Big-time speakers to bring blemished pasts to Sprint Center

Get Motivated, the business seminar that takes over the Sprint Center next week, is not being advertised on every billboard in the city — it only seems that way.

The daylong event doesn’t lack star power. Among its dozen-plus speakers are two men who have run for the country’s highest office (Rudy Giuliani, Steve Forbes) and a woman who is married to a former president (Laura Bush). Yet a number of the speakers bring imperfect résumés. Corporate executive Howard Putnam, for instance, will speak about the success of Southwest Airlines without having worked at the company for almost 30 years. Four other questionable choices are slated to appear.

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