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Rear Admiral Paul Becker

Military Leadership Lessons That Work Anywhere" with Rear Admiral (Ret.) Paul Becker
Born in New York City, Rear Admiral Paul Becker was commissioned an intelligence officer upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and diplomas from the Defense Language Institute, the Naval Command and Staff College and Armed Forces Staff College. Flag assignments include director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, director for intelligence with U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, vice director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of Intelligence for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan. Significant afloat assignments include intelligence officer with Attack Squadron (VA) 35 (A6E/Intruder) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68); temporary assignment aboard battleship, USS Iowa (BB 61); intelligence operations officer for the U.S. 6th Fleet aboard cruiser USS Belknap (CG 26); and director of intelligence (N2) with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Shore assignments include: analyst at the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot; flag aide to the director of Naval Intelligence; intelligence branch/assignments officer at the Bureau of Personnel; federal executive fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; the American Embassy in Paris as the assistant U.S. naval attaché; temporary assignment with the American Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia, as the assistant defense attaché (during Operation Allied Force); and the director of operations at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Hawaii. In addition to service in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, his duty with U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) since 9/11 includes: commanding officer of CENTCOM’s Joint Intelligence Center in Tampa, Florida, from 2007 to 2009; N2 for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain from 2005 to 2007; intelligence watch officer in the Combined Air Operations Center at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia in 2003 during early Iraqi Freedom operations; and N2 for the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 50 in the Northern Arabian Sea from 2001 to 2002 during early Enduring Freedom operations. Becker is the recipient of the National Intelligence Community’s and Department of Defense’s Distinguished Service Medals, National Military Intelligence Association’s Taylor Award for Leadership, the U.S. Army’s Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence, the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Layton Award for Leadership and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Meghan O'Leary and Jill Royster

Batten Hour: A Conversation on the Power of Sport With Meghan O'Leary and Jill Royster
Meghan O’Leary is a 2016 Olympian and four-time National Team member with the United States Rowing Team. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she was a two-sport student athlete (Volleyball, Softball) and Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia. She obtained both a Bachelor’s (CLAS ’07) and Master’s (M.Ed ’08) from UVA. After graduation she picked up rowing and is now a three-time World Cup medalist, four-time National Selection Regatta Champion, and has competed in four world championships. She most recently represented Team USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. For her contribution and dedication to achieving excellence in sport, she was recognized at UVA’s 2015 National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration. In addition to her rowing career, Meghan also serves on the USRowing Board of Directors and is the Vice President of Customer Success with InstaViser. Jill Royster has 20+ years experience leading integrated marketing efforts for well-established brands such as Sports Illustrated and Swedish Match as well as start-ups including Sentient Jet. She has traveled the globe, building partnerships around some of the world’s premiere sports and entertainment events. In 2008, Jill launched JCR Consulting to better integrate her professional experience with her personal desire to give back. Today, she advises for-profit and non-profit businesses on their marketing strategies, creating opportunities to drive both revenues and social impact. Jill graduated in ‘96 (CLAS) and now splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City. She proudly serves on the Board for SE@UVA (Batten).

Robert Zoellick

American Diplomacy: Challenges for a New Administration
Robert B. Zoellick was the President of the World Bank Group from 2007-12, U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005, and Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff. Zoellick now serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Laureate International Universities, as well as on the international advisory board of Rolls Royce. He is a strategic advisor to AXA, the global insurance company. Zoellick is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the boards of the Congressionally-created National Endowment for Democracy and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award of the Department of the Treasury, and the Medal for Distinguished Public Service of the Department of Defense. The German government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his achievements in the course of German unification. The Mexican and Chilean governments awarded him their highest honors for non-citizens, the Aztec Eagle and the Order of Merit, for recognition of his work on free trade, development, and the environment. Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.

