2019 Keynote Speakers

Tony Blair

Tony Blair, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997-2007, will give the keynote address at the Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) 2019 conference in Washington, D.C.

We are excited to have Tony Blair as the keynote speaker for CRT 2019 and keep the legacy of outstanding keynote speakers for an outstanding interventional cardiology meeting,” said CRT Course Chairman Ron Waksman, MD.

During his time in Downing Street, Mr. Blair became the only leader in the Labour Party’s 100-year history to win three consecutive elections. In doing so, he redefined modern, progressive politics.

While Prime Minister, Mr. Blair implemented a major domestic reform agenda. Through record investment and reform, the education and healthcare sectors were transformed. Mr. Blair’s New Labour Government implemented the largest hospital and school building program since the creation of the U.K.’s welfare state. Overall crime was reduced by a third, and the first ever national minimum wage was introduced. There was also transformational progress on human rights and equality. He accomplished all of this while overseeing a period of record economic growth and levels of employment.

Mr. Blair was also a central figure on the global stage. He helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, securing the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998. As a passionate advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, he took military action in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Blair created the Department for International Development, tripled the U.K.’s foreign aid to Africa, and introduced landmark legislation to tackle climate change. In his post-office life, Mr. Blair has remained at the forefront of world affairs.

In 2017, Mr. Blair founded the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. The institute focuses on helping nations deliver effective governance for their people, tackling extremism and promoting peaceful coexistence, working to deliver long-term regional peace and security in the Middle East, and developing the policy answers to the challenges posed by the rise of populism and insecurity in the West.

CRT, one of the world’s leading interventional cardiology conferences, gives attendees the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge, collaborate on interventional cardiology solutions, receive interventional cardiology training and network with other professionals. The conference features focused educational and training sessions that discuss new trial data, explore evidence-based research and demonstrate the most up-to-date techniques that can be directly applied to clinical and academic practices.

More than 3,000 attended CRT 2018 from March 3-6, which drew attention in part for featuring the first live complex coronary case performed entirely by women. Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was the keynote speaker. Other CRT keynotes have been given by President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the 2012 presidential nominee for the Republican Party.

Venue of Keynote address to be announced.

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, the financial editor for NBC’s Today show, AARP’s Personal Finance Ambassador and host of the HerMoney podcast on Apple Podcasts.

Jean Chatzky is the author of 10 books, including the recent New York Times bestseller AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip. She is the author behind Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security; Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved; and Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day (New York Times and Businessweek best seller), which was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show’s successful “Debt Diet” series. And her book The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times (Crown Business), received the 2009 Books for a Better Life Award in the Personal Finance category. Jean Chatzky will address the Women and Heart Symposium as the Keynote Speaker on Sunday, March 3, 2019.

CRT, which will be held March 2-5, 2019, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, is one of the world’s leading interventional cardiology conferences. CRT gives attendees the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge, collaborate on interventional cardiology solutions, receive interventional cardiology training and network with other professionals. The conference features focused educational and training sessions that discuss new trial data, explore evidence-based research and demonstrate the most up-to-date techniques that can be directly applied to clinical and academic practices. More than 3,000 attended CRT 2018 from March 3-6, 2018. Previous Women and Heart keynote speakers include Dolvette Quince, fitness guru and trainer from The Biggest Loser; Dr. Sharon Denise Allison-Ottey, CEO of Carlden Media, Marketing and Publishing as well as Beautiful Women Inside and Out, Inc.; Holly Atkinson, MD, senior on-air Medical Correspondent and Chief of Medical Affairs for HealthiNation; and Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI, ASP, America’s Nutrition Leader.

Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and philanthropist and the new host of the Sunday morning syndicated political show Matter of Fact. Through the power of storytelling, Soledad O’Brien brings a fresh perspective on diverse and contemporary issues to foster change in your own community or organization. Soledad O’Brien will be the Keynote Speaker on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at the CRT Disparities and Inequities in Interventional Cardiology Evening Symposium.

Soledad O’Brien was the originator of Black in America and Latino in America. In June 2013, she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production and distribution company dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity through personal stories.

CRT, which will be held March 2-5, 2019, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, is one of the world’s leading interventional cardiology conferences. CRT gives attendees the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge, collaborate on interventional cardiology solutions, receive interventional cardiology training and network with other professionals. The conference features focused educational and training sessions that discuss new trial data, explore evidence-based research and demonstrate the most up-to-date techniques that can be directly applied to clinical and academic practices.

More than 3,000 attended CRT 2018 from March 3-6, 2018. Previous CRT Disparities and Inequities in Interventional Cardiology keynotes speakers include The Honorable Donna Edwards, U.S. Congresswoman (2008-2017); Eric Holder, the 82nd Attorney General of the United States; and Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic strategist and television commentator.