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Keynote Address/Sunday's Opening Session with Wolf Blitzer
  • Emmy Award-Winning Journalist
  • CNN's Former Senior White House Correspondent
  • CNN's Lead Political Anchor and Anchor of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

Wolf Blitzer is known for in-depth reporting on world events. His work has taken him to war zones, natural disasters and to the heart of the political arena. As CNN's lead political anchor, Blitzer brings a wealth of experience to the fast-paced political news program. He's interviewed some of recent history's most notable figures including President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan, as well as former South African President Nelson Mandela and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Attend the opening keynote session for an insider's look into events that shape our world.

Wolf Blitzer
Award-Winning Journalist and CNN Anchor

 Sunday May 6
Keynote Address/Monday's Luncheon with Gail J. McGovern

Get a front row seat into the turnaround implemented at the American Red Cross, all orchestrated by Gail J. McGovern, President and CEO of this US$3.3 billion organization. Along with overseeing res-ponses to several high-profile disasters, McGovern initiated steps to invigorate the organization, includ-ing eliminating its operating deficit and streamlining its operations. Discover how her strategy to use a for-profit mindset in this non-profit institution resulted in the elimination of a $209 million annual operating deficit to where now the Red Cross operates on a balanced budget. McGovern discusses using state of the art supply chain strategies to mitigate risk. Learn how approaches such as JIT, VMI and strategic sourcing became even more valuable in the turnaround. Explore how the American Red Cross stays nimble in order to respond to the nation's demand for emergency response and blood services. McGovern's career includes faculty member at the Harvard Business School as well as president of Fidelity Personal Investments, a unit of Fidelity Investments. She was also executive vice president for the Consumer Markets Division at AT&T, responsible for AT&T's US$26 billion residential long-distance service and largest business unit. On March 10, 2011, she was appointed as one of 10 members on the President's Management Advisory Board and serves as the only non-profit leader on this White House panel which provides advice on how to implement best business practices on matters related to Federal Government management and operation, with a particular focus on productivity, the application of tech-nology, and customer service. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia University, and is currently a member of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University and on the board of directors of DTE Energy. McGovern was recognized by Fortune magazine in 2000 and 2001 as one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America.

Gail J. McGovern
President and CEO
American Red Cross

 Monday May 7
Keynote Address/Tuesday's Business Survey and Economic Outlook Presentation

Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; releases the committee's Manufacturing Semiannual Economic Forecast.

Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; releases the committee's Non-Manufacturing Semiannual Economic Forecast.

Dr. Ray Perryman is President and CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco, Texas. He holds a BS in mathematics from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University.

Perryman has held numerous academic positions in his career. He has authored several books and more than 400 academic papers, and has served as president of both the Southwestern Economic Association and the Southwestern Society of Economists. His current academic roles include senior research fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas and Institute Distinguished Professor of Economic Theory and Method at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. Perryman has authored more than 2,000 trade articles, publishes a subscription forecasting service and a monthly newsletter, writes a syndicated newspaper column, hosts a daily radio commentary and appears regularly on National Public Radio. His firm engages in a broad range of complex projects for major corporate and governmental interests and has served the needs of more than 2,000 clients.

Ray Perryman
President and CEO
The Perryman Group

Bradley J. Holcomb
ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee

Anthony S. Nieves
ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee

 Tuesday May 8
Keynote Address/Wednesday's Closing Brunch with the Capitol Steps

The Lighter Side of Politics

Thirty years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

The Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums and they've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard on National Public Radio during their Politics Takes a Holiday specials. They have performed for the last 5 Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program! The material is updated constantly. Current examples include the Democrats' plan to defeat the deficit (Return to Spenders) and the Republicans take on health care reform (We've Got a Lot of Livers To Do). In fact, The Capitol Steps can honestly claim to be the show that features both political parties' nominees to be onstage singing show tunes. If you're still sitting on the political fence after seeing this show...then you're probably in a lot of pain. But no matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle all things equally foolish.

Be there in Baltimore as this wildly-funny, clever and inventive group brings the ISM Annual Conference to a close.

Capitol Steps

 Wednesday May 9