The State of Cybersecurity panel at the 2013 session, with Michael Busselen, DaveDeWalt, Howard Schmidt and Deirdre Mulligan

About Us


FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS, The Seminar has been the premier organization of the highest-ranking communications and public affairs executives at the world’s most influential corporations, nonprofit organizations, universities, and public relations agencies. The Seminar is at once an organization and an event, providing top professionals with a forum and a network for the sharing of ideas at an annual three-day meeting. Seminarians are the attendees at the annual forum, a select, invitation-only group.

The Seminar’s annual gathering offers Seminarians opportunities to understand major issues and trends.  

Since 1952, The Seminar’s annual gathering has offered Seminarians an opportunity to understand issues of major consequence to the institutions they serve and to foster community among professionals with common interests and responsibilities.

Each year, The Seminar Committee designs a program that provides a broad perspective on the major trends and issues impacting Seminarians’ organizations and Seminarians themselves. The Seminar program is not about the practice of communications, focusing instead on issues and trends in technology, economics, health care, the environment, and more.

Topics and personalities always distinguish The Seminar’s eclectic programming, capturing hearts and minds with storytelling that has the power to change how we view the world. Panels, interviews and narratives bring a unique perspective, followed by special events, live music, and evening entertainments. The program also includes topics of personal relevance, from leadership to wellness. Outstanding, relevant program quality is a hallmark of The Seminar.

During the year, Seminarians also interact as an informal network for the exchange of ideas, fellowship, information and best practices. In fact, when fellow Seminarians contact each other, we make it a point to get back to each other within 24 hours. The relationships created among leaders within The Seminar truly last a lifetime.


The mission of The Seminar is to expand the capability of the most senior communications and public affairs executives by facilitating:

Leadership. Providing insights and knowledge of world events and political, social, economic and technological trends so Seminarians can contribute more fully to the leadership of their organizations.

Insight. Enabling the exchange of ideas and experiences to better meet the communication needs of Seminarians and to help add value to their roles in their respective organizations or for their clients.

Fellowship. Fostering the acquaintanceship of leading communications and public affairs executives who are advancing enlightened global communications policy and practice.


Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta addressed the 2014 session.