Former Mayor, City of Chicago

The Greening of America’s Metropolitan Regions

Mayor Richard M. DaleyRichard M. Daley, one of the nation’s top urban executives and the longest serving mayor of Chicago, is known for his proactive approach to issues and forward looking policies. As mayor of Chicago from 1989 to 2011, Daley earned a reputation - both in Chicago and around the world – for his innovative, community-based programs that tackled many of the key challenges facing America today.

Among them are strengthening and diversifying the economy by focusing on jobs and businesses of the future, including green technology and clean energy; implementing a model of public-private partnerships to improve the quality of life for Chicago’s residents; and investing in education and initiatives that provide better job and skill training for a workforce that is prepared for the new economy emerging from the nation's recession.

At the same time, Daley made it an ongoing priority during his tenure to control government spending, and hold the government to higher standards of accountability and transparency, in order to better serve Chicago's taxpayers. One of the hallmarks of his leadership was pulling the people of Chicago together to "focus on what unites us," challenging the city to work together and put aside politics to focus on shared solutions to Chicago's problems.

Click here for more background on Mayor Daley from the New York Times.


Author, Professor

How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented, and How Silicon Valley Can Lead America Back

Michael MandelbaumMichael Mandelbaum, one of America’s leading authorities on international affairs, is the Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and co-author with Thomas L. Friedman of That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.

Known for his ability to explain the meaning and consequences of complicated global developments and trends, Mandelbaum has been named one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine and one of the most influential people in American foreign policy by the World Affairs Councils of America.

Mandelbaum is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including The Case for Goliath, Democracy’s Good Name: The Rise and the Risks of the World’s Most Popular Form of Government, The Fate of Nations, and The Meaning of Sports. A former faculty member at Harvard University, Columbia University and The United States Naval Academy, he was educated at Yale, Cambridge and Harvard. From 1986-2004, he was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Click here to watch Mandelbaum on the Charlie Rose program.


Comedian, Presidential Impressionist

Global Economic Smackdown

Steve BridgesSteve Bridges is a renowned comedian, actor and presidential impressionist acclaimed for his portrayals of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton among a repertoire of some 200 public figures, celebrities and politicians.

Bridges performed alongside the real George W. Bush at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2006. He has appeared regularly on The Tonight Show (NBC) and has been featured on Inside Politics (CNN), The Early Show (CBS), Good Morning America (ABC), Hannity (FOX), and The Jeff Foxworthy Roast (COMEDY CENTRAL). Bridges' repertoire also includes TV characters Barney Fife and Homer Simpson, broadcasters Tom Brokaw, Paul Harvey and Rush Limbaugh.

Click here to watch videos of Steve Bridges performing on television.