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James Carville

James Carville

November 4, 2021
Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West​

James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville is America's best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for remaking political underdogs into upset winners.

Carville's winning streak began in 1986 with the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987 Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor's seat in Kentucky. Carville continued his winning streak in New Jersey with Frank Lautenberg elected to the U.S. Senate. He managed the successful 1990 campaign of Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, and he drew national attention in 1991 by leading Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory. Carville's most prominent victory was helping William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency in 1992.

In recent years, Carville has focused on campaigns in more than 23 countries around the globe, stretching from the continents of South America and Europe to Africa and Asia.

Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, non-profit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people.

James Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. He serves as a professor of practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife, Mary Matalin, and their two daughters.

Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

February 10, 2022
Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West​

Herschel Walker is a former NFL running back, Heisman Trophy winner and mental health awareness advocate.

Walker is president and CEO of H. Walker Enterprises and Renaissance Man Food Services, a certified minority business enterprise. His brands have become rapidly growing food service lines to major hotel and retail chains, schools and concessions organizations, and the U.S. military.

During his legendary collegiate football career, Walker helped the University of Georgia capture the 1980 national football title and was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1983. In 2002 he was voted into the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame, and in 2015 he was selected as the greatest player in college football in the last half century. In his 15-year professional football career, Walker set the still-standing, single-season rushing record of 2,411 yards. He was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Walker visits military bases every month in conjunction with the Patriot Support Program developed along with Universal Health Services, the nation's largest behavioral health hospital.

An advocate of promoting active lifestyles, Walker is the chair of the President's Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition. For the past 18 years, he has served as chair of the National Health Through Fitness Day, which brings hundreds of advocates to Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of physical activities and education.

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