Building on the success of last year’s inaugural season, the 2014 Frederick Speaker Series will again serve as a prism for new ideas, as we invite the best and the brightest minds to take center stage in our community. World-class speakers will engage with our audiences, illuminating current events, culture, politics and sports.
Purchase the Meet and Greet option for an opportunity to join the Speaker in a private reception (limit of 100 to be sold) for an additional $75.00 per ticket. The Meet & Greet Receptions will follow each presentation.
FOX NFL Analyst, NFL Network Contributor and Former Super Bowl-winning Head Coach, Baltimore Ravens (1999-2007)
From 1999-2007, Billick served as the head coach of the Ravens, a new franchise with the youngest players in NFL history. In his first year as head coach, Billick guided the Ravens to their first non-losing season (8-8) in 1999. In 2000, he led the Ravens to a decisive 34-7 Super Bowl XXXV victory over the New York Giants. The Ravens returned to the NFL playoffs in 2001 and 2003. In 2006, the team produced its best regular season in team history, winning the tough AFC North with a 13-3 record.
Before coaching the Ravens, Billick coached professional and collegiate teams, including the Redlands (1977), Brigham Young (1978), San Diego State (1981-1985), Utah State (1986-1988), Stanford (1989-1991) and the Minnesota Vikings (1992-1998). In 1998, Billick managed a Vikings offense that scored the most points in NFL history (556). In 2000, under Billick’s direction, the Ravens’ defense set the NFL’s 16-game standard for fewest points allowed (165).
Billick earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors and honorable mention All-America in 1976 as a tight end at Brigham Young University (BYU). In 1976, he caught 20 passes for 338 yards and a touchdown. Billick played linebacker for the Air Force Academy during his freshman year, before transferring to BYU.
Billick has participated enthusiastically in community work since his arrival in Baltimore, including working with the United Way of Central Maryland (the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), hosting golf tournaments for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and serving as the honorary chairman for the American Lung Association’s Breath of Life Celebration. He also serves on the board of directors of the Living Classrooms Foundation. The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter selected Billick as its 2001 “Champion of the Year.”
Billick has co-authored three books: Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success (with Dr. James A. Peterson), Finding the Winning Edge (with NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and Dr. Peterson) and his latest book, More Than a Game: the Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL (with Michael MacCambridge). Finding the Winning Edge is a blueprint for developing an NFL team, covering everything from practice schedules to front office structure.
Following his coaching career, Billick worked as a studio analyst for ABC Sports and as a draft analyst for the NFL Network in 2008. He recently joined the FOX Sports team as the NFL game analyst for the 2008-2009 football season.
Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon and New York Times Best-selling Author
Ben Carson’s remarkable journey from tough, inner-city youth to history-making neurosurgeon celebrates and illustrates the power we all have to excel and influence others.
As the son of a single mother in a tough urban neighborhood, Carson was running with the wrong crowd and failing in school—and feeling as though he had no way out. He could easily have spiraled downward, but he chose another path. Driven by a passion for science and helping those less fortunate, Carson pursued medicine and ultimately became one of the most respected neurosurgeons in the world.
His riveting presentation inspires audiences to take charge of their lives, no matter what obstacles confront them. Soft-spoken yet charismatic, Carson commands the stage. He captivates people with a compelling presentation that shares the keys to turning great challenges into still greater triumphs. Carson had to take his own advice recently when an aggressive form of cancer struck, and his focus turned to survival and recovery. It was just the latest chapter in Carson’s life, once again proving the power of the determined mind.
Carson’s life is chronicled in the original TNT movie, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. He is author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great. This summer, after 40 years of medical endeavors, Carson retired and today serves as Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. He also writes a weekly opinion column for The Washington Times.
Acclaimed Radio Personality
Introduced and interviewed by her friend and fellow journalist Knight Kiplinger, with Q&A from the audience
In 1979, Diane Rehm took over as host of WAMU’s mid-day program, Kaleidoscope, and in 1984, the name was changed to The Diane Rehm Show. In all the ensuing years, Diane has offered listeners thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times. In 2010, The Diane Rehm Show won a Shorty Award in the news category. The Shorty Awards honor the producers of the best real-time content on Twitter and are supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Also, in 2010, Diane won a coveted George Foster Personal Peabody Award. The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. Personal Peabody Awards are not given annually, and previous winners include Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Hope and others. The award honors Diane Rehm’s more than 30 years in public broadcasting as host of The Diane Rehm Show, calling the program the “gold standard in civic, civil discourse.”
Each week, more than 2.4 million listeners across the country tune in to the program, which has grown from a small local morning call-in show on Washington’s WAMU 88.5 to one of public broadcasting’s most-listened-to programs. In 2007 and 2008, the show placed among the top ten most powerful public radio programs, based on its ability to draw listeners to public radio stations. It is the only live call-in talk show on the list.
Diane’s guests include many of the nation’s top newsmakers, journalists and authors. Guests include former president Bill Clinton, General Tommy Franks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Julie Andrews and Toni Morrison. Newsweek magazine calls the program one of the most interesting talk shows in the country. The National Journal says Diane is “the class act of the talk radio world.”
Legendary Newsman, NBC News and New York Times Best-selling Author
Tom Brokaw has spent his entire distinguished journalism career with NBC News beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the Sixties counter culture, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.
From Los Angeles, Brokaw went to Washington as the White House correspondent during Watergate and as the principal back up for John Chancellor as anchor of NBC Nightly News. Next stop: New York and TODAY followed by his appointment as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
He took over Meet the Press for the 2008 campaign when his close friend and colleague Tim Russert died.
In addition to his daily news gathering responsibilities, Brokaw reported on more than thirty documentaries covering subjects ranging from AIDS, Los Angeles gangs, race, education, medicine, immigration and global warming.
He has an impressive list of firsts, including the first interview with Mikhail Gorbachev; the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dali Lama; the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin wall came down.
In 1998 Brokaw published his first book, The Greatest Generation, one of the most popular non-fiction books of the 20th century. He followed that with five other books, including BOOM! Voices Of The Sixties and most recently, The Time Of Our Lives.
He is also a popular essayist for publications ranging from The New York Times to Rolling Stone and a wide assortment of other periodicals and newspapers.
Brokaw has won every major award in his craft, including Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition.