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2017 Main Platform Speakers

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Zanny Minton Beddoes is the editor-in-chief of The Economist and the first female to hold the position in the publications 170+ year history, She has firmly established herself as a leading global economic and financial expert, respected for her eye-opening editorial work on the American economy and international financial policy. Her work focusing on the American economy and international financial policy earned Beddoes two of the highest journalist honors obtainable -- a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for economic journalism and "Journalist of the Year," awarded by the Wincott Foundation for financial journalism.  Zanny will be speaking at the Women’s Breakfast, presenting a key-note presentation and moderating our CIO panel.

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Theo Epstein led the 2016 Chicago Cubs to its first World Series title in 108 years. That marked his third world championship as a General Manager, as he helped the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. In 2017, he enters his sixth season with the Cubs, and is signed through 2021. He is in his 26th season in Major League Baseball.  In 2002, he became the youngest General Manager in baseball history at the age of 28 years. Two years later, at age 30, he became the youngest General Manager to win a World Series. 
In 2009, Theo was named Executive of the Decade for baseball by The Sporting News and was third on Sports Illustrated’s list of Top-10 GMs/Executives of the Decade in all sports. Additionally, he was named the 2008 Baseball America Executive of the Year, and was also honored in 2003 and 2004 as the Major League Executive of the Year by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. 

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Inky Johnson, a former University of Tennessee football player who in 2009 played a game that changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.  Who is Inquoris “Inky” Johnson? He could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else. 

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Rich Karlgaard is a Entrepreneur-turned-Forbes magazine publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Karlgaard is a respected forecaster who offers a unique vantage point on the trends driving the political, business and investment climates. Karlgaard draws from his extensive background to deliver a fascinating assessment of today’s political landscape—from the business and political trends he anticipates on the horizon and their immediate and long-term impacts to organizations and individuals, to what we can expect from the inauguration of our 45th president and the swearing-in of the 115th Congress—in 2017 and beyond. 
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Dr. Charles Krauthammer writes a syndicated column for The Washington Post which appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide and for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize. He is a FOX News commentator, appearing nightly on FOX's evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier. His latest book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, a #1 New York Times best seller, has sold more than a million copies. In 1978, he quit medical practice, came to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale. From 2001 to 2006, he served on the President's Council on Bioethics.   

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Maybe you’ve seen him on “The O’Reilly Factor”. Perhaps you remember him from his days as anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live.”

A regular contributor for “The O’Reilly Factor” on the FOX News Channel, Dennis Miller is also an award-winning comedian, talk-show host, sports commentator, actor, author, and television personality. After captivating audiences on “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1991, he went on to earn five Emmy and three Writers Guild of America awards for his critically acclaimed talk show, “Dennis Miller Live.” Miller is also the author of the New York Times best sellers The RantsRanting AgainI Rant, Therefore I Am; and The Rant Zone.

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Mick Mulvaney is an American politician in the Republican Party and director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He was nominated as OMB director by President Donald Trump in December 2016 and confirmed by Senate vote (51–49) on February 16, 2017. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011, he was the first Republican since 1883 to represent South Carolina's 5th congressional district where he served until his confirmation as OMB director in 2017. Mulvaney served in the South Carolina General Assembly from 2007–2011, first in the State House of Representatives and then the State Senate.


Chief Investment Officer Panel Moderated by Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes

This main platform panel will be made up of three Chief Investment Officers from our industry’s ardent carriers with Ms. Zanny Minton Beddoes acting as the moderator. The panel will speak to the interest rate environment and its future impact on products, how carriers plan to respond to those effects and how the market will be shaped by these changes.