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WINDSOR, Conn., June 22, 2020—Being held just a week before the U.S. presidential election, two former White House insiders—Andrew H. Card, Jr., chief of staff from 2001-2006, and Denis McDonough, chief of staff from 2013-2017—will host a general session on leadership and politics at the 2020 Annual Conference on Oct. 26-28. Due to restrictions brought on by the pandemic, the conference will be virtual, but you can expect a valuable forum with strategic industry insights and even networking.

“With all that has been going on in 2020, both here and globally, it will be fascinating to hear from Andrew and Denis, who had a political front-row seat over the last decade,” said Dave Levenson, president and CEO, LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global. “Whatever side of the political aisle you’re on, I’m sure you’ll gain valuable insights.”

Andrew Card held numerous positions at senior levels of government under three presidents, including chief of staff to President George W. Bush. Whether it is in the middle of a presidential campaign or inside the Oval Office with a world leader, Card knows how things actually work—the reality versus the myth.

In January 2018, Card became chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world.

As chief of staff for President Barack Obama, Denis McDonough led the White House for the President’s entire second term and played a definitive role in shaping U.S. national security policy. Among President Obama’s closest advisors, McDonough first joined then-Senator Obama’s campaign as senior foreign policy advisor in 2007.

During President Obama’s first term, McDonough served as principal deputy national security advisor. He is currently an executive fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, teaching a global policy seminar for graduate and undergraduate students focused on refugees and migration.

Card and McDonough will offer insights on leadership, analysis on the issues of the day, and their perspectives on what’s happening in Washington.

Traditionally, the LIMRA Annual Conference has been one of the largest gatherings of executives representing all sectors of the financial services industry. Although virtual, this year will be no different. In addition to these White House insiders, the agenda includes an executive panel, sessions on leadership through change, emerging technology, the impact of low interest rates and much more. Throughout the three-day event, there will be half-hour breaks to visit a virtual exhibit hall and network in chat lounges.

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit Members of the press are welcome to attend the event at no cost. Please email media contacts below for more details.


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