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Founded in 1933, the Norfolk Forum is the oldest publicly-subscribed speakers' forum in the country. Each year in Norfolk's Chrysler Hall, the Forum presents four, thought-provoking public figures that in different ways help shape American thought and opinion. After each presentation, speakers engage the audience in a question and answer session.
We are pleased to announce that the 2016-17 series will feature Barbara Corcoran, Tucker Carlson and James Carville, Chesley Sullenberger, III, General Stanley McChrystal. They will address topics as diverse as world affairs, public policy, education, and popular culture.
We hope that you choose to join us for the 2016-2017 season of The Norfolk Forum. As we proudly claim, it's the best ticket in town.
J. Scott Adams, CCIM
Programs Begin at 7:30pm in Chrysler Hall, Norfolk.
American Businesswoman, investor and TV Personality on "Shark Tank"
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – Start time 7:30 p.m.
Barbara Corcoran is perhaps best known as one of the investors on the hit television show Shark Tank. She is admired both on and off the show for her business acumen and no-nonsense wisdom that she imparts to entrepreneurs, dozens of whom she has decided to invest with in their businesses. Her best credential to earn the spot on Shark Tank was her landmark success in New York residential real estate where she turned a $1,000 loan into the Corcoran Group which she sold in 2001 for $66 million. But before that big success, Corcoran held 20 different jobs before she was 23 and overcame many adversities. Corcoran is also the author of several books including Shark Tales which became the #1 business book on Amazon. Corcoran is a motivational and inspirational speaker who is known to be sometimes outrageous and always with a tellit-like-it-is attitude.
Tucker Carlson and James Carville
Presidential Campaign Insights
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Start time 7:30 p.m.
James Carville and Tucker Carlson will bring their own brand of fireworks to The Norfolk Forum stage offering their support for the respective sides of the political spectrum just 2 weeks before the national presidential election. Carlson is the anchor of Fox and Friends Weekend and the editor-in-chief of the news site The Daily Caller. Prior to joining Fox, Carlson had multiple writing duties for newspapers and magazines as well as television stints at MSNBC, PBS, and CNN where he co-hosted Crossfire. Carlson's most recent book is entitled Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News. Complementing and offsetting the insights, humor, and passion that Carlson brings will be James Carville who is often referred to as "The Ragin' Cajun". Carville is best-known for his numerous electoral campaigns that he helped steer to victory including for U.S. governors, senators, and President Bill Clinton as well as for numerous foreign prime ministers. Carville serves as a Professor at Tulane University and a columnist for The Hill newspaper along with frequent television show appearances. In addition to numerous independently-written books, Carville has co-authored two best-selling joint memoirs with his wife Mary Matalin including their most recent book Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters, and One Louisiana Home.
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, III
Retired airline captain and aviation safety consultant
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – Start time 7:30 p.m.
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is best known for serving as Captain during the "Miracle on the Hudson" and became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City's Hudson River. The story will come to the big screen in September 2016 starring Tom Hanks as Sully with directing by Clint Eastwood. Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life with safety advocate roles for the United States Air Force, Air Line Pilots Association, and US Airways. Sullenberger has also written several books including The New York Times best-seller Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. Sullenberger founded and leads a safety consulting business focusing on aviation and health care practices and is a frequent speaker on a broad range of topics including crisis management and life-long preparation.
General Stanley McChrystal
Retired United States Army General
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Start time 7:30 p.m.
General Stan McChrystal is a retired four-star general, the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command which oversees the most sensitive counter-terrorism units. Called "one of America's greatest warriors" by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, McChrystal created a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations and is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein and the location and killing of al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq. In addition to being a Senior Fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, McChrystal is a multiple-time best-selling author including his first book My Share of the Task and his most recent book Team of Teams: The Power of Small Groups in a Fragmented World. McChrystal's talk will address a wide range of topics including geopolitics, leadership, and team building.
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Norfolk, VA 23517
The Norfolk Forum reserves the right to substitute in the event any announced speaker does not appear.