Ripped from the Headlines: Experts on Current Events

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From our ever-changing economy in the ongoing post-pandemic era to emerging technological trends and the future of work, current events command our attention and influence every aspect of our lives. Learning how to get ahead of disruption and stay up to date on the direction of our future is key to staying successful and growing at the business, organization, and individual levels. If you’re looking for an expert to educate your audience and share their valuable insights on navigating current events, consider the names below.

These speakers are among the most sought-after voices in politics, geopolitics, economics, and emerging trends who offer audiences a look at what’s at play at this moment in time, as well as various scenarios for how current events may unfold and reshape the future.

Politics Analysts & Forecasters

  • Amy Walter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and Popular On-Air Political Analyst, who takes audiences on an insider’s tour of Washington politics and shares important insights on the electoral process, congressional culture, and the D.C. political scene.  
  • Charlie Cook, Renowned Political Analyst and Founder of the Cook Political Report, who has been called “the Picasso of election analysis” and taps into his quick wit and encyclopedic knowledge to lead a balanced discussion on today’s political and legislative environment.
  • Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Associate Editor for the Washington Post, and Host of The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, who provides a unique perspective on the intersection of social and cultural issues and politics, discussing the news of the day, cultural shifts, and issues that matter now and will matter for years to come.
  • Jim VandeHei & Mike Allen, Co-Founders of AXIOS and POLITICO, two of the nation’s most influential journalists, providing the inside scoop on the trends and personalities making waves on Capitol Hill. In their witty, nonpartisan presentations, they share an incredibly behind-the-scenes analysis of current affairs, as well as insights on how to navigate the new digital environment.
  • David Wasserman, Senior Election Analyst, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and NBC Contributor, who analyzes the current political environment in lively and entertaining presentations that utilize data-driven insights to break down national and local trends and the relationship between consumer brand loyalty and voting, as well as forecast what upcoming elections may bring.
  • Margaret Brennan, Moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan & CBS News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, who draws from more than two decades experience covering politics, international affairs, global markets, and the White House to deliver a fact-based, balanced look at the news driving Washington paired with insights that light up emerging global stories and trends.
  • Ana Navarro, Political Contributor to CNN and Telemundo, and Co-Host of ABC’s The View, who is regarded as a sought-after adviser for any presidential hopeful, she deftly analyzes the current political landscape with her signature no-holds-barred candor, while also sharing the perspective of the Hispanic voter and highlighting what organizations need to understand about this demographic’s interests.
  • Nathan Gonzales, Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and Election Analyst for CQ Roll Call, a nonpartisan analyst regularly seen in major media outlets, he draws from his interviews with leading political figures and uses historical information trends, demographics, economic data, and entertaining stories to break down the current political landscape, share what audiences need to know about races.

Geopolitical Experts

  • Andrew McCabe, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, Former Acting and Deputy Director of the FBI, who keeps audiences at the edge of their seats as he skillfully ticks through the scenarios that keep the intelligence community on high alert. He provides a high-level overview of complex, critical issues, including national security and cyber security, with precision and clarity.
  • Beth Sanner, Presidential Intelligence Briefer, Former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Mission Integration, a trusted advisor to multiple U.S. presidents and foreign partners who briefs audiences on hot-button geopolitical matters and provides analytical insights and expertise on the issues keeping world leaders up at night.
  • James Clapper, Former Director of National Intelligence, formerly the nation’s top intelligence official and principal intelligence advisor to the President, James Clapper is revered for both his encyclopedic knowledge of critical intelligence issues and his straight-shooting style. Having overseen the U.S. intelligence community through a period that included the bin Laden raid and the Snowden leaks, Clapper’s uniquely positioned to discuss the broad scope of threats facing American interests.
  • Susan Gordon, Former U.S. Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, who shares first-hand insights from her 30-year national security career on the shifting cyber landscape in today’s hyper-connected world and what organizations need to know to protect themselves.
  • Harry Harris, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired); Former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, who provides a compelling breakdown of evolving global relations while offering predictions for how today’s top issues may reshape geopolitics, business, and the economy in the future.
  • Tracy Walder, Former CIA Officer, FBI Special Agent, Educator, and Author, who analyzes the current geopolitical landscape from the viewpoint of a counterintelligence expert who has operated at the center of global conflict, while explaining complex issues in foreign affairs, as well as their potential impact on national security and policy.

