A partnership between The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum, the fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum gathered an audience of over 1,400 across two and half days of distinctive social events, main stage plenary sessions, and curated breakout meetings, further cementing its distinct reputation as DC's destination for fostering creative thinking about critical issues by some of the most newsworthy figures of our day.
To watch highlights of the event and read coverage of the program's conversations, please visit TheAtlantic.com's dedicated Special Report to read more and see photos on our Facebook page. To access key findings from the Forum's breakout Working Summits on the morning of November 14, please select from one of the five topical sessions below:
United States Trade Representative Michael Froman with The Atlantic’s James Fallows
President and Chief Executive Officer of New America Foundation Anne-Marie Slaughter with former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers
Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education James Ryan and President of American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten with President and Chief Executive Officer of The Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson
Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell with Former Advisor to the United States Department of the Treasury Steven Rattner
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus
Captain of Moonshots, Google[X], Astro Teller with Anchor of The PBS NewsHour Weekend Hari Sreenivasan
President of University of Notre Dame John Jenkins with CBS News Political Director and Chief Political Correspondent for Slate John Dickerson
Former White House Chef and Executive Director of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign Sam Kass with Senior Editor of The Atlantic Corby Kummer
National Security Advisor Susan Rice with President and Chief Executive Officer of The Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson
Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu with MSNBC’s Karen Finney
Chief Executive Officer of Uber Travis Kalanick with The Atlantic’s James Fallows
President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist with Washington Editor-at-Large of The Atlantic Steve Clemons
The Cook Political Report's Charlie Cook and Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News and host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown Chuck Todd with Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC John Harwood
President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno with Pulitzer-Prize winning Art and Architecture Critic at The Washington Post Philip Kennicott
Columnist for The New York Times David Brooks
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) with Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News Jonathan Karl
Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Digital Business at MIT's Sloan School of Management Andrew McAfee with National Correspondent for National Journal Matthew Cooper
Chief Executive Officer of Mylan Pharmaceuticals Heather Bresch with Washington Editor-at-Large of The Atlantic Steve Clemons
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) with MSNBC Host Alex Wagner
Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Ezekiel Emanuel with Columnist for The Washington Post and MSNBC Contributor Eugene Robinson
Director of the National Institutes of Health Francis Collins with Chief Political Correspondent for The Huffington Post Sam Stein
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi with Editor in Chief of The Atlantic James Bennet
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) with National Correspondent for The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) with Fox New Sunday Anchor Chris Wallace
Governor of Delaware Jack Markell and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) with Moderator and Managing Editor of The PBS NewsHour and Washington Week Gwen Ifill
Republican Party Strategist Frank Luntz; MSNBC Political Analyst Michael Steele; Chief Political Correspondent for The Huffington Post Sam Stein; Congressman John Delaney (D-MD); with National Politics Writer at The Atlantic Molly Ball
Former Chairman of United States Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan with CNN’s Jake Tapper
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) with Chief Political Correspondent for The Huffington Post Sam Stein
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Airbnb Nathan Blecharczyk with Senior Editor at The Atlantic Derek Thompson
Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling with New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt
Pulitzer Prize Winner and Reuters Columnist David Rohde with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Media David Bradley
Former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush Karl Rove and Chief Executive Officer of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Stanley Greenberg with Editorial Director of Atlantic Media Ronald Brownstein
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