LEAP Events

Speaker Series

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.” 

Outstanding recent speakers have included James Clapper (former Director of National Intelligence), former Ambassador Prudence Bushnell and former Vice Chief of Naval Operations and four-star Admiral Michelle Howard, who is currently the Shapiro Visiting Professor at the Elliott School.

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.

Upcoming Speakers

Wednesday, Jan 30th, 3:30 - 6 PM, Conf Room 602. 

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 Boris Maftsir, Israeli documentary filmmaker. RSVP online.

Tuesday, Feb 5th, 12 - 1 PM, Conf Room 602

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, Feb 13th, 5 - 6 PM, Conf Room 505

“Ethics and Leadership: Career Café with Rich Verma”.
Speaker: Ambassador Rich Verma, former Ambassador to India, Vice Chairman at the Asia Group.

Monday, Feb 25th, 5 - 6 PM, Conf Room 602

“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.

Thursday, Feb 28th, 12 - 1 PM, Conf Room 505

"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.

Tuesday, March 26th, 12 - 1 PM, Conf Room 505

 "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.

 Thursday, Mar 28th, 12 - 1 PM, Conf Room 505

“Surveillance and Oversight: Implications for U.S. Leadership”
Speaker: Chairman Adam Klein, Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Tuesday, Apr 9th, 12 - 1 PM, Conf Room 602

Ethics and Leadership: Career Café with General Counsel Beth Nolan
Speaker: General Counsel Beth Nolan
Vice President and General Counsel of GWU, former White House Counsel.

Thursday, Apr 11th, 12 - 1 PM, Conf Room 602

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide (Full Title TBD)
Speaker: Ambassador Prudence Bushnell served as the US Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala.

Spring 2019

Wednesday Jan 16th, 5 - 6 PM, Conf Room 602.

  • King Week:  “Martin Luther King: a voice and force in international affairs.” Speaker: Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus of the Morehouse college.

Fall 2018

  • 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.

  • Ethics Reviews in Research for National Security Speaker: Jason Matheny, former Director of Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

  • Leadership and Ethics Speaker: Michelle Howard, Admiral, US Navy (Ret.) & Visiting Shapiro Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School.

  • 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.

  • “‘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.

  • "Tales from the Pitch: Navigating Ethical Issues in Global Sports." Speaker: Lindsay Krasnoff, communications specialist, historian, sports expert.

  • "The Individual in International Affairs: Towards an Ethics of Recognition & Human Rights." Speaker: Noam Schimmel, Professor of Ethics and International Affairs, Elliott School.

  • Career Cafe with Carla Koppell, Director of Diversity & Inclusion in International affairs, School of Foreign Affairs, Georgetown University.

  • "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.

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Crisis Simulations

The Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative will run a crisis simulation on Friday, March 1st, in partnership with the GWU Strategic Crisis Simulation Student Organization. It will be a unique opportunity for students to develop leadership, ethics and practical skills by playing roles they might hold in the future.

During the simulation, 60 students — both undergraduate and graduate — will be assigned to play the roles of U.S officials, international officials and the media, in connection with the Rohingya crisis.

Students will gain a better understanding of the dynamics of power involved in the decision-making process in a humanitarian crisis. They will learn about difficult ethical and policy dilemmas and also learn about themselves — their convictions, values, and strengths.



photo: Kristie Kenney talks about lessons learned as a U.S. ambassador

Kristie Kenney, a former diplomat who attained the U.S. Foreign Service’s highest rank, spoke at the Elliott School of International Affairs.