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Cash Nickerson - Rebecca Costa

July 24th, 2014

Cash Nickerson has been President and CEO of PDS Tech, Inc., which is the fourth largest engineering and IT staffing firm in the United States, for 10 years. He has held several other executive and legal positions in his career including serving as an attorney and marketing executive for Union Pacific Railroad and partner at top Chicago law firm Jenner & Block. Nickerson has also received the Global Philanthropy Award from Washington University for his support of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. A critically acclaimed author, Nickerson has written several books including his most recent work, BOOMERangs: Engaging The Aging Workforce in America.

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Itzhak Perlman - Rebecca Costa

July 17th, 2014

Itzhak Perlman is a prodigious talent on the violin who overcame a diagnosis of polio at a young age to become one of the most renowned classical musicians in the world. He has played around the globe with the world’s leading orchestras, collaborated with several other notable musicians, and gone on to work as a successful conductor. By 2013, he had received 15 Grammy Awards and has won 4 Emmys for his work in music. Perlman also uses time to pass his skills onto the next generation as a teacher at Julliard and co-founded the Perlman Music Program in 1998.

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Bobby Franklin - Rebecca Costa

July 10th, 2014

In September 2013, Bobby Franklin assumed the position of President and CEO of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). In his role, Franklin leads and oversees the strategic direction of the nearly 400 member strong association on behalf of U.S. venture capitalists and the startup ecosystem. Prior to leading NVCA, Franklin spent ten years at CTIA as the Executive Vice President and second-in-command to the CO – The Wireless Association®, a large Washington, DC-based trade association representing the entire wireless industry.

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Barry McCaffrey - Rebecca Costa

July 3rd, 2014

General Barry Richard McCaffrey is a retired US Army general, news commentator and business consultant. He received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his service in Vietnam, two Silver Stars for valor and two Distinguished Service Crosses. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning in 2007, and served as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy from 2001 to 2008. He is currently a military analyst for NBC and MSNBC, as well as president of his own consulting firm, BR McCaffrey Associates.

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Lynne Cheney - Rebecca Costa

June 26th, 2014

Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, has loved history for as long as she can remember, and she has spent much of her professional life writing and speaking about the importance of knowing and teaching history. She has served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986 to 1993, co-authored several books, and established the James Madison Book Award in April 2003 in an effort to encourage historical knowledge. Most recently, Cheney authored the book, James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, which celebrates the life and contributions of the fourth President of the United States.

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Bob Graham - Rebecca Costa

June 19th, 2014

As former Governor of Florida, and co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Senator Bob Graham will be here to talk about why normalizing relations with Cuba may be essential to preventing another Deep Horizon catastrophe in the United States.

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Rick Santorum - Rebecca Costa

June 12th, 2014

Former U.S. Senator, candidate for the Presidency of The United States, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of 'Blue Collar Conservatives,' Rick Santorum will be with us to discuss issues that are expected to impact the midterm elections, and why coming forward to make early endorsements is a key component of victory.

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Tom McClintock - Rebecca Costa

June 5th, 2014

Tom McClintock is the U.S. Representative for California’s 4th congressional district, and a former California assemblyman and state senator. He will be with us to talk about immigration, pro-growth budgeting, and whether we should meet environmental demands that place fish, above people.

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Robert Gates - Rebecca Costa

May 29th, 2014

Robert Michael Gates served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. After 26 years working for both the CIA and the National Security Council, Gates was asked by President George W. Bush to replace Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense in 2006. He served in both the Bush and Obama administrations until 2011. In his recent release, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," Gates writes a revealing recount of his experiences as he attempted to manage the Pentagon and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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Clarence Page - Rebecca Costa

May 22nd, 2014

Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, has been a columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board since July 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services. Page is an occasional guest panelist on The McLaughlin Group, a regular contributor of essays to News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and an occasional host of documentaries on PBS.

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