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Andrew Feinstein - Rebecca Costa

December 9th, 2016

Andrew Feinstein is the Founder of Corruption Watch UK, and author of Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, of which the new documentary Shadow World is based. Feinstein is one of the world's leading experts on corruption and the global arms trade, a frequent commentator on BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN, and has had his writings published by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and many others. He served as an African National Congress (ANC) member of Parliament under Nelson Mandela. Feinstein currently chairs the Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign, 'FoTAC', a UK-based organization campaigning for access to treatment for people living with HIV/Aids in South Africa.


Jesse Ventura - Rebecca Costa

December 1st, 2016

James George Janos, better known by his stage name "Jesse Ventura," is a former pro-wrestler, actor, political commentator, and Governor of Minnesota. Ventura was the first and only member of the Reform Party to win a major governmental position. Prior to his election as Governor, Ventura served as Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. As Governor, Ventura oversaw reforms of Minnesota's property tax, the state's first sales tax rebate and the construction of the Metro Blue Line light rail in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. His most recent book entitled, Marijuana Manifesto, was a bestseller on The New York Times bestseller list.


BEST OF 2016: Greg Brenneman - Rebecca Costa

November 25th, 2016

Greg Brenneman is the Chairman of CCMP Capital.  In 1994, Brenneman founded his own personal investment firm, TurnWorks, Inc., which focused on corporate turnarounds at major corporations such as Continental Airlines, Burger King, and PwC Consulting. He has served as Chairman and CEO of multiple corporations including Quiznos Sub, IBM Business Consulting, and United Airlines. Brenneman currently serves on the board of directors for Eco Services, Baker Hughes, Baylor College of Medicine, and The Home Depot, Inc. He is the author of the bestselling book, Right Away and All at Once: Five Steps to Transform Your Business and Enrich Your Life.


Drew Johnson - Rebecca Costa

November 17th, 2016

Drew Johnson is the National Director of Protect Internet Freedom, a non-profit organization with over 1.6 million supporters. Johnson served as the Founder and President of the Free Market Think Tank, Beacon Center, and also the opinion editor of the Chatanooga Times Free Press. He has been a columnist and chief editorial writer for the Washington Times, policy analyst for the National Taxpayer’s Union, served multiple terms on the Tennessee Commission on Children, and was a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Johnson is a senior scholar at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and writes for the Daily Caller along with other publications.


Jamie Merisotis - Rebecca Costa

November 10th, 2016

Jamie Merisotis is the President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States and a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education. Prior to joining Lumina Foundation, Merisotis was the founding President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), an education research and policy center. He was also the executive director of the National Commission on Responsibilities for Financing Postsecondary Education, and helped create the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps). Merisotis is the author of the bestselling book, America Needs Talent, published in September 2015 by RosettaBooks.


Alan Dershowitz - Rebecca Costa

November 3rd, 2016

Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, accomplished author, and political commentator. He graduated from Yale Law School and went on to serve as clerk for the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Supreme Court Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg. Dershowitz later joined the faculty of Harvard Law School and was made a full professor in 1967 at the age of 28, which made him the youngest full professor of law in the school’s history at the time. Much of his legal career is focused on criminal law that often involves high-profile figures.


Beshad Sheldon - Rebecca Costa

October 27th, 2016

Beshad Sheldon is the CEO and President of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals. Prior to her appointment as President, Sheldon spent 10 years as the Vice President of Patient and Branding Strategy, and Vice President of Global Marketing at Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Otsuka, Sheldon was the Senior Director of Global Marketing at Bristol-Meyers-Squibb. Sheldon has driven the success of several products, such as Glucophage, Plavix, and Abilify, and is responsible for managing the new drug successes at SmithKline Beecham. She is also a founding member of the Female Opioid-Addiction Research and Clinical Experts Organization entitled, “Force.”


Peter Navarro - Rebecca Costa

October 20th, 2016

Peter Navarro is Harvard Ph.D. economist serving as an Economic Advisor for Donald Trump. Navarro is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Irvine, and is the author of several ‘path-breaking’ management books including "The Well-Timed Strategy,"  "The Coming China Wars," and the best-selling investment book I"f It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks." Prior to teaching, Navarro worked in Washington, D.C. as an energy and environmental policy analyst. His recent documentary, "Death By China", 'confronts the most urgent problem facing America today – its increasingly destructive economic trade relationship with a rapidly rising China.'


Jeffrey Bowman - Rebecca Costa

October 13th, 2016

Jeffrey Bowman is the CEO and Founder of REFRAME: The Brand, an organization dedicated to preparing executives for the New Majority. He has worked as the former senior partner and managing director at Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world’s largest advertising and communications agencies. Bowman is known for change management and marketing effectiveness work with several global brands including British Petroleum (BP), British Airways, Coca-Cola, Campbell’s, GAP, IKEA, Kimberly-Clark, S.C. Johnson, MetLife, PepsiCo, United Airlines, and Verizon. His pioneering work in 'reframing the marketplace' has been covered in The New York Times, Advertising Age, and The Economist.


Norman Coleman - Rebecca Costa

October 7th, 2016

Norman "Norm" Coleman, Jr., is the former Senator from Minnesota serving from 2003 to 2009. Coleman was elected in 2002 and served in the 108th, 109th, and 110th Congress. Prior to joining the U.S. Senate, Coleman served as the Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota from 1993-2001. Coleman was first elected as a Democrat but switched party affiliation to Republican in 1996. In 2010, Coleman co-founded and became Chairman and CEO of the American Action Network, a nonprofit issue advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., which promotes center-right public policy. An American lawyer and lobbyist, Coleman is on the National Advisory Council for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and also works as a lobbyist on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia