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Bill Taylor speaking


Bill Taylor speaking with Chris Kojm


Photo: Audience members raise hands to ask a question to former Director of National of Intelligence James Clapper


The Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative at the Elliott School sponsors two speaker series: “Why Ethics Matter” and “Leadership in International Affairs: Lessons Learned”. Poignant speakers have included James Clapper (former Director of National Intelligence), Ambassador Prudence Bushnell (who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala and Kenya), and Dr. Robert M. Franklin (president emeritus of the Morehouse College). These speakers impart candid leadership advice, tell of ethical challenges they have faced in their careers, and describe the practical skills Elliott Students require for professional success.

Discover the LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series, featuring interviews with prominent practitioners in the field of International Affairs!

Fall 2020

  • Tuesday, February 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Virtual Film Series: The Dissident  With Director Bryan Fogel. Please join us for this documentary film Q&A session with Academy Award-winning director, Bryan Fogel, to discuss questions of leadership and ethics in the high-profile murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Wednesday, February 3 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 p.m. - Virtual Event: "A Conversation with Michael Marge." *MORE INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED AS THE DAY APPROACHES*
  • Wednesday, February 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Virtual Event: A Conversation with Maria Pica Karp." Maria Pica Karp is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Government Affairs for Chevron. Maria manages federal, international, state government, legislative and regulatory affairs, as well as oversees the company’s political contributions and compliance programs. Before assuming this role, Maria served as the public and government affairs General Manager for Chevron’s global upstream operations, where she supported the Vice-Chairman.
  • Thursday, February 11, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Virtual Event: A Conversation with Amb. (Ret.) Norm Eisen." Ambassador (ret.) Norman Eisen is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and a globally-recognized authority on law, ethics, and anti-corruption. He served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee for the impeachment and trial of President Trump from February 2019 to February 2020. He is the author of A Case for the American People: The United States v. Donald J. Trump (Crown 2020) and The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House (Crown 2018), and the editor of Democracy’s Defenders: U.S. Embassy Prague, the Fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, and Its Aftermath (Brookings Institution Press 2020). Eisen served in the White House from January 2009 to January 2011 as special counsel and special assistant to the president for ethics and government reform and was the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014. 
  • Wednesday, February 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Virtual Event: A Conversation with Faiza Patel." Faiza Patel serves as co-director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty & National Security Program. She has testified before Congress opposing the dragnet surveillance of Muslims, organized advocacy efforts against state laws designed to incite fear of Islam, and developed legislation creating an independent inspector general for the New York Police Department.
  • Tuesday, February 23, from11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Virtual Event: GEIA Event: Book Discussion with Dr. Aisling Swaine Research on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.
  • Thursday, February 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Virtual Event: “African American Leaders in Foreign Policy” with Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Chris Richardson, and Skip Gnehm. Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MPA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She teaches courses on public service, international development policy and administration, development management, and organizational behavior. Edward "Skip" Gnehm Jr. served 36 years in the Foreign Service with Ambassadorships in Kuwait, Australia, Jordan, and the UN. Currently, he is the Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs.

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Fall 2020

  • Thursday, January 21, Virtual Event: “The Capitol Riots, QAnon, and the Internet.” Recent events such as the shocking attack on the US Capitol and armed protests planned around the US indicate that threats to US democracy continue to grow in the wake of the US election. Panelists Professor Chris KojmDr. Rollie LalDr. Rebekah Tromble, and Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director for the GW Program on Extremism discussed how extremist ideas have spread through society, how technology is an enabler for extremist groups such as QAnon and the Capitol rioters, as well as the international implications.

  • Tuesday, January 19, Virtual Event: “King Week: Principled Leadership in Times of Crisis.” Former Elliott School Dean Reuben Brigety will discuss the life and experience of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and its meaning for students of international affairs. International events -- including anti-colonial movements in Africa and Gandhi's peaceful protests against British rule -- shaped Dr. King, who in turn has inspired human freedom movements for the past half-century. Dean Brigety will explore Dr. King's example of moral leadership.

