Keynote Speakers

Thursday, May 16th

Governor Ed Rendell

Edward G. Rendell is an American lawyer, prosecutor, author and politician. Mr. Rendell served two terms as the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011 and two terms as the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000. Prior to his time as Mayor, Mr. Rendell was elected District Attorney in Philadelphia and served two terms from 1978-1986. Mr. Rendell also served as the Chairman of the National Governors Association and was a member of the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee

Following his political career, Mr. Rendell returned to Philadelphia to continue practicing law at Ballard-Spahr. Mr. Rendell is also a faculty member of The Fels Institute of Government at The University of Pennsylvania. The former Governor is also an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. 

Friday, May 17th

Craig Snyder - President, and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

After a career in government, and as the founder and CEO of a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs consultancy, Craig Snyder returned to his hometown to lead the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. Craig was confirmed in December 2012 as the Council's President and CEO, overseeing the region's premier educational organization dedicated to fostering public understanding of national and international policy issues. Snyder began his career at the Council more than thirty years ago but left to pursue politics—as a candidate for United States Congress, Chief of Staff to Senator Arlen Specter, a lobbyist, and a political consultant. Craig's knowledge of legislative and foreign affairs, coupled with his passion for promoting civil discourse, provide the ideal set of qualifications for advancing the organization to the next level of success.