2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

Keynote Speakers

  • Michael P. Aitken

    Michael P.

    Mike Aitken has worked at SHRM since 2003 and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Prior to joining SHRM, he served for 14 years as associate director for Governmental and External Relations at the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Previously, Aitken worked on state public policy issues at Bonner & Associates, a public affairs firm in Washington, DC. Currently, he is based in Alexandria, VA.


  • Chuck Todd


    Fifty years from now, one journalist will be the voice and face of our political era—and that journalist is Chuck Todd. A self-described political junkie, he has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media. He is NBC News’ political director and the moderator and managing editor of Meet the Press, the flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest-running broadcast in television history. Upon his appointment to MTP, influencers and competitors praised him as “a tireless reporter” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of politics” and the ability to “break down barriers and get people off of their talking points.” With what Washingtonian calls a “savant-like knowledge of politics,” he has become a fixture in the White House press room, a steady and constant presence on television, and a tireless voice on the campaign trail. His up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary have made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage. 

    Prior to Meet the Press, Todd served as NBC News chief White House correspondent (2008–2014) as well as the host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown (2010–2014). He has held the role of political director since 2007, leading all aspects of the news division’s political coverage and analysis. He is also the editor of First Read, NBC’s must-read guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, DC. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Chuck Todd has the unique ability to deliver an all-consuming passion for politics with razor-sharp analysis. As the political news of today becomes tomorrow’s American history, he offers a comprehensive picture of the current political landscape and serves as the voice of America in the early 21st century.

    Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Sallie Krawcheck


    Sallie Krawcheck is the owner of Ellevate (formerly known as 85 Broads). Ellevate is the leading professional women's networking organization, which is committed to the economic empowerment of women globally. She has also teamed up with Pax World Management, a fund management company, to offer an index fund called Ellevate Asset Management which focuses on companies where women make up a significant portion of officers and directors. Sallie’s involvement reflects her recognition of the power of diversity in driving economic growth, innovation and financial returns. As the only senior Wall Street executive to reimburse a portion of client losses for poorly performing products during the downturn and with her varied experiences as a senior manager, Chief Financial Officer and research analyst, Sallie Krawcheck's has been called “caps off… the most fascinating 10-year biography during this period of financial tumult” by BusinessWeek. Given her experiences, she provides unique and powerful insider insights into financial services, wealth management, personal financial matters and business management, delivered with her trademark candor. Krawcheck is past President of Bank of America Global Wealth Management, including Merrill Lynch, which at $17 billion in revenue and $2.2 trillion of client asset is the largest wealth management business in the world. At Citi, she ran Smith Barney and the Private Bank and also served as CFO. Prior to that, Krawcheck was a number-one rated research analyst covering Wall Street itself. A perennial on FORTUNE’S “Most Powerful Women” lists, she was one of TIME magazine’s “Global Business Influentials,” CNBC’s “Business Leader of the Future” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.”

  • Dan Abrams


    Dan Abrams is the currently the co-anchor of Nightline and Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News.  Prior to 2011, Dan was at NBC News for 15 years as, among other things, a reporter for NBC Nightly News, host on MSNBC, and Chief Legal Correspondent for NBC News. From 2006 to late 2007, Dan served as General Manager of MSNBC, where he presided over a period of unprecedented growth, with ratings and profits each increasing well over 50% during his tenure. During that time Dan was also a member of the NBC Universal President’s Council. He also hosted “The Abrams Report”, a nightly legal affairs program, and the acclaimed “Verdict with Dan Abrams”.

    A graduate of Columbia University Law School, Dan is also a recognized writer. He has published articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Yale Law and Policy Review, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and Mediaite.com, among many others. In 2011, he published his first book, "Man Down: Proof Beyond A Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else,”which made the Washington Post bestseller list. Dan is the founder of seven web properties: Mediaite, a news and media website; Styleite, which covers beauty and fashion; Sportsgrid, a fantasy sports site, Gossip Cop, which monitors false reporting in the celebrity gossip industry; The Maude, devoted to industry news and humor created by women for women; The Mary Sue covering tech and geek culture; and The Braiser, which follows celebrity chefs. Together, the Abrams Media Network serves close to 15 million unique visitors per month.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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