2013-14 Florida Forum

The 2013-14 series featured Tony Blair, Michael Lewis and Jeb Bush.  

 

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TONY BLAIR

Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labor Party (1994 to 2007) and a member of parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007). He is currently serving as the Middle East Quartet representative. The Quartet is made up of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia. During his ten years as prime minister, Mr. Blair transformed Britain’s public services through a program of investment and reform in schools and hospitals, resulting in more children achieving better school results and more people receiving faster access to health care, with improved survival rates for cancer and coronary heart disease. In the U.S., Mr. Blair received widespread recognition for his support for America after the tragedy of 9/11. As a strong advocate of a values-based, activist and multilateralist foreign policy with action on issues like climate change, global poverty, Africa and the Middle East Peace Process, his efforts have culminated in the development of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. The Foundation is committed to promote respect and understanding of all major religions. Tony Blair is widely credited for his contribution to the Northern Ireland Peace Process by helping to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement and deliver a power-sharing government. His memoir, A Journey: My Political Life, made The New York Times best seller list within a week of its release.

 

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Renowned Best-Selling Author

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A shrewd observer of politics, finance and the American scene, Michael Lewis combines keen insight with his signature wit, making him one of today’s leading social commentators. He first made a name for himself with the chart-topping Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage of Wall Street, and since then has penned many best-selling books, including Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, both of which became eponymous major motion pictures.

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JEB BUSH

Former Florida Governor, Education Advocate

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In his two terms as Governor, Jeb Bush played a central role in reforming education and consumer healthcare in Florida.  During his tenure, Florida led the nation in job growth and narrowed the student achievement gap. Prior to taking office, Bush served as secretary of commerce under Governor Bob Martinez and founded the non-profit Foundation of Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish one of the state’s first charter schools.

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