Advocacy Institute Speakers

Sunday, January 27, 4:00 p.m.

Jon Meacham
Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Destiny and Power, American Lion, and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives.

Debuting at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, his new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, examines the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear.

His Presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. The Times said, “Destiny and Power reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it.” Meacham delivered a moving tribute at the funeral of First Lady Barbara Bush.

His #1 New York Times bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, was hailed as "masterful and intimate" by Fortune magazine. His other national bestsellers include Franklin and WinstonAmerican Gospel, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

A contributing editor at TIME, Meacham writes for the magazine’s Ideas section. He also pens “The Long View” column in The New York Times Book Review in which he “looks back at books that speak to our current historical and cultural moment.” He served as Newsweek's managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. The New York Times called him “one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business.”

Meacham has appeared on Meet The PressThe Colbert Report, and Ken Burns’ documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate HistoryFox News produced an hour-long special about Meacham’s Destiny and Power in November 2015.

Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt. He is currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.


Monday, January 28, 3:45 pm

Christopher Graves
President & Founder, Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science

Christopher Graves was named founding President of the Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science in 2017 after serving 12 years as Global Chairman, Global CEO, and Regional (APAC) CEO for Ogilvy Public Relations.  He also served as a member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board and Executive Committee.

Graves joined Ogilvy after two decades in media and news, including 18 years with Dow Jones & The Wall Street Journal. He also headed all news & programming for the TV networks CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe.

He was elected life member to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2010, the most influential foreign policy think tank in the US. 

Christopher was awarded a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency in 2016 for his work in behavioral science in communications.

Graves served two terms as chairman of the industry association, PR Council, and as a trustee of the Institute for Public Relations where he co-founded their behavioral insights initiative.

Christopher is an active and highly-rated public speaker.  He appears as a guest expert on television news, and as a guest anchor on CNBC. He has chaired sessions with world leaders and CEOs at the World Economic Forum (Davos and Summer Davos in China) for more than a decade.  He has also been a speaker at SXSW, The Clinton Global Initiative, the World Islamic Economic Forum, and has keynoted hundreds of summits and corporate meetings. 

Awards include: a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency; four WPP Atticus Awards (for thought leadership); Top 25 Innovator (Holmes Report); Agency of the Year, Asia Pacific PR Professional of the Year, Asia Pacific Consultancy of the Year; a news EMMY nomination and more than a dozen awards from The New York Film and Television Festivals and the Asian Television Awards. In 2011, Graves was chosen to serve on the jury for the Cannes Festival of Creativity.

Graves contributes frequently to the Harvard Business Review and was a contributing author of three recent McKinsey books: “Korea 2020;” and the business bestsellers “Reimagining Japan” and “Reimagining India.”


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