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BPC honors the extraordinary service of former Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole, two of America’s most prominent and influential leaders.

The Bob and Elizabeth Dole Series on Leadership is designed to help our country better understand what makes for effective, strong leadership across a variety of institutions. It features the work and ideas of prominent influencers with diverse viewpoints from across government, business, science, and other disciplines.

Upcoming Speakers

Vicki Hollub

Washington, D.C.
December 14, 2018

Vicki Hollub is President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum. She has been a member of Occidental’s Board of Directors since 2015. During her 35-year career with Occidental, Ms. Hollub has held a variety of management and technical positions with responsibilities on three continents, including roles in the United States, Russia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Ms. Hollub serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University for Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, and Lockheed Martin. She is the U.S. chair for the U.S.-Colombia Business Council and a member of the World Economic Forum and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Ms. Hollub holds a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering. She was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Engineering 2016 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows.



Freeman Hrabowski

Washington, D.C.
January 25, 2019

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was named in 2012 by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Lonnie Bunch

Washington, D.C.
February 22, 2019

Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). In this position he promotes the museum’s mission to help audiences see African American history as American history, and provides strategic leadership in areas of fundraising, collections, and academic and cultural partnerships. Prior to his July 2005 appointment as director of NMAAHC, Bunch, served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society, one of the nation’s oldest museums of history (January 2001-June 2005). There, he initiated an unprecedented outreach initiative to diverse communities and launched a much-applauded exhibition and program on teenage life titled “Teen Chicago.”

Lonnie Bunch, Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution

Mark Salter


Mark Salter provides speeches, articles, and communications advice to public and private sectors clients. Salter is a former administrative assistant to Senator John McCain, and served as a senior advisor in both of the Senator’s presidential campaigns. Salter has written ten books in collaboration with Senator McCain and other prominent public figures, including the recent New York Times’ number one bestseller, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations, as well as six earlier New York Times bestsellers. He was a senior consultant on two recent documentary film projects, Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” and Kunhardt Films’ “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

Past Speakers

George Mitchell

September 13, 2018

“You have to accept the notion that no one has a monopoly on knowledge, wisdom, or the right course of action. And you have to constantly ask yourself, ‘am I doing the right thing?’ You have to force yourself to listen to the other side, even though you might not like the person, you might not like the party, you might not like the ideology, with an attitude that he may be right and I may learn something listening to him. At least you have to, in good faith, listen to contrary arguments.”

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David Gergen

Washington, D.C.
October 11, 2018

“We need to restore some of the traditions of the past, and one of them was a huge respect for truth. And when you get into a situation where it’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ I think it really does undermine peoples’ faith in the institutions that you’re trying to have lead the country.”

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Lowell C. McAdam 

Washington, D.C.
October 25, 2018

“I think part of the problem with what’s going on in Washington now is we think only the good ideas are the things that rattle around in our head, and my belief is that a good idea can come from anywhere, you just have to listen enough to hear from it.”

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Film Screening: Hesburgh

New York, N.Y.
November 29, 2018

BPC, in partnership with O’Malley Creadon Productions, an award-winning filmmaking team based in Los Angeles, will screen the new documentary film on November 29, followed by a panel discussion. The film showcases how an American priest, Father Ted Hesburgh, became one of the most influential and respected leaders of the 20th century – interacting with US presidents, Popes, students, and serving on numerous corporate boards. The film strongly aligns with BPC’s On Leadership mission of addressing critical problems from different angles and fresh perspectives.

GPHS 3/69:  Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh with Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Edgar Chandler (far left), and Msgr. Robert J. Hagarty of Chicago (far right) at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights in Chicago's Soldier Field, 1964/0621.

One of the nation’s longest serving Senate Republican leaders, Bob Dole was known for his ability to work across the aisle and foster practical bipartisanship. He has been a life-long advocate for the disabled and was a key figure in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In January 2018, Dole received the nation’s highest civilian award — the Congressional Gold Medal — for his contributions as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.

Elizabeth Dole served in both the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush presidential administrations, as well as in the United States Senate. In addition to her many accomplishments, Dole was the first woman in our nation to serve as secretary of transportation and the first woman to win North Carolina’s Senate seat. 

“The Dole Leadership Series will showcase great ideas and inspired leadership from Corporate executives, community activists, and public officials said BPC President Jason Grumet. “With these events, we seek to understand and celebrate the skills and circumstances that define great leaders like Bob and Elizabeth Dole.”