Jeb Bush screenshot During his keynote, Bush highlighted many of the struggles currently facing our country, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has only amplified them.

With finger-pointing and name-calling the norm among politicians and even in everyday conversations, few people would relish the idea of spending an hour listening to someone share his thoughts on the political outlook of our country. But for attendees of the 16th annual BenefitsPRO Broker Expo, the opening keynote address from former Florida governor Jeb Bush offered a welcome change of pace: a call for optimism, bipartisanship, innovation and creativity.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.