Washington, D.C.--The Atlantic, in partnership with the Aspen Institute and the Newseum, will present the fourth annual Washington Ideas Forum on November 14 and 15, 2012. The week after Election Day, the event will draw together leading voices from government, business, and media for two days of conversation and debate on the challenges facing the President and Congress, and what lies ahead for the country.
An early sample of confirmed participants includes: Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft; Timothy Geithner*, treasury secretary; Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader; Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Peggy Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Lawrence Summers, former treasury secretary; Robert Kimmitt, former undersecretary of state and deputy treasury secretary; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office; Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China; Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan; Kevin Madden, senior advisor to Mitt Romney; Bill Burton, senior strategist for Priorities USA; Trevor Potter, former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission; Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; Scott Davis, president and CEO of UPS; Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman and CEO of Revolution; David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group; Michael Porter, professor at Harvard Business School; Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Steve Jobs: A Biography; James Duff, CEO of the Newseum; and David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media Company.
*Some speakers' participation is pending the outcome of the election on November 6, after which additional participants will also be announced.
Participating journalists include: Jonathan Alter, contributing correspondent for NBC News; James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic; Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg columnist and editorial director of the Washington Ideas Forum; Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large of The Atlantic; Candy Crowley, anchor of CNN's State of the Union; James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic; Mark Halperin, co-author of Game Change; Jonathan Karl, ABC News' senior political correspondent; Jim Lehrer, executive editor of PBS' NewsHour; David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief of The New York Times; Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball; Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered; Norah O'Donnell, co-host of CBS' This Morning; and Martha Raddatz, ABC News' senior foreign-affairs correspondent.