American Global Leadership: The Path Forward

June 14 to 16, 2019

Washington Marriott at Metro Center

775 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Truman Member Tickets | Public Day Attendee Tickets

Friday, June 14, 2019


8:15 AM to 9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM to 9:10 AM


Jenna Ben-Yehuda -- President and CEO, Truman Center and Truman Project

9:10 AM to 10:00 AM

Defining American Leadership Abroad

Ambassador Bill Burns -- President, Carnegie Endowment; Former Deputy Secretary of State

Moderated by Mary Louise Kelly -- Co-Host of All Things Considered, NPR

10:00 AM to 10:10 AM

Coffee Break

10:10 AM to 11:45 AM

2020 Foreign Policy Advisors Forum

Tony Blinken -- Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, Vice President Joe Biden

Matt Duss -- Foreign Policy Advisor, Senator Bernie Sanders

Tarek Ghani -- Co-Lead, National Security and Foreign Policy, Pete for America

Sasha Baker -- Policy Advisor, Warren for President

Moderated by Amna Nawaz -- National Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM

Lunch, featuring Truman’s Stories of Self

Christine Vargas -- 2015 Partner

Arti Walker-Peddakotla -- 2018 Defense Council

Marcus Coleman -- 2017 Partner

Alexandra Chandler -- 2017 Defense Council

1:00 PM to 1:45 PM

Defining American Leadership at Home

Jeh Johnson -- Partner at Paul, Weiss; Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; and Former General Counsel at the Department of Defense

Moderated by Karen Travers -- Washington-based Correspondent, ABC News Radio and ABC NewsOne

1:45 PM to 2:00 PM

Coffee Break

2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

The Rise of Global Nationalism

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim -- Executive Director, North America, Quilliam International

Amy Spitalnick -- Executive Director, Integrity First for America

Rachel Gillum -- Senior Director, RiceHadleyGates LLC

George Selim -- Senior Vice President of Programs, Anti-Defamation League

Moderated by Suzanne Kianpour, Foreign Affairs and Political Reporter, BBC

3:00 PM to 3:50 PM

Disinformation and Election Interference

Cristina Fraile -- Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Spain

Olga Lautman -- Investigative Journalist

Malcolm Nance -- Executive Director, Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies

Moderated by Luiza Savage -- Editorial Director, Cross Platform Content, POLITICO

3:50 PM to 4:40 PM

Military Readiness and Inclusion

Victoria Bowens -- Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion for the Director, Diversity Management Operations Center, Department of Defense

Charlotte Clymer -- Press Secretary, Rapid Response, Human Rights Campaign

Shawn Skelly -- Commissioner, National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

Moderated by Frank Kendall -- Board Member, Truman Center and Truman Project

4:50 PM to 5:00 PM

Closing and Announcements

Note: The below programming is for Truman members only.

2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Certified Truman Trainer Workshop

Conducted by Anthony Robinson -- Truman Center and Truman Project Director of Training and Public Engagement

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Member Field Trip: House Judiciary Committee

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4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Member Field Trip: Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Democracy, Development, and Security Expert Group Happy Hour

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5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Americas Expert Group Happy Hour

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5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Transatlantic Expert Group Happy Hour

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5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Energy and Climate Security and Homeland Security and Community Resilience Expert Groups Happy Hour

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5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Middle East and North Africa Expert Group Happy Hour

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5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Texas Chapter Happy Hour

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5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

TruDiversity Happy Hour

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Chapter Party

Hosted by the San Diego and Michigan Chapters

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Saturday, June 15, 2019


8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM to 9:05 AM

Welcome and Ground Rules

9:05 AM to 9:40 AM

State of the Organization

Jenna Ben-Yehuda -- President and CEO, Truman Center and Truman Project

9:40 AM to 10:45 AM

Voter Views on National Security and Foreign Policy

Mark Hannah -- Senior Fellow, Eurasia Group Foundation

Kelly Magsamen -- Vice President, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Dina Smeltz -- Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, Chicago Council of Global Foreign Affairs

Moderated by Jason Johnson -- Politics Editor, The Root

10:45 AM to 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Project 2020 Working Session I

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Venture Capital and National Security

James Cross -- Vice President, Research Analyst, and Portfolio Manager, Franklin Equity Group

Katie Crotty -- Co-Founder and CEO, Praescient Analytics

Laicie Heeley -- Founder and CEO, Inkstick Media

Gem McCreary -- Founder and CEO, TalentoTotal

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Member Awards Lunch

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Project 2020 Working Session II

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Defense Innovation and Future Threats

Yvette Bourcicot -- Former Associate Deputy General Counsel, Department of Defense

Charles Carithers -- Professional Staff Member, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives

Moderated by Kristen R. Hajduk -- National Capital Regional Director, National Security Innovation Network

3:30 PM to 3:45 PM

Coffee Break

3:45 PM to 5:15 PM

Project 2020 Working Session III

3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Rebuilding the National Security Workforce

Nicole Isaac -- Senior Director, North America Policy, LinkedIn

Gautam Raghavan -- Former White House Liaison, Department of Defense

Loren DeJonge Schulman -- Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow, CNAS

Ambassador Prudence Bushnell -- Former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya; Former U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala

Moderated by Dana Linnet -- Client Relationship Executive, Guidehouse

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Member Party

Buffalo Billiards

1330 19th St NW

Washington, DC 20036

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Sunday, June 16, 2019


9:00 AM to 9:15 AM

Breakfast and Welcome

Anthony Robinson -- Director of Training and Public Engagement, Truman Center and Truman Project

9:15 AM to 10:30 AM

Member-Led Sessions I
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  • Advancing Global Equality in 2020 with Jesse Bernstein
  • Bringing Non-Sexy Back: Chapter Best Practices Outside of DC with Tripp Adams
  • Rock the Vote: Help Truman Leaders Get Elected with Joshua Welle
  • Protecting Refugees, Immigration, and Civil Liberties: National Security Countermeasures in the Trump Era with Susannah Cunningham

10:30 AM to 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM to 12:00 PM

Member-Led Sessions II
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  • Advocacy Divided by 50: Effective Community Communication for Maximum Impact with Seth Palmer and Terron Sims II
  • Better Call My Lawyer: How Lawyers Can Help You #Resist with Xander Meise
  • Women Warriors: Shattering the Stereotypes and Ceilings with Won Palisoul
  • Innovative Uses of Technology in National Security from Hummus to Humvees with Jennifer Atala

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM


Jenna Ben-Yehuda -- President and CEO, Truman Center and Truman Project