Speakers

Our Distinguished Speakers

Upcoming EngagementsAll Global Issues Evenings are co-hosted with the University of North Florida's Distinguished Voices Lecture Series and all Global Business Luncheons are co-hosted with The River Club.

Dennis LockhartMay 3, 2016 6:30 p.m.

The River Club

Dennis Lockhart

"Economic Outlook and Policy Views"

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Ambassador Roman PopadiukMay 17, 2016 6:00 p.m.

WJCT Studios
Annual Member Celebration 

Ambassador Roman Popadiuk

"Expanded NATO: Was it a Good Idea?"



Join us for a celebration of the 2015-2016 season and enjoy a "sneak peek" of the 2016-2017 season.


Complimentary Reservations are Required

Anne ApplebaumOctober 17, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Anne Applebaum

An Intimate Evening of Dialogue



A Special Engagement for Council Sponsors and Ambassador's Circle Members

Anne ApplebaumOctober 18, 2016 7:00 p.m.

UNF Herbert University Center

Anne Applebaum

"Regaining Control in an Unsettled Europe"

Karim SadjadpourNovember 28, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Karim Sadjadpour

An Intimate Evening of Dialogue



A Special Engagement for Council Sponsors, Ambassador's Circle and Benefactor Members

Karim SadjadpourNovember 29, 2016 7:00 p.m.

UNF Herbert University Center

Karim Sadjadpour

"Iran and the Middle East: Leveraging Chaos"

Rana ForooharFebruary 7, 2017 12:00 p.m.

The River Club

Rana Foroohar

"Are Companies More Powerful than Countries? How the Roles of Business and Government Will Merge in the Future"

Rana ForooharFebruary 7, 2017 7:00 p.m.

UNF Herbert University Center

Rana Foroohar

"Things that Worry Me-and Things that Don't-in the Global Economy"

Jon Huntsman, Jr.March 13, 2017 6:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

"America's Changing Role in the Global Arena"


A Special Engagement for Council Sponsors, Ambassador's Circle and Benefactor Members

Jon Huntsman, Jr.March 14, 2017 7:00 p.m.

UNF Herbert University Center

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

"China: Opportunities and Challenges"

James AstillMarch 21, 2017 8:00 a.m.

Location TBA

James Astill

"The Global Landscape"

James AstillMarch 21, 2017 12:00 p.m.

The River Club

James Astill

"An Update from The Economist: The Rise of Modern India"

Peggy NoonanApril 3, 2017 6:00 p.m.

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Peggy Noonan

"An Evening of Perspective with Peggy Noonan"


A Special Engagement for Council Sponsors and Ambassador's Circle Members

Peggy NoonanApril 4, 2017 7:00 p.m.

UNF Herbert University Center

Peggy Noonan

"The Road Ahead: A New Path and Leadership for the U.S."

2015-2016 Speaker List 
  • Evan Osnos
  • Frank Martire
  • Laura Angelini
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
  • Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.
  • Gen. John Abizaid, USA (Ret.)
  • Stephen Kotkin, Ph.D.
  • Robert Guest
  • Steve Wozniak
  • Ed Baker
  • Amb. R. Nicholas Burns
  • Richard A. Clarke
  • Brian Taylor
  • Dennis Lockhart

2016-2017 Speaker List 
  • Anne Applebaum
  • Karim Sadjadpour
  • Rana Foroohar
  • Jon Huntsman, Jr.
  • James Astill
  • Peggy Noonan