This award-winning conference has hosted an impressive list of speakers and panelists, including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gov. Mike Pence, Mayor-Elect Joe Hogsett, Gov. Mitch Daniels, and Chief Justice Loretta Rush, who delivered her first public address in office as our distinguished speaker in 2014.
2017 Luncheon Keynote Speaker
David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN
Don't miss David Gergen present: "Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America."
From Nixon to Clinton, Watergate to Whitewater, few Americans have observed the ups and downs of presidential leadership more closely over the past thirty years than David Gergen. A White House adviser to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, he offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future. As the world's economic and political dynamics continue to evolve, a new age is ahead for America, but its realization will depend heavily upon the success of a new generation at the top. Drawing upon all his many experiences in the White House, he offers seven key lessons for leaders of the future. What they must have, he says, are: inner mastery; a central, compelling purpose rooted in moral values; a capacity to persuade; skills in working within the system; a fast start; a strong, effective team; and a passion that inspires others to keep the flame alive.
Gergen is a professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for over a decade. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and works actively with a rising generation of new leaders. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
In the 1980s, he began a career in journalism. Starting with The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984, he has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years. Twice he has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams. In the late 1980s, he was chief editor of U.S. News & World Report, working with publisher Mort Zuckerman to achieve record gains in circulation and advertising.
Over the years, he has been active on many non-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of both Yale and Duke Universities. Among his current boards are Teach for America, The Mission Continues, The Trilateral Commission, and Elon University’s School of Law.
Gergen’s work as co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School has enabled him to work closely with a rising generation of younger leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, military veterans and Young Global Leaders chosen by the World Economic Forum. Through the generosity of outside donors, the Center helps to provide scholarships to over 100 students a year, preparing them to serve as leaders for the common good. The Center also promotes scholarship at the frontiers of leadership studies.
A native of North Carolina, Gergen is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission. He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees.
Gergen has been married since 1967 to Anne Elizabeth Gergen of England, a family therapist. They have two children and five grand-children. Son Christopher is a social entrepreneur in North Carolina as well as an author and member of the Duke faculty. Daughter Katherine is a family doctor, working with the underserved population at the Boston Medical Center.
Featuring the following elected officials (in alphabetical order):
- Sen. Ron Alting (R), Chair, Senate Committee on Public Policy
- Sen. Eric Bassler (R), Chair, Senate Committee on Education, K-12 Funding Subcommittee
- Rep. Brian C. Bosma (R), Esq., House Speaker
- Rep. Dan Forestal (D), Ranking Member, House Committee on Roads and Transportation
- Curtis Hill, Esq., Indiana Attorney General
- Eric Holcomb, Governor
- Sen. Travis Holdman (R), Esq., Indiana State Senate
- Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R), Chair, Public Health Committee
- Sen. Tim Lanane (D), Esq., Senate Minority Leader
- Rep. Linda Lawson (D), Indiana House Courts & Criminal Code Committee
- Rep. Kevin Mahan (R), Chair, House Government and Regulatory Reform
- Sen. Jim Merritt (R), Esq., Majority Caucus Chair
- Rep. Dave Ober (R), Chair, House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications
- Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R), Senate Committee on Environmental Affairs
- Rep. Ed Soliday (R), Chair, House Committee on Roads and Transportation
- Rep. Holli Sullivan (R), Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means
- Sen. Karen Tallian (D), Esq., Caucus Chair
Featuring the following panelists (in alphabetical order):
- Elaine Bedel, President, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
- Matt Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Casino Association of Indiana
- Olin Clawson, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities
- Gregg Doyel, Columnist, Indy Star
- Sue Ellsperman, President, Ivy Tech Community College
- Dennis Faulkenberg, President, APPIAN Advisors
- Ed Feigenbaum, Editor, Indiana Gaming Insight
- Ed Ferguson, Esq., Executive Director and General Counsel, Indiana Lobby Registration Commission
- Maggie Galloway, Chief Executive Officer, Inscope Medical
- Beverly Gard, Chairwoman, Alcohol Code Revision Commission
- Stephen Holder, Reporter, Indianapolis Star
- Michael Huber, President and Chief Executive Officer, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
- Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner for Higher Education, State of Indiana
- Mark Maassel, President, Indiana Energy Association
- Amanda McCammon, Director of PK-16, Department of Education/College & Career Readiness
- Bob McCullouch PE, Ph.D., Program Manager, Purdue University LTAP
- John McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, ClearObject
- Blair Milo, Secretary of Career Connections and Talent, State of Indiana
- Tiffany Mulligan, Esq., Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Inspector General/State Ethics Commission
- Aaron Perri, Executive Director of Venues, Parks and Arts, City of South Bend
- Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
- Pam Pontones, Deputy State Health Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health
- M.T. Ray, Vice President of Talent, High Alpha
- Michael Schmierer, Manager of Logistics and Postsecondary Programs, Conexus Indiana
- Jon Schwantes, Host, Indiana Lawmakers, WFYI-TV
- Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Esq., Editor/Publisher, IndyPolitics.Org
- Brandon Smith, Bureau Chief, Indiana Public Broadcasting Station Statehouse Bureau
- Brian Tabor, President, Indiana Hospital Association
- Sara Gonso Tait, Esq., Executive Director, Indiana Gaming Commission
- Allison Taylor, Esq., Medicaid Director, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
- Lesley Weidenbener, Managing Editor, Indianapolis Business Journal