Past Programs & Presenters

2014 Monday, March 10: 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

Monday, April 14:  The Future of George Mason University and Public Higher Education in Virginia Angel Cabrera, President, George Mason University Presentation

Wednesday, April 30:  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

Tuesday, May 20:  Collision 2012:  Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America Dan Balz, Washington Post columnist

Tuesday, September 16:  Tysons Corner – Come See the FutureBarbara Byron, Director, Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization Presentation Michael Caplin, Executive Director, Tysons Partnership

Thursday, October 30:  Fairfax County Parks: Our Suburban Oasis Kirk Kincannon, Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority

Monday, December 15:  The 2014 Elections: America at a CrossroadsThe Honorable Gerald E. Connolly, Congressman – Virginia 11th Congressional District The Thomas M. Davis, Former Congressman – Virginia 11th Congressional District

2013 February 27:  State of the County Sharon Bulova Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

March 21:  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 2:   David Tyeryar Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation

June 3:  The Amazing Success of Virginia’s Wine Industry, the Benefits of Local Sourcing of Fresh Healthy Food, and his Recent Trade Mission to China The Honorable Todd Haymore Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Special Introduction by Kirk Wiles Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton, VA

Monday, September 9 Fairfax County –  What Trends Will Be Shaping Our Future? David E. Versel, AICP, Senior Research Associate George Mason University Center For Regional Analysis Presentation Patricia Harrison, Fairfax County Deputy County Executive for Human Services Presentation With introductory comments by: David Bobzien, County Attorney & Former Chairman of the Fairfax County Goals Advisory Commission

Wednesday, October 16 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 Presentation Tom Biesiadny, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) Presentation

Monday, November 4 An Evening with Dr. Karen Garza, Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools Handout

Monday, December 2 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

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 Congressman Gerry Connolly and Former Congressman Tom Davis

September:  Building the Next American Century:  The Past and Future of American Economic Competitiveness (Published by the Woodrow Wilson Center Press) Author and Speaker: 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 for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Tuesday, February 24 Our Rapidly Changing Economy:  Can Our Businesses Adapt? David Versel, George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis Presentation

Thursday, April 2 The Northern Virginia Technology Review Ms Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council Mr. Lou Von Thaer, President, National Security Sector, Leidos

Tuesday, May 5 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

Monday, June 1 Northern Virginia Transportation Report Card: Are We Making Progress? The Honorable Martin Nohe, Chairman, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Presentation Tom Biesiadny, Director, Fairfax County Department of Transportation Presentation.

Monday, September 21 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

Thursday, October 22 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 Handout