​​​​​​​2019-2020 Speaker Series
We are currently scheduling the 2019-2020 speaker series so please check back for updates.

"Human Trafficking and Human Rights"
with Marianna Kosharovsky
​​​​​​​09/04/2019
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Marianna Kosharovsky, J.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking), a Denver-based nonprofit organization with a mission to unlock a fresh start for human trafficking survivors. ALIGHT fights international human trafficking as well as provides services and legal representation for victims of human trafficking found in Colorado. ALIGHT rapidly delivers access to justice to the most vulnerable in our society by using an innovative technology platform that leverages the network effect to match survivor needs with untapped legal expertise.

Ms. Kosharovsky's expertise is rooted in over 10 years of experience in human trafficking, law and professional collaboration in the U.S. and Eastern Europe/Russia. As an attorney, Ms. Kosharovsky represented survivors of sex
and labor exploitation at the domestic violence agency Sanctuary for Families, as well as global corporate clients at the international law firm Milbank in New York. In Eastern Europe/Russia, she worked on human trafficking and human ​​​​​​​rights development with PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law, and was a Visiting Professor at the Pericles Center for International Legal Education. She is a contributing author of the American Bar Association book Lawyers as Changemakers (2016). Ms. Kosharovsky holds a law degree from N.Y.U. Law School.

"Is American Diplomacy Dead?"
with Ambassador Christopher Hill
​​​​​​​10/03/2019
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​​​​​​​Ambassador Christopher Hill served as a peace corps volunteer in the Republic of Cameroon from 1974 - 1976 before joining the State Department in 1977.  Throughout his diplomatic career, he served as Ambassador of the United States to the Former Yugoslav Repbulic of Macedonia from 1996 - 1999, Special Envoy to Kosovo from 1998-1999, Ambassador to Poland from 2000 - 2004, and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2004 - 2005.  Ambassador Hill went on to be appointed Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the head of delegation for the 'six-party talks' that aimed to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis of 2005.  President Barrack Obama nominated him for the post of US Ambassador to Iraq in 2009.  After retiring from the State Department, Ambassador Hill joined the University of Denver as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  He is also the author of Outpost: A Diplomat at Work.

"Cyber Strategy and U.S. National Security"
with Dr. Emily Goldman
10/17/2019
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Dr. Emily Goldman is Director of the U.S. Cyber Command / National Security Agency Combined Action Group. She previously served as Deputy Director for Interagency Coordination, Office of Communication, USCENTCOM; Strategic Communication Advisor to the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State; Associate Director, Support to Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of Defense. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and was Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis from 1989 to 2008. She has published on strategic, military, and arms control policy; military innovation; revolution in military affairs; organizational change; and defense resource allocation. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacArthur, Olin, Pew and Smith Richardson Foundations, and the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the U.S. Naval War College. Her book - Power in Uncertain Times: Strategy in the Fog of Peace - was published by Stanford University Press in 2011. In 2012, she launched the Cyber Analogies Project to develop analogies to improve understanding of the cyber environment. Cyber Analogies was co-edited by John Arquilla and published by the Naval Postgraduate School in 2014. 

Topic: TBA
an event Co-Sponsored with the Denver Chapter of the American Council on Germany
November 2019

"International Trade and Business: Tomorrow...is Today!
with Ms. Susan Morrice
​​​​​​​01/15/2020
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Grounded by her love of nature and community, Denver-based Susan Morrice lives to create positive change in the world. As an experienced geologist, explorer, entrepenuer and dealmaker, Susan is renowned for her down to earth approach to all aspects of business. She has a passion for the protection of the environment and a vision of uncovering the true potential of everyone with whom she meets. It is this New Educo Business Model at the core of her Companies that has attracted leaders of the UAE to partner with the Country of Belize in an unprecedented global partnership throughout the entire region.

