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Stanley McChrystal Andy Kessler Billy Beane

Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan 

Best Selling
Author / Investor

Oakland A's General Manager and Subject of Moneyball 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Ballroom A

Opening Keynote:
General Stanley McChrystal
Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan 

Open to all registered attendees.
Sponsored by Deloitte and SolomonEdwards

A four-star general, Stan McChrystal is the former commander of U.S. and International forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is also the author of the best-selling leadership book, My Share of the Task: A Memoir.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014
8:30am - 9:30am | Ballroom A

Breakfast Keynote Address:
Andy Kessler
Best Selling Author & Investor 

Open to all registered attendees.
Sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and ParenteBeard

Andy Kessler is a New York Times bestselling author, most recently of Eat People and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs. Andy worked on Wall Street for almost 20 years, for PaineWebber and Morgan Stanley, and as a founder/partner at Velocity Capital. He has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, and The New York Times and has appeared on CNBC, CNN, Fox, NPR and Dateline NBC.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
12:30pm - 2:00pm | Ballroom A

Luncheon Keynote: Billy Beane 
Oakland A's General Manager & Subject of Moneyball  

Open to all registered attendees. 
Sponsored by Drinker Biddle, Janney Montgomery Scott and KPMG LLP

Billy Beane is considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives. As General Manager of the Oakland A’s, Beane shattered traditional MLB beliefs that big payrolls equated more wins by implementing a statistical methodology that led one of the worst teams in baseball — with one of the lowest payrolls — to six American League West Division Titles. That methodology has come to be known as the ‘Moneyball’ philosophy, named for the best-selling book and Oscar-winning film.
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