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Kevin HassettKevin Hassett

March 21, 2024

Kevin Hassett served as the 29th Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He returned to the White House in 2020 as a senior advisor to President Donald Trump. Hassett was also an economic adviser to the campaigns of President George W. Bush, the late Senator John McCain and Senator Mitt Romney.

Kendra ScottKendra Scott

October 18, 2023

Designer, founder and philanthropist Kendra Scott launched her company, Kendra Scott LLC, in 2002. With over 2,600 employees and more than 130 standalone stores, Kendra Scott LLC is known for its design and material innovation, use of color and signature shapes.

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Alex EpsteinAlex Epstein - Houston

April 14, 2023

Alex Epstein is a philosopher and energy expert who argues that "human flourishing" should be the guiding principle of energy and environmental progress. He is the author of Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas--Not Less and the New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

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Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard

March 9, 2023

Tulsi Gabbard is a former U.S. congresswoman, representing Hawaii from 2013 to 2021, and a 2020 presidential candidate. She is also a combat veteran with deployments to the Middle East and Africa, and she currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, working as a civil affairs officer.

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Kevin O'LearyKevin O'Leary

November 9, 2022

Kevin O'Leary is a world-renowned serial entrepreneur, Wall Street visionary, author and TV personality. Known as "Mr. Wonderful" on ABC's Shark Tank, he has earned international recognition for his business instincts, financial acumen and passion for helping people from all walks of life achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

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Lawrence JonesLawrence Jones - Houston

April 28, 2022

Lawrence Jones currently serves as host of Lawrence Jones Cross Country and is an enterprise reporter for the FOX & Friends weekday and weekend franchise. He is the youngest Black solo host of a program in cable news.

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Herschel WalkerHerschel Walker

February 10, 2022

Herschel Walker is a former NFL running back, Heisman Trophy winner and mental health awareness advocate. He is president and CEO of H. Walker Enterprises and Renaissance Man Food Services, a certified minority business enterprise. An advocate of promoting active lifestyles, Walker is the chair of the President's Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition.

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James CarvilleJames Carville

November 4, 2021

James 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 turning political underdogs into upset winners. Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restauranteur, and he serves as a professor of practice at Tulane University.

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Lou HoltzLou Holtz

November 10, 2020

Lou Holtz is a legendary college Football Hall of Fame Coach. Holtz is best known for his 11-year tenure as head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which began in 1985. Within two years he took the team to a major postseason bowl game. He went on to lead the Fighting Irish to 100 victories, including a record 23-game winning streak, and the 1988 National Championship.

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Alan MulallyAlan Mulally

October 16, 2019

Renowned for his strategic and operational leadership and the "working together" management system, Alan Mulally transformed a struggling Ford Motor Company into one of the world's leading automobile companies and the number one automobile brand in the United States. Mulally also led the transformation of Boeing into the number one commercial airplane and aerospace company in the world.

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Jerry JonesJerry Jones

March 7, 2019

Through his stewardship, Jerry Jones has led the Dallas Cowboys to unprecedented results and success as one of the world's most popular sports entities. His business and marketing acumen extend his achievements far beyond the football field. Notably, Jones brokered groundbreaking deals to revolutionize merchandising in the NFL. His business portfolio also includes a thriving hospitality company and success in the oil industry.

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Alan DershowitzAlan Dershowitz

November 8, 2018

Alan M. Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 -- the youngest in the school's history. Dershowitz has been called the "winningest" criminal lawyer in modern history and has argued hundreds of appeals in court throughout the nation.

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Melissa FrancisMelissa Francis

March 29, 2018

Melissa Francis is an anchor and host for FOX Business Network and FOX News Channel. She regularly contributes to financial, economic and political topics on shows such as "The Five," "The O'Reilly Factor" and "America's Newsroom." Prior to her role at FOX, Francis spent nine years at CNBC and contributed to "Today," "NBC Nightly News" and "Weekend Today."

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Donald Trump Jr.

October 24, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. is a businessman, and the oldest son of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. He is Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization working to expand the company's real estate, retail, commercial, hotel and golf businesses. He actively oversees all aspects of the Trump Organization including its expansive property portfolio.

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Charles Gasparino

May 9, 2017

Charles Gasparino is senior correspondent for FOX Business Network, an award-winning business journalist, and "New York Times" best-selling author.

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Mayor Rudy Giuliani

October 27, 2016

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the 107th Mayor of New York City, nobly led the city's recovery after the September 11th attacks. In his two terms as mayor, he cut violent crime extensively and implemented the most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the country.

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Special Event - An Evening with Kimberly Guilfoyle

May 18, 2016

A select group of guests including Kuehne Speaker Series lifetime members, McConnell Society members, and other special friends of UNT were invited to experience an evening with FOX News legal analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle.

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T. Boone Pickens

May 10, 2016

T. Boone Pickens is one of the nation's most successful businessmen, first building one of the nation's largest independent oil companies, Mesa Petroleum, and later reinventing himself in his 70s as one of the most successful investment fund operators with BP Capital. In July 2008, Boone launched the Pickens Plan, a grass-roots campaign aimed at reducing this country's crippling addiction to OPEC oil.

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Richard W. Fisher

November 10, 2015

Richard W. Fisher was president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas from 2005 until 2015, serving as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve's principal monetary policymaking group. From 1997 to 2001, Fisher served as deputy United States trade representative with the rank of ambassador, responsible for U.S. trade policy and negotiations in Asia, Latin America, Mexico and Canada.

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Andrea Tantaros

May 12, 2015

Andrea Tantaros is co-host of "Outnumbered" and a rotating panelist on "The Five" on FOX News Channel. The Washington Times once called her "the most pragmatic personality on 'The Five.'" In addition to her career in radio and television, Tantaros has served in senior communications roles on a number of high-profile campaigns. She is credited with helping former National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas Reynolds secure a narrow re-election victory during the scandal-plagued 200 election cycle. Tantaros has also worked on Capitol Hill, where she served as press secretary to Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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General Keith B. Alexander

November 5, 2014

General Keith B. Alexander is a four-star general and has served as commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) and is the longest-serving director of the National Security Agency (NSA). He became head of the NSA and CSS in 2005, a pivotal time period for American security due to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and the increased threat of cyber attacks. In 2010, Alexander was inaugurated under President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates as first commander of USCYBERCOM, a military institution integral to the nation's security and prosperity.

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Robert Kaplan

May 6, 2014

Author and geopolitical analyst Robert D. Kaplan was named one of the world's "Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine for his work including "The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts" and "The Battle Against Fate". He is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for more than a quarter of a century.

General Michael Hayden

February 4, 2014

General Michael Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. As leader of the nation's key intelligence-gathering agencies during a time when the course of world events was changing at an accelerating rate, Hayden was on the frontline of geopolitical uncertainty and the war on terrorism.

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Admiral James Stavridis

December 3, 2013

Admiral James Stavridis, chairman of the U.S. Naval Institute, is the first Navy officer to have served as both commander of the U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe. The New York Times labeled him a "Renaissance admiral." He has encouraged the U.S. military not only to be more adaptive and less insular, but also to re-examine its role in international conflict resolution in places like Latin America and Afghanistan.

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