Agenda

All events by invitation only

Monday, July 25

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Opening Reception

  • Ken Wollack, NDI President - @kwollack
  • Clyde Tuggle, Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company - @ClydeCTuggle
  • Madeleine Albright, NDI Chairman; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; former Secretary of State; Professor, Georgetown University - @madeleine
  • Tom Daschle, NDI Vice Chair, Founder and CEO, The Daschle Group, former Senate Democratic Leader - @TomDaschle
  • Ed Rendell, Chair, DNC Host Committee, former Governor of Pennsylvania - @GovEdRendell
  • Representative Steny Hoyer, Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Representatives - @WhipHoyer
  • Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) - @RepRickLarsen
  • Representative Jerry McNerney (D-CA) - @RepMcNerney
  • Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) - @JoaquinCastrotx
  • Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center - @RosenJeffrey

Tuesday, July 26

9 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and What’s Happening at the Convention Today

  • Ken Wollack, NDI President
  • Madeleine Albright, NDI Chairman

9:30 am - 11:00 am

The 2016 Campaign Overview: The Role of Primaries, Nominating Conventions and Presidential Debates  

The panel sets the stage for the week’s events, and provides a basic introduction to the American electoral process. Particular focus will be given on the impact of primaries, conventions, and debates in the selection of the nominees.

Lead Sponsor: Paladin Capital Group

  • Moderator: Ann Compton, former ABC News White House Correspondent, Journalism Hall of Fame
  • Barbara Lee, Member of Congress, DNC Platform Committee, House Appropriations Committee
  • Howard Dean, 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate; NDI Board member; former Governor of Vermont; former DNC Chair; MSNBC Contributor
  • Frank Fahrenkopf, Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates; former Chair, Republican Party
  • Elaine Kamarck, Senior Fellow and Director of Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution; Author “Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates”

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Break

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

What Happened at the Republican Convention?

This panel evaluates the events and outcome of the Republican Convention in Cleveland, which occurs the week before the Democratic Convention.

  • Moderator: Kathleen Parker, nationally syndicated columnist featured in The Washington Post; recipient, Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, 2010
  • Frank Fahrenkopf, Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates; former Chair, Republican Party
  • Vin Weber, Partner, Mercury Public Strategy Consultants; former Member of Congress; Co-Chair, Romney, Dole, and Bush campaigns
  • Al Cardenas, Senior Partner, Squire, Patton, Boggs; former Chair, American Conservative Union; former Chair, Florida Republican Party

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

What’s Going on in America: Important Trends

The panel examines the trends that have shaped the 2016 campaign up until the point of the conventions, including the rise of outsider candidates, disillusionment with government, economic disenchantment, and belief that the political system is rigged.

  • Moderator: Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today; Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today; Analyst, CBS Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, MSNBC and CNN; Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency; Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency
  • Stan Greenberg, Chairman and CEO, Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research; senior pollster for Bill Clinton and Al Gore; Co-founder, Democracy Corps; Author “American Renewal” and “It’s the Middle Class, Stupid”
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles
  • Gary Segura, Co-founder and Senior Partner, Latino Decisions; Professor of American Politics, Stanford University; Author “The Future is Ours: Minority Politics, Political Behavior, and the Multiracial Era of American Politics” and “Latinos in the New Millennium”
  • Van Jones, CNN political contributor; President Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs; Author “Green Collar Economy” and “Rebuild the Dream”
  • Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post; 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Break

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

What It’s Like to Run a Presidential Campaign

Candidates, campaign managers and top staff from recent presidential campaigns share the reality of modern political campaigns, including instantaneous media reporting, attack ads from hidden Super PACs, debate tactics, fundraising challenges, and the tremendous pressure on candidates from the day of the Iowa Caucus, through the primaries, and finally to Election Day.

  • Moderator: Anita Dunn, Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker; former Obama White House Communications Director and Senior Advisor to the President; campaign veteran
  • Howard Dean, 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate; NDI Board member; former Governor of Vermont; former DNC Chair; MSNBC Contributor
  • Danny Diaz, Founding Partner, FP1 Strategies; Jeb Bush 2016 Campaign Manager; Deputy Communications Director John McCain 2008

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

International Leaders Forum Hospitality Center

Lead Sponsors: American Federation of Teachers, International Masonry Institute, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

Wednesday, July 27

9 am - 9:30 am

What’s Happening at the Convention Today

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Impact of Social Media on 2016 Campaign

This panel focuses on the increasing role that Facebook, Twitter, and social media play in political campaigns, including how Democrats and Republicans view news feeds, share political information with friends, and build political communities online.

Lead Sponsor:  Facebook

  • Moderator: Crystal Patterson, Government and Politics Outreach Manager, Facebook
  • Adam Sharp, Head of News, Government and Elections, Twitter; former Executive Producer, CSPAN
  • Jon Keegan, Visual Correspondent, Wall Street Journal, Blue Feed-Red Feed

11:00 am - 11:15 pm

Break

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

The Role of Traditional News, TV, and New Media

The panel provides political analysis of the major developments of the 2016 campaign from experts in traditional news sources, TV, and new media. This year, presidential campaigns are likely to spend more money on online advertising than they will spend on newspaper and radio ads, and free media has achieved winning results. The panel will examine these trends, and what it means for the general election and beyond.

