The Economic Club Of Southwestern Michigan Announces 2013-2014 Speakers

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon Heads the Series Oct. 1

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan has finalized its 2013-2014 speakers series, it was announced today by The Club President Mike Cook. Keeping with its commitment to bring an eclectic selection of world-renowned thought leaders to the community, The Club will host former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, personal finance counselor and best-selling author Terry Savage, pediatric neurosurgeon and best-selling author Ben Carson, M.D., former U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman and Dick Lugar, University of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly and television icon Regis Philbin.

The season begins with Calderon on Oct. 1. Calderon served as Mexico's president from 2006-2012 after taking power in one of the most closely fought presidential elections in Mexican history. During his administration, Calderon was best known for his war against drug cartels as well as for reforms in Mexican economic, environmental, health care and immigration policies. He currently serves as an Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard University. His visit to Southwestern Michigan will provide a deeper understanding of the socio-economic issues that are shaping Mexico and its relations with the U.S.

Personal finance commentator and best-selling author Terry Savage will address The Club on Oct. 29. Her expertise comes from field experiences that she shares in her syndicated personal finance column, Huffington Post blog and four best-selling books. Savage's latest publication, a new edition of the best seller "The Savage Truth on Money," was named in its first edition one of the top 10 money books of the year by Considered one of 2013's top five speakers by Speakers Platform speakers bureau, Savage will offer members street-smart advice for a volatile economy.

The Club will host Ben Carson, M.D., one of the world's most renowned pediatric neurosurgeons, on Nov. 19. Carson grew up in dire poverty, with poor grades, a horrible temper and low self-esteem. His mother challenged him to surmount those obstacles and today Carson is considered one of the foremost pediatric neurosurgeons in the world. Among his many medical accomplishments, he performed the first and only successful separation of craniopagus conjoined twins (joined at the back of the head). His biography is chronicled in the award-winning movie "Gifted Hands." A best-selling author and captivating speaker, Carson will be an inspiration to members.

The Club will open its spring session when two former U.S. Senators, Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut, 1989-2013) and Dick Lugar (R-Indiana, 1977- 2013) share the podium on April 30. The two seasoned statesmen will hold a lively discussion of current national and international issues, each from his political perspective. Lieberman was one of Congress's most influential voices on national security, U.S. market expansion, the environment, gay rights and education reforms. Lugar was an unwavering advocate of U.S. leadership in the world, strong national security, free trade and economic growth.

The May 14 meeting will host Brian Kelly, the 29th head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. A veteran of 22 seasons as a collegiate coach, Kelly in 2012 led the Irish to its first undefeated regular season in 24 years and swept just about every possible coach-of-the-year award. Only two active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches have surpassed his 122 victories as head coach since 2001. Kelly's record shows he understands what motivates young people to perform their best and he will share that and other collegiate athletic insights with members.

Regis Philbin, a cultural icon in television broadcasting and best-selling author, will talk June 12. He currently hosts Fox Sports 1's new "Crowd Goes Wild" daily sports-talk show. Prior to that he entertained millions with his energetic discourse on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," then "Live with Regis and Kelly," as well as his nighttime hosting of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Super Millionaire" and "America's Got Talent." When he stepped down from "Live with Regis and Kelly" in 2011, he cemented his place in the Guinness World Records as the holder of the most hours on camera by any person. Philbin will close the series with his humor and reflections of the famous people he has met along his illustrious career.

The Economic Club meetings are open to members only. Cook said membership renewal is now open for Upton Hall and Mainstage Auditorium members until Sept. 18. A limited number of new memberships are also available this year and interested people are encouraged to add their names to a waiting list at

Anyone wishing more information about The Club may visit the website, email or call 269-982-6010.



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