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Commerce Secretary Pritzker &  UPS CEO Abney to Keynote Ambassadors Luncheon  

America and Global Megatrends
November 16-18, 2016

Penny Pritzker  serves as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Under President Obama's leadership, Secretary Pritzker has worked to transform the Department of Commerce into a true Department of Business. During her tenure, the Department has expanded trade and investment, opened global markets to American products, unleashed government data to drive growth, spurred innovation with new digital tools, promoted entrepreneurship, expanded skills training and workforce development, and helped communities prepare for and prosper in a changing environment. 

Before joining the Obama Administration, Secretary Pritzker spent 27 years in the private sector. She served as CEO of PSP Capital Partners and developed companies in diverse sectors such as luxury living for older adults, off-site airport parking, and financial information services. 

Secretary Pritzker earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University. She and her husband Dr. Bryan Traubert have two children.

David Abney is Chairman & CEO of UPS. Abney, who began his career as a part-time package loader while in college, was appointed chief executive officer in 2014, and is the 11th CEO in the company's 108-year history. He was unanimously appointed by the UPS Board of Directors as chairman in 2016. 
Abney previously served as chief operating officer since 2007, overseeing logistics, sustainability, engineering and all facets of the UPS transportation network. UPS's global transportation network serves more than 220 countries and territories, and includes a ground fleet of more than 96,000 vehicles and an air fleet of more than 500 aircraft. Atlanta-based UPS operates major air hubs in Louisville, KY; Cologne, Germany; and Shenzhen, China.
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New this year!  CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REWARDS: For every five paid registrations from an individual Council community, WACA will provide free admission to a sixth individual designated by the Council CEO. 

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS: The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that WACA will offer free registration plus 25 scholarships of $1,000 each, to cover travel and incidental expenses to undergraduate students from the Council network, to attend our 2016 National Conference - America and Global Megatrends - November 16-18 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. For full details on student eligibility as well as the Council nomination and application process, and other requirement, please see the  scholarship announcement  .

Check out our Conference Registration page! From the bar at the top you can find all conference information, and you can also book your hotel room at WACA's special group rates at the The Capital Hilton

Keynote Speakers

Opening Dinner Keynote

Senator George J. Mitchell 
Former Special Envoy to the Middle East
Author of the forthcoming A Path to Peace

Leadership Day Keynote

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
President, American Foreign Service Assn.

Think Tank Off-site Visits 

Global Risks 2035

Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative

Director, Project on International Order and Strategy

Diplomatic Receptions  (more to come)  

H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy 
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman

Open to  35 members of the 1918 Society.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Friday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 - 5:00 PM
The above program is not finalized; more speakers and details will be added on a weekly basis.

The WACA 2016 National Conference is sponsored by:
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