  • Moderator: Susan Glasser, Editor, POLITICO; former Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy; former foreign correspondent, editor, and political reporter, The Washington Post
  • Jonathan Capehart, Opinion Writer, The Washington Post; MSNBC Contributor
  • Campbell Brown, Founder, The Seventy Four; former anchor, NBC News and CNN; Award-winning journalist; Politico: Why I Blame TV for Trump
  • David Lauter, Washington Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times
  • Amy Mitchell, Director of Journalism Research, Pew Research Center; Author of Pew Report, “Political Polarization and News Habits”

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Geraldine Ferraro Women in Politics Luncheon

The event honors the late Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate and long-time NDI board member.

Lead Sponsor: Chevron

  • Madeleine Albright, Chairman, NDI; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; former Secretary of State; Professor, Georgetown University
  • Laura Zacarro Lee, Daughter of Geraldine Ferraro
  • Leah Daughtry, Convention Chair
  • Nita Lowey, Member of Congress (D-NY); Ranking Member, Appropriations Committee
  • Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton; Author “Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose”
  • Atifete Jahjaga, Former President, Republic of Kosovo
  • Barbara Mikulski, Senator (D-MD); Ranking Member, Appropriations Committee

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Campaign 2016 in Ads and Anecdotes

The panel shows political ads from the 2016 campaign, including broadcast and online, and explores overarching themes, and evaluates their effectiveness.

  • Moderator: Marc Nathanson, NDI Vice Chair, Chairman, Mapleton Investments; Founder, Falcon Cable TV
  • Mike Franz, Co-Director, Wesleyan Media Project; Associate Professor of Government, Bowdoin College
  • Kate Stanford, Director, YouTube Ads Marketing; Google: How Political Ads and and Video Content Influence Voter Opinion

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

The Political Divide and What It Means for 2016

This panel focuses on the growing political divisions in American politics that have led to political gridlock, legislative dysfunction, and a deeply divided electorate.

  • Moderator: Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic, former host, MSNBC’s Emmy-nominated “NOW with Alex Wagner”, political reporter and White House correspondent, Huffington Post and Politics Daily
  • Tom Daschle, NDI Vice Chair, Founder and CEO, The Daschle Group, former Senate Democratic Leader, Author “Crisis Point”
  • Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow of Governance, The Brookings Institution; Resident Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, Co-author “It’s Even Worse Than it Looks”
  • Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; contributing editor and columnist, The Atlantic, Co-author “It’s Even Worse Than it Looks”

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

International Leaders Forum Hospitality Center

Thursday, July 28

9 am - 9:30 am

What’s Happening at the Convention Today

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Who will vote: The Emerging Electorate

The panel uses polling and other research to analyze the emerging voting blocs and trends that will most impact the 2016 election. This includes the rise of millennial voters, which have replaced baby boomers as the largest U.S. generation, and the impact of Hispanic voters and non-college educated voters on the outcome of the election.

Lead Sponsor:  Bitfury Group

  • Moderator: Cornell Belcher, President, Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies; political commentator; pollster for Democratic presidential, Senate, and congressional campaigns
  • Peter Hart, Founder, Hart Research; pollster for NBC News/Wall Street Journal; political commentator
  • Jim Hobart, Vice President, Public Opinion Strategies; pollster for NBC News/Wall Street Journal
  • Kristen Soltis Anderson, Co-founder, Echelon Insights; political contributor, ABC News, Fox News Sunday, Morning Joe; columnist, Washington Examiner; Author “The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)”
  • Matt Barreto, Co-founder, Latino Decisions; Co-author “Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation”
  • Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report; political contributor, ABC News, NBC, PBS

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Break

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

U.S. Foreign Policy in 2017 and Beyond

The panel provides an insider look into the foreign policy challenges that the next administration will face.

Lead Sponsor: USGLC

  • Moderator: Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, former Washington bureau chief and anchor, CNN
  • Madeleine Albright, NDI Chairman; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; former Secretary of State; Professor, Georgetown University
  • William Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; former Deputy Secretary of State; former Ambassador to Russia and Jordan
  • Ted Deutch, U.S. House of Representatives, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees
  • Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator, Appropriations and Armed Services Committees, former Governor, NH
  • Laura Rosenberger, Foreign Policy Advisor, Hillary Clinton campaign; Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of State; Advisor, Deputy National Security Advisor; NSC Director for China and Korea
  • Wendy Sherman, Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group; former Under-secretary of State for Political Affairs, Department of State; Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Belcher Center
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Closing Luncheon

Lead Sponsor:  Daimler

  • Chris Coons, U.S. Senator; serves on Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, and Small Business

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

International Leaders Forum Hospitality Center