Economic Insiders

  • Marci Rossell, Expert Economic Forecaster, Former Chief Economist for CNBC and Co-Host of Squawk Box, who, in her authentic, high-energy keynotes, discusses America’s role in the global economy, factors responsible for economic fluctuations, how Washington influences Wall Street and the markets, and the specific forecast of the American economy over the next 18-24 months.
  • Diane SwonkChief Economist, KPMG; Founder and CEO of DS Economics, whose entertaining and enlightening presentations offer audiences a deep, nonpolitical dive into global and domestic economic issues, including the current trajectory of the economy, trade issues, regulation, taxes, and the effect government policy has on the markets.
  • Zachary Karabell, Authority on Future Trends, Geopolitics and the Changing Global Economic System, a non-partisan expert who challenges common assumptions, from global economics to the future of American innovation, and analyzes the current domestic and global economy to share eye-opening insights on the near-term future, the interconnectedness of the world’s financial markets, and how fiscal policy affects American business.
  • Brian Quintenz, Commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2017-2021), who combines his expertise in finance with public policy to lead a future-focused discussion on the economy, addressing why this is such a crucial period for our markets, while emphasizing the importance of market freedom, risk-focused regulation, and innovation to safeguard and improve the financial marketplace.
  • Matthew Slaughter, Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a former member of the White House Council of Economic Adviser, who makes practical sense of economic data, forces, and policies to analyze current market trends and provides a near-term economic outlook as well as future global projections on how organizations can adapt, identify opportunities, and protect against risk.
  • Michael Piwowar, Former Acting Chairman and Commissioner at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who served as a senior economic advisor for Presidents Bush and Obama and offers audiences a look into the future as he breaks down what’s working and what’s not in the current economy to help businesses understand current shifts in the market, as well as the major opportunities and pitfalls they present.

Political Media

  • Margaret Brennan, Moderator of CBS News’ Face The Nation with Margaret Brennan & CBS News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. Brennan’s nuanced coverage on pressing issues and news-making interviews have earned her a reputation as a tough but fair questioner with a range of expertise that includes domestic politics, foreign affairs, national security, and economic news.
  • Scott Pelley, Award-Winning 60 Minutes Correspondent & Former CBS News Anchor and Managing Editor. Takes audiences on a multi-media trip around the world through his unique insights and behind-the-scenes looks at the people and issues that shape our lives. With a customized presentation for the industry of his audience, he includes a collection of inspiring and motivational stories that will capture the imagination, offer valuable life lessons, and excite audiences with possibilities for tomorrow. 
  • Jake Tapper, Award Winning Journalist; Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent, CNN.  His speeches dissect the biggest issues of the day with hard-hitting questions and a large, healthy dose of journalistic skepticism. With his “State of the Union,” Tapper looks at the stories driving our daily conversations and offers his expert analysis and predictions for the future. 

Emerging Trends

  • Amy Webb, World-Renowned Futurist; Founder & CEO of the Future Today Institute and Professor, Strategic Foresight at New York University Stern School of Business, recognized as one of Forbes’ “Five Women Changing the World,” she leads an extraordinary exploration into emerging trends and tech that will reshape business and society and provides strategic foresight and actionable strategies for organizations to manage the present while innovating for the future.
  • Paul Zikopoulos, Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Future Trends Expert, and VP of Big Data Cognitive Systems at IBM, who offers organizations a framework for excelling in a time of rapid change and discusses why big data, AI, data science, deep learning, and machine learning are not just a competitive edge, but survival tools, and how organizations can capitalize on them.
  • Melanie Subin, Futurist; Trends, Scenarios, & Strategic Foresight Leader; Director of Consulting, Future Today Institute, who shares an intriguing analysis of emerging tech and trends that will disrupt business, government, and society, and leverages research and data to provide audiences with customizes tools for navigating their organizations into the future.
  • Leonard Brody, Award Winning Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Best-Selling Author, and Innovation Expert, who oversees the building of new ventures for some of the most well-known celebrities and political leaders in the world and explores the massive cultural and technological shifts driving today’s disruption and the opportunities and threats it presents.


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