During the 30 years of this conference, attendees have heard from White House speechwriters dating back to President Ronald Reagan. In honor of that tradition, we have invited an all-star panel of presidential speechwriters spanning the past 30 years to share stories and insights about writing for the highest office.
The Torrenzano Group
Clark Judge is a consulting director for The Torrenzano Group, a reputation and high-stakes issues management firm specializing in building and protecting reputations, enhancing shareholder value and helping clients grow their businesses. As Managing Director of the White House Writers Group, Clark Judge provides strategic communications counsel to clients in industries ranging from financial services to transportation to high technology
Speechwriter for former President George W. Bush
Noam Neusner is a principal at 30 Point Strategies. He has experience in speechwriting and speech preparation, editorial thought leadership and strategic communications planning. Neusner draws on nearly three decades of communications experience in the private sector and the U.S. government and as a journalist. This knowledge and his strong writing skills enable him to help clients to shape opinion, inform the public and achieve their goals. He worked in the White House under President George W. Bush, first as a presidential speechwriter and later as director of communications at the Office of Management and Budget.
President Bill Clinton
June Shih is a writer and lawyer with nearly 25 years’ experience in speechwriting, communication and public policy. She began her career as a cops and courts reporter for a Florida newspaper, but left to assist then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton with her syndicated newspaper column and speeches. In 1997, she became a Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Speechwriter, writing speeches for President Bill Clinton on a range of issues from civil rights and race relations to education and health care policy. After serving as chief speechwriter for Mrs. Clinton’s first U.S. Senate campaign in 2000, June attended law school and then practiced law in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. From 2011-2014, she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, helping to shape initiatives on global women’s leadership and girls’ education. She also served as an expert on East Asian affairs and managed bilateral dialogues with Chinese, Korean, and Japanese counterparts. June is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.