7:00 a.m.
Registration, informal networking, continental breakfast

8:00 a.m.
Welcome by WHFFA President, Teresa Schwartz (1978-79) and Conference Co-Chairs, Kermit Jones (2012-13) and Mark Hanis (2012-13) 

8:15 a.m.
Senator John McCain

8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Walter Isaacson, President, Aspen Institute

9:45 a.m.
Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group, author of Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World      

10:30 a.m.
Laurie Robinson, Co-Chair, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George   Mason University 

11:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m.
Theodore Olson, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, former Solicitor General of the United States      

11:45 a.m.
Report on the Campaign for the White House Fellows

12:00 p.m.
WHFFA Business Meeting and Treasurer’s Report

12:15 p.m.
Commissioners’ Luncheon with Mary Zients, Chair of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, and Jenny Kaplan, Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships                       

1:45 p.m.
Presentation of the 2015 IMPACT Award to Scott Berns (2000-01)

2:15 p.m.
Unveiling of artwork celebrating the 50th Anniversary of White House Fellows Program by artist Dominic Pangborn

2:30 p.m.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Willard Hotel Reception to Welcome the White House Fellows Class of 2015-16


7:00 a.m.
Registration, informal networking, continental breakfast

8:15 a.m.
James Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

9:00 a.m.
Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General

9:30 a.m.

9:45 a.m.
The Future of Health Care

  • Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health
  • Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States
  • Anne Wojcicki, CEO, 23&Me
  • Ashish Jha, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute

10:45 a.m.
The Presidency

  • Roger Porter (1974-75), IBM Professor of Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School
  • David Gergen, senior political analyst, CNN, Professor of Public Service, Harvard Kenney School
  • Thomas Cronin (1966-67), McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership, Colorado College
  • Joshua Bolten, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors, former White House Chief of Staff, President George W. Bush

12:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Tribute to Jack LeCuyer

1:30 p.m.
Immigration: The Oldest and Newest Story of the American Experience

  • Doris Meissner (1973-74), Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute, former Commissioner, Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • Mari Carmen Aponte (1979-80), U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador
  • Kris Kobach (2001-02), Secretary of State of Kansas
  • Felice Gorordo (2011-12), CEO, Clearpath
  • Nelson Dong (1978-79), Partner and Chair, National Security Law Practice, Dorsey & Whitney

2:30 p.m.
Cyber Security and Civil Liberties

  • ADM Michael Rogers, Director, National Security Agency
  • Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director and Director, Center for Democracy, ACLU
  • Siobhan Gorman, Director Brunswick Group, former Intelligence Correspondent, Wall Street Journal

 3:30 p.m.
American Classrooms in the 21st Century

  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools

  • Andy Smarick (2007-08) Partner, Bellwether Education, Senior Policy Fellow, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Esther Benjamin (1999-2000), CEO, Africa Operations, Laureate Education

4:20 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
The Environment: Challenges and Solutions

  • Bob Inglis, Executive Director, The Energy and Enterprise Initiative, former Congressman (R-SC)
  • William McKibben, Founder,
  • Albert Cho (2011-12), Vice President, Strategic and Business Development, Xylem

5:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs Kermit Jones and Mark Hanis

The evening is free for class reunions and dinners.


50th Anniversary Gala Dinner
National Portrait Gallery
8th & F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

8:00 p.m.