: Richard Branson

    The note-taking connoisseur attributes some of his most successful companies to the simple act of jotting down a random, yet meaningful, moment that would have otherwise been lost. Perhaps that is why he was surprised to discover how so many people dismiss the art of note-taking.

  • LaHood: America’s Infrastructure Crisis Is ‘Worse Than You Think’

    SPEAKER: Ray LaHood

    Former Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) believes that it’s up to the country’s lawmakers to create legislation that will fund a complete overhaul of the nation’s transportation system.

  • Vulcan Materials Adds former US Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to Board

    SPEAKER: Elaine Chao

    Vulcan Materials Company has added two new members to its board of directors: a former Secretary of Labor and the CEO of one of the largest energy companies in the country. 

  • 100 Most Influential African-American Republicans

    SPEAKER: Allen West

    Congressman Allen West, voted #12 among the top 100 most influential African-American republicans.

  • What President Obama and “President Fallon” Know About Social Media That the Rest of Us Need to Learn

    SPEAKER: Ben Parr

    By: Don Kay

    (Vanity Fair) – …The talk began immediately after Bush’s tweet-up ended and was moderated by Vanity Fair West Coast executive editorKrista Smith, who welcomed Bush, Shira Lazar of What’s Trending, Andrew Adashekfrom Twitter and former Mashable co-editor (and author of the new book Captivology) Ben Parr to kick around just what social media means today and how it is changing the pop culture, entertainment and traditional media landscape.

  • Obama Must Confront the Threat of Radical Islam

    SPEAKER: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about how ISIS is recruiting young Muslims from around the globe to jihad, and the White House apparently doesn't understand why. 

  • 10 Mind-Altering Business Books from 2014


    (Huffington Post) – As founder of ad agency StrawberryFrog, I read a lot of business books to try to keep up with the newest thinking and fresh ideas. Trouble is, many business books just confirm what you knew already. Rare is the title that truly shifts your thinking and opens your mind to new possibilities. The following 10 books (with a few honorable mentions at the end) do just that. Some you’ve no doubt heard of already; a few are under-appreciated gems.

  • Ben Parr Ranked #54 of Top-100 Social Media Power Influencers in 2015

    SPEAKER: Ben Parr

    This marks the third year that StatSocial and Haydn Shaughnessy publish a list of Twitter users most influential in the realm of social media—that is, social media experts with a great following among people also interested in social media. Excluded from this list of the top-hundred influencers are journalists and actual employees of social media companies. We’ve published this annual list on Forbes.com for two years. Take a look below for this year’s list of movers and shakers.

  • Looking For Economic Growth In All The Wrong Places

    SPEAKER: Harry Broadman

    By Harry Broadman

    (Forbes) – Most mainstream US and European media stories on the future prospects of the global economy dwell on the fortunes of either the advanced economies or of a very small set of large emerging market countries, often expressed in catchy (but not terribly meaningful) acronyms, epitomized by “BRICS”—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Businesses, investors, government officials and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) buying into this myopic view are missing the real story on what is driving global economic growth.

  • The Power of Teams: From Everest to the Pinnacle of Business Success

    SPEAKER: Susan Ershler

    By: Susan Ershler

    (Thought Leaders, LLC) – In 2002, while relaxing at Everest Base Camp, I fell into conversation with Dan, a fellow climber about to make his fifth attempt to reach the summit alone. Dan was determined to be completely self-sufficient, carrying all of his own gear and climbing without a guide. I wondered why anyone would take on such a huge challenge without accepting even a modicum of help. But I wished him luck and rejoined my team to prepare for our climb of the treacherous Khumbu Ice Fall, the first major obstacle on our route to the summit. A week later, at Camp III, I found Dan camping alone and stopped by briefly to offer him a cup of tea and an energy bar. Cordially but firmly, he refused, reiterating his decision to rely exclusively on the supplies he had carried up himself from Base Camp. Later, I heard that Dan’s fifth attempt to reach the summit of Everest had failed. His determination to climb the world’s tallest mountain alone had defeated him.

  • Steve Wozniak to Speak at Charlotte’s Huge Venture-Capital Gathering

    SPEAKER: Steve Wozniak

    It's only fitting that Charlotte's biggest-ever conference around technology, innovation, venture capital and all things digital should feature an appropriately big-time keynote speaker. Enter Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak, or "The Woz," as he's often called.

  • Steve Wozniak at Government Summit in Dubai

    SPEAKER: Steve Wozniak

    Co-founder of Apple Computers whizzes through a range of topics with enthusiasm at his session in the summit.

