2011 General Sessions

General sessions at the Vision 2011 Conference will bring together leading experts to share their insights and stimulate a productive exchange of ideas on today's most relevant issues.

This year's outstanding slate of general session speakers include: Condoleezza Rice, Doug Holtz-Eakin and Tom Brokaw.

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice66th Secretary of State and Political Science Professor at Stanford University
Author of Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

Monday, May 2, 10:15 a.m.

Condoleezza Rice is a Professor of Political Economy and Political Science at Stanford University. From January 2005 to 2009, she served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States. Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she served as assistant to the president as National Security Advisor from January 2001 to 2005.

Rice joined the Stanford University faculty as a Professor of Political Science in 1981 and served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993 to 1999. During this time, she won two of the highest possible teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Rice currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of America. She has previously served on the boards of directors for the Chevron, Charles Schwab and Transamerica corporations.

She is the author of the recently published Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family, which shares how her upbringing in segregated Birmingham, Alabama — along with her strong, caring family and parents — helped to shape the course of her life. She has also authored and co-authored several other books and is actively involved in a number of humanitarian pursuits.

Doug Holtz-Eakin

Doug Holtz-EakinFormer Director, Congressional Budget Office
President of the American Action Forum policy institute

Tuesday, May 3, 8:30 a.m.

A distinguished policy adviser, academic and strategist, Doug Holtz-Eakin is skilled at forecasting policy problems on the horizon and recommending sound strategies for mitigating risk to your industry. He has built an international reputation as a scholar doing research in areas of applied economic policy, econometric methods and entrepreneurship.

Holtz-Eakin is the current President of the American Action Forum policy institute and a commissioner on the Congressionally chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC). The FCIC is a bipartisan commission that has been given a critical nonpartisan mission — to examine the causes of the financial crisis that has gripped the country and to report findings to the Congress, the President and the American people.

During 2001 to 2002, Holtz-Eakin was the Chief Economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). At CEA, he helped to formulate policies addressing the 2000 to 2001 recession and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Holtz-Eakin currently serves on the boards of the Tax Foundation, National Economists Club and Center for a Responsible Federal Budget and on the Research Advisory Board of the Center for Economic Development. He has also held positions in several Washington-based think tanks.

Tom Brokaw

Tom BrokawFormer Anchor and Managing Editor of “NBC Nightly News”

Wednesday, May 4, 11 a.m.

Tom Brokaw is one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism. Currently a special correspondent for “NBC News,” Brokaw reports and produces long-form documentaries and provides expertise during election coverage and breaking news events.

In 2004, Brokaw stepped down after 21 years as the Anchor and Managing Editor of “NBC Nightly News.” He has received numerous honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement and induction as a fellow into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brokaw’s insight, ability and integrity have earned him a dozen Emmys and two Peabody and DuPont awards for his journalistic achievements. In 2003, “NBC Nightly News” was honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast, representing the program's fourth consecutive win in this category.

In addition, Brokaw received the Records of Achievement Award from the Foundation for the National Archives, and he was the first journalist to ever win the U.S. Army’s George Catlett Marshall Medal. Brokaw was also the recipient of the West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award, in recognition of devoted service to bringing exclusive interviews and stories to public attention.

Victor Nichols

Chief Executive Officer of Experian North America

Monday, May 2, 8:55 a.m.

Victor Nichols is Chief Executive Officer of Experian North America, responsible for Credit Services and Decision Analytics, Interactive and Marketing Services. Nichols also is responsible for the Marketing Services business globally.

Nichols previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Experian UK and EMEA, responsible for the Credit, Marketing Services and Interactive business lines throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to his UK and EMEA position, Nichols was Group President of Experian InteractiveSM, a business unit of Experian that comprises Experian Consumer DirectSM, ClassesUSA.com®, LowerMyBills.com® and PriceGrabber.com®.

Nichols joined Experian in early 2007 as Chief Operating Officer of Experian Interactive and has 27 years of experience in the fields of finance and technology. He is known for his ability to create and build strong growth enterprises by leveraging technology, people, community development and strategy. He has proven his execution skills over many assignments and in different cultures and business environments.

Prior to joining Experian, Nichols was Chief Information Officer for Wells Fargo & Company. Nichols also served as Chief Executive Officer of VICOR, a company that delivered advanced corporate receivables management solutions as well as electronic delivery services globally. His experience also includes serving as President of Safeguard Business Systems and various positions at Bank of America, such as managing the consumer lending business and retail operations.

Nichols holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Kerry Williams

Group President, Experian Credit Services and
Decision Analytics, North America

Monday, May 2, 9:15 a.m.

Kerry Williams leads the Credit Services and Decision Analytics Group in North America. He also has responsibility for the Decision Analytics business globally, as well as responsibility for the Global Business Council of Credit Services and Decision Analytics.

He previously was President of Experian’s Consumer Information Solutions
business unit and, before this, Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to joining Experian in 2003, Williams was President of ERisk Holdings Incorporated, an enterprise-wide risk-management company. He also was a Senior Vice President/General Manager with Bank of America, where he formed and developed the bank’s commercial credit card business.

In addition, Williams held various leadership positions in commercial and retail banking at Wells Fargo Bank. Williams is a member of the board of directors for the Consumer Data Industry Association and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, a consulting and technical assistance firm in the law enforcement arena.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in business from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.

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