As a professional host and keynote speaker Laura Schwartz is all about connection. Laura was the youngest female presidential appointee in history, as the White House Director of Events for President Bill Clinton. With over 20 years of professional experience interviewing CEOs, newsmakers and celebrities, Laura brings your event to life and takes it to the next level with her dynamic, unique approach.
Laura’s story is impressive. She got her start as the youngest female presidential appointee in history, as the White House Director of Events for Bill Clinton. She authored a book that has helped people all over the world learn how to "Eat, Drink and Succeed." And, thanks to her professional host and keynote work, Laura was named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the Global Event Industry" in 2019 and 2020.
The White House Years
Laura Schwartz, as the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, worked one-on-one with the President, the First Lady, World Heads of State and international business leaders as she created and executed more than 1,000 White House events including State arrival ceremonies and dinners, America’s Millennium Celebration, the UN Millennium Summit and NATO’s 50th Anniversary. While producing the President’s events on the world stage, Laura demonstrated the ability to inspire a nation and the world through powerful productions. At just 19 years old, and the youngest female Presidential Appointee in history, she arrived at the White House, with no political connections, and began her climb up the ranks as a Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television, and ultimately, the White House Director of Events. Following the administration, Laura travelled the world with Former President Clinton for the Global Initiative.
Professional Host and Keynote Speaker
Laura has been taking her empowering presentations to stages and virtually through screens across the world since 2001 and is well known for her dynamic keynotes and as a mistress of ceremonies for multi-day conferences and events. Whether addressing an intimate gathering of 30, a crowd of 30,000 or virtually connecting audiences throughout the world, Laura captivates audiences with her positive energy, expertise and enthusiasm. Laura has received high marks for her work as emcee for many prominent corporations including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Hyundai, Uber, Verizon, Mercedes Benz, AT&T, Cathay Pacific, HSBC, BlackRock, MACY’S, Hilton Worldwide, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Hyatt, NBC Universal, PepsiCo, Realtor.com, Coldwell Banker, Asembia Pharmaceutical and more.
As any great leader will attest, leading in successful times is easy. It’s what a leader does in times of turbulence and change that sets them apart. Laura uses her unique White House experience to share valuable takeaways and inspiring stories from the earliest White House inhabitants, along with first-hand accounts of defining moments during the Clinton administration. She illustrates real solutions from the successes and failures in leadership that we all can practice in our daily lives as we work with our customers and colleagues and share within our communities and families. This keynote is often requested to address female inclusion and diversity groups within organisations.
Creating a Culture of Engagement
From her start as a small-town girl with a speech impediment to becoming the youngest female presidential appointee in White House history and eventually an international professional speaker and television commentator, Laura delivers relevant and relatable moments of challenges and success. Laura empowers audiences with 5 pillars of engagement that can change their lives professionally and personally.
Eat, Drink & Succeed!
In “Eat, Drink & Succeed!” Laura shares the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships where we least expect it — in our companies, communities and beyond. Drawing from personal anecdotes from people across the world, as well as her life and White House years, Laura reveals how to harness the networking power of social events. Laura donates 100 percent of proceeds from books sold at engagements to a nonprofit of the client’s choice.
Television and Media Commentator
Laura has been a prominent face on television around the world since 2001, covering 6 presidential elections, 2 royal weddings and more. She got her start as a contract contributor for Fox News Channel before moving to CNN and CBS. Today, she is an on-contract, on-air regular contributor on the BBC, Australia’s Today Show and as a fill-in guest host for Larry King on “Larry King’s Politicking.” Laura also serves as co-host of itv’s “Will Trump Win” podcast airing weekly. She is an authoritative source and commentator on a wide range of topics, including the American presidency, domestic and foreign affairs, women in business and philanthropy.