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If We Can Put a Man on the Moon… Getting Big Things Done in Government

William EggersWilliam Eggers

An author, columnist and popular speaker, Bill is one of the country’s leading authorities on government reform. A global director for Deloitte Research and director of the Deloitte Public Leadership Institute, he is responsible for research and thought leadership for Deloitte’s public sector industry practice.

His books include Governing by Network (Brookings, 2004), Government 2.0 (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and The Public Innovator’s Playbook (Deloitte Research 2009). His writings have won numerous awards including the Louis Brownlow award for best book on public management, the Sir Antony Fisher award for best book promoting an understanding of the free economy, and the Roe Award for leadership and innovation in public policy research.

He is a former manager of the Texas Performance Review and director of e-Texas. He has advised governments around the world and his commentary has appeared in dozens of major media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Chicago Tribune. He splits his time between Austin, Texas and Washington, DC. He can be reached at or view his full bio


John O’LearyJohn O’Leary 

John is a Research Fellow at the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. His writings on public policy have appeared in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, San Diego Union-Tribute, and elsewhere. He has held several leadership positions in Massachusetts state government, including Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Director of the Division of Unemployment Assistance, and Chief Human Resource Officer.

A process engineer by training, Mr. O’Leary has been a Vice President at Scudder Kemper Investments and the Director of Business Process Reengineering at Lycos. He is a 1984 graduate of MIT and holds an MS degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He can be reached at

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