Annual Forum Overview

Annual Forum Overview

The Seminar’s annual gathering offers Seminarians an opportunity to understand issues of major consequence to the institutions they serve and to foster community among professionals with common interests and responsibilities.

Each year, The Seminar Committee designs an eclectic program that provides a broad perspective on the major trends and issues impacting Seminarians’ organizations and Seminarians themselves. The Seminar program is not about the practice of communications, focusing instead on topics such as technology, economics, health care, the environment, and more.

The program also includes topics of personal relevance, from leadership to wellness. Outstanding, relevant program quality is a hallmark of The Seminar. Over the past years, programs have featured leaders in many arenas.

Affiliations are those at the time they presented at The Seminar.


Brendan Bechtel, Bechtel Group, Inc.
Chip Bergh, Levi Strauss & Co.
Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson
David Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group
Bernard Tyson, Kaiser Permanente

Social Issues

Andrea Barthwell, MD, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
Temple Grandin, Colorado State University
Mike McCurry, Wesley Theological Seminar
Tina Tchen, Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund


Kathleen Hicks, Ph.D., Center for International & Strategic Studies
Ambassador Cameron Munter, former Ambassador to Pakistan & Serbia
General (Ret) David H. Petraeus, KKR Global Institute
Mikhail Khodorkovksy, Open Russia


Michael Duffy, TIME
Andrew Edgecliff-Johnson, Financial Times
Sara Fischer, Axios
Jeff Goldberg, The Atlantic
Paula Kerger, PBS
Brian Stelter, CNN
Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker

Popular Culture

Kenya Barris, “Blackish” and “Grownish”
Tommy Caldwell, American Free Rock Climber
Tom Gimbel, Austin City Limits
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show
Diana Nyad, Record Breaking Athlete
Esther Perel, MFT, Therapist & Author


Stephen Attenborough, Virgin Galactic
Michael Casey, Streambed Media
John Kelly, Graphika
Tina Seelig, Ph.D., Stanford Technology Ventures Program

2020 Annual Forum - Nashville, TN

  • 2021 Seminar
    Washington Duke Inn & Country Club
    Durham, NC, June 6-9
  • 2022 Seminar
    Stein Eriksen Lodge
    Park City, UT, June 5-8