Keynote Presentation:

Gail Evans
Best Selling Author Gail Evans is the best selling author of Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman, an informative business guide to the secrets men know about success that women need to learn. The book was listed for several months on the New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal’s bestseller lists. Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman has been translated into 18 languages and has been a bestseller around the world. She has appeared in recent years on outlets such as NBC’s The Today Show, USA Today, the Larry King Live Show, and the New York Times to name a few. Her latest book, She Wins, You Win, was published in 2003. 

Evans’ career is vast, beginning in government and culminating as the Executive Vice President of CNN. Evans began working with CNN at its inception in 1980 and was promoted to Executive Vice President for CNN in 1996. In September 2000, Evans was named to Executive Vice President of Domestic Networks for the CNN Newsgroup. She was responsible for program and talent development of all domestic networks overseeing national and international talk shows and the Network Guest Bookings Department, which schedules about 25,000 guests each year. She served as a member of the CNN Executive Committee and was chairperson of the CNN programming task force. In addition, Evans developed some of CNN’s most popular programs. Evans retired from CNN in the summer of 2001.

Evans began her career in the early 1960s, working on a number of congressional staffs. She worked at the White House in the Office of the Special Counsel to the President during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration and was instrumental in the creation of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and the 1966 Civil Rights Act. During the late 1960s, Evans lived in Moscow with her husband, who was then Moscow bureau chief for CBS News. After returning to the United States in 1970, she was a founding partner of Global Research Services, an Atlanta-based research and marketing firm.
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Featured Speaker:

Jeffrey Guilfoyle
President, Citizens Research Council of Michigan

Jeffrey Guilfoyle is the president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan (CRC). CRC is the preeminent independent nonpartisan public policy research institution in Michigan. CRC is privately funded and provides factual, unbiased, independent research on significant issues concerning state and local government organization and finance. Prior to joining CRC in September of 2009, Jeff was the director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis in the Michigan Department of Treasury. Jeff’s areas of expertise include Michigan’s economy, school finance reform, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and Michigan’s tax structure.

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Henrietta (“Hetty”) Chang, Vice President/Senior Analyst, Team Leader and Co-Manager of Moody’s Investors Services Chicago office, responsible for public finance local government credits throughout the Midwest.

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