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Political power couple at Bermuda conference

Political background: Mary Matalin and James Carville will be keynote speakers at the Bermuda Life and Annuity Re/Insurance Conference in September

Political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin will deliver a keynote address at the sixth annual Bermuda Life and Annuity Re/Insurance Conference in September.

Mr Carville, a liberal, and conservative Ms Matalin will speak on the topic of “Civil Politics” on September 19 at the Fairmont Southampton resort. The discussion will be moderated by Frank (Chip) Gillis, chief executive officer of Athene Life Re.

The one-day conference is presented by the Bermuda International Long-Term Insurers and Reinsurers organisation.

The conference website said: “The deepening political divide in America and Europe has an impact on government policy, economics and trade, and our communities ... the world-renowned husband and wife team of political strategists will cover a wide range of political topics in a moderated discussion from opposite sides of the political aisle, including fresh insights on the upcoming presidential election in 2020, improving political dialogue, and closing the ideological divide.”

Mr Carville, nicknamed “The Ragin’ Cajun”, built his reputation as a political strategist by steering candidates to a series of election victories at the state level in the United States. Thereafter, he helped Bill Clinton to win the presidency in 1992. More recently, he has focused on campaigns in more than 23 countries worldwide, including in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

He is also an author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Mr Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, non-profit polling organisation. He is a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he lives with wife Ms Matalin and their two daughters.

Ms Matalin is an author, television and radio host, and political contributor, pundit and public speaker noted for her straightforward manner and political repartee.

She served under President Ronald Reagan, as George HW Bush’s campaign director, as assistant to President George W Bush, and as assistant and counsellor to Vice-president Dick Cheney, making her the first White House official to hold that double title.

Ms Matalin co-authored the bestselling political campaign book “ll’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President with Mr Carville. In their second joint memoir, Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home, released in 2014, they looked at how they — and America — have changed.

The afternoon keynote address, “Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules in Life and at Work” will be delivered by behavioural scientist Francesca Gino, a tenured professor at Harvard Business School.

Ms Gino has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organisations around the world, and argues that rebels are capable of changing the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. They defy the status quo, she said, and are masters of innovation and reinvention, and cultivating the rebel talent inside of us allows businesses to evolve and to prosper.

Other sessions at the conference include “A View from Above”, “Portfolio Optimisation: Collaboration Between Portfolio Manager and Actuary”, and “Demographics and Real Interest Rates”.

Registration for the conference is now open at www.biltir.bm