Book Pre-Order: $31.02
Book Pre-Order: $31.02
Imagine living in a foreign country where you are advising and coordinating 600 law enforcement and military personnel from various organizations, all of whom are responsible for pursuing the world’s wealthiest and most violent criminal and his organization. Now, imagine performing those duties with a $300,000 bounty on your head. That was the life lived by Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, the two now-retired DEA Special Agents responsible for the downfall and capture of the infamous drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar.
On Friday, November 22nd, Murphy and Peña will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a noon event at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, where they will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how they brought down Escobar in the largest, most complex, multi-national, and high profile investigation of the time. They will discuss the life-threatening challenges they faced and the innovative strategies they employed to successfully end Escobar’s reign of terror. In addition, they will discuss today’s opioid crisis, bringing their invaluable experience on the front lines of the war on drugs over the last 30 years.
Murphy and Peña consult on Netflix’s Narcos and Drug Lords, National Geographic’s Facing Escobar, and the History Channel’s Kingpins, all of which were inspired by their story and on which they served as subject matter experts. They have also authored the book, MANHUNTERS – based on their firsthand experiences and the DEA’s recently de-classified files on the search for Escobar. Copies of their book will be available for pre-order on the Forum Club’s website or can be purchased at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.
Tickets for this event will go on sale October 29th and can be reserved online at www.forumclubpalmbeach.org or by calling (561) 881-9977.
On Monday, December 23rd, the Forum Club will present David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group – one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms. The luncheon will begin at noon and will take place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Mr. Rubenstein co-founded The Carlyle Group in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $223 billion from 33 offices around the world.
Mr. Rubenstein serves as Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation and a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum. Mr. Rubenstein is also a Director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and President of the Economic Club of Washington.
An original signer of The Giving Pledge, Mr. Rubenstein has made significant contributions to all of the above-mentioned non-profit organizations. He is also a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards.
Mr. Rubenstein has been recognized as a leader in the area of Patriotic Philanthropy, having made transformative gifts for the restoration or repair of the Washington Monument, Monticello, Montpelier, Mount Vernon, Arlington House, Iwo Jima Memorial, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the National Zoo, the Library of Congress, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Rubenstein has also provided to the U.S. government long-term loans of his rare copies of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, the first map of the United States (Abel Buell map), and the first book printed in the United States (Bay Psalm Book).
Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, the ground-breaking journalists and entrepreneurs who have upended and revolutionized traditional political reporting, will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on Monday, January 6, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Co-founders of both POLITICO and Axios, VandeHei and Allen are regarded as two of Washington’s most influential and well-connected journalists. Their current venture, Axios, is a new media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and technology. A Greek word meaning “worthy,” Axios revolutionizes the way news is consumed in the 21st century, utilizing a forward-thinking approach that delivers information in a smart, efficient trustworthy manner without bias.
In addition to starting Axios, VandeHei was the co-founder and former CEO of POLITICO. Called a “media phenomenon” by Washingtonian, the all-politics-all-the-time site has been a smashing success since its 2006 launch. In his nine years at the publication’s helm, VandeHei was a chief architect of both the site’s editorial and business models. Under his leadership, POLITICO expanded into New York and Europe, where it was recently named the most influential publication on the continent for top government officials.
As fellow co-founder and Chief White House Political Correspondent at POLITCO, Allen sought to carve out a niche in the marketplace by focusing on giving readers one solid take-away from select stories. He was the founding father of the successful daily email tip-sheet Playbook, which quickly became the early-morning must read source for movers and shakers in politics and media. The New York Times called Allen “The Man the White House Wakes Up To,” and Vanity Fair said, “Reading Playbook is as close as you can come on a Washington morning to knowing everything.”
Both VandeHei and Allen have received numerous accolades for their political coverage. Their expertise as on-the-beat reporters coupled with their entrepreneurial savvy will provide an inside look into what really happens in Washington politics and governance.
Tickets for this event will go on sale Friday, December 6, and can be reserved online at www.forumclubpalmbeach.org or by calling (561) 881-9977.
Decorated military leader, Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a luncheon event and book signing on Friday, May 31st, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
In his 37 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Admiral McRaven commanded at every level. His final assignment as a Four-Star Admiral was Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces, during which time he led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide. Admiral McRaven is credited with organizing and overseeing the execution of Operation Neptune Spear, the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. He also commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Richard Phillips.
Admiral McRaven is a distinguished national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. He has been recognized for his leadership numerous times by national and international publications and organizations. He was the first runner-up for TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2011 and has received the Republic of France’s Legion d’Honneur, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association’s National Award and the National Intelligence Award, among others.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Admiral McRaven served as Chancellor of the University of Texas System, where he led one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Make Your Bed. Copies of his new book, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, detailing stories of bravery and heroism from his career as a U.S. Navy SEAL and Commander of America’s Special Operations Forces, will be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.