The Seminar program focuses on topics such as technology, economics, health care, and the environment. Above, “The Hybrid Future of Nature” with speaker Kent H. Redford, Ph.D., Principal, Archipelago Consulting

The Seminar Program: An Overview

Compelling Speakers and Presentations Offer a World-Changing View

EACH YEAR, THE SEMINAR COMMITTEE designs an eclectic 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 topics such as technology, economics, health care, the environment, and more.


Past Programs

OVER THE DECADES, programs have featured outstanding leaders from diverse backgrounds drawn from many arenas. Listed below is a sample of leaders who have participated, with each speakers’ company affiliation current to the date of that speaker’s presentation.


At the 2014 session, Leon E. Panetta
reminded Seminarians of the need for
continued diligence around global security
and U.S. involvement abroad.


Brian Moynihan, Bank of America
Seth Goldman, Honest Tea
Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase
A. G. Lafley, Procter & Gamble
Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company
Anne Mulcahy, Xerox Corp.

Crisis Issues
Leon E. Panetta, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Secretary of Defense
Cathy Lanier, Chief of Police, Washington D.C.
The Chilean Miners
General Daniel Christman, U.S. Army (Ret.)
General John M. Keane, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Dan Ariely, Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Edward Glaeser, Harvard University
Richard Norton, Naval War College

Gender Issues
Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation
Irene Kahn, Amnesty International
Ann Veneman, UNICEF
Sheryl Wu Dunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Robert Gosende, former U.S. Ambassador to Somalia
Stephen Lewis, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D., Yunus Centre
Erik Peterson, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Adrian Wooldridge, Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist

Health Care
Dr. Tracy Gaudet, Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Mehmet Oz, Columbia University Medical Center
Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami

Dan Buettner, Blue Zones
Andrew Zolli, futurist and author

Trevor Noah, The Daily Show
Lionel Barber, Financial Times
Maria Bartiromo, CNBC
Tom Brokaw, NBC News
Dan Doctoroff, Bloomberg LP
Jeff Greenfield, PBS Yahoo! News
Paul Steiger, The Wall Street Journal

Popular Culture & Sports
Diana Nyad, author and long-distance swimmer
Tim Gunn, educator, author and Project Runway Mentor
Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist
Bob Mankoff, The New Yorker

Science and the Environment
Dr. Temple Grandin, author and professor, Colorado State University
Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D., Center for Ocean Exploration, University of Rhode Island
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dan Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University

IBM Inventors of Watson
Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine
Roger McNamee, Elevation Partners