​​​​Keynote Speakers

Monday, June 11 | 9:00am - 9:30am

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

President and Chief Executive Officer, SHRM

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional Society. Prior to joining SHRM, he served as president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He previously held leadership roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, first as its Senior Vice President of HR and then as president and CEO of one of IAC’s operating subsidiaries. He is a former chair of the SHRM Board of Directors and currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup and on the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami. He is an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances and a board member of Jobs for America’s Graduates. In 2018, Taylor was named Chair of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He holds both a JD and an MA from Drake University and a BS from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, DC.


Monday, June 11 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Amy Walter

National Editor of the Cook Political Report  and Host of WNYC's The Takeaway Fridays

​For more than 20 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is national editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report and a frequent on air analyst. In addition to her weekly appearance on the popular “Politics Monday” segment on the PBS NewsHour, Amy also hosts WNYC's nationally-syndicated public radio news program, "The Takeaway Fridays." She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’s Face The Nation, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on FOX. She is the former political director of ABC News.

Tuesday, June 12 | 8:10am - 8:55am

Jen Psaki
Former White House Communications Chief, CNN Contributor, Fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics

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Described by The New York Times as, “the unflappable and genial point-person ” to the media during the various crises of President Obama’s campaign and presidency, Psaki offers a fresh and current perspective on the state of the political system after the 2016 election and lessons learned from her time as a Senior Advisor to President Obama and Secretary Kerry. As the White House Communications chief, Psaki rewrote the playbook for communications strategy in the Obama Administration taking a more ambitious and creative approach to breaking through in a noisy media environment. Prior to her return to the White House, she served as the spokesperson at the Department of State. As the public face for US foreign policy, she had a front seat to negotiations, traveling to more than fifty-five countries with Secretary of State John Kerry and first hand knowledge of what motivates and drives the most relevant global leaders of today including Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Tuesday, June 12 | 5:00pm - 5:45pm

Justin Gest

Author, Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change

​Justin Gest is an assistant professor of public policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Public Policy and Government.  His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, minority political behavior and immigration policy.

His soon-to-be-released book, Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018), is co-authored with Anna Boucher.  This work presents a systematic, comprehensive and demographic data-driven taxonomy of migration regimes across 30 countries.  It explores the question of what drives convergence and variation in immigration policy worldwide.