View of the Monona Terrace from Lake Monona.

Keynote speakers

Andrew Card and Melissa Harris-Perry are the keynote speakers for the 2023 La Follette Forum, All Policy is Implementation.

Andrew Card

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Opening keynote — 9 a.m. CT

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Andrew Card served as White House Chief of Staff under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. He led a government-wide organization to best allocate resources to deal with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He also served as United States Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush. Card served as the Acting Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 2011 to 2013 and served as the president of Franklin Pierce University from 2014 to 2016.

Melissa Harris-Perry

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Closing keynote — 3:30 p.m. CT

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Melissa Harris-Perry is the host and managing editor of The Takeaway, a daily public radio broadcast that features critical conversations about world, national, and regional news. She also serves as the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University where she teaches courses on American politics and elections at the intersections of race, place, and gender. Harris-Perry is the founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, an independent organization with a mission to advance justice and alleviate harm for women and girls of color in American higher education. She hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on MSNBC.