Ken Blackwell to Speak at PLC

Member Group : PA Leadership Conference

March 19, 2014


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Ambassador Kenneth Blackwell to speak at
2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

(Harrisburg, PA) – Best-selling author and Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union Kenneth J. Blackwell will address the 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. A commentator for the Salem Radio Network, Ambassador Blackwell served as Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio Secretary of State and was nominated by the Republican Party for Governor of Ohio in 2010.
The 25th annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will be held April 4-5, 2014 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), PA. Complete information on the conference including agenda, speaker information and registration is available at [L][EL].

The premiere gathering of conservatives each year in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference this year will include featured dinner speaker Jonah Goldberg of National Review/Fox News, luncheon speaker Michael Reagan, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Mike Kelly, Dr. Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, Sally C. Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute, John Gizzi of Newsmax, and Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation. Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

This year’s conference will also feature four interactive panel presentations including: Obamacare: No Magic Beans moderated by Anna McCauslin of Americans for Prosperity/PA; How Free Market Capitalism Raises All Boats with moderator Tom Smith, 2012 GOP U.S. Senate Nominee; Kumbaya: Working Together with moderator Kevin Shivers of the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business: and Emerging Constituencies moderated by Evan Feinberg of Generation Opportunity.

Workshops at the 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will include Organizing for Victory presented by American Majority; AIM: Arms, Infringement and Militia sponsored by the Constitutional Organization of Liberty; Women’s Leadership Training by the Leadership Institute; and What Kind of Watchdog Are You? Tools for the Citizen Journalist, Video Journalism, and Social Media Strategies presented by the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity.
Registration for the 2014 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is now open at

Ambassador Ken Blackwell is a best-selling author and a visiting professor at the Liberty University School of Law. He is a contributing editor for, and a public affairs commentator for the Salem Radio Network. His commentaries have been carried in major newspapers and web-sites across the United States, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post , Investor’s Business Daily, and His latest book is the highly acclaimed, RESURGENT: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America (Simon and Schuster, 2011).

Mr. Blackwell is a Fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union. He serves on the Board of Directors of various high-profile organizations including the Timothy Plan ( a Mutual Fund), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the United States Air Force Academy Foundation , Grove City College, the Club for Growth, the National Rifle Association, and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Advisors,of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).

He is also Senior Advisor to Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), an organization dedicated to improving U.S. economic and national security through reduced oil dependence.

Mr. Blackwell has had a vast political career. He was mayor of Cincinnati, Treasurer and Secretary of State for Ohio, undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Mr. Blackwell was a delegate to the White House Summit on Retirement Savings in 1998 and 2002. During the 1990s, he served on the congressionally appointed National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform and the board of the International Republican Institute. He was Co-Chairman of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board from 1999-2001.

He has received many awards and honors for his work in the public sector. These accolades include the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his work in the field of human rights which he received from both the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2004, the American Conservative Union and the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs honored Mr. Blackwell with the John M. Ashbrook Award for his steadfast conservative leadership. In 2002, he received meritorious recognition from the Center for Digital Government, and was recognized by Government Technology magazine as one of the top 25 public sector leaders in information technology.

Mr. Blackwell was a founding partner of the highly successful Blue Chip Broadcasting Company, a network of 20 urban format radio stations. At the time of its sale in 2001, Blue Chip Broadcasting had become the second largest African-American owned radio company in the nation.

He has been a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the Heritage Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Salzburg Seminar in Austria and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (British-American Project). His continuing education has included executive programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. Mr. Blackwell has also received honorary doctoral degrees from ten institutions of higher education. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University (OH), where he later served as a vice president and member of its faculty. In 1992, he received Xavier’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He and his wife, Rosa, have been married for 45 years.