2020

John Cruickshank, Consul General of Canada in Chicago

Captain Beverley Bass, American Airlines’ first female captain

Lieutenant General Eric “Rick” Findley, RCAF, NORAD’s Director of Operations on September 11

Topic: Closing North American Skies – The People and Stories Behind Come From Away

Dr. Paul Salem, president, Middle East Institute

Topic: U.S. Interests and Policy in a Turbulent Middle East

Dr. Rex Archer, MD, MPH, Director of Health, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Andrew Azan, vice president, Health Care Practice, Aon

Dr. Michael Stellern, professor, Helzberg School of Management, Rockhurst University

Mary Sanchez, nationally syndicated columnist, moderator

Topic: The Emerging Impacts of the Coronavirus

Dr. Faisal Khan, CEO, Samuel U. Rodgers Health

Raj Bhala, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas Law School

Cody Wood, associate, Dentons Law Firm

Mary Sanchez, nationally syndicated columnist, moderator

Topic: Supplying and Sustaining a Prepared Public Health Infrastructure

Dr. Sarah Kessler, associate professor, University of Kansas Medical Center

Michael Tabman, former FBI Special Agent in Charge

Topic: Balancing Public Health and Privacy Concerns During a Pandemic Response

Marc Chandler, Chief Market Strategist, Bannockburn Global Forex

Topic: The Global Economy: What Can We Reasonably Expect?

Sam Brannen, senior fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Daniel R. Mahanty, U.S. Program Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict

Lora Vogt, curator, Education, National WWI Museum and Memorial

Topic: International Cooperation in Responding to Crisis

Tamanna Salikuddin, director, South Asia programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Topic: Conflict and Competition in South Asia

Geoffrey Gertz, fellow, Global Economy and Development program, Brookings Institution

Topic: Balancing Globalization and Self-Sufficiency Post-Covid

Karl Matthias Klause, head, Economic Section, German Embassy in Washington

Topic: Innovating Cooperation: Covid, Germany, and the U.S.

Michael Kimmage, professor of History, Catholic University of America

Vince Houghton, historian and curator, International Spy Museum

Jeffrey Gedmin, editor in chief, The American Interest

Topic: What Happened to the West? An Evolving Idea in American Foreign Policy

2021

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States

Jomana Qaddour, nonresident senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council

Secretary Chuck Hagel, 24th United States Secretary of Defense and former Nebraska senator

Gary Sick, senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute

Rachel Kleinfeld, senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment

Anita Dixon and Jake Wagner, authors of Kansas City’s UNESCO Creative City of Music application.