  • Friday, January 8, Virtual Event: "Race and Gender in International Affairs Panel." Panel discussion focused on how to prepare future leaders to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their future careers. Hosted by the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA), the Elliott School Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Initiative, the International Affairs Society, and Young Black Professionals in International Affairs.

  • Friday, January 8, Virtual Event: “Sixty Minutes with Ditte Juul-Jørgensen, Director General for Energy of the European Commission” with Mrs. Juul-Jørgensen. She took up the position of ENER Director in August 2019. She joined DG ENER from a position as Head of Cabinet for EC Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She has 27 years of experience in the European Commission. Previously, she was Director of Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade at the World Trade Organization. She managed European Union policy and negotiations at the WTO with involvement in dispute settlement trade in goods.

  • Tuesday, December 8, Virtual Event Film Series: "Waking Dream," with the comments of documentary film director Theo Rigby. Rigby joined for a Q&A session discussing leadership & ethics and the stories of six undocumented young people as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship.
  • Wednesday, December 02, Virtual Event: "Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in the Navy: A Conversation with Rear Admiral Kelly Aeschbach" Featuring (Ret.) Admiral Michelle Howard, Elliott School Shapiro Visiting Professor in 2018-2020, in a conversation with Rear Admiral Kelly Aeschbach, Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence and GWU graduate. 
  • Thursday, November 19, Virtual Event: "Unpacking the Implications of American Exceptionalism," with Temi IbirogbaCharles KupchanEric Cheyfitz, and Netfa Freeman. This event deconstructed the discrepancies between American exceptionalism's ideal and reality and disentangled the consequences of these discrepancies. This panel examined the overlooked assumptions that undergird American exceptionalism and discussed how the US can grapple with its violent history to work towards playing a positive role in international relations.
  • Tuesday, November 17, Virtual Event: "The State of Intelligence: Leadership to Meet Future Challenges" with Robert Cardillo, a man who has held numerous leadership positions his distinguished 35 years of service in the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Most recently, he served as the sixth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from October 2014 until February 2019, where he led the Agency’s efforts to modernize and grow its global geospatial intelligence mission. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Cardillo served as the first deputy director for intelligence integration at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). He operationalized and implemented the DNI’s vision to integrate the IC fully. In this position, Mr. Cardillo managed, edited, and delivered over 1,400 President’s Daily Briefs. Robert will discuss his views of the IC's challenges to remain relevant in a world of chaotic information flows, easily manipulated sources, and an over-reliance on past success.
  • Wednesday, November 11, Virtual Event: “Sustainable Tourism Event,” with Varun Sivaram. A widely published scientist and innovation scholar, Sivaram is a senior research scholar at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy, serves on the boards of Stanford University's energy and environment institutes and created the course "Clean Energy Innovation" as a Georgetown University professor to train the next generation of energy leaders. He has also shaped government policies supportive of innovation as the director of the energy and climate program at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a senior energy advisor to the Los Angeles mayor and New York governor's office. He serves as one of the 25 advisors to the UN COP26 climate conference in 2021; on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council for the Energy Transition; as a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute, ITIF and Energy for Growth; and on the board of Peridot Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: PDAC.U) and as an advisor to Camus Energy, Glint Solar and Radia, Inc.
  • Friday, November 6, Virtual Event Film Series: "Belly of the Beast," with the comments of Director Erika Cohn. Film screening and Q&A session discussing leadership & ethics surrounding a legal battle against modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.
  • Monday, October 19, Virtual Event: “The Importance of Public Service: A Conversation with Fiona Hill,” with Fiona Hill, a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. She recently served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. From 2006 to 2009, she served as the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is co-author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).
  • Wednesday, October 14, Virtual Event: “Sustainable Tourism Event,” with Anne Becker, the Maude, and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  An anthropologist and psychiatrist, Professor Becker’s areas of research focus include the social and cultural mediation of presentation and risk for eating disorders, social barriers to care for mental disorders, and school-based mental health promotion.
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Virtual Event: “Dissent and the Decision to Leave: Views from a Former Foreign Service Officer,” with Bethany Milton, a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer who resigned in protest from the Department of State in August 2019 over Trump Administration policies. She currently works as a Sanctions Compliance Officer for a large Nordic bank. Her final Foreign Service posting was Chief of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Before that, she served as the Special Assistant to the Bureau of Consular Affairs Executive Director. Her overseas assignments include Chief of the Immigrant Visa Unit in Mumbai, Vice Consul and Economic Officer in Tel Aviv, and Vice Consul in Mumbai. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and an MBA from Copenhagen Business School.
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020, Virtual Event: “Leading from the Center,” with Anne-Marie Slaughter, the CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Before her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (formerly the Woodrow Wilson School) from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. She has written/edited seven books, including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Virtual Event: “International Human Rights Law: Leadership, Challenges, and the Path Forward,” with Associate Dean Rosa Celorio, who joined GW Law in 2018 after having worked for more than a decade as a Senior Attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, one of the principal organs of the regional human rights protection system for the Americas. During her time at the Commission, she held various leadership positions, including the supervision of all the legal work performed by the specialized Rapporteurships on the rights of women, indigenous peoples, racial discrimination, LGBTI issues, children, and older persons, as well as matters concerning South America Countries. Dean Celorio supervised the first group of cases decided by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on violence against women and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Dean Celorio has worked in international human rights law, racism, and gender issues for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM-currently UN Women) in New York and Ecuador. She has also acted as an advisor for several global initiatives implemented by various United Nations Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups.
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020, Virtual Event: “NO GOING BACK: POST-CORONA RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM PRESENTED BY NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE MUHAMMAD YUNUS,” with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as "one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time." In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to "create economic and social development from below." With James E. Foster as the moderator. 
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020, virtual event, “The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Talking Points,” with Peter Loge, Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs, SMPA Director of External Relations, and Director of the Project on Ethics in Political Communication.
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020, virtual event, “Sports, Ethics, and Black Lives Matter Panel,” with Dr. Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff, ESIA BA ’99, an expert on sports diplomacy, will moderate a discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement in the context of athletics. Joining Lindsay are Pops Mensah-Bonsu, CCAS BA ’06, who most recently served as the General Manager of the NBA G League Capital City Go-Go and is a former professional basketball player; and current George Washington University Head Coach of Women’s Basketball, and Assistant Coach for USA Women’s Basketball, Jen Rizzotti.
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020, virtual event, “Immigration from Mexico and integration of Mexican immigrants,” with Tomás Jiménez, Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He is also Director of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies. His research and writing focus on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His latest book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (University of California Press, 2017), uses interviews from a race and class spectrum of Silicon Valley residents to show how a relational form of assimilation changes both newcomers (immigrants and their children) and established individuals (people born in the US to US-born parents).

