Keynote Speakers (48)

Carly Fiorina worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school and began her business career as a secretary for a small business. She became the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. She was named Fortune’s Most Powerful Woman in Business for six consecutive years.

During her tenure at HP, Carly led the reinvention of this legendary company, tripling its rate of innovation, achieving market leadership, transforming its cost structure and accelerating growth. Despite controversy and opposition, she successfully acquired and integrated Compaq Computer, in what is now seen as the most successful high-tech merger in history. Under her leadership, HP doubled in revenues to $88 Billion and generated 11 patents a day, with significantly improved profitability and cash flow. HP became a leader in every product category and market segment in which it competed.

Carly is politically active. In her own first-time candidacy, she ran against four-term Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in California in 2010. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and as a California State Chair in support of Romney for President. In addition, she serves on the Board of the American Conservative Union. She served as Republican Victory Chair for John McCain’s presidential run.

Carly is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions innovation, competitiveness and job creation. She provides commentary on these topics and more as a regular contributor for CNBC. She also is actively engaged in policy formulation and philanthropy. Among her many activities, she chairs Good360, the world’s largest online product donation marketplace. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Health Coverage Education. She is a Co-Chair of the US Leadership in Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as on the Leadership Council of the Initiative for Global Development. She is a founding supporter of the African Leadership Academy and a founder of the One Woman Initiative. She has also served on the Defense Business Board, as the Chairman of the CIA’s External Advisory Board and on the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State. She has been a member of the Boards of Kellogg Company, Cisco Systems, Merck and Taiwan Semiconductor. She is a cancer survivor who openly tells her story, acting as a Global Envoy for Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG organization.

Carly earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She and her husband Frank live in Virginia and California. They have a daughter and two granddaughters.

 

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Chief Executive, North America Property & Casualty, XL Group

Seraina Maag is Chief Executive of the North America Property & Casualty (P&C) unit of XL Group plc’s global insurance operations. She directs XL Group’s multiline property & casualty operations, including underwriting activities for General Property, U.S. Risk Management, Excess Casualty, North America Programs, Environmental and Excess & Surplus coverages, in the U.S. and Canada. Throughout her career, Ms. Maag has held leadership positions in commercial insurance and finance in the US and abroad. Before joining XL Group, Ms. Maag was President of Zurich North America Commercial, Specialties Business Unit where she managed all aspects of the unit’s U.S. operations. She was promoted to this position after serving as the unit’s Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Maag also served as head of Investor Relations & Rating Agencies for Zurich Financial Services in Switzerland. In that role, she was responsible for managing relationships with investors, analysts and rating agencies on a global basis. Prior to joining Zurich in 2002, Ms. Maag was a founding partner and financial analyst for NZB Neue Zuercher Bank in Switzerland. Between 1990 and 2000, she held various management positions within underwriting and financial at SwissRe in Switzerland and Australia. Ms. Maag was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, which nominates individuals to help discover innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems through various initiatives and workstreams, as well as catalyzing the next generation of leaders. She holds an MBA from Monash Mt. Eliza Business School in Australia and is also a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) Charterholder.

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Admiral Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007–2011).  He was the principal military advisor to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.

A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968.

He commanded three ships: the gasoline tanker USS Noxubee (AOG 56), the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG 20) and the guided missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG 48).

As a Flag Officer, Mullen commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group and the U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic.  

Ashore he has served in leadership positions at the Naval Academy, in the Navy’s Bureau of Personnel, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Navy Staff.  He was the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to October 2004.

His last operational assignment was as commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Mullen is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Prior to becoming chairman, Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations.

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Mr. Dowling co-founded Dowling & Partners in January 1990 and currently serves as Managing Partner.

He began his career with A.J.B. Zunser and Co. in 1982 as a junior insurance stock analyst. He joined Fox-Pitt Kelton, Ltd. in 1983 and was admitted to the FPK partner¬ship in 1986. Mr. Dowling received his BA from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire and his MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dowling & Partners Securities is a Hartford based institutional stock brokerage firm specializing in property/casualty insur¬ance, health insurance and life insurance.

Dowling & Partners property/casualty research team, authors of the IBNR Weekly published each Thursday evening, is consis¬tently ranked as # 1 by the Greenwich Survey of institutional investors and Best of Boutiques by Institutional Investor. The firm's fundamental analysis pays particular attention to loss reserves, balance sheets, and areas of sustained competitive advantage.

One of America's best-loved political couples—James Carville and Mary Matalin—give audiences an enlightening and entertaining look at today's most important political issues as well as a behind-the-scenes look at politics inside Washington and how today's headlines are playing out around the country.

Co-authors of the national best seller All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Matalin and Carville are key players on the national political stage—they each have over 30 years of experience in politics and have individually worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

They combine their unique experiences to provide audiences with a stimulating, candid and provocative conversation from both sides of the political aisle.

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