The Legislative Summit brings you interesting and provocative speakers that will challenge and inspire you with fresh perspectives and seasoned wisdom.

Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo MaCellist and Grammy-winner Yo-Yo Ma will demonstrate how the arts are transforming 35 of the nation’s highest needs, chronically failing schools, from rural Native American reservations to the urban core. Yo-Yo is an artist for Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, that uses the arts to impact often-ignored elements of reform: student engagement and motivation, and school climate.

Neil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin

Neil NewhouseGeoffrey GarinNeil Newhouse and Geoffrey Garin are two of the most respected political pollsters in the nation. Newhouse’s Public Opinion Strategies is considered the leading Republican polling firm, and Hart Associates, of which Garin is president, is the pollster for NBC and the Wall Street Journal. Their different political stripes make for a lively discussion on what Americans think about their country, which party is likely to win in the upcoming election, and what that will mean for the nation.

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Amy KlobucharIn 2006, Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. A former prosecutor, she has sponsored major legislation to combat sex trafficking modeled on Minnesota’s Safe Harbor laws to protect the thousands of U.S. children sold for sex and give prosecutors tools to crack down on perpetrators.

Roger Moe

Roger MoeRoger Moe was majority leader in the Minnesota Senate for 22 years, and knows first-hand the contributions staff made in helping him advance from the Senate’s second-youngest elected member to its longest serving leader. Hear his take on those qualities that make staff essential to the effective running our most important institution.

Sari de la Motte

Sari de la MotteSari de la Motte is a communications expert who has coached Fortune 500 executives, trial attorneys and others on how to boost their influence and enhance their leadership with silent signals. Learn from her how to be a rock star communicator and increase your charisma by communicating authentically.

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken RobinsonSir Ken Robinson, international education leader, is an expert on creativity, education and the economy. His ideas to revolutionize—not just reform—education challenge conventional wisdom and inspire a whole new approach to our educational system. He believes we can transform education so creativity and individual talents flourish and our children can meet the future wisely.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Smart, perceptive and the ultimate political insiders, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann share their insights on the interplay among the economy, Wall Street and Washington and the forces that shape American politics. Managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and best-selling authors of "Game Change" and "Double Down," their keen analysis and lively observations make them two of the top political observers today.

General Wesley Clark (Ret.)

General Wesley Clark (Ret.)During his 34 years of service in the United States Army, General Wesley Clark rose to the rank of four-star general and NATO Supreme Allied Commander. The valedictorian of his class at West Point, Clark is a Rhodes Scholar, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and author of two books, "Waging Modern War" and "Winning Modern Wars."

Cindy McCain

Cindy McCainCindy McCain is a philanthropist and humanitarian who has devoted her life to improving the lives of the less fortunate in the United States and throughout the world. As co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on Human Trafficking, she is dedicated to reducing exploitation of children and ensuring that victims are not treated as criminals. In addition to her human trafficking work, McCain has led 55 medical missions to third world and war torn countries, has worked to remove land mines and weapons of destruction in war regions, is involved in hunger initiatives around the world, and fights for women’s rights in oppressive countries.  

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