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020, virtual event, “Do The Right Thing," with Russ Travers, the Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on Aug. 16, 2019. Serving as Deputy Director since Nov. 13, 2017, he previously served as Acting Director during the confirmation process for Joe Maguire Dec. 2017 to Dec. 2018. Mr. Travers also held other leadership positions within NCTC between 2015 and 2017, including Senior Counselor to the Director, Acting Director of the Office of Data Strategy and Innovation, and the Chief Data Officer for both NCTC and ODNI.

  • Friday, September 11, 2020, virtual event, “Sixty Minutes with Reinhard Bütikofer of the German Alliance 90/The Greens” The diplomats will discuss US-EU relations’ future, the EU’s response to the crisis in Belarus, EU-China relations, energy and climate, and democracy issues in the transatlantic community.

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020, virtual event, "Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump” with Joseph S. Nye Jr., a University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a Deputy Under Secretary of State, and won distinguished service awards from all three agencies. His books include The Future of Power, The Power Game: A Washington Novel, and Do Morals Matter?

Summer 2020

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020, virtual event, “A Paradox of Morality: Using Games to Understand Group Moral Responsibility” with Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics and Carl Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. He is currently the President of the International Economic Association and a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.

  • Friday, August 14, 2020, virtual event, “Race and International Affairs: Promoting Anti-Racism as a Foreign Policy Professional” with Dr. Imani Cheers (Associate Director, SMPA Associate Professor of Digital Storytelling), Aaron Williams (Senior Advisor-Emeritus, RTI international former director, U.S. Peace Corps), Mayrum Saifee (Women Rights Activist), Ambassador Liberata Mulamula (Associate Director and Visiting scholar, IAFS GW, Former Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S.), and Chris Richardson (Former U.S. Diplomat, Immigration Attorney). We will have a panel of speakers from across the foreign policy community who will share their experiences at the intersection of race and foreign policy. Our goal is to help inspire current students and young foreign policy professionals entering the field to become aware of race-based issues and become actively anti-racist in their personal and professional work.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020, “A Paradox of Morality: Using Games to Understand Group Moral Responsibility,” with Prof. Kaushik Basu of Cornell University (Co-sponsored with the International Institute for Economic Policy).  
  • Friday, August 14, 2020, “Race and International Affairs: Promoting Anti-Racism as a Foreign Policy Professional,” panel discussion with Dr. Imani Cheers, Aaron Williams, Amb. Liberata Mulamula, Christopher Richardson, and Maryum Saifee, (Co-sponsored with the International Affairs Society and the Elliott School’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative).
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020, virtual event, “Future of Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship with European Commission Vice President, Maroš Šefčovič,” (Co-sponsored with the Security and Sustainability Forum). 
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020, virtual event, "From Hope to Horror: Diplomacy and the Making of the Rwanda Genocide," book launch by Ambassador Joyce Leader, moderated by Institute for African Studies Director Jennifer Cooke. (cosponsored with IAfS)
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020, virtual event, “Leadership in Our Time: Sixty Minutes with Michael Chertoff,” former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, moderated by Andreas Simonyi.  (Co-sponsored with the Security and Sustainability Forum). 
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020, virtual event, “Fostering Social Cohesion in Diverse Societies,” A Conversation with the OSCE High Commissioner in National Minorities, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier

