Event Date: 10/01/2024

From Elections to Excellence: A Conversation with Axios and Politico Co-Founder Jim VandeHei

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Location: Virtual

Date: October 1, 2024

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT

9a PT | 10a MT | 12p ET

Jim VandeHei readily admits that 25 years ago he was an unlikely candidate to be a future journalist and entrepreneur who would go on to moderate a presidential debate, dine in the Oval Office, and launch two successful media startups. His high school guidance counselor once told him that he wasn’t cut out for college, and he went on to confirm her belief, graduating with a 1.49 GPA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he spent more time partying than thinking about the future. Somewhere along the way, however, VandeHei discovered his passion for journalism and politics—and everything changed.

Today, as the co-founder, former CEO, and executive editor of Politico, and the co-founder and current CEO of Axios, he is sharing what he learned about building a meaningful and successful career and life – no matter where you are starting from.

We are thrilled to welcome Jim VandeHei to share his philosophy and actionable strategies on how to bring richer meaning to our lives. During our conversation, VandeHei will talk about how to live the good life as he draws from his recently released New York Times best seller, Just the Good Stuff: No-BS Secrets to Success (No Matter What Life Throws at You). This book serves as the guide VandeHei wishes someone had handed him when he was struggling to find his way. He will impart his insights on everything from finding a calling to building a team to navigating the realities of a changing workplace. He will also talk about the characteristics of people we should emulate, values that bring out the best in people, hacks and habits that work, and the power of having a specific plan for making the most of your talents and opportunities.

As we head into the 2024 presidential election, VandeHei will also provide his thoughts on the current political landscape and election dynamics. With his deep understanding of the media’s role in shaping public opinion, he will discuss key trends, challenges, and what lies ahead in American politics.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain profound insights into the art of navigating contentious elections and the essential principles for personal and professional success. Ultimately, VandeHei believes that our lives should be inspired by the Malawi term “Zotheka,” which means “anything is possible.” It is a belief system that has allowed him to cultivate the life he is living today, and one that he hopes to inspire in all of us.

About Jim VandeHei

Jim Vandehei is the co-founder and CEO of Axios, a media company focused on breaking news and invaluable insights across business, politics, technology and the world. Axios helps readers and viewers get smarter, faster across the consequential topics reshaping our country and lives. As CEO, VandeHei has steered Axios into becoming one of the most celebrated digital media success stories of the past decade.

VandeHei is the author of the forthcoming book "Just the Good Stuff" where he shares lessons he’s learned from founding two successful media companies, and his tricks for thriving at work and in leadership. He also serves as the chairman of Axios HQ, a software company that helps organizations create essential communications. He was an executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning docu-news series, “Axios on HBO” and co-author of "Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less."

Before Axios, VandeHei co-founded and was CEO of Politico, the media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. Overseeing both the editorial and business teams, VandeHei was the leading strategist behind its highly scalable and successful business model. Prior to this, VandeHei spent more than a decade as a reporter, covering the Presidency and Congress for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He was named National Editor of the Year in 2016. VandeHei is from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


Jim VandeHei

Jim VandeHei

Co-Founder & CEO, Axios and Politico

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