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.


Dana Perino

Former Press Secretary to President George W. Bush (2007-2009),Political Commentator & Co-Host of FOX’s The Five

Dana Perino

Dana Perino is one of the nation’s most popular political commentators and the co-host and breakout star of FOX’s The Five, the second-most-watched program in all of cable news in the United States.


As only the second female press secretary in U.S. history (and the first female Republican) and one of the most widely-respected members of President Bush’s senior staff, she is a keen analyst of the latest political news and an expert in crafting and communicating key messages under stressful conditions.


Perino served as the White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush from 2007–2009. An expert on healthcare, energy policy, and the position of female leaders in government and business, she communicates with audiences with the same clarity and precision that gained the respect of the rough-and-tumble White House press corps.


Perino is president of the strategic communications firm Dana Perino and Company and a frequent public speaker on how politics affects people outside the beltway. She spent time volunteering at an HIV/AIDS treatment center in South Africa and has developed a unique interest in the areas of women’s rights and maternal health, especially in Africa. In 2011, she collaborated with fellow Governor Susan McCue to launch Congo Story, a website that shines light on the brutal realities of daily life for women in Africa. She is also the founder of Minute Mentoring, an organization focused on giving professional guidance to young women. Additionally, she serves on the boards of Mothers Day Every Day, Running Start, ONE Campaign, and Pets2Vets, and President Obama nominated her to the Broadcasting Board of Governors in 2009.


Before she joined the White House, Perino was a spokesperson at the Department of Justice. Two years later, she moved to the White House to do communications work for the Council on Environmental Quality. Altogether, she spent more than seven years serving in the Bush administration. Her political experience also includes working on Capitol Hill for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO) and Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO). Perino worked as a journalist before turning to politics, covering the State Assembly of Illinois for local CBS. She is a former commentariat for the Washington Post, POLITICO, and National Review.