Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian & Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
Resilience in Turbulent Times
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize- winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. A culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents, the book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives. Goodwin’s career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s hit film Lincoln. Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is frequently seen on news and cable networks, and shows including Meet The Press and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Among her many honors and awards, Goodwin was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, as well as the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.
Technology and Innovation Expert & Best-Selling Author
Luncheon: Disrupting Disruption: How Technology Connects Consumers to Brands Like Never Before
When brands like Google, Starbucks, Shopify, and GE want to use technology to better connect with their consumers, they call Mitch Joel. Joel has been called “one of North America’s leading visionaries” and the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” by Strategy Magazine, he has been listed as one of the “Speakers Worth Catching” by Forbes, he was recognized as one of the top 100 online marketers in the world, and he was named to the highly prestigious “Top 40 Under 40.” Mitch is also a best-selling business book author. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation, named after his successful blog and podcast, is a business and marketing best-seller. His second book, CTRL ALT Delete, was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Amazon. Mitch is the founder of Six Pixels Group—an advisory, investing, and content producing company that is focused on commerce and innovation. Prior to Six Pixels Group, Mitch spent close to two decades building, running, and (eventually) selling his business. He is also the former president of Mirum—a global digital marketing agency operating in 25 countries with close to 3,000 employees. Mirum is owned by WPP.
General John F. Kelly
U.S. Marine Corps (RET)
General Session: Leadership
Retired General John Kelly is a 45-year Marine veteran who headed the U.S. Southern Command, where he focused on the U.S, border security, organized crime, terrorist organizations and drug traffickers in his Latin American region for more than three years. Kelly retired as a four-star general in 2016. He then served as the 5th United States Secretary of Homeland Security in the Trump administration where he earned a reputation for being an aggressive enforcer of ethics, established Homeland Security policy, and, most importantly, the law. After six months, he was selected to serve as White House chief of Staff. He is the first career military officer to serve in the position in Alexander Haid. Kelly resigned as Chief of Staff in December 2018. Before his SOUTHCOM command, based near Miami, Kelly led the Multi-National Force - West in Iraq during the first year of the Obama administration. He was also the legislative assistant to that Marine Corps commandant from 2004-2007 and later the senior military aide to Defense Secretaries Robert Gates and Leon Panetta. Born 1950 in Boston, Kelly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970. Following his graduation from the University of Massachusetts Boston, he was commissioned as an officer and commanded a rifle and weapons platoon with the 2nd Marine Division.
Chief Executive Officer, Ameritas Mutual Holding Company
JoAnn Martin is a Plainview, Neb., native with business degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Colorado State University. Martin holds CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and FLMI (Fellow Life Management Institute) designations. She joined Ameritas in 1984 as an audit division manager and has held key positions throughout the organization. Martin recently accepted the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Burnham Yates Citizenship Award and was named the 2018 Woman of the Year at the Lincoln Journal Star’s annual Inspire Awards. She was inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame in 2015, named a Nebraska Alumni Association Master in 2014 and inducted into the UNL School of Accountancy Hall of Fame in 2004.
She’s been recognized by the Nebraska Society of CPAs and the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development for her leadership and commitment to community service. Martin serves as chair of American Council of Life Insurers and is on Lincoln Vision and Prosper Lincoln steering committees. She serves as board chair of the University of Nebraska Foundation until October 2019 and is a National Research Corp board member. She also is on the MDRT Foundation honorary board of trustees.
Former Anchor and Correspondent for CNN and ABC News, Two-time Emmy Award Winner and Edward R. Murrow Award Winner
During her career as a correspondent and anchor with CNN and ABC Jeanne Meserve earned the profession’s highest honors, including two Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award. She also contributed to two CNN Peabody Awards. At CNN she anchored worldwide coverage of the Yitzhak Rabin assassination and the death of Princess Diana. She was the first to report on the devastating flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and created the network’s homeland security beat, covering intelligence, law enforcement, cyber, aviation, border and port security. While at ABC News, she covered the US State Department and reported from the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. She was a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. Jeanne is a member of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, and is also a member of the Homeland Security Enterprise Group, formerly the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Advisory Group. Most recently, Jeanne has provided communications coaching to top leaders from corporations, governments, non-profits and educational institutions. She speaks on communication and media issues, and moderates discussions on a wide array of topics. Recent engagements have included the Munich Security Conference, the Halifax International Security Forum, the 70th Anniversary of NATO, the Space Foundation, the International Women’s Forum and the Canadian American Business Council.
Susan K. Neely
President & Chief Executive Officer, American Council of Life Insurers
The Industry's Role in Paid Family & Medical Leave
The Business Imperative for Diversity & Inclusion: Perspectives from the C-Suite
Susan Neely is President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), the nation's leading trade association dedicated to providing products and services that contribute to Americans' financial and retirement security. As President and CEO, Neely drives public policy and advocacy on behalf of ACLI’s member companies that represent 95 percent of industry assets and serve 90 million families. Neely has long been recognized as a leading voice in public policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C. She served as special assistant to President George W. Bush and helped create the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and later became the first DHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. Neely was a senior executive at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), where she designed award-winning national advocacy programs and initiatives, like HIAA’s ground-breaking Harry & Louise campaign. Most recently, she led the American Beverage Association (ABA) for 13 years as president and CEO. Under her leadership, ABA instituted first-of-their-kind initiatives with President Clinton’s Global Initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. These partnerships decreased calories from beverages sold in schools by 90 percent, put transparent calorie labels on millions of beverage containers, and reduced sugar consumed from beverages in the American diet. Neely has been named Trade Association CEO of the year by two different national organizations. She is a past chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100 of the largest trade associations and the American Society of Association Executives. A native of Iowa, Neely holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and French civilization from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. She is the mother of two children, Eve and Ben.