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Juan Williams

Award-Winning Journalist
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What will it take for America to get back to doing great things and leading the world in the right direction? Is the political partisanship, the rise of racial violence, the discontent on the broadening economic divide a sign of a greater underlying issue in the United States? If it is, what needs fixing first? Juan Williams is one of the very prominent figures who is trusted to take this on in a fair and accurate way that invites all of us to care again.

The future of our economy, our equality and our safety are in a precarious balancing act. Yet the news media is drawn to the extreme political views and actions, like moths to a flame, robbing the American public of a view from the middle ground. The polarization is preventing America from accomplishing great advances for our future. As a moderate battering ram and gridlock buster, Juan Williams stands for the majority of Americans who believe that embracing compromise will help our nation take action and be great again.

One of the US's leading political writers and thinkers, Williams has made his career a model of "meeting in the middle" by working as a reporter for NPR and The Washington Post and as a political analyst for Fox News. With three decades of experience reporting from Washington, he is considered one of the nation's most reputable political analysts, unflinching in his dedication to informing – and challenging – the American public. He has interviewed numerous Washington power players and elected officials (including Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan) giving him a unique vantage point on America's constantly evolving political climate.

Williams is also a great storyteller and an incredible inspirational speaker – a true class act. He is repeatedly one of the top speakers in America – using facts and relationships (not speculation and rumor) to discuss our political future. As a representative of the collective whole of America, Williams understands that business and government must work together and balance each other to create more employment opportunities while maintaining our society's integrity. His presentations are fully customized to address any combination of important issues such as the economy, elections, healthcare, education, Homeland Security, Social/Economic Equality…and much, much more.

He understands the needs of industry as well the remaining economic and social issues still plaguing our country, and he uses his inside connections to power to provide straight-forward, unapologetic, and truly unforgettable presentations.

RESUME:

  • Political Analyst: Fox News, Fox News Sunday, Special Report with Bret Baier, as well as a regular substitute host for The O'Reilly Factor
  • Host: NPR, Talk of The Nation
  • Political Columnist: Washington Post
  • Awarded: Emmy Award for Politics: The New Black Power and A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom.
  • Author: Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate; Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America and What We Can Do About It; My Soul Looks Back in Wonder; Eyes on the Prize; Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary; I’ll Find a Way or Make One, A History of Historically Black Colleges and Universities; This Far By Faith

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CROSSROADS: A Conversation about America’s Future – Featuring Cal Thomas & Juan Williams

In this exciting new presentation, news icons Juan Williams and Cal Thomas debate about the most important issues driving America’s future and our political leadership. In a fair and balanced format, these two trusted voices explore the question on every American’s mind: Why do our political leaders consistently fail to meet on common ground to solve our most critical problems? With more than 60 collective years of experience at the frontlines of American politics, Thomas and Williams invigorate audiences with their knowledge, passion, humor, and clear commitment to presenting the facts rather than just holding to party lines. Truly dedicated to finding a way in which we can effectively lessen the divide on such monumental issues as race, economy, education, healthcare, and foreign policy, these two examine the qualities and shortcomings of our political process, how elections are affected, and how those in the positions of power act. In what is sure to be one of the most motivating and empowering programs ever to hit the stage about American politics and the progression of the election process, audiences will leave with a new understanding of the political landscape, inspired to engage in helping shape our future.

The Latest from Washington: An Insider's View

The dance of politics is no game. Its players control the rhythm of the nation, and the decisions they make can get so personal, a bad one sometimes feels like somebody’s stepping on your toes. Today’s politics are so complicated and confusing, it’s all just a cacophony of corporate interests, special interest groups, partisanship, stagnation, scandals, etc., .…it just goes on and on. The media sure doesn’t help. Every issue’s solution varies from channel to channel, and paper to paper – each expressing its own interests. It has gotten so bad that the media is now alienating instead of informing, making us all feel like wall flowers. Well, when it comes to the Potomac two-step…Juan Williams doesn’t dance.

Whether Juan is at the White House dinner table, or in the back booths of Washington, he always gets the scoop. Williams equates his insider position to being in the dug-out, rather than the stands, where most journalists are – in the cheap seats with us, the public. William’s dug-out analogy is perfect, as he is always close enough to the “deciders” to hear their game plans, see what’s coming, and feel the pressures they are under. Juan is always in the right place at the right time to give us the understanding that very few have. In this keynote, Williams exposes and illustrates the whole story because of his position behind the scenes. This has consistently been one of the most popular speech programs in America, year in and year out.

The Fierce Face of Moderation: Battering Ram & Gridlock Buster

Moderates have long been castigated as "softies" with little will power of their own. But as Republicans and Democrats in Washington further dig their heels on opposite sides of every major political issue, we must realize that extremism prevents us from moving forward as a nation and as a global economy.

Speaker Juan Williams proves that problem solvers and negotiators - "moderates" - are, in fact, radicals whose beliefs align with those of the majority of Americans. In this presentation, he discusses such major national issues as healthcare, education, government debt, and social problems and provides solutions to these based in compromise. He also identifies the key national issues that will impact your specific organization and provides solutions to navigating those changes.

Williams embraces our nation's legacy of compromise - one that has allowed us to achieve some of our greatest accomplishments - and urges us to champion moderation as a way to move forward into new and exciting territory.

Eyes on the Prize

The Civil Rights years are widely considered to be the most turbulent time in recent American history. This struggle has evoked the full spectrum of human behaviors – from compassion, to oppression – setting the stage for sweeping reform in race relations. Juan Williams's most acclaimed book, Eyes on the Prize is not only an inspired chronicle of the movement, it stands as the definitive history of the era, and as required reading in our schools as one of the basic texts on civil rights. Now, more than a quarter of a century later, Eyes on the Prize, which has been selling consistently all these years, has not only led to more understanding about racial equality, but it has also led to a personal interview with Nelson Mandela shortly after his release, and a permanent place in the White House library.

In this presentation, Juan discusses the amazing situation he finds himself (and the nation) in. He not only created a true landmark book, he has also created a quarter century of dialogue and awareness about our nation’s history, which to this day is not only relevant, but repeating itself in clashes between African Americans and the institutions we expect to police crime – not color. Today, people from all walks of life are rediscovering Eyes on the Prize and now have the unique opportunity to connect with its author, ask the tough questions, and truly see where we are, how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go.

Health Care Exchanges

Although some in the healthcare industry are in support of Obamacare, many are still in need of understanding what factors, such as the flow of new benefits, the Medicare and Medicaid debt and discontent with the status quo, are influencing the various attitudes towards the health care exchanges. Williams explains that as long as we have the health care exchange programs, government will always have a hand in our medical care. Currently millions have gained improved policies that cover preventative care and preexisting medical conditions, but many policy makers are still in disagreement as to if this will be a realistic plan on fixing the nation’s costly health care system. With a view from Washington, Williams will share a behind the scene perspective as Obamacare continues to move forward.

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