Keynote Speakers

The Battle for the White House: Political Pundits Debate the 2016 Election

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 10:30–11:45 a.m.

InterGrowth’s first keynote is one everyone will be talking about. Leading political pundits David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, and Ana Navarro, CNN political analyst and GOP strategist, will gather for a spirited discussion on the hot button issues of this election season.

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be closed to the press.


This exciting panel will be moderated by the host of a popular weekly political roundup program.


David Axelrod served as senior adviser to President Barack Obama and to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition, as well as senior strategist to Barack Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency in 2008 and his reelection in 2012. Today, he serves as director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and as a senior political commentator for CNN. He formerly served as a senior political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He was recently inducted into The American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame. His New York Times bestselling memoir, “BELIEVER: My Forty Years in Politics,” spans forty years which include corruption and transformation, turmoil and progress, offering a look behind the closed doors of politics while offering a thrilling call to democratic action. This powerful and inspiring memoir is enlivened by the charm and candor of one of the greatest political strategists in recent American history.

During his time at the White House, Axelrod was the Administration’s most frequent presence on influential Sunday talk shows including NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” FOX News Sunday and CNN’s “State of the Union.” He also appeared several times on “The Tonight Show,” “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart and “The Late Show” with David Letterman.


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Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She is also a political contributor on ABC’s “The View.” The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.”

Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently appears in the media, sought after by “Meet the Press,” Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” and “The View,” to name a few. “Ana speaks the truth, and she is willing to speak the truth to power without reservation…She has the ear of lots of elected officials,” said Republican consultant Brett O’Donnell.