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Drawing on his years studying leadership at the Harvard Business School and as a presidential historian, Beschloss, customizing his presentation for each audience, picks the most brilliant successes and the most lethal mistakes made in business and politics – and shows what they can teach us.

From his talks with presidents, Supreme Court justices, diplomats and members of Congress and his quarter-century in the capital, Beschloss reveals the hidden side of important personalities and behind-the-scenes developments that may soon have a major impact on your life.

How do we make sense of the world today and America’s role in addressing complex global challenges? This question has created a new divide, but not along established lines—Democrat versus Republican, liberal versus conservative. Rather, the chasm is between those with very different ideas about how to manage the forces of change. Increasing numbers of Americans question the merits of being open to the world. They worry that refugees pose a threat to their physical security and immigrants to their identity, free trade comes at their expense, and global engagement is more a burden than a benefit. The argument that we’re better off pulling up the drawbridge is understandable.

But it misses the reality that an increasing number of challenges—from epidemics to climate change, violent extremism to cyber terrorism—are beyond the capacity of any one nation to address. It denies the importance of a U.S.-led global order that keeps people, products, ideas, and capital flowing with common rules, norms, and institutions. Go inside senior national security and foreign policy deliberations to learn how this debate over America’s role in the world impacts our daily lives.

Hear from one of our nation’s top diplomats why U.S. global engagement matters for every American and what we need to do to ensure its benefits reach more of our citizens. 

Every day, members of the President’s national security team gather in the White House Situation Room. Armed with the latest policy and intelligence reports, they debate options and make recommendations to the President for navigating a world more fluid and fraught with complexity than ever before.

For eight years, Antony Blinken was privileged to sit at this table, where he saw how some of our toughest, most urgent global challenges and goals reside squarely at the intersection of foreign policy and technology. What does the revolution in robotics mean for warfighting, or advances in artificial intelligence for labor markets, the advent of digital currencies for our sanctions regime, breakthroughs in genome editing for food security, or developments in distance learning for refugee children?

Yet, many of those grappling with these challenges at the highest levels of government are not necessarily technical experts. Learn how the country’s senior national security leaders sought to bridge the divide between policy and practice, innovators and diplomats, Silicon Valley and Washington, computers and humans—ultimately inspiring a new generation of problem-solvers to join the call to public service.

Gloria Borger's specialty as a journalist is getting behind the headlines—answering the "why" about the way Washington works. As CNN’s chief political analyst and columnist, Borger's job is to explain Washington to the rest of the world. She understands and knows the personalities as well as the policy issues and helps audiences understand how what’s going on in Congress and the Obama Administration will affect them.

Given the remarkable depth of his career in business and government, Erskine Bowles addresses many of today’s most critical current events. Topic areas include:

  • The Debt Crisis: The Tough Choices Ahead for America
  • Reforming America’s Education System

In this presentation based on his book, We Can All Do Better (May 2012), Bill Bradley offers his own concise, powerful and highly personal review of the state of the nation. Breaking from the long-held intransigent viewpoints of both political parties, and with careful attention to our nation’s history, Bradley passionately offers a no-holds-barred prescription on subjects including job creation, deficit reduction, education, immigration, foreign policy and the role of money in politics. While equally critical of the approaches of the Tea Party and Occupy movements, he champions the power of individual Americans to organize, speak out and bridge divisions, while calling on the media to assume a more responsible role in our national life. Bradley shares with audiences how we can all—elected officials, private citizens and presidents—do a better job of moving our country forward. His firsthand knowledge of the government’s inner workings, the country’s diversity and the untapped potential of the American people make Bradley the perfect guide to lead this timely and thought-provoking discussion.

Together, two of the most celebrated women in politics, Mary Matalin, former Republican presidential advisor, and Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist, draw on over 50 years combined in politics and a 30-year close friendship to share with audiences an entertaining, candid and sharp analysis of Washington politics and the gut issues that surround the 2016 race for the White House.

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