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Past Speakers



Dallas Friday Group members and their guests meet once a month at noontime to hear from distinguished speakers. These have included national elected officials, key business figures, political analysts and other experts whose experiences and observations broaden our perspectives. Our subject matter ranges from the Texas political scene to matters of international import. Here is a list of our most recent past speakers:


A.C. Gonzalez, City Manager, City of Dallas

It All Started with Watermelons
Jere W. Thompson, Jr., Co-Founder and CEO, Ambit Energy

MONSANTO TO CLIMATE: Mess Less with Texas
Brett Begemann, President and Chief Commerical Officer, Monsanto Company

Senator Wendy Davis, District 10

DALLAS DOES ART: What's Happening and What's Next with the Dallas Arts District
Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art
Catherine Cuellar, Executive Director, Dallas Arts District
Amy Lewis Hofland, Director, Crow Collection of Asian Art
Jonathan Martin, President and CEO, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

U.S. Chamber of Commerce The Opportunity Agenda: Driving Jobs and Growth for A Stronger America
Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of commerce

“Why is it so hard to get anything done in politics?”
Mayor Annise Parker, City of Houston

Honorable Margaret Spellings, President, George W. Bush Presidential Center

35th Anniversary Celebration

Mayor Mike Rawlings, City of Dallas

Komen 2.0: Positioning for Future Growth
Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., President and CEO, , Susan G. Komen

Mary Suhm, Former Dallas City Manager

Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Fifth District of Texas

Atmos and the Current Golden Age for Natural Gas
Kim Cocklin, President and CEO, Atmos Energy Corporation

2013 Legislative Wrap Up
Senator Royce West and Representative Dan Branch

DFW Connecting The World
Jeffrey P. Fegan, CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

State of the County
Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County

Health Care Changes and the Impact on Key Stakeholders
Stephen Mansfield, PhD, President and CEO, Methodist Health System
W. Stephen Love, President and CEO, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council
Jason Motter, Regional VP, CIGNA Healthcare, Vice President of Sales, North Texas at CIGNA
Marjorie Petty, Regional Director, Region VI, Department of Health and Human Services

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: The History and the Importance of the 50th Anniversary to Dallas
Ruth Altshuler, Chairwoman, Mayor's Committee to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary
Gary Mack, Curator, Sixth Floor Museum
Rena Pederson, Former Dallas Morning News Editorial Page Editor

Advancing a Better Electric Future
Bob Shapard, CEO, Oncor and Chairman, GridWise Alliance

Legislative Preview 2013
Senator John Carona and Representative Rafael Anchia

Joe Straus, Speaker, Texas House of Representatives

Pacific Narrative
Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, Retired Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, US Navy

Ambassador Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative

Wargaming The Election...Perry's Continuing Presidential Ambitions and The Legislative Session to Come
Harvey Kronberg, Founder, Quorum Report

Destination 2020
Mike Miles, Dallas ISD's 25th Superintendent

Overview of the U.S. Attorney's Office
U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña, Northern District of Texas

Choosing the Road to Prosperity: Why We Must End Too Big to Fail—Now
Harvey Rosenblum, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas



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