2016 SPEAKERS

Ben Carson

Ben Carson

Ben Carson is the retired head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Carson has been named by CNN and Time Magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. This year he was a candidate in the Republican Presidential primary. Continue Reading

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Rick Perry Governor Rick Perry has led a life of exceptional public service, starting in the United States Air Force and continuing to the governor’s office of our nation’s second largest state. He is a two-time Presidential candidate. Governor Perry hails from Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene. His father, Ray Perry,… Continue Reading

Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal is most famous for transforming his congressional office into a powerfully effective emergency response team in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but he’s also been an accomplished Governor, health care administrator, McKinsey Strategy Consultant, and Republican Presidential candidate. Continue Reading

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is an NBA legend, Hall of Famer, Olympian, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Johnson won high school, college, and five NBA championships, as well as a gold medal in the Olympics. Johnson has been called one of the most influential black businessmen in the world. Continue Reading

Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio

You probably know him as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” a name given to him years ago by the media. It’s a name he certainly has earned as the innovative and sometimes controversial head of the nation’s third largest Sheriff’s Office, which employs over 3400 people. Continue Reading

Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre is the executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association of America. LaPierre was born Wayne Robert LaPierre, Jr. on November 8, 1949, in Schenectady, New York. His father was an accountant for the local General Electric plant. He is the eldest child of Hazel and Wayne, Sr. The family moved… Continue Reading

Ann Romney

Ann Romney

Ann Romney has placed her life’s focus on her largely private role as a wife, mother, and grandmother, but don’t think for a second that she hasn’t also had a tremendous impact in her public role as First Lady of Massachusetts, as a philanthropist, and as an author. Her battle with multiple sclerosis is inspirational. Continue Reading

Allen West

Allen West

As a congressman from Florida, retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West was one of the icons of the tea party wave. Today, he is President and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Fox News Contributor, and a conservative pundit. West has taught the Afghan army to fight and American high school students to learn. Continue Reading

Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz is one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, an author of multiple books, and an iconic sports broadcaster and commentator. When people hear the words “Notre Dame football,” it is not uncommon for them to think “Lou Holtz.” Despite never inheriting a winning team, Holtz achieved some of the best career statistics in the history of college football. Continue Reading

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson

For more than 30 years, Bill Richardson has distinguished himself through public service as a U.S. Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Secretary of Energy, and Governor of New Mexico. In 2008, he sought the Democratic nomination for President. Continue Reading

Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa has more than 20 years of leadership experience at the highest levels of state government, as Majority Leader and Speaker of the California Assembly, and the highest levels of municipal government as Mayor of Los Angeles. Continue Reading

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton is an actress, writer, director, and producer. In addition to her Oscar win for her role in Annie Hall, Keaton has garnered 23 award nominations and 17 in a career that has produced iconic work in several different genres and mediums. Continue Reading

Herman Cain

Herman Cain

Herman Cain is the former President and CEO of Godfather Pizza and the former President of the National Restaurant Association. He’s also a syndicated talk radio show host, Presidential candidate, and candidate for U.S. Senator from Georgia. Continue Reading

James Carville

James Carville

James Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. He is associated with numerous high profile domestic and international campaigns including Bill Clinton’s campaign for President of the United States and Ehud Barak’s victorious campaign to become Prime Minister of Israel in 1999. Continue Reading

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy Congressman Kevin McCarthy proudly serves California’s 23rd district and is currently the Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kevin was first elected to Congress in 2006 and is a native of Bakersfield and a fourth-generation Kern County resident. The grandson of a cattle rancher and the son of a firefighter, Kevin… Continue Reading

KT McFarland

KT McFarland

KT McFarland With more than four decades on the forefront of global politics and national security, Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland has firmly established herself as an expert on critical national security issues facing the U.S. As FOX News’ National Security Analyst, McFarland appears regularly on FOX News and FOX Business News and also writes a… Continue Reading

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas returns to the Bakersfield Business Conference. Cal has been a conservative pundit on both television and through his nationally syndicated column for decades. He’s told it like it is while working for NBC, CNBC, PBS, and the Fox News Network. Continue Reading

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

Dan Walters is the Dean of California state political journalism. He writes the only daily newspaper column devoted to California politics, and the column is read by readers in more than 50 newspapers and enjoyed by both Republicans and Democrats who value Walters’ “insider view” on the game in Sacramento. Continue Reading

Debra Saunders

Debra Saunders

Debra Saunders is the “token conservative” columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. Her column is syndicated in hundreds of newspapers across the United States as an often surprising conservative voice — one who will sometimes take a different angle on current events. Continue Reading

Politichicks

Politichicks

The Politichicks The Politichicks are a weekly web television sensation. The three contributors to Politichicks.com ­­ Anne Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany, and Sonya Sasser are all over online and traditional media. Now, they’ll be joining us for the 2016 Bakersfield Business Conference. PolitiChicks was created in 2011 as a popular weekly web TV talk show.… Continue Reading

Bill Press

Bill Press

Bill Press is host of The Bill Press Show, a nationally-syndicated radio show airing weekdays on local stations across the country. He’s also a best-selling author, former political staffer for both Republican and Democrat elected representatives, former Chairman of the California Democrat Party, and journalist. He’s been a television host or co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press, and CNN’s Spin Room. Continue Reading

