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Momentous shifts in politics and business have leaders searching for insights and inspiration. David Plouffe is uniquely qualified to provide them.
The architect of President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, Plouffe is recognized as a pioneering force in the fields of politics, technology and grassroots leadership. His unprecedented approach to reach voters by leveraging technology and big data, harnessed the power of the
Internet and sparked a grassroots movement that forever changed the campaign landscape.
Following his work with the Obama administration, Plouffe served as chief advisor to Uber and led the policy and advocacy team for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy run by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla. He’s a respected authority on organizational structure and known for
effectively managing and empowering large teams.
Plouffe is author of The New York Times best-seller The Audacity to Win: The Inside
Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory. Today, as host of the podcast “Campaign HQ,” Plouffe speaks with campaign managers, state directors and field organizers to dig into the methods of current presidential candidates.
World-renowned, award-winning photographer and founder, The People's Portfolio—a nonprofit he established to turn a spotlight on little-known stories from around the globe— Platon has captured everyone from Barack Obama to survivors of wartime violence with his inimitable lens.
Platon’s photos have graced the pages of a range of international publications including Rolling
New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and The
Sunday Times magazine. He produced over 20 covers for TIME magazine, including the 2007 “Person of the Year” cover of Vladimir Putin, which was awarded 1st prize at the World Press Photo Contest. As staff photographer for The New Yorker, he created an award-winning portfolio
whose themes included the U.S. military, world leaders and the Civil Rights Movement.
Over the last decade, much of Platon’s work has focused on social justice. He’s teamed up with Human Rights Watch to help them celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces. And his non-profit foundation, The People’s Portfolio, aspires to create a visual
language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination and enlists the public to support human rights around the world.
Platon has published four books of his work, the most recent being Service, which is dedicated to the extraordinary men and women of the U.S. military. His photos are on display in galleries and museums around the world and he’s been the keynote speaker on leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chanel,
Nike, Yale University, Oxford University, Wharton University, the National Portrait Gallery in London and International Center of Photography in New York. Platon is currently on the board for Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum and serves as a steward for the
Economic Growth and Social Inclusion Initiative.
Named one of the “50 most Powerful People in Washington” by GQ and “one of the most prominent voices in the [Democratic] party, and one of its top strategists and crisis managers” by Politico, Stephanie Cutter has been at the center of every major policy and political debate for the past two decades. She has been a
trusted advisor to some of America’s most powerful Democratic leaders and served as deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Prior to that assignment, Cutter served in a variety of senior roles within the Obama administration. These included managing the President’s message strategy and issue development, serving as chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, and acting as counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. She has a long and
impressive history in Washington D.C. having worked with other key Democratic leaders, including Senators Harry Reid, Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry (during his presidential campaign), and also held various positions within the Clinton administration.
Today Cutter is a founding partner at Precision Strategies, a leading communications, digital and data-targeting consulting firm. There, she has revolutionized the integration of data-driven communications with digital and campaign-style organizing. Cutter has worked with leading clients in a variety of industries
to improve reputations, manage crises and drive people to action. She is currently a contributor to ABC News and is a former co-host of CNN’s Crossfire program.
Cutter is a graduate of Smith College and Georgetown University Law Center.
Nicolle Wallace is a political analyst, New York Times best-selling author and a long-time and well-respected strategist for the GOP. Wallace served as communications chief for President George W. Bush’s White House and election campaign, and was described by White House colleague, presidential political
advisor, Mark McKinnon, as “a rare talent in politics.”
The New York Times called Wallace a “tough, savvy, and hard-charging conservative political operator,” and the Washington Post lauded her for serving as “a voice for more openness with reporters” during her time in the Bush administration. Wallace has a long and impressive career serving Republican leaders. She
was senior campaign advisor for the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential campaign and, before her time at the White House, was a press secretary for Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL).
Today, Wallace is the host of MSNBC's Deadline: White House, a frequent contributor and guest host on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, and Morning Joe, and a contributor on The Today Show; she was formerly a co-host on ABC’s The View. Wallace has a well-deserved reputation as a master storyteller and does an
exceptional job breaking down the latest in politics and media for a wide array of audiences.
Wallace’s storytelling expertise is also evident in her success as an author. She’s written several New York Times best-selling political novels, including Madam President, Eighteen Acres, It’s Classified, and Day in the Life, which all feature women in top political roles.
Wallace is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
How can organizations best leverage their employees?
It’s the question author Marcus Buckingham has dedicated his career to answering. His revolutionary advice? Cultivate employees’ strengths, rather than focus on improving their weaknesses. Buckingham’s recommendations draw on nearly two decades as a senior
researcher with Gallup Organization, and his work is supported by the largest study of its kind, based on nearly 80,000 interviews.
Buckingham is an in-demand consultant and speaker who’s worked with some of the country’s top organizations including Toyota, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Disney. He’s the author/co-author of seven internationally renowned books including StandOut,
a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller.
Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, FORTUNE, Fast Company, Harvard Business
Review, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, and appeared on the Today
Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
He graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master’s degree in Social and Political Science.
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Nikki R. Haley was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2017-2019). She served as a member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet and a member of the National Security Council.
At the United Nations (UN), Haley was widely respected as a champion of human rights. She hosted the first-ever session devoted solely to promoting human rights and bravely challenged oppressive regimes around the world. Haley also oversaw critical reforms that helped make the UN more efficient, transparent
Prior to serving at the United Nations, Haley was governor of South Carolina. She was the state’s first female and first minority governor. Haley was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Under her leadership, South Carolina became known as a national leader in economic development. The state’s unemployment rate hit a
15-year low, there was over $20 billion in new capital investment and every county in the state saw job growth. Just as important, Haley played a critical role in driving critical education reform in South Carolina. She served as governor until the U.S. Senate confirmed her as the U.S. Permanent
Representative to the UN in January 2017.
Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants and a graduate of Clemson University. After leaving the Trump administration, she founded a policy group, Stand for America. Haley created this organization to promote public policies that strengthen America’s economy, culture and national security.
Antonio Neves is back to emcee another CUNA GAC! He's an internationally
recognized workplace speaker, career success coach and author. His clients and
audiences have included: Idaho Central Credit Union, Google, Veridian Credit
Union, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Langley Federal Credit Union,
Booking.com, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and scores
An award-winning journalist, for over 10 years Antonio served as a
correspondent in the television industry in New York City with top networks
including NBC, PBS and BET Networks. Antonio is a graduate of Western
Michigan University and holds a masters degree from Columbia University. He’s
currently working on his next book with Penguin Random House’s Harmony/Rodale.
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