Eleanor Clift tailors this wonderfully vast topic to the client's needs, discussing the issue of the day or the personality who has emerged in our fast-paced news environment. After all, Clift is a reporter who relishes an assignment.
First Ladies: Style & Substance
Michelle Obama fully understands the power of her platform and is using it to convey the priorities and values she shares with her husband. Her campaign against childhood obesity and the garden she planted on the South Lawn as a teaching tool for inner-city kids touch on important issues yet steer clear of controversy, which is how Obama, a Princeton- and Harvard-educated lawyer, navigates the line between style and substance.
Eleanor Clift discusses the contrast between a first lady like Nancy Reagan, who operated quite skillfully behind the scenes to bolster her husband, and Hillary Clinton, whose attempt to openly formulate healthcare policy helped cost her husband control of Congress.
End of Life Care
With people living longer and needing more assistance if they want to remain in their homes, the issue of how we care for ourselves and those we love is gaining greater urgency. Eleanor Clift is on the governor's board of the National Hospice Foundation and can talk about these challenges from a professional and personal perspective, having cared for her husband at home with hospice when he was dying of cancer.
Women & Politics: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling
Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency, dashing the hopes of a generation of women. And unless Governor Romney pulls a major surprise, there won't be a woman on either major party ticket in 2012.
Hillary Clinton may have one more race to run, but in the meantime, both Republicans and Democrats are building bench strength. Elizabeth Warren, if she wins a Senate seat in Massachusetts, will be talked about as a potential presidential candidate. Hillary's successor in the senate, Kirsten Gillebrand—also a possible presidential candidate—has launched a PAC to raise money for women candidates. Republicans, who have lagged behind in diversity, are catching up with women governors (Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley) and a promising new senator from New Hampshire (Kelly Ayotte).
From suffrage to sexism, Eleanor Clift looks at the obstacles that remain and how to shatter the last glass ceiling.
The Future of Healthcare Policy
Republicans campaigned on a promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but how likely is that? And how would the GOP maintain aspects of the reform legislation that people like without keeping the bill intact? How serious is the talk among red state governors and legislators of not complying with Obamacare now that most of it has been constitutionally upheld by the Supreme Court?
Eleanor Clift addresses these questions and more in this fascinating and ever-relevant keynote, analyzing how the Affordable Care Act will affect hospitals, insurance companies, and other healthcare institutions.