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Journalist - Keynote Speakers

Jordan Goodman

Americans in all walks of life, at every socioeconomic level, are clamoring to learn how to improve their personal finances in these challenging times: Jordan Goodman can be the answer! He is known as “America’s Money Answers Man” and is a national recognized expert on personal finance. He has been a reporter and writer since 1979 and spent 18 years working at MONEY magazine on the editorial staff serving as a Wall Street correspondent. He appears frequently on The View, Fox News Network, Fox Business Network, CNN, CNBC and CBS Evening News. Jordan is the successful author/co-author of 13 bestselling books including Master Your Debt Fast Profits in Hard Times, Everyone’s Money Book and Master Your Money Type. Jordan’s presentations are educational and audiences will learn how to better manage their personal finances.

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is a legendary two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, bestselling author and associate editor for the Washington Post. Bob is the most famous investigative journalist; he delivers the ultimate inside scoop about the behind-the-headlines wrangling of Washington and its leaders. He is the author of 12 #1 bestsellers, including All the President’s Men and The Final Days. He captivates audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. Bob engages his audiences by blending stories that are both up to the minute and from the past. In an age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics, Bob helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power.

Gene Marks

Gene Marks is an expert on growth, management, and profitability for small and medium-sized businesses. A small business owner himself, Gene is also a weekly columnist for the New York Times, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. He has authored five books on topics that pertain to small and medium-sized businesses, including his most recent title, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash: Simple Lessons from Smart Business People. Gene's engaging and exciting presentations help business owners, executives, and managers to understand the current political, economic, and technological trends that will affect their companies. With straightforward language, humor, and expertise, Gene will provide your audience with strategies and tools that they can use immediately to strengthen business and grow revenue. From budgets to bonus programs and health care reform to social networking, Gene understands the issues that affect small businesses. Let him teach your audience how to triumph in today's climate and turn seeming challenges into profitable opportunities!

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is one of the most influential journalists in the US. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning column appears in over 400 newspapers, making her the second most widely read columnist in the country. Ellen is an American original. A gifted writer who senses emerging shifts in our public and private lives, Goodman specializes in illuminating the cultural debates that become national obsessions. A truly innovative force in American journalism, she is widely acclaimed as a voice of sanity, and readers depend on her to help them make sense of their changing lives and relationships. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Ellen Goodman has won many other awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the President's Award from the National Women's Political Caucus.

Terry Savage

Are you ready to talk about money? Terry Savage is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy, and markets. Her expertise comes from experience as she started her career as a stockbroker, and became a founding member and first woman trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Terry is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance, including The Savage Truth on Money and The Savage Number. She currently writes a weekly personal finance column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, and blogs regularly on the Huffington Post. Terry is also seen frequently as a money expert on CNN and other national television and radio programs, commenting on the financial markets and current economic events. Her innovative ideas about the global economy, investing techniques, and personal finance inspires her audiences to secure their own financial future.

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell is one of NBC's lead political correspondents covering the 2008 campaign. Andrea is the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, a position she's held since November 1994. She reports on evolving foreign policy issues in the United States and abroad for all NBC News broadcasts, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today” and on both CNBC and MSNBC. In addition to reporting on a variety of foreign affairs issues in 2004, Mitchell also covered the 2004 presidential campaign for NBC News and was a regular panelist on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” Mitchell’s extensive and varied reports include a series of exclusive interviews over the years with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Her unprecedented access resulted in a one-hour documentary on Cuba that aired in December 2003. In September 2005, Mitchell's first book “Talking Back,” a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, congress and foreign policy, was published. In 2005, Mitchell also received the prestigious Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, gaining the respects of millions and adding to her already impressive résumé.

Holly Atkinson

Dr. Holly Atkinson is a popular professional speaker, engaging and entertaining audiences across America on how to achieve maximum health. She is a physician, medical columnist, TV host, author, human rights leader, and experienced CEO. A well-known media personality, she has served as medical correspondent on NBC’s Today show and The CBS Morning News, and currently hosts HealthiNation’s consumer health videos widely viewed on the internet and cable TV, and she is a frequent guest on ABC News Now. Dr. Atkinson is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In addition, she is a board member and the past president of Physicians for Human Rights, who shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on eradicating landmines. Dr. Atkinson has a MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a MS degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a BS in Biology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Women’s Association.

