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Thomas Krannawitter -- Speakeasy Ideas

Thomas Krannawitter, Ph.D.

Dr. Krannawitter brings to Speakeasy Ideas a deep knowledge of the history of political systems and an extraordinary gift for teaching the great ideas of human improvement and progress.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University, specializing in American political thought and classical political philosophy. He has taught at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, and George Mason University among other places. He is one of the principal instructors for the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and frequently advises organizations on persuasive communications, development, and critical thinking.

His 2008 book, Vindicating Lincoln, was featured by The History Book Club and endorsed by the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. His most recent book applies the lessons of Lincoln to our challenges today, Crisis of Our House Divided: A Guide To Talking Politics Without The Noise.

After many years as a classroom instructor, Dr. Krannawitter now helps Americans speak to one another with civility, instead of past each other with hostility. His research has focused on creating environments of civil trust: helping people to help themselves by helping others, productively, so that together we can solve the real problems we face.

He enjoys discussing serious and not-so-serious matters over an evening cocktail, and is among the original brain trust of Speakeasy Ideas.

  • Civil Discourse 100%
  • History & Philosphy 90%
  • A Sassy Malbec 95%
Curt Grina -- Speakeasy Ideas

Curt Grina

Curt Grina brings to Speakeasy Ideas the business acumen gained from a successful track record of entrepreneurship and building start-up ventures to fruition.

He retired from a career in technology and business development, and with his wife Susan moved to Colorado in 2000. As founder and CEO of an international technology company, he has broad experience in business, marketing, and capital financing. He has a BS from Virginia Tech and did postgraduate work at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech.

Curt has served as President of the Pikes Peak Medical Center Association where his leadership was instrumental in bringing the new regional Hospital to reality. He serves in several other volunteer roles in the community.

He has been founder and chairman of the Teller Wildfire Mitigation Commission, chairman of Teller County Republicans, chairman of Pikes Peak Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, and chairman of the Colorado Committee of Heritage Foundation. He is a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

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  • Liberty’s Entrepreneur 90%
  • Spit & Vinegar 75%
  • Single Malt 95%