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CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC)

February 27–March 3, 2022

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Amy Cuddy Amy Cuddy

Social Psychologist, NYT-Bestselling Author

and Award-Winning Harvard Lecturer

Dr. Amy Cuddy is an expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice. Cuddy earned her PhD from Princeton University in 2005, was a professor at Harvard Business School from 2008-2017, at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 2006-2008, and Rutgers University from 2005-2006. She continues to teach at Harvard Business School in their executive education programs. 

Cuddy’s first book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015), is a New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Globe & Mail bestseller and has been published in 35 languages and has sold more than half a million copies. As described in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, “Cuddy brings an abundance of humility and charm to the page. Her presence itself-- her openhearted desire to help the insecure and the uneasy in this age of anxiety--shines through. Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious--above all, truly powerful." Amazon selected Presence as the “Best Book of December 2015.” 

Cuddy’s TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” the second-most-viewed TED talk of all time, has more than 62 million views. Named by The Guardian as “One of 20 Online Talks that Could Change Your Life,” her talk has reached and influenced how building confidence under stressful situations is taught and practiced worldwide. A pop-culture phenomenon, Amy and her talk have been referenced in the TV shows Ted Lasso, Grey’s Anatomy (four times), Sex Education, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Bold Type, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and others. 

Focusing on the power of prejudice and stereotyping, nonverbal behavior, the delicate balance of trustworthiness and strength, and the ways in which people can affect their own thoughts, feelings, performance, and psychological and physical well-being, she studies, writes, and speaks about how we can become more present, influential, compassionate, and satisfied in our professional and personal lives. She is currently writing her second book, Bullies, Bystanders, and Bravehearts (Mariner, 2023), which delves into the psychological causes and consequences of bullying among adults, a pervasive and often devastating problem, and the steps that we all must take to move toward social bravery in our daily lives and broader culture.

Cuddy has been named by the BBC as one of their 100 Women of 2017, a Game Changer by Time, one of 50 Women Who Are Changing the World by Business Insider, one of the World’s Top 50 Management Thinkers by Thinkers50, one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead by Inc., one of the top 5 HR Thinkers by HR Magazine, one of Twitter’s 100 Science Stars by Science, one of 10 Ten Bostonians Who are Upending the Way We Live, Lead, and Learn by Boston Magazine, a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, an Early Career Award recipient by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, winner of a Harvard Excellence in Teaching Award, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. 

Cuddy’s highly cited research on stereotyping and prejudice, nonverbal behavior, and presence and performance under stress has been published in top academic journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Science, and Psychological Science, and featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Guardian, Wired, Fast Company, Inc., Globe and Mail, NPR, BBC, and many more. She has been a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning, BBC World News, Morning Joe, 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose, CNN with Anderson Cooper, among others. Cuddy has written for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and other outlets. 

Cuddy is a devoted Deadhead, live-music enthusiast, and an avid skier and roller skater. In fact, she worked throughout her years as an undergraduate as a roller-skating waitress. She has one son, Jonah, a guitar player, songwriter and student at Berklee College of Music, and a husband, Paul, an adventuring, sailing, boat-building, Australian lover of life.

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Mick Ebeling Mick Ebeling

Founder & CEO

Not Impossible Labs; Author, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done

As a career producer and filmmaker, and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world. Ebeling founded Not Impossible, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of “commit, then figure it out” allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives — the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music: Not Impossible — that brought the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees, a ‘voice’ to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years, and wearables that let deaf and hearing people alike feel music in a “surround body” experience.

Working with a wide array of Fortune 500 companies, Ebeling not only pushes the bar on innovation, he also shares the emotionally resonating story of doing so. These narratives of overcoming seemingly impossible odds to “Help One. Help Many” have inspired people across the world to do the same.

Ebeling’s book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done, recounts the life experiences that led to the founding of Not Impossible. Published in a multitude of languages, the book was hailed as “a unique and inspiring tale of brave abandon” by Nicholas Negroponte.

