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Mick  Mulvaney

Mick Mulvaney

Former White House Chief of Staff, Budget Director & Member of Congress

Mick Mulvaney

Former White House Chief of Staff, Budget Director & Member of Congress


With more than a decade of government service, Mick Mulvaney has been at the forefront of U.S. economic policymaking and politics at the highest levels. Most recently, he was President Trump’s White House Chief of Staff for more than a year – advising the President on politics and policy decisions, and meeting with world leaders from Queen Elizabeth to Kim Jong Un.

Mulvaney also served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, devising, managing and executing the President’s budget, management, and regulatory objectives across the Executive Branch. For part of his tenure at the OMB, he additionally ran the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he got a first-hand look at one of the most powerful, and controversial, federal regulators. After the White House, Mulvaney served as United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, where he focused on both the region’s economic opportunities and challenges from its troubled legacy.

Prior to his work in the Trump Cabinet, Mulvaney served in the United States House of Representatives, serving South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. When elected in 2010 he became the first Republican in that seat for almost 130 years. He served three succeeding terms until his resignation to join the Trump Administration in February 2017. While in Congress, Mulvaney served on the Financial Services, Small Business, Oversight/Government Reform, Budget, and Joint Economic Committees. With his colleagues Ron DeSantis and Jim Jordan, he was a founding member of the Freedom Caucus. He also started both the Blockchain and Bitcoin Caucuses.

He is a frequent media commentator both in the US and overseas, appearing regularly on CNN, CBS, CNBC and FoxBusiness, as well as Bloomberg Radio, the BBC, and SkyNews Australia. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, McClatchy Newspapers, and the Daily Caller.

Mulvaney began his political career in the South Carolina General Assembly, first in the State House of Representatives and then the State Senate. While in the State Senate, Mulvaney served on the Judiciary, Labor/Commerce/Industry, Medical Affairs, Agriculture/Natural Resources, and Corrections Committees. In 2010, he was named Legislator of the Year for his work in support of the state’s Emergency Medical Services. His private sector experience includes law, real estate development, homebuilding, franchising, and restaurants.

He is currently the co-Chairman of Actum Strategic Consultants, and serves of the Board of Advisers of the Digital Chamber of Commerce and to the Swiss technology firm, Astra Protocol, Inc.

Mick is married to Pam and they have 23-year-old triplets.

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Managing Trump: Lessons for Business Leaders

Perhaps nowhere in the world – be it the private of the public sector – do textbook lessons regarding management come into sharper focus than in the Oval Office. With every move scrutinized in a crucible that would make many CEO’s blanche, and with even low-level decisions blasted on front pages and the evening news on a daily basis, the importance of some tenets of management – and the fallacies of others – are revealed. Using real-world examples from the highest levels of the federal government, Mr. Mulvaney can educate, enlighten, and entertain any group that takes management seriously.

Washington Today & Tomorrow: Where Politics & Policy are Headed, and Why

President Biden ran on a platform of unity, reconciliation, and bi-partisanship. And it is arguably true that, left to his own devices, he would be that kind of leader. The early days of his Administration, however, were been marked by more of the same (if less fiery language and fewer tweets emanating from the Oval Office.). And the current mood in Washington makes it clear that while many talk about bipartisanship, few people are actually interested in it. Mr. Mulvaney will talk about why that is, why bi-partisanship is so difficult to obtain in Washington, and what the next few years are likely to look like.

2022 Review & 2024 Preview: What are the Prospects for BOTH Parties?

Every election in recent history has been billed as the “most important in our lifetimes,” so hyperbole as to the 2022 or 2024 elections probably isn’t helpful. But certainly the dynamic in US politics today makes it possible to see dramatic swings. After all, Since 2008, Democrats have won the White House, the Senate and the House, only to lose all of them over the next four elections; Republicans held all three in 2016 but managed to lose all of them within four years.

What went wrong with the GOP efforts in the 2022 midterms? What does it mean for 2024? Will Trump really run again? Will Biden? And, depending on the answers to each of those questions, what does the field for each party look like.

Is the American Republic Unraveling?

It took less than a decade for the French Revolution to run its course, yet almost 100 years for the revolution that saw the end of Democracy in ancient Rome. Is there any evidence that American Democracy (and by extension, the larger concept of Western Democracies) marching along the same path? If so, why is it happening and can anything be done to put governing back on firm representative democratic principles? Mr. Mulvaney will combine an academic historical view of the world as applied to current day, behind-the-scenes Washington, DC.

The Early Days of COVID: Why the US Did What It Did

In the early days of 2020, Mr. Mulvaney oversaw the group that would eventually become known as the Coronavirus Task Force. He was involved in the first steps of the US response, and was personally involved in international discussions about how to contain the virus. More importantly, perhaps, he has unique first-hand insight as to why the US – and ultimately the world – responded to the outbreak as it did, and can talk about what went right, and what did not.