Ms. Morrice was born and raised in Belfast, Ireland and holds an MoD degree in Geology from Trinity College Dublin. She is a founding member of Belize Natural Energy (BNE), International Natural Energy (INE), CHx Capital,
and XJet Worldwide. BNE has become a global oil industry beacon that has made a real difference in the country of Belize. It was through Susan's gift of exploration, and derstanding of the power of untapped human potential that she was able to find oil where it was believe by all of the Majors in the oil industry that there was none. Not only did Susan and her BNE team find oil in Belize, they found it on the first well which is unheard of. BNE just celebrated ten years of production and over ten-million barrels of oil, and is the #1 revenue generator in the country.

Susan has applied this same Holistic Educo Business Model to her investment in XJet in Denver, a 7-star service private jet company that is continually ranked among the best and most elite in Private Aviation services. XJet has also granted the coveted license in New Dubai Airport beating all the long established industry players and XJet is rapidly expanding into Europe, including London, and into the Middle East, including the UAE.

She was most recently awarded the "AAPG Presidential Award for Exemplary Service" in recognition of her exceptional service to the geoscience profession and AAPG. She is continually recognized for her contributions including just this year the Denver Business Journal's "Top Women in Energy" and the CoBiz Magazine's "Top Women Owned Companies". These are just two of the numerous acknowledgements and awards that she has recieved in recognition of her contributions world-wide.

Most recently, Susan and the BNE team were awarded the highly competitive and prestigious 2017 Global "GetEnergy" Educational Award for the educational model that is at the core of the company. It is with great pride that Susan and the BNE team received this award, as this holstic educational system is the keystone of the company's success.

Topic: TBA
with Dr. Fritz Mayer
February or March 2020
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Dr. Fritz Mayer is the new Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Previously, he was Professor of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a Professor of Political Science and Environment. He teaches courses on the political economy of public policy, globalization and governance, political analysis, and leadership. In addition, Professor Mayer is the director of POLIS: The Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service. Mayer's research concerns the role of stories in politics. His book Narrative Politics: Stories and Collective Action (Oxford University Press, 2014) argues that shared stories are essential tools for enabling communities to overcome free riding and other obstacles to collective action. He is particularly interested in the role of narrative in global environmental politics. Mayer’s second line of research addresses globalization and its effects, with particular emphasis on the labor and environmental impacts of economic integration. His book Interpreting NAFTA: The Art and Science of Political Analysis (Columbia University Press, 1998) chronicled the history of NAFTA and explores the nature of the political processes that created NAFTA. Recent work
has involved exploring the policy implications of a world in which most international trade is conducted within "global value chains," and in which a relatively few large firms enjoy considerable power in defining the terms of trade.

In addition to his academic experience, Mayer served as senior international trade and foreign policy advisor to former U. S. Sen. Bill Bradley from 1992 to 1993. In previous stints in Washington, Mayer served as an aide to Congressman Sander Levin, as a policy analyst at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, and as editor at the Close Up Foundation, an educational non-profit organization. From 1997 to 2000, he was director of Duke’s Center for North American Studies. Mayer received an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard College, and an M.P.P. and a Ph.D. in public policy, both from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Topic: TBA
an event Co-Sponsored with the Denver Chapter of the American Council on Germany
March 2020

Leadership in Global Engagement Award Dinner
May 2020


Other Future Speakers: Dates Pending

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General George W. Casey, Jr. is one of the most accomplished soldiers in U.S. history and an authority on strategic and transformational leadership. As the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 2007 to 2011, General Casey led what is arguably the world's largest and most complex organization, 1.1 million people strong, with a $200+ billion annual budget, during one of the most extraordinary periods in military and global political history. He is widely credited with restoring balance to the war-weary U.S. Army and leading the transformation necessary to ensure the Army remained relevant in current conflicts. Prior to this post, General Casey commanded the MultiNational Force-Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries, where he guided the Iraq mission through its toughest days. He currently lectures on leadership at the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, at other business schools, and to the leaders of national and multinational corporations. He also lectures on International Relations at the Korbel School, University of Denver. He has published a book, Strategic Reflections, Operation Iraqi Freedom, July 2004-2007 (October 2012), about his experiences in Iraq, and several articles on leadership, including “Leading in a VUCA World”, Fortune Magazine (March 20, 2014).