111th Anniversary Luncheon with Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
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111th Anniversary Luncheon with Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Moderated by NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker

Thursday, November 12, 2015
12:00-2:00 PM; VIP Reception 11:30 AM-12:00 PM

111th Committee of 70 Luncheon on November 12, 2015

111th Committee of 70 Luncheon on November 12, 2015

Committee of Seventy 111th Luncheon - Video Timeline

Welcome and opening from Committee of Seventy Board Chairman Steve Tang27:30
Remarks by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter38:45
Remarks by Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney56:30
Remarks by Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh1:31:10
Discussion with Mark Halperin and John Heileman, moderated by Kristen Welker1:38:45


When Seventy's leadership set out to design our 111th Anniversary Luncheon, we wanted journalists who specialize in how the policy agendas, strategies, egos, staffs, gaffes and unforeseen events mix to create a campaign and influence elections.

We were also hoping that they could use their extensive reporting experience to make some intelligent predictions for the 2016 presidential race—keeping in mind what Yogi Berra once said, “Prediction is difficult, especially about the future.”

Best-selling authors and political commentators MARK HALPERIN and JOHN HEILEMANN fit the bill perfectly. Managing editors for Bloomberg Politics and co-hosts of the daily talk show With All Due Respect, they are perhaps best known as co-authors of New York Times best-sellers Game Change and Double Down: Game Change 2012, written about the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.  Those two books received high praise—they’ve been described as “spellbinding, riveting, and explosive for political junkies and cautious historians alike.” Television programs like Morning Joe, Meet the Press, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Face the Nation and Charlie Rose regularly feature them for their scoops and insights.

KRISTEN WELKER is an NBC News White House Correspondent who is also covering the 2016 presidential election.  Welker began covering the White House in 2011 and travels domestically and internationally with President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden.  Her reporting appears across all platforms of NBC News, including NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, MSNBC, and NBCNews.com. A Philadelphia native, she is a graduate of Germantown Friends School and Harvard University.

Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs

Michael C. Carbone - Regional President, TD Bank
Cristina Cavalieri, Esq. - SVP & Chief Legal Officer, Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas A. Decker, Esq. - Vice-Chairman, Cozen O'Connor
Leslie Anne Miller, Esq. - Principal, Leslie Anne Miller, LLC
Michael R. Stiles, Esq. - Executive Vice President & COO, Philadelphia Phillies
Dr. Stephen S. Tang
 - President & CEO, The University City Science Center

2015 Sponsors & Underwriters

Brandywine Realty Trust

Comcast Corporation
Independence Blue Cross
TD Bank
University City Science Center
Wells Fargo

Leslie Anne Miller LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Philadelphia Phillies

Amerihealth Caritas
ARAMARK Corporation
Cozen O'Connor
Day & Zimmermann
Drexel University
Ernst & Young, LLP
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Thomas Jefferson University & Hospitals

AlliedBarton Security Services
Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler
Citizens Bank
Comcast Spectacor
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Diversified Search
DLA Piper
DLS International
EisnerAmper LLP
Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, P.C.
Fox Rothschild LLP
Holman Automotive Group
Jacobson Strategic Communications
JP Morgan Chase
Kleinbard LLC
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP
Pennoni Associates
The PFM Group
Philadelphia Coca-Cola
Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Post & Schell, P.C.
Saul Ewing LLP
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP
Tactix Real Estate Advisors
Temple University
Wexford Science and Technology
White & Williams LLP

Ballard Spahr
Berger & Montegue
Citi Private Bank
First American Title Insurance Company
Free Library of Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Timothy Hunter, Esquire
Stephen W. Miller, Esquire
PNC Bank
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
Ridge Policy Group

Eugene Block
Carole Haas Gravagno
Daniel Murphy
Philadelphia Eagles
Salveson Stetson Group, Inc.
David Thornburgh
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Past Speakers:

The past speakers have included Mayor-elect Michael Nutter (2007), Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Arlen Specter (2008), Vice President Joe Biden (2009), Gov. Chris Christie (2010), political consultant James Carville (2011), and political journalists “Morning Joe” Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (2012). Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, joined us for a conversation around the theme of Breaking Gridlock...Leadership to Bring People Together (2014).