Spring 2020

  • Tuesday, April 28, LEAP Student Leadership Panel with Elliott School Undergraduate and Graduate students as they discuss their leadership experiences. Moderated by Graduate student, Rebecca HoweWatch the LEAP Student Leadership Panel event recording.
  • Wednesday, April 22, Virtual Event, “Microaggressions:Toxic Rain in Educational Institutions,” with Dr. Derald Wing Sue, co-sponsored with the Diversity and Inclusion Manager.
  • Tuesday, April 14, Virtual Event "Promoting Ethics and Leadership in International Organizations" with Jorge Dajani, Chief Ethics Officer of the World Bank Group on the specificities of ethics functions in international public organizations and the importance of creating a value-based culture. Moderated by James Foster.
  • Wednesday, April 8, Virtual Event: "The End of Authority: Politics in a Post-Truth Age" with Journalist and author Ray Suarez. The event breaks down this time of trial for journalists, elected officials, and an audience trying to figure out what’s true, and what’s not. Watch "The End of Authority: Politics in a Post-Truth Age" event recording.
  • Wednesday, April 1, Virtual Event: Film Festival: “The Report” Q&A Session led by Daniel J. Jones a former United States Senate investigator, best known for his role in leading the investigation into the CIA's use of torture in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Jones is the founder and president of Advance Democracy, Inc. (ADI), a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that conducts public interest investigations around the world that promote "accountability, transparency, and good governance." Watch "The Report" Q&A session with Daniel Jones.
  • Thursday, March 5, GEIA International Women's Day (IWD) Conference on Women, Peace & Security (WPS).  Co-sponsorship by LEAP.
  • Thursday, March 5, “North Korea: Domestic security challenges, U.N. energy sanctions and the re-emergence of the threat of famine” with Dr. Hazel Smith a Professorial Research Associate in Korean Studies School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom and Professor Emerita of International Security, Cranfield University, UK. With Director Linda Joyce Yarr, Director Partnership for International Strategies in Asia as moderator. 
  • Friday, February 28, “A Conversation on Leadership and Ethics,” with Ambassador William B. Taylor, who received the Elliott School’s Leadership, Ethics and Practice Award.  Moderated by LEAP Director Chris Kojm.
  • Thursday, February 27, “What I Have—and Haven’t—Learned about Ethical Leadership from Studying Humanitarian INGOs” with Jennifer Rubenstein, an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia specializing in political theory.
  • Tuesday, February 25, “Complicity and Compromise: How ethical considerations ought to shape decision making of humanitarian organizations in complex environments,” with Dr. Chiara Lepora, a physician working with the International Committee of the Red Cross and formerly with Doctors Without Borders.  Discussion moderated by Michael Barnett, University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University.
  • Monday, February 24, Film festival: “The Cave” with discussion moderated by Dr. Shirley Graham, Director of the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs.
  • Thursday, February 20, Conference on the 40th Anniversary of the National Intelligence Council, “Past as Prologue.
  • Wednesday, February 19, “Ethical dilemmas in leadership: the Palestinian case” with Nizar Farsakh, Principal at Farsakh Training & Consulting LLC and Chair of the Board of The Museum of the Palestinian People. Discussion moderated by Elliott School Vice Dean Ilana Feldman, Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs.
  • Saturday, February 8, Crisis Simulation - “Troubled Waters: A Simulation of Water Rights Disputes Along the Nile River” in partnership with the GWU Strategic Crisis Simulation Student Organization.
  • Monday, February 3, “Intervention without Empire: The Ethics of Foreign Influence in a (Neo-) Colonial World” with Dr. Lucia Rafanelli, an Assistant Professor of Ethics & International Affairs and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the George Washington University, and Professor Chris Kojm as moderator.
  • Wednesday, January 29, “Humor, Ethics, and Dignity: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” with Sean Kanuck, an international attorney and professional intelligence analyst who advises governments, corporations, and entrepreneurs on the future of information technology, founder and CEO of EXEDEC LLC.
  • Monday, January 27, “Leadership in Challenging Times” with Aaron Williams, an international development expert, and a former diplomat. He served as the 18th Director of the Peace Corps from 2009 to 2012 under President Barack Obama. Discussion moderated by Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at George Washington University.
  • Monday, January 27, Film festival “Complicit - St Louis” with the comments of Jonah Karoll and Professor Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
    The George Washington University, Chair of the Rabin Forum.
  • Monday, January 13, “Reclaiming the great world house: Martin Luther King, Jr's Vision for 21st Century Leadership” with Dr. Vicki Crawford, Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, Associate Professor of African-American Studies, Morehouse College.