  • Carly Fiorina to Keynote High Tech Entrepreneur Event

    SPEAKER: Carly Fiorina

    Carly Fiorina, the chair of the Unlocking Potential Project, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, author, community change agent and…

  • Our Exciting, Weird, and Scary Future: Q&A With Peter Diamandis

    SPEAKER: Peter Diamandis

    Whenever the world seems hopeless, I find myself revisiting the 2012 don't-worry-it's-all-gonna-be-great TED talk from XPrize CEO Peter Diamandis (embedded below). Diamandis is a passionate proponent of "rational optimism," and uses cold hard data to demonstrate how humanity is improving its condition thanks to technology.

  • How Not to Bungle an ObamaCare Opening

    SPEAKER: Tevi Troy

    by Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy
    (WSJ) – Republican congressional leaders were wise to propose an alternative to the Affordable Care Act this week, as the Supreme Court may strike down a key provision of the law after hearing King v. Burwell next month. The case involves subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance on federal exchanges. The plaintiffs—four individuals who don't want to be forced to buy ObamaCare—argue that under the explicit terms of the ACA, subsidies enabling that purchase can only be distributed in exchanges "established by the State." The court is expected to rule by the end of June, and the plaintiffs have a good chance of convincing a majority that the subsidies are unlawful.

  • Scott Gottlieb on How Obamacare’s Bad Math Will Force Insurers To Downgrade Earnings


    Some of the biggest health insurers are baking faulty math into their earnings forecasts by factoring in payments from Uncle Sam that may never materialize.

    Two events this week could force a reckoning between their wishful arithmetic and common auditing standards – forcing insures to downgrade their earnings.

    At issue are risk-sharing arrangements contained in Obamacare that are meant to help offset losses insures might take as the program gets started. Collectively, these programs have become known as “the three Rs” because of their three elements.

  • Noncommunicable Disease – An Emerging Global Health Crisis

    SPEAKER: Nancy Brinker

    Nancy Brinker on the need to better understand what we are up against in the work of global health, and women's health in particular.

  • Journalism’s ‘troublesome, powerful’ Mideast presence

    SPEAKER: Octavia Nasr

    (Al Arabiya) – Today, the Middle East stands at a crossroad with a major imbalance of wealth and power. 

  • The New Asian Order: And How the United States Fits In

    SPEAKER: Evan Feigenbaum

    By: Evan A. Feigenbaum

    (Foreign Affairs) – There is something a bit unsettling about being nearly the only American at a discussion of financial order held not on the Potomac, East, Hudson, or Thames, but near the banks of the Mithi River. And surely there is something deeply symbolic about a forlorn group of Americans listening to power brokers from China, India, Japan, and elsewhere discuss how to remake the financial order on a pan-Asian basis. After all, the United States has dominated global finance in the postwar era, which is a byproduct of the unique role of the U.S. dollar, the United States’ weight in global institutions, and the best-in-class status of so many U.S. financial services firms, among other factors.


    SPEAKER: Shubham Banerjee

    (ABC News) – A California middle school student designed a new and cheaper way to print in Braille, and he built it with Legos.

    Read more or click here to watch the video.

  • Robert B. Tucker Awarded Brandlaureate, Brand Personality Award

    SPEAKER: Robert Tucker

    Robert B. Tucker has been awarded the BrandLaureate International Brand Personality Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of innovation.

    Past recipients include Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Taylor Swift, Steve Jobs, and many others. BrandLaureate (www.thebrandlaureate.com) is the world’s premier branding foundation dedicated to the promotion and improvement of branding standards in the Asia Pacific region and across the globe. The foundation confers the annual award to people who have done much for their country through their sweat, tears, and passion. These individuals have contributed greatly to the growth of a business, brand, or an industry in their own rights and terms. 

  • Charlie Hebdo tests our value of life

    SPEAKER: Octavia Nasr

    (Annahar) – Journalists seek the truth and believe in its sacred mission to know, speak and report.

  • This new year, we need new heroes

    SPEAKER: Octavia Nasr

    (Al Arabiya) – If we don’t demand freedom, practice it and reflect it in our daily life, soon there will be no life worth living anymore.

  • The 2014 Teddy Awards

    SPEAKER: William Burns

    (TIME Magazine) – In a dismal political year, these Americans went far beyond the call of duty… a great career diplomat who retired this year: Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who spent decades of quiet service making the world a safer place, from his time as ambassador to Russia to his recent work on the Iran nuclear negotiations. We need many more like him.

  • These Are the 10 Best Business Books of 2014


    (Time) – These 10 business books were the real eye-openers for entrepreneurs in the year 2014

  • A Tale of Two Asias

    SPEAKER: Evan Feigenbaum

    By: Evan A. Feigenbaum, Robert A. Manning

    Whatever happened to the "Asian Century?" In recent months, two Asias, wholly incompatible, have emerged in stark relief.

    There is "Economic Asia," the Dr. Jekyll — a dynamic, integrated Asia with 53 percent of its trade now being conducted within the region itself, and a $19 trillion regional economy that has become an engine of global growth.

    And then there is "Security Asia," the veritable Mr. Hyde — a dysfunctional region of mistrustful powers, prone to nationalism and irredentism, escalating their territorial disputes over tiny rocks and shoals, and arming for conflict.

  • Fortune editor speaks on importance of civility in business

    SPEAKER: Geoff Colvin

    (Greenwich Time) – Geoff Colvin, Fortune magazine's senior editor at large, found himself in an interesting situation a couple of years ago, squaring off against IBM's super computer Watson in a practice round of Jeopardy at a large conference.

  • How Silicon Valley’s teen phenom will help blind

    SPEAKER: Shubham Banerjee

    (CBS News) – In a room full of entrepreneurs and investors, 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee, may seem out of place.

    But the eighth grader is already a star; the youngest person ever to get venture capital investment for a start-up, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.

    It all began last year, during a conversation with his parents.

    "I just asked a simple question, 'how do blind people read?'" Banjeree asked. "They said, 'go Google it.' And I found out that braille printers cost $2,000 onwards."

    Read more or click here to watch the video. 

  • Creator of Lego Braille Printer Received Venture Capital Funding

    SPEAKER: Shubham Banerjee

    (NBC Bay Area) – Shubham Banerjee designed a functioning Braille printer made out of a Lego robotics kit when he was 12. This week, Intel Capital announced it is investing in the boy’s startup, Braigo Labs.

    Read more or click here to watch the video.

  • Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi freed from Mexican jail, returns to US – Gov. Bill Richardson Comments

    SPEAKER: Bill Richardson

    After 214 days in a Mexican prison, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi returned home to Florida Saturday, having been freed Friday night after a strong diplomatic push appeared to help convince a judge to release the former Marine on humanitarian grounds.

  • 10 Parting Thoughts for America’s Diplomats

    SPEAKER: William Burns

    By: William J. Burns

    As one of America's foremost diplomats hangs up his spurs, lessons from 33 years at the State Department.

    Diplomacy is not quite the world’s oldest profession, but it remains one of the most misunderstood. It’s a predictable and recurring habit to question its relevance and dismiss its practitioners, especially at moments like this, when international affairs are rocked by powerful and tumultuous transitions.

  • Gary Locke, Selects WWSG For Exclusive Representation

    SPEAKER: Gary Locke

    Gary F. Locke, the former U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, has selected Worldwide Speakers Group for exclusive representation of his global speaking activities. A former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Governor of Washington, Locke is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on U.S.-China relations, global expansion, and business growth.

  • Donna Brazile – In Sacramento California


    Donna Brazile is a Veteran Democratic political strategist  who regularly speaks on political issues. She recently spoke at the Pac15’s “Third Annual Fundraiser Event,” at the Guild Theater in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento, California.  Brazile an adjunct professor, author, a syndicated columnist, and the Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee. She is also the founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C.

  • Don’t Do As the Romans Did…

    SPEAKER: Michael Auslin

    (Politico Magazine) – It’s not just the Islamic State. Obama must wage a two-front war for civilization, just like Ancient Rome.

  • Former Deputy Secretary Of Defense Ashton B. Carter Joins Markle Foundation


    NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Markle President Zoe Baird today announced the appointment of former Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton B. Carter as Senior Executive at the Markle Foundation.  He will help develop the Markle Economic Future Initiative along with Baird and Initiative co-chair Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo of Starbucks.  The Initiative is advancing transformative strategies that use technology and globalization to help all Americans flourish in the economy of a networked world.


  • Kerry visit to India: Preparing for Modi’s pivotal visit

    SPEAKER: Evan Feigenbaum

    By Evan A. Feigenbaum  

    (South Asia Monitor) – John Kerry visits India Wednesday as a raft of crises consume American diplomacy. By contrast, US-India relations are at a moment of opportunity, but the US Secretary of State faces challenges in New Delhi that are significant in their own way.

    For one thing, after a decade of disengagement with Narendra Modi, Washington is eager to make a fresh start. The US is sending three cabinet secretaries to India in quick succession – Kerry (State), Penny Pritzker (Commerce), and Chuck Hagel (Defence) – and Washington is preparing to host Modi himself in September. From the US perspective, Modi’s government offers a welcome respite from years of perceived strategic and economic drift under UPA-2. 

