Earlier this month, AEI’s Academic Programs department hosted its fifth annual Executive Council Fall Leadership Conference at our headquarters in Washington. This conference was our largest yet, gathering 108 students from 64 colleges and universities from across the country to hear from AEI scholars, DC professionals, and other distinguished speakers. (Altogether, AEI’s Executive Council program — which exists to foster a competition of ideas about public policy at college campuses across the country — now consists of over 390 members on almost 100 campuses.)
The goals of this conference were to expose students to the breadth and depth of AEI’s research, to offer them career and leadership advice, to connect them to the broader network of the Washington policy community, and to give them the skills and confidence necessary to foster substantive conversations about public policy back at their own campuses.
The conference began on Friday evening with a discussion of the potential impact of automation and technological change on America’s workforce and labor markets, led by AEI scholars Stan Veuger and James Pethokoukis. The next morning’s programming featured a discussion on the future of the political parties with Ramesh Ponnuru, and an examination of the prospects for market-based health care reform with Thomas Miller. After breaking for lunch, students returned for a conversation on career advice moderated by Suzanne Gershowitz, AEI’s Managing Director of Development and Academic Programs, that featured April Lawson of The New York Times, Lauren Claffey of the Department of Homeland Security, and Rachel Hoff of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Joining us later in the afternoon, professional media trainer Beverly Hallberg gave advice on public…