June 16-18, 2014
Updated: April 23, 2014
2014 APSCU Convention Keynote Sessions
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Jeb Bush was elected the 43rd Governor of the state of Florida on November 3, 1998, and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2002. His second term as Governor ended in January 2007.
Bush earned a bachelor's degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Florida in 1981. With partner Armando Codina, he started a small real estate development company, which grew to become the largest, full-service commercial real estate company in South Florida.
Bush served as Florida's secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida's 40th governor. As secretary of commerce, he promoted Florida's business climate worldwide. Following an unsuccessful bid for Governor in 1994, Bush founded the non-profit Foundation for Florida's Future, which joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish one of the state's first charter schools. He also co-authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida's civic heroes-people making a difference without claiming a single news headline.
After his election, Bush focused on reforming education. Florida students have made the greatest gains in achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states that have narrowed the achievement gap. In addition, Bush cut taxes every year during his tenure as Governor and Florida led the nation in job growth. Bush put Florida on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances by signing Medicaid reform legislation, "Empowered Care," in June 2006.
Bush is currently the head of his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, where his clients range from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He is also the chairman of Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform, co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation and chair of the National Constitution Center. He is co-author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution (March 2013).
Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He lives in Miami with his wife Columba, and they have three children and three grandchildren.
A successful governor and business, economic, education and health care reformer, Jeb Bush elevates the conversation on how to address the key challenges facing America today.
Opening General Session
Monday, June 16, 2014
As a courageous public servant, decorated Vietnam veteran and education leader, the Honorable Bob Kerrey represents the contributory spirit that distinguishes our city and our nation.
Today Bob Kerrey is executive chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship, supporting The Minerva Project, an exceptional liberal arts and sciences education with a redefined student body, reinvented curriculum, rigorous academic standards, cutting-edge technology, and an immersive global experience.
As of January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices - an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to serving as Governor Bob Kerrey was a businessman who helped build a chain of restaurants and health clubs that employed more than 1000 people. In between his term as Governor and his election to the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey co-taught a class at the University of California at Santa Barbara with fellow Nebraskan Walter Capps. During this time Bob Kerrey also lectured to a government class at Omaha Central High School.
Breakfast Plenary Session
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
When Charlie Cook makes a pronouncement based on his analysis of the political scene in America, people who want to be “in the know” sit up and listen. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted – and most accurate – voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a Congressional, gubernatorial, or presidential election.
As the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, his prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. He writes weekly for National Journal magazine and National Journal Daily, and he also pens a regular column for The Washington Quarterly. Once deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by The Wall Street Journal and represented exclusively by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Cook produces the sharpest political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be truly informed.” For the spring semester of 2013, Charlie Cook is serving as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
A Political Oracle. The plaudits for Charlie Cook are the best kind of broken record – an endless loop of praise. The New York Times has called Cook “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that The Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” Bob Schieffer of CBS News calls it “the bible of the political community,” and David Broder of The Washington Post said Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races.” In its feature “The Top 50 Journalists in Washington,” The Washingtonian called him a “master observer” and “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else,” and in 2010 Cook was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”
Cook’s expertise has been featured on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs, as well as Good Morning America, TODAY, Nightline, Meet the Press, and This Week. He has also been an election night analyst for CNN, CBS, and NBC News and for every presidential election since 1994.
Keeping America Informed. Cook is a hugely popular speaker. With his encyclopedic knowledge, memorable stories, quick wit, and meaningful insights, his speeches focus on the broad implications of the latest election results. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, and historical data, Cook forecasts the fortunes of each party in a balanced, non-partisan manner and furnishes audiences with the concrete information they need regarding today’s political and legislative environments.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Marci Rossell electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture and the media. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. Marci takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people’s lives, families, and careers.
Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, Marci served as Corporate Economist and Investment Spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies. Before moving to Wall Street, she was an expert witness for Deloitte and Touche in court cases involving economic issues. She began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She has served as a visiting professor at DePaul University.
Marci earned a PhD in economics from Southern Methodist University, where she was named one of the Young Alumni of the Year In 2002. She brings a world of experience—from Main Street to Wall Street—when discussing the U.S. economy, international events, and movements in capital markets.
Her innovative, thought-provoking commentary will ring in the audience members’ ears well after she leaves the stage.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Leslie Sanchez is an acclaimed author, sought-after political analyst and former director of a White House education initiative. Known for her straightforward style and in-depth understanding of the American social, cultural and political landscape, she was an on-camera member of CNN's award-winning 2008 election coverage team, making her the first Hispanic American hired as a political contributor at the network. Leslie has conducted interviews with many of the world’s leading personalities, from global recording artists to legendary sports heroes to leaders in business and politics.
As founder and CEO of Impacto Group LLC, a premium communications and market research firm, she works with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and government agencies that seek guidance on the social and economic trends affecting women and the emerging U.S. Hispanic community. Hispanic Business magazine called her one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics," and she was named “Texas Powerbroker” by the Houston Chronicle for being among the most influential Texans in Washington.
She is the author of two critically-acclaimed books: Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other (Palgrave Macmillan, August 2007) and You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2009).
In 2011, Leslie launched Impacto Group Productions LLC, a Los Angeles and New York-based firm rapidly becoming a leading curator of digital, film, and television content redefining the U.S. Latino community for a global audience.
A fifth-generation American of Mexican descent, Leslie started her career selling encyclopedias door-to-door to earn money for college. Once she arrived in Washington, Leslie worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide for former U.S. Representative Henry Bonilla (R-TX). She later served as deputy press secretary at the Republican National Committee during the 2000 election cycle where she was one of the principal architects of the organization’s first-ever multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at Hispanic voters. Soon after, Leslie was appointed by President George W. Bush as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Hispanic Education. Under her leadership, the initiative successfully built a grass roots network of 20,000 parents, educators and students, and issued two Presidential Commission reports aimed at closing the academic achievement gap.
Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and online media outlets such as CNN.com. Leslie has appeared on a wide range of major media outlets, including the Today show (NBC), The Early Show (CBS), the News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Oprah Radio, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Univision, and Telemundo.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Leslie is a strong advocate for expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic children and is active in charities and foundations that share this goal.