Named one of Wired’s ‘Agents of Change’, a two-time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, a two-time Tribeca Disruptor innovation winner, a fellow with The Nantucket Project, and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebeling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.” By tapping into a community of passionate and talented engineers, makers, idea generators and storytellers, Ebeling is making the inconceivable, the unbelievable and the impossible, Not Impossible.

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Thomas “Mack” McLarty, III Thomas “Mack” McLarty, III

Chairman of McLarty Associates

Former White House Chief of Staff

He co-founded McLarty Associates in 1998 following a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including various roles advising three U.S. Presidents: Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Mr. McLarty is also Chairman of the McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family transportation business.

As President Clinton’s White House Chief of Staff, Mr. McLarty helped enact the historic 1993 deficit reduction package, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Family and Medical Leave law, and the landmark welfare reform legislation that enabled more than 6.8 million people to move from welfare to work. He also organized the successful 1994 Summit of the Americas in Miami, which ultimately led to his appointment as Special Envoy for the Americas in 1997.

As Counselor to President Clinton, Mr. McLarty advised on a broad range of international and domestic issues. He traveled to the Persian Gulf on the President’s behalf to build financial support for the Bosnian peace process, led the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, and signed the peace accords that brought peace to Guatemala for the first time in three decades. Mr. McLarty planned US participation in the 1998 Summit of the Americas in Santiago, and participated in several G-7 and APEC Summits.

Prior to his government service, Mr. McLarty was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arkla, a Fortune 500 natural gas company. During his tenure Arkla grew into the nation’s largest natural gas distributor, with customers in eleven states and significant exploration and pipeline operations. Mr. McLarty was appointed by President Bush to the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Environmental Quality, and he was a member of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board from 1989 through 1992.

Mr. McLarty is a frequent public speaker, and has published numerous articles on U.S. trade and foreign policy. He has served on the boards of many corporate and non-profit institutions including as a Director of Union Pacific and the Acxiom Corporation, and on the boards of the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, the Council of the Americas, the InterAmerican Dialogue, Ford’s Theatre, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. In addition, he serves as a Senior International Fellow at the US Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. McLarty is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal; the highest civilian honors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela; and the Center for the Study of the Presidency Distinguished Service Award. Mr. McLarty is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas

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Reince Priebus Reince Priebus

White House Chief of Staff (2017)

Chairman of Republican National Committee (2011–2017)

Reince Priebus was named White House Chief of Staff shortly after the 2016 campaign. Prior to managing the White House staff, Priebus served as the longest-serving chairman of the Republican National Committee in modern history. He oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the RNC, rescuing its finances, repairing its operations, and rebuilding its ground game. By welcoming new voters and harnessing the power of new technologies, Priebus built the infrastructure needed for landslide GOP victories. He left the RNC the winningest chairmen of either political party in American history. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016 and 2017. Before serving as RNC Chairman, Priebus was the most successful chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Priebus created the framework for one of the most historic election cycles Wisconsin has ever experienced. During his tenure, the state’s Republicans elected Ron Johnson to the Senate, elected Scott Walker as Governor, gained two additional U.S. House seats, and took back both the state Assembly and Senate, defeating the democratic leaders of both those chambers. Priebus currently serves as a regular political commentator for major news channels and is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Prior to his political commentator role, he served as a visiting Fellow at Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. Priebus and his wife, Sally, have two young children, Jack and Grace. He was raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin and is a die-hard Packers fan.

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Antonio Neves Antonio Neves

Award-winning journalist

world-renowned speaker and success coach

Antonio Neves is an award-winning journalist, world-renowned speaker and top success coach known for asking the tough questions that help people get unstuck.

The author of four books including Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility for Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You, Antonio is also the host of The Antonio Neves Show podcast where he reminds people that no matter where they stand today, their story is far from over.

Inspired by his own transformation, Antonio helps people face critical decisions so they can reboot, reset and refuel their lives. He’s shared his message on hundreds of stages worldwide, including Google, Amazon, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Visa, Booking.com, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Stanford University. He has been featured on the TODAY Show, Forbes, PBS, Inc.com, Thrive Global, and more.

Prior to starting his own business, Antonio worked as a correspondent in New York City with top television networks including NBC, PBS and BET Networks for over 10 years. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and holds a Masters degree from Columbia University.

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