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A trusted advisor to four presidents and to both political parties, David Gergen offers a bipartisan analysis of recent political history, the Trump administration, and what today’s headlines mean for the future of America.
A true public servant, David Gergen put his country above his personal politics, serving as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and then Clinton. Today he helps audiences break through ideological barriers to recognize simple and lasting political truths and to reflect on the practice of leadership. Gergen's unique vantage point—serving as an Oval Office insider to presidents from different political parties—provides him with insights that few others can match. For more than 30 years, Gergen has been an active participant in American political life. Since leaving government, he has served as editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report and as the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Now, he is a Professor of Public Service at the Kennedy School and a Senior Political Analyst for CNN. Author of the New York Times best-seller Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton, he offers an inside glimpse into the corridors of power and the leadership challenges presidents face, bringing clarity to the most complex international and domestic issues.
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David Gergen Introduces Panel Speakers
The Press, The President and Public Policy
Television and the Internet have become indispensable tools for presidential leadership. In fact, the media is a primary institutional force an effective president must manage by cooperation, charm and persuasion. The incoming administration’s future success will be partly measured by its ability to manage the media in order to communicate its legislative goals to the nation. The experienced journalist, presidential advisor and sought-after political analyst, David Gergen, shares with audiences:
- His views on how the media impacts our nation’s policy focus
- What the incoming administration must do to ensure the media does not resist the President's goals
- Lessons to be learned from presidential media greats, such as Roosevelt, and mistakes to avoid
Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America
Election Issues and Answers
He placed the current political situation in its historical context and provided the students with specific suggestions about what they can and should focus on to become engaged citizens, improve the political process, and make the nation a better and more unified place. His emphasis on working together through a shared commitment to service with people of different backgrounds, political views, and races as a way of gaining respect and appreciation for others was timely and powerful.
Edward A. Harris, Ph.D., J.D., The Kinkaid School
[David Gergen] was amazing. The most powerful keynote speaker we've had in a while. Masterful, humane, eloquent and witty - it was a memorable speech.Institutional Investor Institute
David Gergen was fabulous. He was warm, friendly, accommodating, incredibly insightful, brilliant in his analysis and willing to make every person feel valued. He has such a gracious manner and a warm, caring temperament. He runs with the high and mighty and is one himself but has never lost the common touch. He was my favorite political analyst coming in and he is now one of my all time favorite human beings.Dr. Gayle Beebe, Westmont College
David Gergen was great. His presentation was thoughtful, substantive, informative and interesting. He addressed the issues of concern to our audience. On top off all that he was charming and a pleasure to be with. Thanks to him our event was a big successJewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Eight years and 50+ speakers later I can vouch that David Gergen is the best of the best. Hugely insightful, an absolutely pleasure to spend time with, interested in his audiences and their opinions - a very very special person. You are lucky to represent him.Salon Speakers Ltd., Canada
The audience appreciated the thoughtful manner in which David Gergen laid out the nation's challenges and linked the importance of changing politics with energy policy, climate change, and national security. He brought an important independent view to supEdison Electric Institute
We set a lecture series record with 450 attendees and several hundred had to be turned away at the door due to reaching capacity (a half hour before the lecture began). Mr. Gergen was extremely well received and provided great insight to the current political landscape.Temple Anshe Amunim
David Gergen was incredible. He spoke with enormous passion about the state of the Union. David was funny, he was realistic and he left us with reasons for optimism during difficult days. He charmed in one-one-one chats with a dozen of our most senior executives and clients.Brookfield Asset Management Inc.