Wednesday, Sep. 12


Breaking Through Obstacles to Get Breakthrough Results


Kristen Cox is the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and a native Utahan with a B.S. in Educational Psychology from BYU. Prior to being appointed by Governor Gary Herbert in 2012, Kris held a number of positions with the National Federation of the Blind, was Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, and was appointed as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration with the Department of Education by President George W. Bush. She has been honored by Utah Community Foundation as an Enlightened 50, as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch, and by Governing Magazine as one of the public officials of the year in 2016.


Kris will share her six life-lessons that form the foundation for her approach to laying the groundwork for breakthrough results in any organization, program, or person. Kris knows firsthand the untapped and hidden capacity that exists in every aspect of government and within our most important resource—people. Her personal experience of relying on government benefits as a blind person, to now running the Governor's Office of Management and Budget provides a unique insight into what is possible with the right mindset, skills, and tools.





Thursday, Sep. 13


Learning from Elephants to Treat Childhood Cancer


Dr. Joshua Schiffman is a Professor of Pediatrics and Investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), as well as is a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital and the Medical Director for the Family Cancer Assessment Clinic at HCI. His work at HCI focuses on genomic development of cancer in children, and studying animals that are naturally protected from cancer.


Dr. Schiffman also will discuss his exciting discovery about how elephants protect themselves from cancer (featured in media stories around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and even the cover of Newsweek) and share how an international team has been working to translate this discovery into a new elephant-based medicine to help treat cancer. Dr. Schiffman will discuss the genetic risk for cancer in the general population along with the importance and challenges of collecting an accurate family history to predict who will get cancer and how to use this information to detect cancer at its earliest stages to save lives.


Friday, Sep. 14


Jon Meacham


Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives.


His new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list and examines the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear. Other bestsellers include:

  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
  • Franklin and WinstonAmerican Gospel
  • The Pulitzer Prize winning American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House


A contributing editor at TIME, Meacham writes for the magazine’s Ideas section. He also pens “The Long View” column in The New York Times Book Review in which he “looks back at books that speak to our current historical and cultural moment.” He served as Newsweek's managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. The New York Times called him “one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business.” Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt. He is currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.