Frank Luntz is one of the most honored and expert communications professionals in America today. As a pollster and public opinion guru, his insights are sought out by our nation’s top leaders and news channels to better understand why Americans feel the way they do and what issues matter most.
On Wednesday, December 19, Dr. Luntz will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a luncheon event at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion to examine the November mid-term elections and shed light on how Americans, and Floridians in particular, cast their votes.
Pioneering the “Instant Response” technique that dives into the intersection of communications and public opinion to deliver precise corporate and campaign data, Dr. Luntz’s focus groups have become so influential in political private circles that President Barack Obama has said: “When Frank Luntz invites you to his focus group, you talk to his focus group.”
His public opinion work spans the globe and nearly every industry. Working for more than 50 Fortune 500 companies and CEOs, Dr. Luntz advises on issues ranging from energy to education, retail to design. Most recently, he has worked for ABC, Fox and CBS News as crisis communications expert and political analyst. He has conducted live, televised, focus group sessions for all three broadcast networks, two cable news channels, and PBS, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Times of London, and U.S. News & World Report. Last year, he also partnered with Oprah for her 60 Minutes debut, leading a focus group with diverse voters to better understand today’s political division and whether there are issues that can unify us as a nation.
Dr. Luntz is the author of three New York Times Best Sellers, and has taught courses at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and George Washington University. His book, Words that Work, will be on sale at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.
Please note: This event will begin at 11:45 a.m., as the Forum Club will be honoring Barbara and Jack Nicklaus with its Outstanding Public Service Award during the program.
Few people can say they have sat across the negotiating table from Iran or North Korea… Ambassador Wendy Sherman has done both. And, on January 9th, she will bring these insights and more to the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a noon event and book signing at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion.
Ambassador Sherman has worked in federal and state government, as well as in business and in nonprofit organizations. She was Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2011 to 2015. In this global role, she oversaw the bureaus for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Organizations. She also led the United States’ negotiating team and was a central player in reaching a successful conclusion of the Iran nuclear agreement. In recognition of her diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.
Ambassador Sherman previously served as Counselor for the State Department, as well as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea. In that role, she worked as a close advisor to then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on every major foreign policy and national security issue, and also managed numerous special assignments including negotiations on nuclear non-proliferation.
A frequent commentator and analyst for both international and domestic media, Ambassador Sherman currently serves as Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business strategy firm that she helped found. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and will serve as Director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership beginning in January 2019.
Her book, Not for the Faint of Heart, will be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.