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Join Us!

Thursday, February 22

Panel Sessions
The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park
106 W. 
Mills Ave.
El Paso, TX 79901

Keynote Lunch
Hotel Paso Del Norte, Autograph Collection
10 Sheldon Ct. 
El Paso, TX 79901

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James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners.

His winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor’s seat in Kentucky. Carville continued his winning streak with a win in New Jersey with Frank Lautenberg elected to the US Senate. He next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, and in 1991, Carville – who had already become prominent in many political circles – drew national attention when he led Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. But his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency.

In recent years, Carville has not been a paid political consultant for many domestic politicians or candidates, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 23 countries around the globe stretching from the continents of South America to Europe to Africa and most recently Asia.

James Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. His titles include We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong: The Democrats' Case for 2016, Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home; It’s The Middle Class Stupid!; All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (with wife Mary Matalin); We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And the Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr; Buck Up, Suck Up... and Come Back When You Foul Up; Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back; Stickin’: The Case for Loyalty; his children’s book, Lu and the Swamp Ghost; and 2006’s Take it Back, 40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation.

Along with pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent, non-profit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to the American people. He now co-hosts the weekly Politicon podcast Politics War Room with journalist Al Hunt.

Carville also serves as a fellow at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and lives in New Orleans with his wife Mary Matalin. 

Featuring Keynote Speakers

James  Carville

America's Best Known Political Consultant 

Mary Matalin

Celebrated Author, Commentator & Presidential Advisor

Mary Matalin’s commonsense, data-based civil discourse is informed by decades of senior positions in public policy, politics, publishing and media drawing on unique experiences from her front row seat to unprecedented historical events and seismic cultural shifts as a trusted advisor to America’s most powerful leaders.

Mary Matalin’s intellectual integrity, practical insights and engaging commentary have earned her a widely acclaimed reputation as one of the country’s foremost and seasoned voices across a diverse spectrum of policy making, political and multi-media platforms.

Her career spans 40-plus years in senior positions as Advisor, Counselor, Chief of Staff, and campaign manager serving multiple history making Presidents and Vice Presidents, as well as federal, state and local leaders of both parties, where she was engaged in transformational policy and reform initiatives in energy, economics and security issues.

Her political and policy making activities were interspersed with multiple media experiences, including hosting her own award-winning television and radio shows, penning several national best sellers, publishing dozens of renowned authors as Editor-in-Chief of Threshold Editions, the line she founded at Simon & Schuster.


She has also appeared in multiple critically acclaimed documentaries, television shows and movies, including co-starring on HBO’s avant-garde K Street, produced by George Clooney and directed by Steven Soderberg.

Matalin, a Chicago native, is married to her political and geographical beloved oddball opposite, Ragin' Cajun James Carville, is mother to two remarkably accomplished apolitical daughters and awaits her first grandchild.

Matalin and Carville reside in New Orleans and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where she is active in Catholic charities, community affairs, sits on multiple boards and avidly supports the SEC, NFL, NBA, breeds various cats, dogs, goats, fowl and beehives.

Thursday, February 22, 2023

Global Border Summit Agenda 

MC: Enrique Perret Erhard, Director, U.S.-Mexico Foundation

7:30 - 8:00 AM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

Border Bayou Breakfast 
Sponsored by Doucet Consulting Solutions


8:00 - 8:30 AM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 


• Jon Barela, CEO, Borderplex Alliance 

• The Honorable Oscar Leeser, Mayor of El Paso 

• The Honorable  Ricardo Samaniego, El Paso County Judge 

• The Honorable César J. Blanco, Senator, Texas

• The Honorable Robert Hull, Consul General of Ireland, Austin

• The Honorable Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada, Dallas

• The Honorable Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de León, Consul General of Mexico, El Paso

8:30 - 9:00 AM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

Understanding the Evolving U.S.–Mexico Economic Relationship

Speaker: Roberto A. Coronado, Senior Vice President in Charge of El Paso and San Antonio Branches, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 

9:00 - 9:15 AM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

BREAK Sponsored by WestStar


9:15 - 10:15 AM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

Driving North American Competitiveness: Modernizing the U.S.–Mexico Border for the 21st Century

Moderator:  Jon Barela, CEO, The Borderplex Alliance

  • Jesús Carmona, President, Mexico & Central America, Schneider Electric

  • Andrew I. Rudman, Director, Mexico Institute

  • Jesse J. Hereford, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement, North American Development Bank

10:30 - 11:30 AM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

Border Health Innovation for Economic Growth

Sponsored by Texas Tech Health El Paso and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare

Moderator: Julio Chiu, CEO and Chairman, Seisa

  • Richard C. Black, DDS, MS, Founding Dean, Hunt School of Dental Medicine, Francis Endowed Dean

  • Aaron Chiu, Global Leader, Interventional Devices, Tekni-Plex/Seisa 

  • Art Garza, CEO, Del Sol Medical Center

12:00 - 1:00 PM | The Hotel Paso Del Norte, Autograph Collection 

Keynote Lunch Featuring James Carville and Mary Matalin

1:30 - 2:15 PM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

Securing Our Water Future – Innovation and Sustainability in the Desert

Sponsored by El Paso Water



Moderator: John E. Balliew, PE, President & CEO, El Paso Water

  • Gilbert Trejo, PE, Vice President of Engineering, Operations, and Technical Services, El Paso Water 

  • Joseph Riccillo, Vice President and El Paso Regional Director, Sundt Construction Inc.

  • Jeremy Mazur, Senior Policy Advisor, Texas 2036


2:30 - 3:15 PM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

Mexico Decides: Perspectives on the 2024 Presidential Election Campaign

​Moderator: Jon Barela, CEO, The Borderplex Alliance


  • Enrique Perret Erhard, Director, U.S.-Mexico Foundation 

  • Andrew I. Rudman, Director, Mexico Institute

  • Tony Payan, Ph.D., Director, Center for the U.S. and Mexico
    Rice University's Baker Institute

3:15 - 3:30 PM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

BREAK sponsored by Wells Fargo

3:30 - 4:15 PM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

The Connected Continent: Unlocking the Economic Power of 5G Across North America

Sponsored by AT&T

Moderator: Carlos A. Martinez, Director, External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T Texas

  • Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Jake Stine, Director – Public Sector 5G/Wi-Fi Center of Excellence 


4:15 - 4:30 PM | The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park 

Closing Remarks 

  • Jon Barela, CEO, The Borderplex Alliance

  • Esteemed Guests

4:30 PM |El Mirador Bar at The Hotel Paso Del Norte, Autograph Collection 

Cocktails and Live Music Networking Hour


Flying In?

Official Hotel Partner


Hotel Paso Del Norte, Autograph Collection

10 Sheldon Ct. 

El Paso, TX 79901

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