Craig Crawford

Craig Crawford is one of today’s most exciting political analysts who is well known for his thought provoking blog which covers a wide range of national issues, his lively discussions with Imus in the Morning, and his regular appearances on television as a political commentator. The Washington Post called Craig “one of the capital’s most celebrated journalists.” He is a veteran Washington journalist, and recently worked as the communications director for Jim Webb for President. Craig is also the author of Attack the Messenger, The Politics of Life, and co-author of Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do. Craig is a diverse speaker who has the ability to discuss many topics: politics, the media, current events, presidents, political campaigns, and other Washington areas of interest.

Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. As a professional speaker, Buettner reveals his strategies for longevity, wellness, and happiness to his audiences. In 2009 he partnered with AARP and was able to raise their employee’s life expectancy and lower health care by 40%. Buettner inspires people to live a healthier, more fulfilling life by presenting his findings from around the world by implementing his principles, audiences experience change. His latest book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way reveal a credible, cross-cultural formula and a practical plan to help us stack the deck for happiness and get more satisfaction out of life.

Ken Burns

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over 35 years and as a professional speaker he brings his audience through his experiences to tell astounding stories. He is a sought after public speaker, appearing at colleges, civic organizations and business groups throughout the country. Any audience he speaks to leaves inspired to follow their own creative desires. Ken’s films have won thirteen Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A compelling storyteller, Burns speaks on these topics of his documentaries as well as the creative process.

Frank Cappiello

Managing Director of Montgomery Brothers, Cappiello, LLC, an investment advisor with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York. His background in economics is extensive: formerly the Chief Investment Officer for an insurance holding company as well as Research Director of a major stock brokerage firm and for more than 20 years, he was past President of McCullough, Andrews, & Cappiello, Inc., an investment advisory firm. A recognized authority on investments, Frank Cappiello is best known to television viewers as a regular panelist of the PBS's former television series "Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser" and its successor show: “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street”.

Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist, award-winning television documentary producer, writer and anchor, best-selling author, breast cancer survivor, mom, grandmother and one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Ellerbee began her career 40 years ago at the Associated Press and soon moved into broadcast news as a reporter and anchor. In 1987, Ellerbee and her partner, Rolfe Tessem, quit network news to start Lucky Duck Productions, a New York-based company that produces news, documentaries, and other specials for broadcast and cable. In 2011, the Lucky Duck-produced show, Nick News, celebrate its 20th anniversary—making it the longest running children’s show in television history. Ellerbee is also the author of several books, including a fiction series for kids and the non-fiction adult titles And So It Goes (a humorous look at television news) and Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table. Ellerbee offers informative and dynamic presentations on change, success, work/life balance, media education, cancer survival, and her groundbreaking career in journalism.

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, host of “Cash Call with Jean Chatzky” on RLTV, and New York Times best seller for her books Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved and Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day. As if she doesn’t do enough, she is also a respected and vibrant financial speaker! Jean has made it her mission to show people at every age the important life lesson of how to manage their money. She does this by simplifying money matters and increasing financial literacy both now and for the future to her audiences.

Bob Costas

Bob Costas has been with NBC Sports since 1979. He has covered nearly every major sport, though he is perhaps most identified with the Olympics and baseball. He has anchored NBC’s primetime coverage of the last six summer Olympics – Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney, Australia, 2000, Athens, Greece, 2004, Beijing, China, 2008, and London 2012. He also hosted the winter games in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino, Italy 2006 and Vancouver 2010. From 1983 through 1989, Bob teamed with Tony Kubek on NBC’s “Baseball Game of the Week” telecasts. In the mid 90’s, Bob returned to baseball, handling play-by-play for NBC’s All-Star, Playoff and World Series coverage. He first teamed with Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan, and then with Morgan alone. Bob’s book, “Fair Ball, A Fan’s Case for Baseball” published in 2000, earned excellent reviews and remained on the New York Times best seller list for several weeks. Bob has been involved in the coverage of many League Championship Series and World Series for NBC.

