Monday, June 3, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sec. Eric Fanning
Former US Secretary of the Army;
President and Chief Executive Officer
Aerospace Industries Association

Opening Remarks:
Mr. Damon Wilson
Executive Vice President
Atlantic Council

Panel Discussion:
Mr. Brad Carson
Former US Representative (OK02)
Former Acting US Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

Amb. Bonnie Jenkins
Former US Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs;
Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy
Brookings Institution

Ms. Mira Patel 
Economic Opportunity

Ms. Shawn Skelly
Commissioner, National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service;
Out in National Security

In the final months of his administration, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum entitled “Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the National Security Workforce,” which instructed federal agencies engaged in diplomacy and national security activities to promote a more inclusive work environment and invest in policies to recruit and retain diverse workforces. He did so after a years-long effort to advance the rights of diversity groups and individuals both at home and abroad, particularly evident in his directive to elevate the rights and treatment of LGBTI persons overseas to a foreign policy priority.

However, national security and foreign policy enterprises, the very branches of government that are tasked with promoting these rights abroad, have often been some of the least diverse across the federal government. In celebration of LGBTI Pride Month, please join the Atlantic Council in partnership with Out in National Security on Monday, June 3, for a reception and discussion on the importance of diversity in national security and the ways it can be improved, drawing from lessons learned in the private and civil society sectors to leverage diversity within the security agencies to promote and advance the rights and inclusion of LGBTI people around the world.

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12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 

Washington, DC 20005

This event is open to press and on the record.

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