Fall 2019

  • Wednesday, November 20, "Sports Diplomacy and Gender" with Ms. Joanna Lohman, sports diplomat, and LGBT rights advocate, and Ms. Nora Summerville (GW MAIA ‘17), moderator, is a monitoring and evaluation specialist for PeacePlayers International.
  • November 7 - 15, “Waging Peace Program”. LEAP will co-sponsor a series of events (including exhibits, film screenings, panel discussions, a peace poetry open mic, etc…) to educate students and the general public about often overlooked facets of the history of US involvement in Vietnam, including the impact that antiwar GIs and veterans had on ending the war. You can download our Waging Peace in Vietnam program brochure here to learn more about the program.
  • Tuesday, November 5, “Book Launch: After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present” with Hope Harrison, author and Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at the Elliott School. 
  • Monday, November 4, "Ethics and Leadership: Core Values in Public Service" with Beth Nolan, Vice President and GW General Counsel, former White House Counsel. 
  • Friday, November 1, “The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities, 1894–1924,” with Benny Morris, author, professor, and historian. 
  • Tuesday, October 29, “The Ethics of Technology and Development” with Aasit Nanavati, Strategy and Sales, DevResults and George Washington University Adjunct Professor & Josh Machleder, Senior Advisor for Media and Internet Freedom, USAID.
  • Thursday, October 24, “The Ethics of Promoting Justice Across Borders” with Lucia Rafanelli, GW Faculty. 
  • Wednesday, October 23, "Ethics and Leadership in Post Civil War Sierra Leone", A discussion with Mohamed Sidibay, peace activist, Elliott School alum, and former child soldier in Sierra Leone. 
  • Wednesday, October 23“International Financial Institutions’ Accountability Mechanisms” A discussion with Mohammad Hamze from the Office of the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO MICI, Inter-American Development Bank and Esteban Tovar Cornejo, from the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Tuesday, October 15, ETHICS DAY: “Doing the Right Thing in Humanitarian and Development Work – The Perspective of an NGO” with Michael Klosson, Vice President for Policy and Humanitarian Response for Save the Children.
  • Friday, October 11, “Restoring Our Places” with Mark Freiman, President of the Canadian Peres Centre for Peace Foundation and of Canadian Jewish Congress.
  • Wednesday, October 2, "Taking in Refugees in World War II and Now: The Story of a Plateau in France and its Citizens who for Centuries have Risked Their Own Well-Being to Help Others" with Maggie Paxson.
  • Saturday, September 28A Crisis Simulation: "Crumbling Facade: Exploring Possible U.S. Responses to China's Campaign of Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang" in partnership with the GW Strategic Crisis Simulation Student Organization.
  • Thursday, September 19, "Women and War: Evolving the Narrative of Women's Contributions to Peace & Security" Speaker: Jessica Smith.
  • Monday, September 16, Ethics and Leadership, a discussion on America's First Foreign Policy. Speaker: Patrick Fine, Chief Executive of FHI 360.
  • Monday, September 16, "2019 Ambassador of Conscience Award Ceremony honoring Greta Thunberg and the Fridays For Future Movement". Speaker: Greta Thunberg and the Fridays For Future Youth Movement.
  • Thursday, September 12, Human Rights in Practice: Measuring Modern Slavery to Improve Public and Private Policy. Speaker: Dr. Davina Durgana, award-winning international human rights expert. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Dr. Davina Durgana
  • Friday, September 6, “Call Sign Chaos: a story about learning how to lead in a chaotic world,'' Speaker: Jim Mattis, former U.S. Secretary of Defense.
    This Fall, the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative has given twenty First-Year Experience students the unique opportunity to attend this event, and hear from former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Spring 2019

  • Thursday, April 25, “Ethical and Leadership Challenges in Human Rights, Peace and Environmental Struggles".
    Speaker: Dr. Barbara Wien, Professor at American University's School of International Service. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Dr. Barbara Wien.
  • Monday, April 22, “Earth Day: The Ethics of Climate Change". Speaker: Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute.
