NSC 2018: Speakers Meet in Milwaukee
In late August, 2018, Speakers of the House from more than half of the fifty states gathered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the 27th Annual Meeting of the National Speakers Conference (NSC) hosted by the Honorable Robin Vos, President of the NSC and Speaker of the Wisconsin House of Representatives. The almost 200 program attendees learned valuable lessons in leadership from a stellar faculty that included historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin, political analyst Charlie Cook, US House Speaker Paul Ryan, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Millennial spokesperson Steven Olikara, futurist Charlie Grantham and corporate executive Alan Yeung. Topics of discussion included how to reach and motivate younger voters and legislators, lessons on leadership from great American Presidents, strategies for preparing states and workers for the economy of the future, a look at the landscapes of the 2018 and 2020 elections and insights into the inner-workings of the United States Congress and the Trump White House.
Feature Speakers included:
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed books, including Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln which won numerous awards and was the primary source for Steven Spielberg’s
Lincoln. Goodwin will speak to participants on the lessons from her upcoming book (due out in September), Leadership in Turbulent Times.
This book draws upon four of the presidents she has studied—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson—to provide a roadmap for aspiring and established leaders. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in time of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.
Cook is the Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and a political analyst for the National Journal Group. Charlie is also a political analyst for NBC News.
In 1984, Charlie founded the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report. Now, with a staff of six, it is a publication that the New York Times once said was “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called it “the bible of the political community.”
Al Hunt in the Wall Street Journal has referred to Cook as “the Picasso of election analysis.”
Charlie has appeared on the ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, the NBCNightly News, and on ABC’s This Week. Over the years, Charlie has served as an Election Night analyst for CBS, CNN, and, since 1996, on the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in New York.
In 2010, Charlie was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” In 2013, Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Reince Priebus was named White House Chief of Staff shortly after the 2016 campaign.
Prior to managing the White House staff, Priebus served as the longest-serving chairman of the Republican National Committee in modern history. He oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the RNC, rescuing its finances, repairing its operations, and rebuilding its ground game. By welcoming new voters and harnessing the power of new technologies, Priebus built the infrastructure needed for landslide GOP victories. He left the RNC as one of the winningest chairmen of either political party in American history.
A successful chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Priebus created the framework for one of the most historic election cycles Wisconsin has ever experienced. During his tenure, the state’s Republicans elected Ron Johnson to the Senate, gained two additional U.S. House seats, won the Governor’s office, and took back both the state Assembly and Senate, defeating the leaders of both those chambers.
Priebus has a long history in Republican politics as a grassroots volunteer. He worked his way up through the ranks of the Republican Party of Wisconsin as 1st congressional district chairman, state party treasurer, first vice chair, and eventually state party chairman. In 2009, Priebus served as general counsel to the RNC, volunteering his time to help manage the party’s most difficult challenges. Priebus will be a visiting Fellow at Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School this Spring.
Born and raised in the community of Janesville, Paul Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsin native. Currently serving his ninth term as a member of Congress, Paul works on many important issues affecting Wisconsin residents and is an effective advocate for the First Congressional District.
In October 2015, after then-House Speaker John Boehner retired from Congress, Paul was elected House Speaker. A committed conservative and public servant, Paul has spent his life advocating for real solutions that will expand opportunity for all Americans. And to the speakership, he will bring that same passion for getting results.
Prior to serving as speaker of the House, Congressman Ryan served as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, where he focused on many issues across the federal government, such as fixing our broken tax code, holding the IRS accountable, strengthening Medicare and Social Security, repairing the safety net, promoting job-creating trade agreements, and developing patient-centered solutions to make health care more affordable.
During the 112th & 113th Congresses, he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he put forward specific plans to tackle our looming fiscal crisis, driven by the dramatic rise in entitlement spending. These plans, titled “The Path to Prosperity,” would help spur job creation, stop spending money the government doesn’t have, balance the budget, and lift the crushing burden of debt.