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News July 6, 2022


    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.

  • New and Frozen Frontier Awaits Offshore Oil Drilling

    SPEAKER: Mark Begich

    By: John H. Broder and Clifford Krauss

    (The New York Times) –  WASHINGTON — Shortly before Thanksgiving in 2010, the leaders of the commission President Obama had appointed to investigate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico sat down in the Oval Office to brief him.

    After listening to their findings about the BP accident and the safety of deepwater drilling, the president abruptly changed the subject.

  • Wilson Center Tribute: The Elaine Chao Story

    SPEAKER: Elaine Chao

    The story of Secretary Elaine L. Chao. (See source link.)

  • Octavia Nasr: Social media were a “megaphone” for the Arab Spring

    SPEAKER: Octavia Nasr

    (IJNet) – Former CNN journalist Octavia Nasr believes that an Arab media awakening is in the making.

    IJNet talked to the ex-Middle East correspondent Nasr about social media ethics and the influence of social media on the Arab Spring. In the first part of our interview, Nasr stressed the importance of protection for journalists from social media flame wars.

  • O.C. man named Gingrich’s state finance chief

    SPEAKER: Eric Beach

    (The Orange County Register) – Eric Beach, a young Costa Mesa businessman and consultant who’s already racked up an impressive political resume, was today named Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s California finance chairman.

  • The CEO’s Role in Business Model Reinvention

    SPEAKER: Chris Trimble

    By: Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble

    (Harvard Business Review) – Consider a few of the great innovation stories of the past decade: Google, Netflix, and Skype. Now ask yourself, why wasn’t Google created by Microsoft? Netflix by Blockbuster? Skype by AT&T?

    Why do established corporations struggle to find the next big thing before new competitors do? The problem is pervasive; the examples are countless. The simple explanation is that many companies become too focused on executing today’s business model and forget that business models are perishable. Success today does not guarantee success tomorrow.

  • Undaunted, Octavia Nasr Tweets to New Heights

    SPEAKER: Octavia Nasr

    (The Huffington Post) – She has no regrets, she looks forward to capitalizing on the many opportunities the Middle East has to offer, and she continues to vigorously promote social media, although it led to her ouster from CNN.

  • Why America No Longer Gets Asia

    SPEAKER: Evan Feigenbaum

    By: Evan A. Feigenbaum

    (The Washington Quarterly) – In the fall of 2006, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia, I wandered through a bazaar in Kara-suu on the Kyrgyz—Uzbek border. The bazaar is one of Central Asia’s largest and a crossroads for traders from across the volatile Ferghana ValleyKyrgyz, Uzbeks, Tajiks, and many others. But most remarkably, it has become home to nearly a thousand Chinese traders from Fujian, a coastal province some 3,000 miles away, lapped by the waters of the Taiwan Strait

  • The Man Who Said No to Easy Money

    SPEAKER: Thomas Hoenig

    (Time) – Late in January, the high priests and priestesses of the U.S. economy gathered inside their Washington sanctum for the regularly scheduled ritual known as the Federal Open Market Com­mittee (FOMC).

  • Hoenig on being the Fed’s lone dissenter: ‘I hope I’m wrong’

    SPEAKER: Thomas Hoenig

    (The Kansas City Star) – Tom Hoenig waged the biggest battle of his career with the financial security of most Americans hanging in the balance.

  • Goldman Joins JPMorgan On The PR Offensive Against The US Middle Class, As Americans Find A Surprise Champion In The Face Of Fed’s Tom Hoenig

    SPEAKER: Thomas Hoenig

    (iStockAnalyst) – “I think there’s no reason why as we’ve done in other instances of (sic) finding the right mechanism to break them into their components.

  • India’s Rise, America’s Interest: The Fate of the U.S.-Indian Partnership

    SPEAKER: Evan Feigenbaum

    By: Evan A. Feigenbaum

    (Foreign Affairs) – Until the late 1990s, the United States often ignored India, treating it as a regional power in South Asia with little global weight. India's weak and protected economy gave it little influence in global markets, and its nonaligned foreign policy caused periodic tension with Washington. When the United States did concentrate on India, it too often fixated on India's military rivalry with Pakistan.

    Today, however, India is dynamic and transforming. Starting in 1991, leaders in New Delhi — including Manmohan Singh, then India's finance minister and now its prime minister — pursued policies of economic liberalization that opened the country to foreign investment and yielded rapid growth. India is now an important economic power, on track (according to Goldman Sachs and others) to become a top-five global economy by 2030. It is a player in global economic decisions as part of both the G-20 and the G-8 + 5 (the G-8 plus the five leading emerging economies) and may ultimately attain a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. India's trajectory has diverged sharply from that of Pakistan.

  • Fed Committee Transcripts Suggest A Prescient KC President

    SPEAKER: Thomas Hoenig

    (The Kansas City Star) – There’s news from the Federal Reserve.

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