Joe Plumeri

Joe Plumeri

Joe Plumeri Joe Plumeri is known around the globe for his successes as CEO of Citigroup N.A., CEO and Chairman of Willis Group Holdings, a New York Stock Exchange listed insurance broker, and now, as an influential First Data Board Member. He is also an active philanthropist, having given multi-million dollar gifts to The College… Continue Reading

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller Prior to going nationwide, Stephanie pulled #1 ratings at KABC and KFI in Los Angeles and other radio stations in New York and Chicago. Today, she is #2 in Los Angeles behind iconic, perpetual ratings-leader, “The Rush Limbaugh Show” and one of the key draws on XM Radio’s Progressive channel. Stephanie is a… Continue Reading

Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence

Vicki Lawrence Multi-talented Vicki Lawrence was born in Inglewood, California where she excelled in dancing and singing, was a cheerleader and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her graduating class. From 1965 to 1967, Vicki sang with the Young Americans musical group and also appeared in the feature film The Young Americans which won… Continue Reading

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter is a conservative commentator, television pundit, attorney, and author. She is the legal correspondent for Human Events and a popular syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate. She is a frequent guest on many television shows and the author of 10 New York Times bestselling books. Continue Reading

Ruben Navarrette

Ruben Navarrette

Ruben Navarrette, Jr. Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group whose twice-a-week column appears in nearly 150 newspapers. This makes him the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, known for his unpredictability and provocative thinking. He challenges both political parties with equal enthusiasm, and his column… Continue Reading

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt

Professor Hugh Hewitt has been called ‘the most influential political conservative you’ve never heard of’ by the Dean of Columbia University’s journalism school. Hewitt is a lawyer, law professor, and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States. Continue Reading

Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham is the most-listened-to talk radio host in the United States. She’s also a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, an attorney with one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, and the author of numerous New York Times best-selling books. Ingraham is a safe bet for razor-sharp political analysis from a conservative perspective. Continue Reading

Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker Ernest Evans was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina, but grew up in South Philadelphia, where he lived with his parents and two brothers. When he was a small boy, his mother took him to see Sugar Child Robinson, a child piano prodigy and also the famous country singer Ernest Tubb. Young Evanswas… Continue Reading

Many More…

Many More…

Additional Speakers To Be Announced The 2016 Bakersfield Business Conference will welcome over 40 speakers and performers on October 8th.  Additional names will be announced shortly. Continue Reading

Merrill Moses

Merrill Moses

Merill Moses is a three-time Olympic goalie for Team USA Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team. One of the world’s best goalies, he has been part of the men’s water polo national team for the last twenty years.

Julianne McNamara

Julianne McNamara

Julianne McNamara was the first female American to win a gold medal in gymnastics. She also earned a Silver Medal in the Team Competition and another individual Silver Medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Deena Deardurff Schmidt

Deena Deardurff Schmidt

Deena Deardurff Schmidt is an Olympic gold medalist. At the Munich Olympics, she won a gold medal in swimming by setting a world record in the event final. She is also a champion for women’s health.

Candace Cable

Candace Cable

In 1975, Candace Cable was involved in a tragic automobile accident. Through determination, she emerged as one of the world’s most successful Paralympic athletes. She has won 12 Paralympic medals.

Ann Meyers Drysdale

Ann Meyers Drysdale

Anne Meyers Drysdale is one of the best women’s basketball players to play the game. She won a silver medal at the Montreal Games in 1976 before carrying the UCLA Bruins to a National Championship in 1978.

Paul Gonzales

Paul Gonzales

Paul Gonzales one a gold medal in boxing at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was the first Mexican-American to win a gold medal at the Olympics and remains an inspirational figure in East Los Angeles.

Susie Atwood

Susie Atwood

Susie learned to swim at the YMCA at 7 and qualified for her first Olympic games at the young age of 15. She’s captured 23 national titles, set 24 world and American records, and won two Olympic medals.

Dwight Stones

Dwight Stones

No American has dominated the high jump like Dwight Stones. In addition to winning Olympic medals, he won 19 National Championship titles. He remains history’s All-Time #1-ranked American High Jumper.

Dr. Terry Schroeder

Dr. Terry Schroeder

Dr. Terry Schroeder is a four-time Olympian in the sport of water polo and a top coach. He captained the 1984 and 1988 teams, which received silver medals and returned in 1992 and as the head coach in 2007.

Cliff Meidl

Cliff Meidl

Cliff Meidl is an inspiration. In 1986, Meidl was electrocuted while working construction. He suffered a full cardiac arrest and multiple injuries. After 17 surgeries, he made the Olympics in 2000.

Dr. Cathy Ferguson

Dr. Cathy Ferguson

Dr. Cathy Ferguson is an Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, but she’s served as one of the nation’s top swim coaches and as an educator who has touched countless lives through her work with non-profits.

Bruce Furniss

Bruce Furniss

Bruce Furniss is one of the best swimmers to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games. He shattered ten world records and won multiple gold medals while suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Cathy Marino

Cathy Marino

Cathy Marino is a two-time Olympian sprint kayaker. She came back from injury to compete as an Olympian and as a finalist on “American Gladiators.” She was the first woman to pass the Santa Ana Fire Academy.

John Naber

John Naber

John Naber was the most decorated member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team with four gold medals and one silver medal in swimming as part of one of the most dominating American swim teams in Olympic history.

John Nunn

John Nunn

After only rowing for a few years, Olympian John Nunn won a bronze medal in the Double Sculls rowing event at the Mexico City Olympic Games. Nunn has coached rowing at USC and the Montreal Olympics.

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