2020 Leadership Summit Speakers

  Allan Lichtman
Distinguished Professor for History at American University
Allan J. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. His has authored or co-authored ten books, including most recently, The Case for Impeachment (Harper Collins, 2017, revised 2018) and The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present (Harvard, 2018). Dr. Lichtman was American University Scholar/Teacher for 1992-3, the highest academic honor. He received the Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Richtopia ranked him as number 85 among the world’s 100 most influential geopolitical experts. Read more here.

  The Honorable Katharina McFarland
Member National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition 

With over 30 years of government service, Katharina (Katrina) McFarland is widely recognized as a leading subject-matter expert on government procurement. In addition to the Defense Intelligence Memorial Foundation, she serves on the board of directors of SAIC, Chairman of the Board of Army Research and Development at the National Academies of Science, Commissioner of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, and as a Director on the Procurement Round Table. Read more here.
  The Honorable Emily W. Murphy
Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration

Emily W. Murphy was sworn in as administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) by U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on December 12, 2017. President Donald J. Trump nominated Ms. Murphy to lead GSA in September 2017. She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 5, 2017. Administrator Murphy leads a staff of more than 11,000 GSA employees nationwide, overseeing more than 368 million square feet of property, and approximately $68 billion in annual contracts. Under her leadership, GSA produced $6.8 billion in savings and cost avoidance for customer agencies in fiscal year 2018. Read more here.
Lt. Gen. John N.T. "Jack" Shanahan
Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Office of the Department of Defense Information Officer
Lt. Gen. John N.T. “Jack” Shanahan is the Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. General Shanahan is responsible for accelerating the delivery of artificial intelligence-enabled capabilities, scaling the department-wide impact of AI and synchronizing AI activities to expand joint force advantages. Read more here.
Kristen Silverberg
Executive Vice President, Policy, Business Roundtable
Ambassador Kristen Silverberg is Executive Vice President, Policy at Business Roundtable, where she leads the Policy team.  She previously served as a Managing Director at the Institute of International Finance. She served in the George W. Bush Administration as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2008 to 2009 and as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 2005 to 2008. Prior to her time at the State Department, she held a number of senior positions at the White House including Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor. Read more here.