We are excited to have an incredible group of speakers for the 50th Anniversary Leadership Conference.  The conference theme is “America’s Future: Great Challenges, Great Opportunities.”

Below are the confirmed participants. We will continue to update the list as we hear back from invitees.


  • Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States
  • John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona
  • James Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Ted Olson, former Solicitor General of the United States and renowned Supreme Court advocate
  • Walter Isaacson, President, Aspen Institute, author of Steve Jobs
  • Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group, author of Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World
  • Laurie Robinson, Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University



The Presidency

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

Cyber Intelligence & Civil Liberties

  • Michael Rogers, Admiral and Director, National Security Agency
  • Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director and Director of Center for Democracy, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Siobhan Gorman, former Intelligence Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal and Director, Brunswick Group


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


  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools
  • Andy Smarick (2007-08), partner, Bellwether Education Partners, senior policy fellow, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Esther Benjamin (1999-2000), CEO for Africa Operations, Laureate Education


  • Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org
  • Bob Inglis, former Representative (R-SC-5) and Executive Director, The Energy and Enterprise Initiative
  • Al Cho (2011-12), Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Xylem