Larry Kudlow is Inaugural Guest Speaker for Distinguished Leaders Series

News Story: August 25, 2017
Larry Kudlow, left, and Katie Burke

Larry Kudlow, CNBC’s senior contributor and host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Larry Kudlow Show,” will be the inaugural guest at Sacred Heart University’s Distinguished Leaders Series. He will also be available to sign copies of his latest book.

The series will feature leaders in a variety of sectors who have made a significant impact on the business community. It is presented and hosted by Katie Burke, senior strategist and chief of staff at Edelman and a member of the SHU Board of Trustees. Co-sponsored by WSHU, the Distinguished Leaders Series begins on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in SHU’s Martire Forum. The public is invited.

Kudlow, CEO of Kudlow and Company, LLC, is a prominent free-market, supply-side economist with a storied career spanning four decades. He previously hosted CNBC’s primetime The Kudlow Report, and his current nationally syndicated radio show broadcasts each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on WABC. He also writes a weekly syndicated column.

Kudlow was associate director for economics and planning in the federal Office of Management and Budget during Ronald Reagan’s first presidential administration. He also co-authored JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity, which describes how President John F. Kennedy pioneered supply-side economics. Kudlow and co-author Brian Domitrovic argue that elements of this fiscal theory—the free-market principles of limited government, low tax rates and a strong dollar—would solve the long economic stagnation of the early 21st century. Forbes Magazine calls the book a “fascinating account of the internal battles within John F. Kennedy’s administration over cutting taxes and keeping the dollar linked to gold.”

Burke is one of the country’s leading political and corporate communications strategists, with nearly 20 years of experience at the highest levels of government and business.

“I’m excited to bring this series to Sacred Heart,” Burke said. “There is much to learn from the most proven leaders in our organizations and communities, and I am particularly excited to begin with renowned economist Larry Kudlow.”

Before rejoining Edelman this year, Burke was CEO of Katie Burke Communications. She also served as executive vice president of marketing and communications at Nielsen, a global information, data and measurement company. In addition, she has been an executive-in-residence and professor of communications at SHU.

In the political arena, Burke was communications director for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial re-election campaign in California. She was director of television news in the Bush White House and senior spokeswoman and director of broadcast media for the Republican National Committee during the 2004 election cycle. Her career began in Connecticut as a staff member for former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays.

“Our Distinguished Leaders Series is inaugurated with the belief that leadership skills can be learned. We are grateful for the opportunity to engage with these distinguished leaders. I thank Katie Burke for hosting this important series,” said SHU President John J. Petillo.