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  • This year you'll hear keynotes by:
    Jon FavreauJon Favreau, President Obama's former Director of Speechwriting on storytelling with President Obama in an age of sound bites.
    Justina ChenJustina Chen, former Executive Communications Manager, Speechwriter and Publicist for the President of Entertainment at Microsoft, on how to create a career-defining speech for your leader.
    A panel of distinguished Cicero judges on what makes an award-winning speech.
    Jerry TarverJerry Tarver, "Dean of Speechwriters" and Professor Emeritus at the University of Richmond.
    Tom RosshirtTom Rosshirt, former Speechwriter for President Clinton
    Dana RubinDana Rubin, Chief of the New York Speechwriters Roundtable
    Jan CookJan Cook, veteran corporate, university and nonprofit speechwriter
    Fletcher DeanFletcher Dean, Director of Leadership Communications at The Dow Chemical Co. and author of 10 Steps to Writing a Great Speech
    Practical, tip-packed sessions with:
    Traci Carpenter ROCKERFELLER FOUNDATION 
    Traci Carpenter
    How to use the speechwriting process to add value to any organization
    Desson Thomson U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT
    Desson Thomson
    The alchemy of funny: How to use humor to illuminate speeches with power and authority, and even get your principal to—uh—see the light
    Caryn Alagno EDELMAN
    Caryn Alagno
    Chart your career path: Job advice from three successful speechwriters
    Vincent Rhodes EASTERN VIRGINIA MEDICAL SCHOOL
    Vincent Rhodes
    How video can save your speaker and your speechwriting sanity
    Dean Foust UPS
    Dean Foust
    The speech is just the start: Use social media to position your executive as a thought leader
    Rob Friedman ELI LILLY & CO.
    Rob Friedman
    Motivate the troops: The speech to energize, boost morale in tough times and convince people to do hard things
    Mike Long GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
    Mike Long
    Time management for speechwriters
    Douglass Hatcher MASTERCARD
    Douglass Hatcher
    Chart your career path: Job advice from three successful speechwriters
    Aaron Hoover UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
    Aaron Hoover
    New tricks for writing the old ceremonial speech
    Nate Osburn U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
    Nate Osburn
    10 lessons learned in 10 years . . . that you can learn in just 60 minutes
    Lori Zetlin S3 – STRATEGIC SPEAKER SERVICES, INC.
    Lori Zetlin
    Beyond the speech: How to brand your speakers as true thought leaders