Matt Erskine

.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
Social Entrepreneurship @ UVA welcomes U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine. Mr. Erskine brings more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in business, public sector, and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining the Obama Administration and the Department of Commerce, he led the private-public partnership driving economic development and foreign direct investment for the 5th largest metropolitan region in the U.S. and worked in senior roles at global business consulting firms.

Varun Gauri

Varun Gauri of the World Bank
The World Bank’s Varun Gauri is head of the Global Insights Initiative (GINI) and Senior Economist, Development Research Group. He will speak about the “2015 World Development Report: Mind, Society and Behavior.”

Susannah Wellford

President and Founder of Running Start
Join us for a talk on leadership and public service, by Susannah Wellford, founder and president of Running Start. In 2007, Wellford founded Running Start to inspire young women and girls to political leadership. Running Start furthers the work begun by the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), which Susannah cofounded in 1999 and led for the first five years. WUFPAC is a national women’s group dedicated to electing young women to political office. A nonpartisan organization, WUFPAC is the only political action committee in the United States devoted to helping young women of all parties run for elected office. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, she worked for several years at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, lobbying for state and local governments, foreign governments, corporate entities and trade associations before Congress and the Executive Branch. Prior to law school, Ms. Wellford worked on the Health Care Task Force in the Clinton White House. As a member of the Health Care War Room staff, she planned and executed grass-roots health care events for the President and First Lady and coordinated speaking events for Congressional Members and White House staff on health care reform issues.

Vice Admiral Walter “Ted” Carter

Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy
Join us for a special talk on leadership lessons with Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter. Vice Admiral Carter became the 62nd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy on July 23, 2014. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1982, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun, in 1985.

Mayor Signer

The History That Fuels Local Government Action
The Virginia Policy Review welcomes Mayor Mike Signer of Charlottesville for a talk: “The History that Fuels Local Government Action.” Mike Signer is a lecturer at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He was elected to Charlottesville City Council in 2015 and elected Mayor of Charlottesville in January 2016.

William Webster

Constitution Day
The University of Virginia community is invited to join us for Constitution Day on Friday, September 16. The special guest speaker will be William H. Webster, the current Chairman of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council. From 1978 to 1987, Webster was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and from 1987 to 1991, he was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Prior to these appointments, Webster was a federal judge in Missouri. Well-respected on both sides of the aisle, Webster is the only person to have held both of these positions in government.

Ulrich Mans

When Silicon Valley Meets Purpose: Big Data for Peace and Justice
The Batten Global Policy Center present Dr. Ulrich Mans, from the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University. Ulrich has a background in conflict studies; he holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Amsterdam and a MA in International Development Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining the Centre for Innovation in The Hague, Ulrich has worked for 10 years for various organizations in the field of political transitions, including the International Crisis Group, the Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Life and Peace Institute in Khartoum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. His talk, “When Silicon Valley Meets Purpose: Big Data for Peace and Justice,” will explore the use of design thinking to solve matters of war and peace and other topics. Today, ending violent conflicts and building peace calls for an in-depth understanding of new data streams. With the Data Revolution, we need to find new ways in order to design and build data-driven methodologies that support peace processes across the globe. Ulrich will present an overview of recent data-related trends in the peace, justice and humanitarian sector. How do organisations in the sector adapt to the needs of a digital world? He will explain the underlying concepts of data-driven innovation and the required innovation processes, giving examples of innovation projects with partners ranging from United Nations to small entrepreneurial NGOs.

Patrick Regan

Climate Change and Climate Policy
The Batten Global Policy Center welcomes Patrick Regan, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Patrick Regan (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1992) researches the impact of climate change and social adaptation on armed conflict. His most recent book, The Politics of Global Climate Change (Paradigm, 2015), articulates a multi-level political process for influencing climate change legislation, beginning with local politics. In February 2016, Regan was appointed Associate Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative for Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, a university effort that seeks to understand the effects of climate change though a lens of human social adaptation.

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat

2016 MPP Orientation Keynote Address
Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Presidential Deputy Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the U.S. State Department speaks with incoming Master of Public Policy students.

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