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#Dream16 – Thoughts on the Keynote Speakers

Well, folks, I know you have all been waiting with baited breath to find out what I thought of the speakers at the Defending the American Dream Summit…

AEI President Arthur Brooks stays #1. His speech really set the tone for the conference and was truly inspiring. 

Senator Marco Rubio and British Conservative Politician Daniel Hannan probably tie for second. I appreciate Rubio’s engagement with the idea of the American Dream and Hannan offered a great perspective, not to mention the amazing accent. 

Third goes to Governor Scott Walker and former CEO Carly Fiorina who were both terrific. I’m proud of everything Governor Walker has done for Wisconsin and Carly Fiorina is always inspiring.  

Florida State University Coach Bobby Bowden was awesome but needed more time to tie things together. 

The other speakers were good but no one stood out. 

Overall, I would say the only person I didn’t enjoy was Senator David Perdue, who used every cliche in the book during his speech. The only reason I applauded when he finished was because of how happy I was that he was done


Road trip! A real one this time

I am currently in the middle of a 21+ hour road trip from Florida to Wisconsin. There are 8 of us in a 12 passenger van. It is bringing back so many memories…especially of the time 7 of us squashed in a minivan and drove from Minnesota to Virginia for iGovern camp. There were three of us teenage girls stuffed in the back seat. It is almost a wonder we became best friends and not mortal enemies. That was a fun trip. 

However, 12 passenger vans aren’t new to me either! 4 times I made the non-stop trip from Wisconsin to the Louisiana bayous in high school. That is where I learned to sleep in a moving vehicle. 

There was the trip to Colorado in a 12 passenger van with the same minivan friends…and the time I roadtripped with my aunt, brother, and cousin to Canada and out west. There was every long trip to school in Tennessee and the drive back at the end of the semester. 

Road trips are fun. They illustrate a person’s character like little else. You either crazy bond or end up loathing your now former friends. 

With 13+ hours to go, the jury is still out with how this trip will end, but I suspect it will be positive. After all, we have already survived one late night, sleep deprived night! What can one more do?


Day 2 of #Dream16

What an amazing day! We heard some fantastic speakers and I took pages of notes. More reflections to come! 


14,000 steps…in heels

I am exhausted! After a day of waking about in high heels, I went swimming for several hours. It has been a while since I last felt this muscle tired! Had a great day listening to some fanatic speakers with some of my favorite people. Arthur Brooks continues to be one of the best speakers I have ever heard, and definitely the highlight of the conference so far. Tomorrow brings Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker, though, so we will see how he ranks when it is all over!

We are living the #dream16!