Marci Rossell

It is in Marci Rossell’s nature to electrify and entertain her audiences as an economic speaker. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. She was also the Corporate Economist and Investment Spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies. In Marci’s keynotes she takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people`s lives, families and careers. Her energy and passion for helping people shine through her thought-provoking commentary and create a monumental moment of inspiration for all audience members.

Hugh Downs

Hugh Downs is the former co-anchor of ABC News' "20/20" , and one of the most familiar American television figures in the history of the medium. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in radio and television as a reporter, newscaster, narrating and hosting. Mr. Downs lectures at Arizona State University and throughout the country on a wide range of subjects. In 1985 he was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television. His record of over 10,000 hours still holds. Additionally, Mr. Downs has chaired the Research and Education Committee of the Geriatrics Advisory Council of Mount Sinai Medical Center, is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, chairs the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, abd is chair emeritus of the United States Fund for UNICEF. Hugh is indeed a sought out lecturer on a variety of topics such as; “Science”, “Aging”, and “Broadcast and Media”.

Tom DeFrank

Long-time, award-winning journalist, Tom DeFrank, is one of the most respected members of the political press corps. His depth of experience in covering Presidents, Congress and elections gives him a unique vantage point to give audiences not only the backstory of today's events but the historical context and perspective needed for a complete understanding of current events. DeFrank began his career at Newsweek serving as White House Correspondent and Deputy Bureau Chief of the magazine's Washington bureau (1970-1996) and then served as Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News (1996-2013). Today he is Contributing Editor for the National Journal. He has reported on the activities of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. DeFrank provides audiences a glimpse of the executive office very few get to see, with a highly anecdotal and conversational look at presidential personalities revealing the human—and humorous—side of the office.

Roy Firestone

You cannot call Roy Firestone a typical sports speaker. His keynotes are collaborated with his talents as a singer and sports journalist to provide an entertaining and unforgettable performance. Roy has won seven prestigious Emmy® Awards spinning his own brand of magic with more than 5,000 men and women from the worlds of art, politics, and popular entertainment. The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jim Murray called Firestone, "the best interviewer I've ever seen. That's not the best interviewer in sports, that's the best interviewer period." Roy’s talents are not limited to being a thoughtful interviewer. His successful one man multi-media show has appeared from Las Vegas to corporate meetings and conventions all over the country. Roy moves, inspires and uplifts audiences with storytelling, music, spoken word narratives and inspiring life experiences.

Diane Dimond

Diane Dimond is a modern day journalist who defies a category. She’s been called “A renaissance broadcaster” for her versatility on-air and “A reporter’s reporter” for her consistently high-quality investigative storytelling. From small town radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico to jobs in local, network and syndication television, Dimond has let her curiosity chart her course. She's covered every beat imaginable but crime and justice has become her expertise, perhaps being best known for exposing, then explaining to the world, the child molestation charges against Michael Jackson. Time Magazine cited her continuing coverage of the Michael Jackson story as among "The Best TV of '93". Dimond’s greatest talent may be her ability to communicate complicated stories in an understandable, common-sense way. Most recently, she has been branching out on multi-media platforms to tell the stories she finds so fascinating, stories which are guaranteed to captivate audiences when paired with her engaging personality.

David Hale

David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist whose clients include investment management firms, major hedge funds, and multinational companies. He writes on a broad range of economic subjects and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, and other publications. He lectures worldwide to groups including the World Economic Forum, the Fortune Global CEO Conference, and the National Association of governors. He has frequently testified before Congressional committees on domestic and international economic policy issues and does briefings for senior officials in the executive branch, including President Bush. He has also been a consultant to the U.S Department of Defense on how changes in the global economy are affecting U.S security relationships. Hale is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority as well as a variety of government and private-sector economic policy research groups in Washington, Tokyo, and Berlin. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in both New York and Chicago, and is a long-time member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. In his recently published book, What's Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the Global Economy, David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale look at the viewpoints of top economic experts as they comment on major world economies and predict how each will fare over the next few years.

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