49th Annual ECC Conference


Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)
For over 50 years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world.

Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. He served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and for President Bill Clinton, and was not only the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to ever serve in the position but also was the first African American to do so. During his time as chairman, he oversaw 28 crises to include the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Under President George W. Bush, Powell was appointed 65th secretary of State and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. As secretary of State, he led the State Department in major efforts to address and solve regional and civil conflicts. He used the power of diplomacy to build trust, forge alliances and then help transform these unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures have the potential to prosper.

Powell is the chair of the board of visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at his alma mater, the City College of New York. He is the founder and chairman emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance, dedicated to forging a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to seeing that children have the fundamental resources they need to succeed.
Powell is a strategic adviser at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and on the board of Bloom Energy, an alternative energy company that provides on-site power generation systems utilizing innovative new fuel cell technology. In 2014, he joined the board of Salesforce.com, the world’s largest provider of cloud-based customer relationship management software.

He is chairman of the Eisenhower Fellowships, a cross-cultural program for emerging international leaders; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the board of the Smithsonian Institute’s African American Museum of History and Culture. His best-selling autobiography, My American Journey, has been published in more than a dozen different languages. Powell's second best selling book, It Worked for Me, reveals the lessons that shaped his life and career.
Rich Karlgaard
Editor-at-Large and Global Futurist, Economic Leader, Entrepreneur & Author
At the vanguard of developments in the global economy, politics, business and technology, Rich is the thought leader that Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and national associations turn to for a reliable roadmap of what’s to come. Drawing from his roles as a Silicon Valley-based journalist, investor and board director, Rich’s business consultant-like approach helps audiences gain a practical understanding of the events that are changing their world and the imminent disruption ahead—from tech to Trump—and the impacts on business and industry. Rich is also a regular panelist on “Forbes on Fox,” the author of two celebrated business books on healthy organizations, and a past recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

In his biweekly Forbes column, "Innovation Rules," he provides an honest and incisive assessment on a broad range of emerging issues. Rich brings the same candor and vision to his bespoke and wildly thought-provoking presentations, as he reveals a prospective and comprehensive analysis of the disruptive forces that are reshaping your industry. Rich equips today’s leaders with timely insights that help them adapt to the era of technological and political disruption and thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
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Liam Mallon
ExxonMobil Development Company
Transformative Change: A Necessity for Current and Future Success
Mr. Mallon will share his thoughts on the industry’s imperative for transformational change in the cost structure for major projects through technology, innovation, efficiency, and collaboration.  He will provide his perspective on the current state of our industry, leveraging his experience across a diverse spectrum of global projects.  Attendees will also hear ExxonMobil’s views on the global energy outlook and how the mix of energy sources is expected to evolve over the coming decades.   
A native of Ireland, Mr. Mallon holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in Dublin, and a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mr. Mallon began his career in the industry in 1984. He spent his first six years with British Petroleum in Scotland and with Expro International Ltd., in China. He joined Mobil in 1990 and, over a period of eight years, held a series of progressively senior positions. From 1998 to 2003, he held Operations Manager positions in Nigeria and Australia. From 2003 to 2004, he was based in Houston as Planning Manager for ExxonMobil Production Company.

In December 2004, Mr. Mallon was appointed President of ExxonMobil Canada Ltd., a position he held until 2006, when he became Director and Chairman of the ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia. In July 2009, he was appointed Vice President, Engineering, ExxonMobil Production Company. In June 2012, he became Vice President, Africa, for ExxonMobil Production Company. He was named Executive Vice President of ExxonMobil Development Company in 2014.

In January 2017, Mr. Mallon was appointed President, ExxonMobil Development Company.

He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and previously served on the organization’s Board in Asia Pacific.

Mr. Mallon is married and has three children.

Todd Buchholz
Economist and Author
Acclaimed author, former White House economic policy director and economist Todd Buchholz connects the dots between local and global markets, the politics that define business environments, and the people who drive it all.

In his keynote speeches, Buchholz draws on years of research into financial topics ranging from housing finance to fast-food lawsuits to the influence of competition on our lives as working members of society (Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race). His work in historical economics (New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs) brings to light past influences and trends that affect today’s economic landscapes. From Here to Economy is a trusted guide to economic literacy, simply and clearly explained. In Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office, through “compelling and fast-reading narratives” (Booklist), Buchholz examines the great ideas, and some of the failures, of several CEOs and entrepreneurs whose businesses grew to become household names.

Buchholz is an experienced and dedicated keynote speaker and media personality who is noted for his sharp wit, candid demeanor, and well-researched arguments on a broad variety of topics.
Todd Buchholz