The School for Ethics and Global Leadership

Guest Speakers

A hallmark of the SEGL student experience is exposure to a variety of fascinating, influential, and experienced leaders from many walks of life. As a nonpartisan institution, we strive to provide students the opportunity to hear perspectives that both inspire and challenge, regardless of a student’s ideology or political leanings. Within the classroom, we consider viewpoints through a critical lens, deepening understanding of our own and others’ beliefs.

Below is a list highlighting only a few of the incredible speakers SEGL students have heard from over the years.

Guest Speakers

David Abshire

David Abshire

  • President, Center for the Study of the Presidency
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Tom Adkins

  • Social Entrepreneur, Founder, and Principal, Open Organize
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Simon Allison

  • Africa Editor, Mail & Guardian
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Frank Anderson

  • President, Middle East Policy Council
Ghaith Al-Omari

Ghaith Al-Omari

  • Senior Fellow, The Washington Institute
  • Executive Director, American Task Force in Palestine (ATFP)
  • Former Palestinian negotiator
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Capt. Mark Bedrin

  • Legislative Liaison, United States Army
Josh Bolten

Josh Bolten

  • White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
John Brennan

John Brennan

  • Former Director Central Intelligence Agency
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Kurt Campbell

  • Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson

  • Host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News
Khary Cauthen

Khary Cauthen

  • Former Special Assistant to the Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality
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Sasha Chanoff

  • Founder and Director, M’pendo International
Lt. Col. Daniel Coe

Lt. Col. Daniel Coe

  • Chief of the Conventional Arms Control Branch, Pentagon
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Brandi Colander

  • Former Deputy General Counsel, White House Council on Environmental Quality
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Amb. Mamady Condé

  • Guinean Ambassador to the United States
Hon. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

Hon. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

  • United States Senator, Oklahoma
Fernando Cutz

Fernando Cutz

  • Former Director for South America, National Security Council
Amb. Mark Dybul

Amb. Mark Dybul

  • Former United States Global AIDS Coordinator
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Wendy Edelberg

  • Associate Director for Economic Analysis, Congressional Budget Office
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David Ettinger

  • Research Librarian, The George Washington University
Amb. Daniel Fried

Amb. Daniel Fried

  • Special Envoy for Closure of the Guantanamo Detainee Facility
Hon. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)

Hon. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)

  • United States Senator, New York
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Nitin Gajria

  • Nitin Gajria, Managing Director for Google Africa
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Justin Goforth

  • Director, Medical Adherence United and STD Services, Whitman-Walker Clinic
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Bailey Hand

  • Special Assistant/Acting Chief of Staff, United States Secretary of Defense
Hon. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

Hon. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

  • United States Representative, New York
Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson

  • (Former) U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
David Keene

David Keene

  • (Former) President, National Rifle Association
Steve Killelea

Steve Killelea

  • Founder, Global Peace Index
Egil “Bud” Krogh

Egil “Bud” Krogh

  • Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Senior Fellow and Chair on Leadership, Ethics, and Integrity
Laura Lane

Laura Lane

  • President, Global Public Affairs, UPS
  • Former United States Embassy official, Kigali, Rwanda
Hon. John Lewis (D-GA)

Hon. John Lewis (D-GA)

  • United States Representative, Georgia
  • Civil Rights Leader
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Lawrence Manzi

  • First Counselor, Embassy of Rwanda to the United States
Mike McCurry

Mike McCurry

  • Former White House Press Secretary
  • Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates
General Stanley McChrystal

General Stanley McChrystal

  • Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
  • Commander, United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A)
Derek Mitchell

Derek Mitchell

  • United States Special Envoy to Rwanda
George Moose

George Moose

  • Former Assistant Secretary of State, African Affairs
Amb. Dan Mozena

Amb. Dan Mozena

  • Senior Coordinator for Boko Haram, United States State Department
Lissa Muscatine

Lissa Muscatine

  • Senior Advisor and Chief of Speechwriting, United States State Department
Ian Neilson

Ian Neilson

  • Former Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa
Mary Neumayr

Mary Neumayr

  • Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality
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Dr. Joseph Newhouse

  • Director, PhD in Health Policy, Harvard University
President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

  • Former President of the United States of America
His Highness Reza Pahlavi

His Highness Reza Pahlavi

  • Former Crown Prince of Iran
Hon. Tom Perriello (D-VA)

Hon. Tom Perriello (D-VA)

  • United States Representative, Virginia
Abby Phillip

Abby Phillip

  • White House Correspondent, CNN
Hon. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

Hon. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

  • United States Representative, Maryland
Megan Rooney

Megan Rooney

  • Speechwriter to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
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Carine Rusesabagina

  • Activist, daughter of Paul Rusesabagina of “Hotel Rwanda”
Abdul Aziz Said

Abdul Aziz Said

  • Mohammed Said Farsi Professor of Islamic Peace, American University
Robert Satloff

Robert Satloff

  • Executive Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Eric Schmitt

Eric Schmitt

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The New York Times
Hon. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Hon. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

  • United States Senator, New York
L. Michael Seidman

L. Michael Seidman

  • Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown University Law Center
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Elodie Shami

  • Education Officer, Embassy of Rwanda to the United States
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Elad Strohmayer

  • Spokesperson of the Embassy of Israel to the United States
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Trigg Talley

  • Director of the Office of Global Change, United States Department of State
Justice Clarence Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas

  • Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
Amb. Melanne Verveer

Amb. Melanne Verveer

  • United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
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Joe Weinstein

  • Senior Partner, Global Social Enterprise Initiative
Cornell West

Cornell West

  • Philosopher, Activist
Carl Wilkens

Carl Wilkens

  • Executive Director, World Outside My Shoes
  • Former Director, ADRA in Rwanda
  • Medal of Valor, Simon Weisenthal Center