  • China’s Reform Imperative

    SPEAKER: Evan Feigenbaum

    By: Evan A. Feigenbaum and Damien Ma

    (The Paulson Institute / Foreign Affairs) – After thirty-five years of unprecedented growth, China’s prevailing growth model is running out of steam. Predicated on investment in fixed assets, such as infrastructure, and, to a lesser extent, reliance on exports, the economy is delivering diminishing returns to the Chinese people. For this reason, establishing a new, and more sustainable, growth model is perhaps the most intense challenge now facing the eighteen month-old administration of President Xi Jinping.

    In the following series of three essays, originally published in Foreign Affairs magazine over a one-year period, we dissect China’s reform ambitions from several angles.

  • In Alaska’s remote villages, Begich quietly built an advantage on the ground

    SPEAKER: Mark Begich

    By: Philip Rucker

    (Washington Post) – It’s the personal connection between organizers and villagers that Democrats believe can tilt the balance in the Senate race. Begich said his staffers are not “shipped in from someplace out of state.”

    In Quinhagak, Cleveland was raised in the Yup’ik tradition. She hunts moose and caribou to fill the freezer through winter. She picks medicine plants and tea from the tundra for her grandfather. Yup’ik is her first language, and although she went away to film school in Montana, she missed speaking it every day and moved back home.

  • Response by Ayaan Hirsi Ali to the Statement from Brandeis University

    SPEAKER: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Yesterday Brandeis University decided to withdraw an honorary degree they were to confer upon me next month during their Commencement exercises. I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me—just a few hours before issuing a public statement—to say that such a decision had been made.

  • Running the Pentagon Right


    How to Get the Troops What They Need

    by Ashton B. Carter

    War inevitably presents unexpected challenges. From Germany’s use of mustard gas during World War I to North Vietnam’s surprisingly effective use of its air defense system during the Vietnam War, the United States has always faced unanticipated threats in combat that have required agile responses. U.S. troops on the ground continually adjust to changing enemy tactics with the capabilities they have at hand. Yet the part of the Defense Department that trains and equips those troops has rarely been as flexible.

  • Mark Begich fights to put Alaska back on the map

    SPEAKER: Mark Begich

    By: Ben Terris

    (The Washington Post) – ?Sen. Mark Begich found yet another map that made him angry. Settling in for his 10-hour commute back to Alaska from the District last Thursday, he turned to the back page of a Capitol Hill newspaper and saw an ad for the Business Roundtable featuring a drawing of the lower 48 states.

    “I was like, ‘Where’s Alaska?’?” Begich said in a phone call from a remote northern region of his home state. “If I could get enough cellphone data out here, my staff would already have an e-mail about trying to correct this.”


  • The Invisible Man: Bill Burns And The Secret Iran Talks

    SPEAKER: William Burns

    (Reuters) – The night before a round of high-stakes nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama told his chief of staff he had "absolute confidence we have the right team on the field."

    Obama was not referring to his public negotiating team… Rather, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough recalled, Obama was talking about a secret group led by Bill Burns, Kerry's discreet, disciplined and self-effacing deputy.

  • The White House’s Secret Diplomatic Weapon

    SPEAKER: William Burns

    (The Atlantic) – William J. Burns has been the secret weapon of U.S. secretaries of state for more than two decades, serving consecutively under three Republicans and three Democrats. So it came as no surprise that John Kerry wanted to be the seventh chief diplomat to lean daily on Burns, currently the country's highest-ranking career diplomat, by keeping him on as deputy secretary of state, a position to which Burns was appointed by Hillary Clinton.

  • Ashton Carter: Superhero of the Sequester


    Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says he’ll give back part of his paycheck if the sequester leads to furloughs at the Pentagon. Why won’t more politicians follow his lead? By Michelle Cottle.

    Raise your hand if you can tell me who Ashton Carter is.

    Wrong! He is not the hot but mediocre model turned actor who rose to fame via a mélange of cheesy TV shows, clever self-promotion, and a seven-year marriage to Demi Moore

  • An inquiry into human nature and the cost of the wealth of nations

    SPEAKER: David Martin

    Addressing global systems failure through an integral systems paradigm for sustainable development

  • A Law to Strengthen Our Cyberdefense


    OVER the last decade, the United States has built a sophisticated security system to protect the nation’s seaports against terrorists and criminals. But our nation’s critical infrastructure is not similarly secured from cyberattack. Although we have made progress in recent years, Congressional action is needed to ensure that our laws keep pace with the electronically connected world we live in. The bipartisan Cybersecurity Act of 2012, currently before the Senate, offers a way forward.

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