Professional Speaker, Author of Eat, Drink & Succeed and Television Commentator Laura Schwartz, the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including 12 State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America's Millennium Celebration and NATO's 50th Anniversary. While producing the President's events on the world stage, Laura demonstrated the Presidency's ability to inspire a nation and the world through powerful events. Laura is an eight-year veteran of the Administration, having served as The White House Director of Television and Midwest Press Secretary for the President prior to being named Director of Events in 1997. Following the Administration, Laura traveled the world with Former President Clinton for his Foundation and Global Initiative. Call Alexander Speakers Bureau for Laura's Rates!
Eat, Drink & Succeed
In her first book, Eat, Drink & Succeed! Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events, Laura shares the secrets that skyrocketed her onto the world stage, adding color with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years. As a professional speaker she takes those same details to stages, boardrooms, classrooms and ballrooms around the world in her acclaimed speaking series to empower, motivate and inspire each audience to Eat, Drink & Succeed!
Laura appears regularly as an international television commentator speaking about leadership, networking, domestic and foreign affairs, pop culture and special events. She covered the 2008 presidential campaign for the CBS Early Show, was the on-air political contributor for the Fox News Channel from 2004 to 2007, and was the special correspondent to Larry King Live and CNN for the 2008 presidential primaries. Laura is also seen internationally on the BBC World News and Sir David Frost’s Frost Over the World. Laura’s non-partisan commentary is well respected both domestically and internationally.
Laura is a well-known a mistress of ceremonies for multi-day conferences and events including charity galas, sporting events, panel discussions and fashion shows. Whether addressing an intimate gathering of 30 or a field of 30,000, Laura captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. Laura is the annual emcee for several prominent charitable events, including the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Chicago’s Grant Park and the United Way’s Community Celebration, which recognizes the top corporate executives, volunteers and government officials throughout the country.
Laura has been named one of the Best Keynote Speakers by Meetings and Conventions Magazine and is a member of the National Speakers Association serving on the boards of the American Heart Association, the Clean the World Foundation, Common Threads and Event Solutions Magazine. She received the Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation Award for Excellence and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Chicago” by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and one of Chicago’s “Most Bold and Beautiful” by Chicago Magazine. In 2007 American University in Washington, D.C., awarded Laura its “Leadership in Education” award and in 2009 the prestigious Oxford Union in England invited Laura to speak on the Foreign Policy Legacy of the United States and the role of Women in the World.
Laura is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, where she founded White House Strategies in 2001. Laura travels extensively both domestically and internationally to work with Fortune’s Top 50 and 500 companies, independent businesses, industry associations, universities and nonprofit organizations, motivating people from all walks of life to EAT, DRINK & SUCCEED!
Setting the Bar
A motivating presentation that looks to the “bars” set within industries and associations and by leaders; focusing on how each of us are setting the bar today inside and outside of our offices for all those that will come tomorrow.
Eat, Drink & Succeed!
Based on Laura’s book Eat, Drink & Succeed! Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events
Eat, Drink & Get Ready To Succeed!
A Conference Kickoff
This high-energy, 30- to 45-minute presentation is the perfect way to energize your group for the conference ahead, while also teaching them valuable tips about how to maximize their time there.
Eat, Drink and Empower!
How to Create and Host a Powerful Event
“We do not host events. We host guests.” – Laura Schwartz
Using this as her guiding philosophy, Laura teaches her audience how to produce an event that will be fun and entertaining for guests while also achieving the objectives of the host person or host organization.
Empowerment Through Service
A motivating address that shows how giving back can play a key role in the foundation of success for an industry, organization and an individual.
THE WHITE HOUSE PRESENTATIONS:
The Art of a State Dinner
Laura discusses the intrigue and inside secrets of a state visit and unveils the foundation on which a successful state
dinner is created.
The Power of the Presidential Inauguration
Laura offers a sneak peak into the deep and colorful history of Presidential Inaugurations, their elements and details including the swearing in, parade, and of course the balls.
Holidays at the White House
Laura takes her audience on a holiday adventure through her detailed descriptions and visuals of the incredible White House Holiday Celebrations.
Laura highlights and brings the traditions of White House Teas into the participant’s own home.
Rose Garden Rendezvous
The Beauty and Purpose of the White House Gardens
Did you know the 18 acres The White House sits on is actually considered a National Park? Laura takes her audience on a journey through the history and development of the White House Gardens and their evolving uses through the decades.