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LBJ In the Arena

Wednesdays at noon CT via Zoom, "LBJ In the Arena" focuses on topics ranging from the lasting effects on the country of the COVID-19 pandemic and racism to elections and health care. 

All session content, including associated videos, readings and summaries, is free and available here and on the LBJ School YouTube channel.

Dec. 2, 2020: Women in Global Leadership

Now more than ever, women are taking on top leadership roles in government and national security — most notably with the recent election of the first female vice president, Kamala Harris. These women will be tasked with shaping the future landscape of diplomacy – and tackling the top challenges facing decision-makers today including morphing threats, shifting alliances, rising populism and a fractured view about America as a global leader. On this week's LBJ In the Arena, we welcomed Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Dr. Slaughter is the first woman to serve as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State (2009–11) and served as dean of Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs (2002–09). She was joined by LBJ School Associate Professor Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens to discuss her barrier-breaking career and what she's learned about leadership from working in top roles in government, academia and the private sector.


Previous Sessions

  • Nov. 18, 2020: The AI Conundrum
    Theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur Dr. Vivienne Ming in conversation with Dr. Varun Rai, LBJ School Associate Dean for Research and the director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas.
  • April 22, 2020: Energy Markets in Times of Crisis
    Marianne Kah, the former chief economist at ConocoPhillips and a past president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, in conversation with LBJ Professor Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, the former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons at Mexico's Ministry of Energy
  • April 8, 2020: Bonus Interview: FEMA: Leading in the COVID-19 Crisis
    Adm. Thad Allen, the lead federal official for the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the national incident commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in conversation with renowned public management scholar and LBJ Professor Don Kettl