Seminarians gathered at The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the 2015 Annual Forum, a 3-day event featuring inspiring and educational speakers, panels and experiences.
The Seminar Annual Forum
May 31-June 3, 2015
The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort
Colorado Springs, Colorado
|Distinguished speakers, including Former Ambassadors Ryan Crocker and Cameron Munter, above, provided thought-provoking commentary.|
|Diverse perspectives from around the globe were represented. Above, Kakenya Ntaiya spoke on educating girls in developing countries.|
|Seminarians were able to meet and chat with luminaries including Kenji Yoshino from New York University School of Law, who spoke on diversity and inclusion.|
|Olympic legend Michael Johnson spoke on his experiences as an athlete in a Q&A with Carolyn Manno.|
|Karen Van Bergen met an eagle at Cheyenne Mountain Lodge.|
and Unique Experiences
The Seminar program in 2015 delivered on its mission to provide insights and knowledge of world events and political, social, economic and technological trends, enable the exchange of ideas and experiences to better meet the communication needs, and foster fellowship among leading communications and public affairs executives. Major issues and trends around the world were featured at the three-day event.
Leaders Look at Global Challenges
DAY ONE BROUGHT TOGETHER A DIVERSE ARRAY of topics with speakers that included: CEO David Rubenstein from The Carlyle Group; leaders involved in global challenges, such as Amina Mohammed of the United Nations on People & Planet, Kenji Yoshino from New York University School of Law on A new Model of Inclusion, Maajid Nawaz of The Quilliam Foundation on his Journey Out of Islamist Extremism, and Kakenya Ntaiya of Kakenya Center for Excellence on educating girls in developing countries.
A highlight of the day featured an interview with Former Ambassadors Ryan Crocker and Cameron Munter on Crisis in the Middle East with moderator Brian Lott of Mubadala Development Company.
Varied Perspectives on Social Issues
DAY TWO TOOK SEMINARIANS ON A JOURNEY with National Geographic photographer Lynsey Addario through her harrowing experiences as a captive during Libya’s 2011 civil war. Massachusetts former Chief Justice Margaret Marshall and attorney Kenneth Feinberg focused on compelling issues around the human side of catastrophic incidents, where we are headed with social change, and the role of ethics and law. Learning for the day also included Aflac CEO Dan Amos and a panel on neuroscience research.
Seminarians and guests were treated to a special tour of the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, the flagship training center for U.S. Olympic teams.
IN THE MIDAFTERNOON, SEMINARIANS TRAVELED from The Broadmoor to the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs. Seminarians and guests were treated to “rotations” of sporting activities where they were spectators and participants along with U.S. Olympians in training. The visitors viewed and took part in activities such as laser shooting, fencing, strength training and sitting volleyball. Olympic legends Michael Johnson and Jean Driscoll made featured appearances in the afternoon and evening.
Wrap-Up Features Conversations on Dark Web, Marijuana, Football
DAY THREE BROUGHT A POWERFUL CLOSING MORNING with Shawn Henry, President of CrowdStrike Services, giving us sobering insights on The Dark Web, followed by a global panel on the issues around legalized marijuana. The Seminar closed with “A Conversation with Roger Goodell.”
More Highlights of the 2015 Seminar
- Jon Iwata, IBM, received The Seminar Distinguished Service Award for his years of service in the profession and to The Seminar.
- The Seminar welcomed thirty-four First-Time Seminarians from across the world and business sectors.
AN OLYMPIAN EXPERIENCE
Seminarians participated in sports activities along with the Olympians who were training at the Olympic Training Center. They viewed and took part in laser shooting, fencing, strength training and sitting volleyball. Olympic legends Michael Johnson and Jean Driscoll made featured appearances in the afternoon and evening.
|Fencing feats||Laser shooting practice|
|Geoff Morrell and Clay McConnell were enthusiastic audience members at the OTC.||Seminarians toured the Ted Stevens Center|
|Sitting volleyball||A panel discussion featured Olympic legends Michael Johnson, center, and Jean Driscoll, right. Geoff Morrell moderated.|