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Straight Talkers

These mavens of straight talk don’t mince words. They tell it like it is, speak truth to power, and say the hard things that need to be said — even if it challenges us or coaxes discomfort. With a commitment to integrity and directness, they know honesty is what’s needed to uncover problems and find actionable solutions. Their spirit of openness cuts through the fluff to help listeners seek the truth and find the courage to confront hard realities. 

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Megan Smith

Innovative Tech Leader; CEO, shift7; Third Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2014–2017); Former Vice President of New Business Development at Google (2003–2014)

A catalytic and innovative visionary, believing that the future of technology is already here.

Innovation and Technology, Information Technology, Innovation
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John Brennan

CIA Director (2013–2017); Senior National Security and Intelligence Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC

Blending wisdom, experience, and candor in a cogent analysis of dynamic trends in national security.

Terrorism, National Security, U.S. Current Events
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James Comey

Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (2013–2017)

Demonstrating ethical leadership and a clear voice amidst the chaos of an unprecedented political environment.

Courage, Leadership, National Security
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Adm. William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.)

Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (2011-2014) and of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (2008-2011); Chancellor of the University of Texas System (2015-2018); Best-selling Author

“Without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible.”

Courage, Leadership, National Security
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Jill Ellis

All Time Winningest Coach in U.S. Soccer History, Legendary Head Coach, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Coaching and leading elite individuals who are at the top of their game.

Women in Leadership, Fitness and Wellness, Sports
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