  • Thursday, April 18, "Developing Successful Leadership Skills in Challenging Environments". Speakers: Dr. Bonnie Jenkins, founder of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) nonprofit organization & senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and Ms. Asha Castleberry, GW professor and national security and foreign policy expert. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series  with Bonnie Jenkins & LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Asha Castleberry.
  •  Wednesday, April 17, Spring 2019 LEAP Student Panel & Networking Reception. Student Speakers: Nico Han, Alvin Young, Nadia Crevecoeur, Juliette Erath
  • Thursday, April 11, Policymaking and the Rwandan genocide: Ethical and Leadership Challenges. Panel speakers: Ambassador Prudence Bushnell served as the US Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs; Ms. Janet Fleischman, independent consultant, senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, and former Washington Director for Africa at Human Rights Watch; Dr. Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at GW, worked at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1993 to 1994 and covered the Rwandan Genocide.
  • Thursday, April 4, "Think Globally. Act Locally. Evaluate the Interaction". Speaker: Dr. Michael Quinn Patton, program evaluation and organizational development consultant.
  • Wednesday, April 3, "25 Years After the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi: Seeking Reparative Justice, Realizing Human Rights, and Reflecting on the Legacy of the Genocide in the Lives of its Survivors." Speaker: Albert Gasake, Survivor of the Rwandan genocide & Attorney with the Rwanda Bar Association.
  • Thursday, March 28, “Surveillance and Oversight: Implications for U.S. Leadership” Speaker: Chairman Adam Klein, Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series.
  • Tuesday, March 26, "The Trials of Richard Goldstone". Speaker: Dr. Daniel Terris, Director Emeritus of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. Current Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences at Al-Quds University.
  • Monday, March 25, "A Conversation with Swanee Hunt" Speaker: Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder of Inclusive Security and the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at the JFK School of Government at Harvard.
  • Thursday, March 7, "Celebrating 2019: The Year of Women in Politics". Speakers: Ms. Frieda Edgette, Founder of Courage to Run; Ms. Gwen Young, Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project; Ms. Lisa Schroeter, Global Director, Trade and Investment Policy, The Dow Chemical Company; Ms. Ianta Summers, Women's March Organizer.
  • Friday, March 1, “Falling Shadows: A Simulation of Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar,” In partnership with the GW Strategic Crisis Simulation Student Organization.  LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Caitlyn Leong.
  • Thursday, February 28, "Leadership, Ethics, and International Affairs: Giving Voice to Value”. Speaker: Dr. Mary Gentile, Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Mary Gentile.
  • Monday, February 25, “Should Leaders Focus on Poverty or Inequality? Ethical and Policy Perspectives”. Speaker: Dr. Douglas Hicks, Professor of Religion, Dean of Oxford College at the Emory University. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Douglas Hicks. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Douglas Hicks.
  • Wednesday, February 13, "Ethics and Leadership: A Discussion with Ambassador Rich Verma". Speaker: Ambassador Rich Verma, former Ambassador to India, Vice Chairman at the Asia Group. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Rich Verma.
  • Tuesday, February 5, Panel on “The Ethical Implications of Drone Warfare”. Speakers: Dr. Hugh Gusterson, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, GW; Ms. Rachel Stohl, Director of the Conventional Defense Program at the Stimson Center, and Dean David Deptula, Head of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies.
  • Wednesday, January 30, In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day “The Road to Babi Yar”: Film Screening and Discussion. Speaker: Dr. Walter Reich, Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, GW and Mr. Boris Maftsir, Israeli documentary filmmaker.
  • Wednesday, January 16, King Week - “Martin Luther King: a voice and force in international affairs.” Speaker: Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus of the Morehouse College. LEAP Exclusive Podcast Series with Robert Franklin.

