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Charlie Black is one of the most successful political strategists of the Reagan and Bush eras with over 40 years of experience. Black serves as the current Chairman of Prime Policy Group, a government relations firm that represents large companies, trade and industry associations, foreign governments, state governments and municipalities.
Tony Podesta is one of Washington’s leading lobbyists. He worked on both Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns, among many others. Podesta is also the founder of the Podesta Group, which represents U.S. corporations, as well as non-profits, associations and governments and has close ties to the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.
Chris Deri is the President of Teneo Digital, a business unit of Teneo Holdings; and serves on the firm’s Americas executive committee. Prior to joining Teneo, Deri was the President of WCG, a full service communications, digital marketing and analytics firm with 180 employees in seven US & European offices. Previously, Deri served as Burson-Marsteller’s Market Leader in China, overseeing the agency’s operations across its five offices in Mainland China. At Burson, Deri conceived and launched the Burson Marsteller Leadership Institute, a first-of-its-kind leadership training offering in China. Prior to that, Deri spent a decade at Edelman, where he co-incubated, led and grew the global Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability practice to 110 practitioners in 15 offices around the world. He has advised corporate, NGO and government clients headquartered in dozens of markets across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Deri’s own areas of strategic counseling include: reputation management, public affairs, crisis & issues management, location branding, corporate responsibility & sustainability.
Mike Paul, president of Reputation Doctor LLC, is a leading crisis management, reputation, corporate communications, government relations and litigation-support PR expert known worldwide by the registered brand name, The Reputation Doctor®. With over 25 years experience in public relations, Mike helps build, maintain, & repair global reputations and brands of leading corporations, governments, NGOs, as well as famous people & public leaders in both good times & bad. He is listed among the world’s top crisis PR experts by PRWeek Magazine, called “the Master of Disaster” by BusinessWeek, “Mr. Fixit” by Sports Illustrated and named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in the U.S. in both 2012 and 2013 by Trust Across America™.
Polly Morton is Vice President of the Gersen Lehrmen Group (GLG), where she works with private equity and venture capital clients on deal diligence and value creation initiatives in their portfolio. Prior to joining GLG, Morton served as the Director and Head of Special Projects and Partnerships at Reputation.com, where she worked with institutional investors, celebrities, politicians, and Fortune 1000 businesses on complex online reputation initiatives and and crises. She also served as private equity research analyst with Hall Capital Partners, LLC. In this capacity, Morton sought out new private equity investment opportunities through multi-step, analytical due diligence processes. She received her bachelor’s degree in French and International Relations from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University.