Ideas. Action. Results.

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

Susan Page

Washington, D.C.
April 16, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET

Susan Page is the Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Susan has covered six White House administrations and ten presidential elections. She has interviewed the past nine presidents from Richard Nixon through Donald Trump—and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. She has appeared as an analyst on PBS NewsHour, CBS’ Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNN’s State of the Union, CBS This Morning, and other TV and radio programs.

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Photo by Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY staff
2013 Don Graham Casual Photo

Don Graham

Washington, D.C.
May 6, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Donald E. Graham is chairman of the board at Graham Holdings Company (previously The Washington Post Company). Graham was chief executive officer of Graham Holdings Company from May 1991 until November 2015. Graham was publisher of The Washington Post newspaper from January 1979 until September 2000. He is a co-founder of TheDream.US, the largest national scholarship fund for DREAMers. Previously, he served as chairman of the District of Columbia College Access Program. He remains a member of the DC-CAP board.

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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.

Vicki Hollub

Washington, D.C.
December 14, 2018

“If somebody trusts in you and they give you a job, and you know they’ve had to work to get you that job, you’re going to do absolutely everything you can to be successful. Not only for yourself, but for them because they had the faith in you.”

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Freeman Hrabowski

Washington, D.C.
January 25, 2019

“How do we help people to not allow themselves simply to give in to the anger of the moment? Because once you give in to the anger, you’re being controlled. This is what we work to say to young people and to ourselves.”

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Lonnie Bunch

Washington, D.C.
February 22, 2019

“Effective leadership is the ability to define reality and give hope.”

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Hank Meijer

Washington, D.C.
March 26, 2019

Hank Meijer is executive chairman of Meijer, Inc. in Grand Rapids. His biography of Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg was recently published by the University of Chicago Press.

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.”