Keynote Speakers

Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice Former U.S. Secretary of State
Professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business
Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution
Professor of Political Science at Stanford University

As one of the most prominent members of President George W. Bush's Cabinet, Condoleezza Rice became a political and academic figure who has won enormous respect both in the U.S. and worldwide. She served as the 66th U.S. secretary of state during the second term of the Bush administration. Before serving as America's chief diplomat, Rice served as assistant to the president for national security affairs from January 2001 to 2005. Outside of Washington, Rice has led an impressive academic career, joining the Stanford University faculty as a professor of political science in 1981 and serving as Stanford University's provost from 1993 to 1999. As a professor, Rice has won two of teaching's highest honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Rice has authored numerous academic papers and books, two memoirs and has served as a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron, Charles Schwab and Transamerica corporations. She was a founding board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California, and served as vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. She currently serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Currently Rice has been involved with the humanitarian organization PEPFAR, (The President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief) that helps give aid to the world's most disadvantaged populations. To date PEPFAR is the single largest commitment of funds from any single nation to combat a single disease.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
Beginning with their first shared Watergate byline in June 1972, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein set a new standard for Washington journalism and in-depth, behind-the-scenes reporting on the American presidency. Responsible for the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal at the Washington Post, few American journalists have had the impact on their era and their craft as these two men.

Together Woodward and Bernstein tell the stories behind their newspaper work and books, offering a unique, riveting and personal tour of politics and Washington. Addressing the weaknesses and strengths of eight presidents, their presentation provides a vivid lesson in leadership. The co-authors of All the President's Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976) will explore the impact and methods of the modern media from their own police-beat-style reporting to the radical changes brought by the internet, cable news and social networking tools. The 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in—June 17, 2012—is an especially appropriate milestone for Woodward and Bernstein to revisit some questions: What really happened in Watergate? Why? Who was behind it? What does it mean for politics today?

Bob Woodward Associate Editor, Washington Post

After winning the Pulitzer Prize with Carl Bernstein in 1973 Bob Woodward has stayed on the Washington Post as associate editor. In 2001 Woodward served as lead reporter for The Post's coverage on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, which earned him the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Over his career Woodward has authored or co-authored 16 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers. Twelve have been number one national bestsellers making him the best-selling contemporary non-fiction author to date. "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time," recently remarked Bob Schieffer of CBS News.

Carl Bernstein Political analyst, CNN
Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair magazine
Former Washington Bureau Chief
Correspondent for ABC News

Best known for his journalistic skill in uncovering the Watergate scandal Bernstein has since written, among other works, the definitive accounts of three of the past half-century's dominant figures: Richard Nixon, Pope John Paul II and Hillary Clinton. In books, magazine articles, commentary, television reporting and as editor of an award- winning website, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years— the use and abuse of power: political power, media power, financial power and spiritual power. In addition to his political coverage and commentary, Bernstein has written and lectured critically about the American press, its role and its responsibilities in such publications as Vanity Fair and The New Republic. Still a large figure in American media, Bernstein continues to provide his journalistic insight chiefly through the media outlets CNN and Vanity Fair.

Charlie Cook
Editor and Publisher, Cook Political Report
Columnist, National Journal

Charlie Cook has been labeled by many as a political oracle. For more than two decades Cook has been America's most accurate and most balanced voice on Washington politics. With an encyclopedia-like knowledge of the political landscape and a keen eye that sees immediately the broad implications of the latest political changes, Cook produces the sharpest political handicapping in the business and has established himself as the go-to resource for Americans who wish to be truly informed about their government.

Cook serves as the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, giving independent, non-partisan political analysis on elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, State Governors and US President. Since its initial inception in 1984, the Cook Political Report has been labeled, "The bible of the political community," giving lobbyists, trade associations, corporations, labor unions, Members of Congress, political action committees and interest groups across the political spectrum objective analysis about who is running in what races, what the most important dynamics are in the races, who's ahead and what factors to look for as the campaigns progress. Trusted by both the left and the right, the Cook Political Report has become a staple of Washington news and Washington politics.

Cook has also made a name for himself as a political journalist, penning a twice-weekly column for Roll Call, Capitol Hill's premier newspaper, before joining the National Journal Group in 1998. Currently he writes a weekly column for both the National Journal magazine and the Washington Quarterly. For his political expertise Cook has been featured regularly on numerous national media outlets including: ABS, CBS, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Nightline, Meet the Press, This Week, CNBC, MSNBC, C-Span and National Public Radio. Cook has also served as an election night analyst for CBS News, NBC News and CNN.

Recently Cook has been included in The Washingtonian's list of the top 50 journalists in Washington and in 2010 he was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's prestigious Carey McWilliams Award, a high distinction that honors "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics."