Lincoln Ideas Forum 2020
Known as Honest Abe from an early age, as the story goes, Lincoln’s integrity remains a lasting part of his reputation. While in residence at the Cottage, he cemented his legacy of moral leadership with the Emancipation Proclamation. This year, we will explore the many facets of presidential character as our theme for the sixth annual Lincoln Ideas Forum. Join us as we bring together experts, scholars, and the public in an exploration of the character attributes that have served historic presidents, alongside contemporary reflections on how character informs leadership.
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This program is open to the public. Please register to reserve your space. The program is free; a suggested donation of $15 helps offset costs for this program.
Andrew Marshall, Partnership for Public Service — Moderator
Andrew oversees the strategy, design and delivery of the Partnership’s leadership development programming. His drive for developing leaders combined with his commitment to public servants make this nothing short of a dream job. A certified executive coach, he has experience developing leaders and leadership teams in the private, nonprofit and public sectors, from aspiring supervisors to executives. Beyond his time at the Partnership, his management experience comes from years in journalism, community development and as the executive director of a philanthropic consulting organization. His favorite public servant is Abraham Lincoln, who, among other things, applied his leadership strengths to create unity while celebrating diverse views and backgrounds.
Jane Chong, Williams & Connolly LLP — Accountability
Jane Chong is the former deputy managing editor of Lawfare. She served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit under Judge Cheryl A. Krause and is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University. During law school, she served as a senior editor on the Yale Law Journal and was a member of the Transnational Development Clinic and the Ethics Bureau. She is a regular contributor to The Atlantic.
Laura L Banks, Living Compassion —- Compassion
Laura Banks is honored to be a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Instructor, dual-certified by Compassion Institute and Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). While raising a family and serving others around the world, she has witnessed how meeting the challenges of life with compassion can greatly reduce suffering and transform the very things people thought would break them into the most resilient and beautiful parts of who they are. This powerful combination of evidence-based training and personal experience shape Laura’s commitment to strengthen her own and others’ capacity to thrive and find meaning throughout life, especially through the cultivation of compassion.
David Sampé, Article730 —- Integrity
In 1993, David Sampé was 19 years old and confined at a Correction Corporation of America (now Civic Corps) facility, the first wave of prisons for profit. He was placed in a Youth Act Program that kept him, and others like him, locked in a 6’x9’ cell for eight months, 23½ hours a day. A part of him that went into that box never came out. Broken, like Humpty Dumpty, he was left to put himself back together again. Several years later, after multiple arrests and felony convictions, he became mentally unhinged and spiraled out of control.
Over the course of 25 years David has reconstructed his mind piece by piece and, through the practice of mindfulness and meditation, has turned a broken mind into a resilient one. These experiences have equipped him with the tools to guide men and women coming home from prison out of their fractured state and back into balance.
David has dedicated his life to this work, taking the Fredrick Douglas quote literally, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” His project, Article730, aims to offer mindfulness services to all public middle schools in the nation’s capital. The ultimate goal is to eradicate all in-school suspension/ detention centers and replace them with Wellness Centers, offering at-risk students in public schools the tools and techniques to heal and practice mindfulness instead of criminalizing them during their most fragile/confusing transition of their lives.
David is a Senior Production Advisor to the One in Four Podcast – humanizing, educating and elevating the conversation about re-entry of people who have been incarcerated, he is the Wellness and Meditation Coach of Aspire – an Entrepreneurial program that creates business opportunities for returning citizens, and on the board of PAVE (Parents Amplified Voices in Education), a non-profit organization that partners parents and leaders with schools and policymakers to develop diverse, safe, and nurturing schools for every child.
Chris White, DC Improv Comedy Club —- Humor & Self-Deprecation
Chris White is the director for creative marketing at the DC Improv Comedy Club. He has also worked as a journalist for both The Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly. His dual careers have helped him become an unofficial expert in presidential history: Chris began visiting presidential sites while touring the country as a stand-up comedian, and he has now been to almost every presidential home, birthplace and gravesite open to the public. In 2009, Chris was selected as a columnist for the acclaimed humor site McSweeney’s, answering “profound questions about the presidents” on a regular basis. In 2016, he produced and hosted the “Headliner of State” podcast in conjunction with the DC Improv. That series asked comedy writers, authors, historians and the directors of historic sites to share the humor of each president, in an attempt to find the funniest commander-in-chief. In recent years, Chris has collaborated with President Lincoln’s Cottage on the annual Two Faces Comedy Series, bringing live comedy events into the historic home.
The views and opinions expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect those of President Lincoln’s Cottage.
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