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Thomas Krannawitter -- Speakeasy Ideas

Thomas Krannawitter, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Krannawitter holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University, specializing in American political thought, classical political philosophy, and political economy.

He has taught at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, and George Mason University, among other places. He’s one of the principal instructors for the Leadership Program of the Rockies, based in Colorado, and he frequently advises businesses and charitable organizations on communications, cultural development, and strategy.

Dr. Krannawitter has testified before state legislatures, though he doesn’t put much faith in politicians. That’s among the reasons why he focuses on teaching citizens, helping business owners, and subtly improving American culture. When Americans of all stripes demand better from their elected representatives, they’ll get better representatives, better policies, better government.

Dr. Krannawitter is now President of Speakeasy Ideas, combining a deep knowledge of political and economic history, an insatiable appetite for learning, and an extraordinary gift for teaching the great ideas that have fueled human progress.

Dr. Krannawitter’s research and published writings have ranged from politics to constitutional law to economics to social commentary, from specific historic events to timeless philosophic questions. His 2008 book, Vindicating Lincoln, was featured by The History Book Club and endorsed by the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. His 2014 book, Crisis of Our House Divided: A Guide To Talking Politics Without The Noise, applies the lessons of Lincoln to our challenges today.

His most recent writing effort, Save the Swamp: Career Guidebook for Budding Bureaucrats, is unlike his earlier books. Swamp is funny. It’s satire. It’s written for a popular, not an academic audience. Feel free to check out Dr. Krannawitter’s author page at Amazon.

Dr. Krannawitter enjoys the outdoors so long as there’s a hotel not too far away. He’s fond of discussing serious and not-so-serious matters over an evening cocktail, and occasionally he can be tempted with a cigar. Everything useful, everything good for human beings begins as an idea. That’s why Dr. Krannawitter focuses on ideas, distills them, simplifies them, and packages them in ways that others find valuable and easy to use. That’s why he helped to found Speakeasy Ideas.

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Bethany Drosendahl

Success Facilitator at Speakeasy Ideas

For the past twenty years, Bethany’s priority has been to educate her three children. And that’s what she has done, year by year, child by child, while jumping over one bureaucratic obstacle after another.

Teaching her children ended up being just as much of a learning experience for herself. Navigating the often-complicated waters of schools, legislators, regulators, and the crony interests they attract, Bethany came to realize that growing numbers of Americans are forgetting the simple and beautiful ideas of individual responsibility, individual risk, and the productive work without which there can be no earned success.

She began looking for people who focus on ideas, who clarify, simplify, and help others to use the most important ideas. Bethany knows that everything valuable created by human beings begins as an idea, somewhere, in someone’s mind, and she wants to be part of a team that specializes in the business of ideas.

She found that team at Speakeasy Ideas, where she’s now the success facilitator for Speakeasy Ideas clients.

In addition to being a mother, Bethany is a wife, an instructor, a speaker, a published author, and a small business owner. She’s also a certified, licensed GSD—Get Stuff Done.

Her love of everything business comes from growing up and participating in her family’s businesses. After earning a degree in accounting, Bethany spent five years in public accounting and two years in corporate accounting. She has taught at Pikes Peak Community College. She was on the board of the Nation’s largest freestanding birth center as well as The Humane Society. She is currently a director on the Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Bethany enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, food, and art. She loves to read. Her greatest joy is watching her children become independent, self-reliant, thoughtful, caring, helping adults. And she’s ready to help others make the same kind of transition.

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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