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The Circuit: Looking Forward to It

by Kate Burns

The Circuit

Leading Authorities' roundup of thought leadership, trends, and personalities on the speaking circuit

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week at LAI, punctuated by some exciting news: We officially have a new CEO, Matthew Jones. Matt has worked at LAI for 23 years, most recently as our COO from 2010-2019, and we are all feeling grateful for Matt’s guidance, industry expertise, and humor as LAI begins this new chapter. Read more about Matt here.

In this week’s Circuit, we are both reflecting on the past and focusing on the future. We’ve got stories of a Gold Star mom honoring her son’s memory (and D-Day), an adventurer who refused to give up on a polar excursion, a pollster beginning to evaluate the 2020 Senate elections, and advice for women at work.

I hope you enjoy, and have a great weekend!


A Jump to Remember

On Thursday, along with a grateful nation, Matthew “Griff” Griffin honored the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. And his tribute was nothing short of spectacular. Each year, Griff’s company, Combat Flip Flops, hosts an annual jump into Normandy as an act of remembrance of veterans and special operations soldiers. This year, they had one very special civilian jumper with them: Gold Star mom Scoti Domeij. Domeij, whose son was the most deployed soldier in American history to be killed in action, participated in the jump to honor the spirit of her late Army Ranger son.

Costco O'Brady

That’s One Way to Beat the Heat

Heading to Costco this weekend to stock up on bottled water and peanut butter? (No? Just me?) Either way, be sure to check out the most recent edition of the Costco Connection, featuring a great article on new LAI exclusive speaker, four-time world record holder, and fellow Costco member Colin O’Brady. Read along as Colin shares his journey of a lifetime, completing the first, unaided, solo cross of Antarctica in history. Colin talks about going “from a horrible fire in Thailand to the finish line in Antarctica,” plus his advice for turning obstacles into opportunities.

Stu-Elections To Watch

Ones to Watch

Can’t keep track of the upcoming THIRTY-FOUR senate races next year? Don’t worry. Stuart Rothenberg, go-to political analyst and columnist, narrowed down the 8 senate races that you should be following in next year’s elections. With the nation’s polarization and strong partisan divide, he predicts only a few states – and a handful of voters – will determine which party controls the chamber in 2021. See which states will host these eight key races, according to this legendary pollster.

Mika-Earn It

Empowered Women Empower Women

In their new book Earn It!: Know Your Value and Grow Your Career, in Your 20s and Beyond, Mika Brzezinski and co-author Daniela Pierre-Bravo, provide a straight-talking guide for topic that doesn’t always get a ton of press: how the influx of millennials has effected the workplace, the unique challenges young women in the workforce face, and how women leaders can help this younger generation get ahead. One lesson Brzezinski wants young women to know? It’s okay to fail. “Men fail all the time and they move right on. Women fail and they remember it forever,” she says. “If my failures can be survived, then your career will be just fine.” Read Brzezinski’s other pieces of advice for women at work, which appeared as part of the Forbes series "Supporting Today’s Workforce."

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