A collage of the Policy Maker Breakfast guest speakers and the Policy Maker Breakfast logo
Trinity Announces Policy Maker Breakfast Guests
Meet the four guest speakers for 2022–2023

Trinity University is excited to announce the 2022–2023 Policy Maker Breakfast Series guest speakers: Theresa Payton, Geoff Colvin, Mara Liasson, and Erica Dhawan. The University is proud to invite these national and international leaders to the city to present their lively and informative commentary on current and emerging issues. 

The Policy Maker Breakfast Series began in 1981 to foster a connection between Trinity University and the San Antonio business community. Over the past 41 years, the Policy Maker Breakfast Series has become the premier event of its kind in the city, attracting an extraordinarily diverse, intellectual, and influential audience. The series is sponsored by the Stevens Academic Enrichment Fund and the Office of Conferences and Special Programs. 

This year, the breakfast and presentations will be held in the Grand Ballroom at The Westin San Antonio North at 9821 Colonnade Blvd. For each event, breakfast will be served at 7:20 a.m., and the program will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a question and answer session. 

Tickets for the complete Policy Maker Breakfast Series, which include all four breakfasts, cost $170, and tickets for individual breakfasts are available for $50. Tickets for the individual breakfasts will be made available on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. For information or to register by phone, call Trinity University’s Office of Conferences and Special Programs at 210-999-7601, or visit the registration website. Advance registration is required.

Meet this year’s four guest speakers. 

“Securing The Future: Unmasking Cybercriminals and the Triple Threat Facing Business and You” 

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022

A portrait of Theresa Payton smiling

Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s most respected authorities on cybersecurity. A visionary U.S. patent-holder in security design, she made history as the first-ever female White House CIO. Today, she is president and CEO of Fortalice Solutions.

Payton’s many awards include the 2019 Woman Cybersecurity Leader of the Year and Cybersecurity Crusader of the Year (CISO Magazine). Business Insider named her one of the top 50 Cybersecurity Leaders, and in 2021, she was one of Award Magazine’s Top 50 Women in Tech. Cyber Security Experts named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in Cyber Security.

Payton is the author of multiple industry-leading books on IT strategy and cybersecurity, including Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth, which The Guardian included on its 2022 list of the “Top 10 Books About Cybercrime.” She frequently appears in the media and starred in the former CBS TV crime series Hunted.

“No New Normal: Leading in Continuous Change” 

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

A portrait of Geoff Colvin smiling

Geoff Colvin is a New York Times Bestselling Author, broadcaster, and speaker on the most significant trends and issues impacting business and the economy. As Fortune magazine's senior editor-at-large, Colvin has an insider's perspective fueled by long-standing relationships with the world's top leaders in business and government. 

Colvin is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network and has appeared on outlets including NBC, CNN, FOX Business, CBS, ABC and PBS. He has spoken for corporate and association conferences around the world and interviewed such renowned leaders as Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Steve Case, Tony Blair, and George W. Bush.

Colvin is the author of Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times, and Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. He was also recognized for the “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine.

“Politics and Elections”

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

A portrait of Mara Liasson

Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C., focusing on the White House and Congress and reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure, she has covered seven presidential elections, in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration.

As a pillar of modern American journalism, Liasson provides audiences with her take on today’s political environment and the role media plays in all of our lives.

“Digital Body Language: Collaborate Faster and Further, Together”

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

A portrait of Erica Dhawan

When leaders want to break team silos, drive exponential growth, and innovate through teamwork, they call Erica Dhawan. Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, author, and adviser on 21st-century teamwork, collaboration, and innovation. Named by

Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers,” she is the author of two books—Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, and Digital Body Language.

The world of business is increasingly digital, and work practices have changed at a blistering rate. Dhawan shares innovative strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance, and create authentic engagement to ensure competitiveness. Ranked No. 1 on the Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020 and featured as one of the top 50 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business, she frequently appears in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wall Street Journal.


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