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2013 Symposium

General Stanley McChrystal

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General Stanley McChrystal

A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stan McChrystal is widely known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate. In 2002, General McChrystal was appointed chief of staff of military operations in Afghanistan. Two years later, McChrystal was selected to deliver the nationally televised Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq. From 2003–2008, he commanded JSOC and was responsible for leading the nation’s deployed military counter-terrorism efforts around the globe, assuming command of all international forces in Afghanistan in June 2009. President...

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Andrew Ross Sorkin

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Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a columnist and the chief mergers and acquisitions reporter for The New York Times. Co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Box, he also is the founding editor and current editor-at-large of DealBook, an online daily financial report published by The Times, and an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping to guide and shape the paper’s coverage. Over the years, Mr. Sorkin has broken news of many major mergers and acquisitions in the pages of The Times, including Chase’s acquisition of J.P. Morgan and Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of Compaq. He led The Times’ coverage of Vodafone’s $183 billion hostile bid for Mannesmann, resulting in the world’s largest takeover ever. A leading voice about Wall Street and corporate...

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Ambassador L Paul Bremer III

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Ambassador L Paul Bremer III

Mr. Bremer’s diplomatic service has spanned almost 40 years under eight Presidents.  During his tours in Washington, Bremer was Special Assistant to six Secretaries of State and served as Henry Kissinger’s Chief of Staff.  His overseas assignments included Afghanistan, Malawi, and Norway.  President Reagan appointed him Ambassador to the Netherlands (1983-86) and then Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism (1986-89). After leaving government service, Bremer was Managing Director of Kissinger Associates, a strategic consulting firm headed by the former Secretary of State and subsequently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh Crisis Consulting Company, a firm providing crisis management advice and training to corporate boards and CEOs. A recognized...

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Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum

A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum has became known as a voice for conservatives who did not feel their voice was being represented. Former U.S. Senator Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and from 1995 to 2007, served in the US Senate. In 2000, he was elected by his peers to the position of Senate GOP Conference Chairman. Senator Santorum became one of the most successful government reformers in our history, taking on Washington’s powerful special interests from the moment he arrived in our nation’s Capitol. Along with John Boehner and Jim Nussle, Senator Santorum was a member of the famous “Gang of Seven” that exposed the Congressional Banking and Congressional Post Office scandals. It...

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Frank Jannuzi

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Frank Jannuzi

Frank Jannuzi serves as Deputy Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, and head of the Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Jannuzi is an international affairs policy and political expert who most recently served Chairman John Kerry as Policy Director for East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His Senate service included work on human rights legislation (JADE Act on Burma, North Korea Human Rights Act, Tibet Policy Act) as well as field investigations into human rights and security conditions in numerous East Asian hotspots, including China (especially Tibet), Burma, Cambodia, Southern Thailand, Vietnam, Mindanao, and North Korea. Prior to joining the staff of the SFRC, Mr. Jannuzi worked as the East...

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Jerry Greenfield

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Jerry Greenfield

Jerry Greenfield and his long-time friend and business partner Ben Cohen are the men behind one of the most talked-about, and least conventional, success stories in American business. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Greenfield has helped to build a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by making social responsibility and creative management strengths instead of weaknesses. Jerry Greenfield was born in Brooklyn, New York, four days before his future business partner Ben Cohen. He grew up and went to school in Merrick, Long Island. It was there that he first met Ben in junior high school, and the two have remained close friends ever since. Greenfield graduated from high school with a National Merit Scholarship under his belt and...

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