Fall 2018

  • Tuesday, December 4, "The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust" with Diana Henriques, Journalist at New York Times, Member of the GW Board of Trustees.
  • Tuesday, November 27, Career Cafe with Carla Koppell, Director of Diversity & Inclusion in International affairs, School of Foreign Affairs, Georgetown University.
  • Monday, November 19, "The Individual in International Affairs: Towards an Ethics of Recognition & Human Rights." Speaker: Noam Schimmel, Professor of Ethics and International Affairs, Elliott School.
  • Thursday, November 15, "Tales from the Pitch: Navigating Ethical Issues in Global Sports." Speaker: Lindsay Krasnoff, communications specialist, historian, sports expert.
  • Wednesday, November 7, “‘Never Again' or 'Ever Again'? The Challenge of the Holocaust for Our Leaders and Our Time." Speaker: Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor International Affairs, Elliott School.
  • Monday, October 29, Leadership & Ethics: A View of American Foreign Policy Over 60 Years Through the Eyes of William F. Buckley and the Movement He Founded." Speaker: Al Felzenberg, American presidential historian, political commentator, and former communications director.
  • Wednesday, October 24, “Leadership and Ethics,” Speaker: Michelle Howard, Admiral, US Navy (Ret.) & Visiting Shapiro Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School.
  • Monday, October 22, Ethics Reviews in Research for National Security Speaker: Jason Matheny, former Director of Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.
  • Wednesday, October 17, Global Ethics Day "Terrorism, Betrayal & Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings." Speaker: Prudence Bushnell, former U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala and Kenya.


Crisis Simulations

In Spring 2019, the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative ran a crisis simulation entitled "Falling Shadows: A Simulation of Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar"  in partnership with the GWU Strategic Crisis Simulation Student Organization. This was a unique opportunity for students to develop leadership, ethics and practical skills by playing roles they might hold in the future. During the simulation, students were assigned to play the roles of U.S officials, international officials and the media, in connection with the Rohingya crisis. Students gained a better understanding of the dynamics of power involved in the decision-making process in a humanitarian crisis. They learned about difficult ethical and policy dilemmas and also learn about themselves — their convictions, values, and strengths. 

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