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Undelivered: The Most Notable Speeches Never Heard

With Subject Matter Experts

Jeff Nussbaum - Author

Matt Sitter - CEO, AFN

In the last several weeks, you may have seen or heard Jeff Nussbaum discussing his book Undelivered on the Today Show, PBS Newshour, NPR, CNN, and others. We’re excited he’ll be joining us on August 3rd from 8:00-9:00 am PT to discuss his new book Undelivered.

About Undelivered

For almost every delivered speech, there exists an undelivered opposite. These "second speeches" provide alternative histories of what could have been if not for schedule changes, changes of heart, or momentous turns of events.

In Undelivered, speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum presents the most notable speeches the public never heard, from Dwight Eisenhower’s apology for a D-Day failure to Richard Nixon’s refusal to resign the presidency, and even Hillary Clinton’s acceptance for a 2016 victory—the latter never seen until now.

Examining the content of these speeches and the context of the historic moments that almost came to be, Nussbaum considers not only what they tell us about the past, but also what they can inform us about our present – and about how language informs leadership, especially in times of choosing and consequence.

In a glowing review, the Washington Post said, “in Nussbaum’s able hands, this cruise through what-might-have-been offers a hell of a fun ride.”

AFN CEO Event: Undelivered: The Most Notable Speeches Never Heard

Jeff Nussbaum

Jeff Nussbaum most recently served as a senior speechwriter for President Joe Biden. Before joining the Biden administration, Jeff served as a partner at the speechwriting and strategy firm West Wing Writers, where he worked with corporate and nonprofit leaders, athletes, actors, and other thought leaders. Jeff helped oversee speechwriting operations for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and was involved in the past six Democratic conventions. In addition, he has co-authored books with James Carville and former Senator Bob Graham and has served as a creative consultant for the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He was raised in Weston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Brown University.

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Matt Sitter

Matt Sitter is a passionate believer in the power of networks to innovate and realize new opportunities. His career has focused on helping leaders grow, succeed, and to mobilize their teams, organizations, and networks.

Matt’s work has spanned a broad array of industries including Healthcare, Technology, Real Estate Investment, Consumer Products, and Finance (amongst others). He has worked with multiple Fortune 500 executive teams, Private Equity firms, startups, and everything in between.

In addition to his role at AFN, Matt is currently a partner at the Advisory Services firm, Advantary. His experience includes leadership roles at The McChrystal Group, CrossLead, Inc., and MedLever. He has led multiple functions including Product Management, Marketing, Reimbursement, and Product Development.

Matt is a certified Executive Coach, completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University and received his MBA from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. He is a proud father and husband.

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