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DiarmuidOConnell_150x150pxDiarmuid O’Connell, Tesla Motors’ vice president of Business Development, manages the company’s commercial relationships and all aspects of government affairs. Before joining Tesla in 2006, O’Connell served as chief of staff for Political Military Affairs at the U.S. State Department, where he was involved in policy and operational support to the U.S military in various theaters of operation. Before his tenure in Washington, he worked in corporate strategy as a management consultant for Accenture, as a founder of educational software developer, Real Time Learning, and as a senior executive with both McCann Erickson Worldwide and Young and Rubicam. O’Connell earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in Foreign Policy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Kellogg.
Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with some 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities. Ambassador Volker serves as executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University based in Washington, D.C. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council, and a Trustee of IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France. Ambassador Volker is a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Guardian Funds Trust, and had previously served as BGR Group’s managing director, international.
DaveDesRoches_150x150pxDave Des Roches is associate professor and senior military fellow at the National Defense University. He has served in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) as the DoD Liaison to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as the senior country director for Pakistan, as the NATO operations director, and as the deputy director for peacekeeping. An airborne ranger in the U.S. Army Reserve, Des Roches was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. He has commanded conventional and special operations parachute units and has served on the U.S. Special Operations Command staff, as well as on the Joint Staff. Des Roches is a Marshall Scholar, and has also attended the Federal Executive Institute, the German Staff College’s Higher Officer Seminar, the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
HeatherYurko_150x150pxHeather Yurko is Cisco Systems’ senior manager for Service Logistics + Operations Systems. With more than 20 years’ experience, she has worked as a consultant in multiple industries, including technology, finance, and arts and entertainment as a consultant. Yurko built two start-up companies — one creating and showcasing designer toys, and one creating financial modeling software — in addition to working in large, global enterprises like Dun + Bradstreet, Lucent Technologies, and Paine Webber. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
ScottBornstein_150x150pxScott Bornstein, CEO of Memory Power and chief memory training expert, has shared his formidable demonstrations of memory and powerhouse recall systems with more than 25,000 CEO’s and 300,000 professionals and students across 50 countries since 1980. Bornstein’s systems equip business executives and professionals with precise tools and targeted skills to remember the business-critical data that closes more sales and inspires lasting customer relationships. His students discover how to learn better, smarter, and faster and to out-perform their peers in every measure of academic success. Bornstein’s memory systems have been showcased by varied media outlets, and his training materials are used by tens-of-thousands worldwide.
LeroyChiao_150x150pxLeroy Chiao, U.S. astronaut and International Space Station Commander, is one of the most accomplished astronauts in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) history. He is a veteran of four space missions and, during his stellar, 15-year NASA career, he logged 229 days in space — more than 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity. His most recent mission was as commander and NASA science officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He is one of a few Americans to ever co-pilot a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. Chiao is the recipient of NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal, two Exceptional Service Medals, and four Space Flight Medals. He is also the only American to be awarded the Order of Gagarin Medal by the Russian Federation.
TimQuinlan _150x150pxTim Quinlan is a director and senior economist with Wells Fargo Securities. Domestically, his economic analysis covers industrial production, manufacturing, and business investment spending. His international efforts concentrate on Japan, Canada, Korea, and Australia. Quinlan’s work has been published in academic economic journals and his comments on the economy regularly appear in The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times and USA Today. He is also a frequent guest on CNBC and National Public Radio.
ChrisStirewalt_150x150pixChris Stirewalt is Fox News Channel’s digital politics editor. He also writes a daily politics newsletter, Fox News First, and hosts “Power Play” on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt makes daily appearances on the media network’s shows, including “The Kelly File,” “America’s Newsroom,” and “Special Report with Bret Baier.” Before joining the network in 2010, Stirewalt served as political editor for The Washington Examiner where he wrote a twice-weekly column and led political coverage for the newspaper. He also served as politics editor at the Charleston Daily Mail and West Virginia Media.