2017 Speakers

Chris Wallace

Award-Winning Veteran Journalist & Host of FOX News Sunday

Chris Wallace

The host of FOX News Sunday, Chris Wallace has established himself as a battled-tested media presence, an incisive, thoughtful interviewer, and a venerable authority on presidential history and election politics.


Over Wallace’s decades-long journalism career, he reported from the ABC News desk as a senior correspondent for “Primetime” and “20/20,” and as an anchor on the longest running show on television, NBC News' “Meet the Press.” The author of the best-seller, “Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage,” Wallace has won every major broadcast news award, including three Emmys, the Peabody Award and the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton Award.


In 2016, Chris earned praise from fellow journalists and political operatives on both sides of the aisle for his sterling performance moderating the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


Wallace breaks down today’s top news issues impacting individuals and industry, leaving audiences with takeaways that prepare them for impending changes in the political landscape.


With substance, fairness and gravitas, he captivates with seasoned insights on current events and political affairs, including the evolving role of the media and influence of technology on the presidency, what America will look like under our 45th president, and what audiences can expect during his administration.


Jay Carney

Former Press Secretary to President Barack Obama (2011-2014) & CNN Political Commentator

Jay Carney

As White House Press Secretary from 2011 to 2014, Jay Carney was the primary spokesman for the President, the Administration and the United States during a time of epic change, constant crisis and bruising political combat. He traveled the nation and the world with President Obama, and for 3 and a half years his job was to have answers on every subject that crossed the President’s desk, from war and unrest in the Middle East to health care reform in the U.S., and from the successful re-election campaign in 2012 to the damaging leaks about eavesdropping and classified NSA practices in 2013. Throughout it all, Carney handled questions from the press with characteristic grit, humor and aplomb.


Carney ended a 20-year career at TIME in December 2008, with the announcement that he would be Vice President Joe Biden’s communications director. He held that position for the first two years of the Obama-Biden Administration. In January 2011, President Obama asked Carney to become his second, and the country’s 29th White House Press Secretary, a position Carney held for longer than any of his recent predecessors.


A native of Virginia, Carney received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University before starting a career in journalism at The Miami Herald. He joined TIME in 1988 as Miami Bureau Chief. Having studied Russian in college, he was dispatched in 1990 to Moscow, where he spent the next three years covering the historic transformation of the Soviet bloc and the collapse of the U.S.S.R. In 1993, he moved to Washington to cover the Clinton White House. He followed that with stints reporting on Congress through the impeachment and trial of President Clinton and then moved on to cover the 2000 presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and John McCain. In 2001, Carney returned for his second tour as a White House correspondent, this time covering the new President Bush. He won the 2003 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. He later became deputy Washington bureau chief and then, from 2005-2008, he was Washington bureau chief for TIME. He is the only former White House beat reporter to serve as White House Press Secretary.


Carney, now a CNN political commentator, has witnessed and participated in some of the most critical moments in our modern history. In August of 1991, as a young reporter for TIME magazine, he was on the streets of Moscow when a military coup overthrew Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and led to the demise of the Soviet Union. On September 11, 2001, he was one of just a handful of journalists on board Air Force One with President George W. Bush as the World Trade Center Towers collapsed. And on the night of May 1, 2011, he was in the Oval Office, serving as a top aide to Barack Obama as the President prepared to tell the nation that Osama bin Laden had been eliminated.


Andrew Card

Former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush (2000-2006), Acting Dean at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University (2011-2014)

Andrew Card

Andrew Card was elected to Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1975 and served until 1983. Card went on to serve in President Reagan's administration in various roles, including deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs, where he was liaison to governors, state legislators, mayors, and other elected officials. From 1988 to 1992, Card served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, where he managed the daily operations of the White House.


From 1992 until 1993, Card served as the 11th U.S. secretary of transportation. In August 1992, at the request of President Bush, Card coordinated the Administration's disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Later that year, Card directed President Bush's office during the transition from the Bush administration to the Clinton administration.


From 1993 to 1998, Card was president and chief executive officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association.


On November 26, 2000, Card was appointed chief of staff to President-elect George W. Bush. Card's last day as chief of staff was April 14, 2006, making him the second-longest serving White House chief of staff. From 2011 to 2014, Card served as acting dean at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and as executive director in the Office of the Provost.


Card graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.