Nobel Laureate & Former President of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev served as leader of the Soviet Union from 1985-1991. He is world renowned and admired for streamlining and decentralizing the oppressive system he inherited. In an effort to secure relations with the West, Gorbachev signed two broad disarmament pacts, and ended Communist rule in Eastern Europe. He taught the world two new words: perestroika (governmental restructuring) and glasnost (political openness). As a result of his extraordinary achievements, Gorbachev was the recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner of Labor, and the Badge of Honor. Read More >
As leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev changed his nation, instituting perestroika and glasnost. This set events in motion to end the Cold War and change the dynamics of global politics practiced by the superpowers. Today, the degradation of our environment and the threat to our planet and existence is just as serious. Clearly, another paradigm shift involving all nations is needed to meet this threat that we all face together. Read More >
A catalyst in addressing this potential global devastation, President Gorbachev founded the environmental organization Green Cross International over 15 years ago. With the mission to help ensure a just, sustainable, and secure future for all, the organization aims to cultivate a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility in humanity’s relationship with nature.
In this thought-provoking keynote speech, President Gorbachev takes a close look at the macro-political and economic solutions being discussed globally and what we can and must do to once again achieve the “impossible.” There is a role that we can all play unilaterally - as individuals, corporations, states and nations - to help improve our future, and President Gorbachev explains the steps necessary to bring this about. Read Less ^
"On behalf of the management team at RBS, we’d like to personally thank President Gorbachev again for his participation in our annual conference. Feedback has been very positive and his keynote session was unanimously referred to as the highlight of the day—as echoed by one of our senior client’s remark that the choice of keynote address this year was “inspiring.” We were delighted also that President Gorbachev joined us at the private dinner that same evening, which was a highly acclaimed event in itself, thanks not least to his dinner speech. Thank you again."
"President Gorbachev's visit to Eureka College and his remarks as the keynote speaker for the Ronald Reagan Day truly ranks among the great days in college history. You helped us make a moment in history, an opportunity for learning, and a reflection on how we each find our vision and voice to make a difference in the world. We thank you and compliment you."
"We had record-breaking attendance and lots of media coverage! Thanks for your help in getting him for us. It really was a dream come true for the committee."
"The experience will always be a highlight of my life. President Gorbachev was so inspiring. It is clear that the audience was deeply moved by his dynamic personality and brilliant presentation."
"'Statesman of the highest order' is the phrase that former President George Bush used to describe Mikhail Gorbachev. He most certainly is that, as well as an engaging speaker. The Texas A&M University MSC Wiley Lecture Series was pleased to host Mikhail Gorbachev’s speech on United States and Russian Relations. The presentation attracted 2,300 students and community members. The audience caught a glimpse of his sense of humor and a definite understanding of how a man from humble beginnings could achieve so much in his lifetime and continues to impact the Russian political scene.
The students were proud to receive compliments from him and to be treated with respect. In short, we will hear positive comments for years to come from his presentation. Mr. Gorbachev addressed every angle of the issue and did so forthrightly, while being open to everyone that he met."
"His speech was invigorating, topical, and well-received by the audience. He was also most generous with his time in meeting with our CEO prior to his talk. All in all, this exceeded our expectations."
"From the overwhelmingly positive response he received from our audience of 12,500, it was obvious that he was one of the favorite speakers at the Conference. As part of a core group of Nobel Peace Prize winners, he brought an added dimension to the Conference and contributed to an unforgettable experience for our guests. He not only enlightened our audience but also uplifted them, giving them hope that world peace may not be as elusive as we may think."
"Your team hit a home run in content! People loved, absolutely loved Gorbachev. He was witty, smart, convincing, and seemingly excited to be there."