Past Programs & Presenters

2015

February
Our Rapidly Changing Economy:  Can Our Businesses Adapt?
David Versel, George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis

April
The Northern Virginia Technology Review
Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council
Lou Von Thaer, President, National Security Sector, Leidos

May
Welcoming the Two New Members of the Northern Virginia Congressional Delegation
Congressman Don Beyer (D), Virginia 8th District
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R), Virginia 10th District

June
Northern Virginia Transportation Report Card: Are We Making Progress?
The Honorable Martin Nohe, Chairman, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Tom Biesiadny, Director, Fairfax County Department of Transportation

September
The Silver Line at 1: A Look at the Successes and Challenges of Transit and Redevelopment in Tysons and the Silver Line Corridor
Drew Sunderland, Director of Communications and Programs, Tysons Partnership
Tom Biesiadny, Director, Fairfax County Department of Transportation

October
A look at the regional housing situation: Will Northern Virginia’s emerging workforce be able to live in Fairfax?
Lisa Sturtevant, Ph. D., Executive Director, Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference
James Edmondson, Principal, E & G Group

2014

March
The Future for Metro and Mass Transit in Our Region

Richard Sarles, General Manager and CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
The Honorable Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Introductions by The Honorable Cathy Hudgins, Hunter Mill District Supervisor & Member, WMATA Board of Directors

April
The Future of George Mason University and Public Higher Education in Virginia

Angel Cabrera, President, George Mason University Presentation

The Future of the News Media: The challenge of surviving in a digital world and bridging a generational divide in communication
Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Shelby Coffee, Vice Chairman, Newseum

May 
Collision 2012:  Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

Dan Balz, Washington Post columnist

September
Tysons Corner – Come See the Future
Barbara Byron, Director, Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization
Michael Caplin, Executive Director, Tysons Partnership

October
Fairfax County Parks: Our Suburban Oasis
Kirk Kincannon, Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority

December  
The 2014 Elections: America at a Crossroads
The Honorable Gerald E. Connolly, Congressman – Virginia 11th Congressional District
The Honorable Thomas M. Davis, Former Congressman – Virginia 11th Congressional District

2013

February
State of the County

Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

March
Cyber Terrorism: The Threat, Its Potential Impact, and How to Respond

David Rohrer, Fairfax County Deputy County Executive for Public Safety
Gary Gagnon, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, and Corporate Director of Cybersecurity, The MITRE Corporation

May 
The Transportation Future of the Region
David Tyeryar
, Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation

June
The Amazing Success of Virginia’s Wine Industry and the Benefits of Local Sourcing of Fresh Healthy Food
The Honorable Todd Haymore, Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Introduction by Kirk Wiles, Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton, VA

September
Fairfax County –  What Trends Will Be Shaping Our Future?
David E. Versel, AICP, Senior Research Associate George Mason University Center For Regional Analysis
Patricia Harrison, Fairfax County Deputy County Executive for Human Services
Introductory comments by David Bobzien, County Attorney & Former Chairman of the Fairfax County Goals Advisory Commission

October
Virginia’s New Transportation Pot of Gold – How should we spend this multimodal windfall?
The Honorable Martin Nohe, Chairman, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority & Member of the Board of Supervisors, Prince William County
Tom Biesiadny, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT)

November
An Evening with Dr. Karen Garza, Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools

December
Richmond Preview:  A New Governor & Prospects for New Legislation
The Honorable Senator Richard Saslaw, Democrat, 35th District
The Honorable Delegate Dave Albo, Republican, 42nd District

2012

March 
Building Fairfax: Can we make the shift from suburb to urban center?

Fred R. Selden, Director, Fairfax County’s Department of Planning and Zoning

April
The Bright Future for Intercity assenger Rail Service in Virginia

Thelma Drake, Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

May
Minority Student Achievement in Fairfax County Public Schools

Dr. Peter Noonan, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

September
Dulles and Reagan Airports: Virginia’s Gateway to the World

John “Jack” Potter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

October
The Challenge of Preparing a High Tech Workforce for an Uncertain Economy

Dr. Robert Templin, President, Northern Virginia Community College

November
The Changing Face of Health Care

Mark Stauder, President and Chief Operating Officer, INOVA Health Systems

December 
Money in Politics

The Honorable Gerald E. Connolly, Congressman – Virginia 11th Congressional District
The Honorable Thomas M. Davis, Former Congressman – Virginia 11th Congressional District

2011

September
Building the Next American Century:  The Past and Future of American Economic Competitiveness
 
Dr. Kent H. Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

October
The Washington Technology Industry and Its Prospect as Public Sector Budgets Tighten

Nick Wakeman, Editor of Washington Technology Magazine
Dr. Gerald Gordon, President, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

November
The Income and Wealth Gap in America

Charles Nelson, Assistant Division Chief for Income, Poverty, and Health Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

December 
Virginia’s Role in the Global Economy and the Rise of China

The Honorable Jim Cheng, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia

 

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