Previous Speakers

Speaker Review

Business/Government

  • Kenneth Blanchard, Chairman of Blanchard Training and Dev., Inc. (1990)
  • Bob Bowlsby, BIG 12 Conference Commissioner (2013)
  • Norman Brinker, President and CEO, Brinker International (1995)
  • Marcus Buckingham, Author of First Break All the Rules (2002, 2008)
  • Herman Cain, Chairman and CEO, Godfather’s Pizza (1998)
  • James D. Carreker, President and CEO, Trammell Crow (1996)
  • Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO of Gallup, Inc. (2014)
  • Robert Crandall, Chairman, President, and CEO, American Airlines, Inc. (1987)
  • Mary Cunningham, President and CEO, Semper Enterprises, Inc. (1987)
  • Alfred C. DeCrane, Chairman, Texaco, Inc. (1993)
  • Alexander Douglas, President, Coca-Cola North America (2010)
  • Archie Dunham, Chairman and CEO, ConocoPhillips (2004)
  • Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D., Chairman and CEO, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. (1998)
  • Robert Gates, former Director of the CIA (2002) and Secretary of Defense 2006-2011 (2012)
  • Phyllis George Brown, Chairman, Chicken By George (1989)
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2000)
  • Malcolm Gladwell, author of books Blink and Tipping Point and Staff Writer for the New Yorker magazine (2006)
  • Mark Goldston, President and Chief Operating Officer, L.A. GEAR (1993)
  • Gary Heil, Author of The Leader’s New Clothes (2003)
  • Collins Hemingway, former Director of Business Development, Microsoft (2001)
  • John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil Company (2007)
  • Lou Holtz, Author of Winning Every Day: A Game Plan for Success (2003)
  • Lee Iacocca, former Chairman, Chrysler Corporation (1994)
  • Jack Kemp, Republican, (1996) Vice Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of HUD (1996)
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Visionary Environmental Business Leader and Advocate (2011)
  • Rollin King, Founder, Southwest Airlines (1992)
  • Mary Matalin, former Host, CCN’s Crossfire (2004)
  • Harvey Mackay, Author and Syndicated Columnist (2000)
  • David McCullough, Author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, Truman (1996)
  • Richard Morrow, Chairman and CEO, Amoco Corporation (1988)
  • John Naisbitt, Author of Megatrends (1995)
  • Paul Orfalea, Founder and Chairperson, Kinko’s, Inc. (2006)
  • Tom Peters, Author of In Search of Excellence (2001)
  • T. Boone Pickens, Legendary Energy Executive / Entrepreneur (2011)
  • Ben Sasse, Ph.D., U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2007-09 (2011)
  • Peter Sheahan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ChangeLabsTM (2012)
  • Hedrick Smith, Author of The New Russians (1992)
  • Mark B. Sutton, Chairman and CEO, UBS Americas (2005)
  • Peter Ueberroth, former Commissioner, Major League Baseball (1988)
  • Robert Waterman, Author of The Renewal Factor (1989)
  • Chuck Watson, former Chairman and CEO, Dynegy, Inc. (2003)
  • Rick Webb, Walmart Senior Vice President of Global Business Processes (2013)
  • Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric (2010)
  • Thomas Wheeler, President and CEO, Mass Mutual (1993)

Finance/Economics

  • William F. Buckley, Jr., Author, columnist, politician, and host of Firing Line (1991)
  • William Cohan, Author, House of Cards (2009)
  • Martin Feldstein, past Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan’s Chief Economic Adviser (1987)
  • Alan Greenspan, President, Townsend-Greenspan and Company,and Chairman, Federal Reserve Board (1986)
  • Ricki Tigert Helfer, Chairman, FDIC (1997)
  • Carla Hills, former U.S. International Trade Negotiator under President Bush (1994)
  • James R. Jones, Chairman and CEO, American Stock Exchange (1990)
  • Henry Kravis, Founding Partner, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. (1990)
  • Ann McLaughlin, former Secretary of Labor (1992)
  • Kevin P. Phillips, CBS Political Analyst (1992)
  • Jose Pinera, former Chilean Secretary of Labor and Social Security (1999)
  • Jane Bryant Quinn, Economics and Finance Editor, Newsweek (1988)
  • Louis Rukeyser, Host, Wall Street Week (1989)
  • L. William Seidman, Fourteenth Chairman, FDIC (1992)
  • Ben Stein, Financial Expert, Economist, Author (2014)
  • Lester Thurow, Dean, M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management (1989)
  • Wally Uihlein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Acushnet Company (Titleist, FootJoy, and Cobra) (2008)

Media/Communications

  • Patrice Adcroft, former Editor, OMNI (1991)
  • Cathleen Black, President and CEO, American Newspaper Publishers Association (1994)
  • Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent & Managing Editor NBC Nightly News (2013)
  • Catherine Crier, Broadcast Journalist (1995)
  • Thomas Curley, President and Chief Operating Officer, USA Today (1990)
  • Malcolm Forbes, Jr., President and CEO, Forbes, Inc. (1987)
  • Thomas Friedman, Author and Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times (2008)
  • James B. Hayes, Publisher, Fortune magazine (1990)
  • Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (1999)
  • Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes magazine (2005)
  • Sherry Lansing, past President, 20th Century-Fox Productions (1990)
  • Andrea Mitchell, NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent (1997)
  • Susan Packard, Cofounder and President of Brand Outreach, HGTV (2009)
  • Tim Russert, Managing Editor and Moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press (2007)
  • George Will, Syndicated Columnist, Washington Post (2000 and 2008)
  • Randi Zuckerberg, Former Head of Marketing, Facebook and Current Founder and CEO, R to Z Media (2012)

World Leaders

  • Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State (2002)
  • Tony Blair, Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1997-2007 (2011)
  • George H.W. Bush, Forty-first President of the United States (1997)
  • Vicente Fox, President of Mexico, 2000 – 2006 (2008)
  • General Tommy Franks, former Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command (2004)
  • John Glenn, Astronaut and former U.S. Senator (2005)
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the U.S.S.R. (1996)
  • Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State (1991)
  • The Rt. Hon. John Major, MP, former Prime Minister of Great Britain (1998)
  • General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1995) and former Secretary of State (2006)
  • Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State, 2005-2009 (2010)
  • H. Norman Schwarzkopf, former Commander in Chief U. S. Central Command (1992)
  • Lady Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain (1993 & 2001)
  • Lech Walesa, former President of Poland (1999)