Upcoming Programs

Minister of Defense of Germany (ret.), the Honorable Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, on ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia (GNSEA)

May 01, 2014, 6:00pm

Violence in Ukraine, resulting from the Russian takeover of Crimea, is bordering upon a civil war. The U.S. has seen its own warnings and sanctions taken less seriously by an emboldened and power-hungry President Putin. Given these tenuous situations, there has never been a more important time to re-enforce our relationship with the EU, especially Germany, as we face new and ongoing security threats from places like Russia. On Thursday, May 1, Gen Next Seattle will host an extremely exclusive evening with the Honorable Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former Minister of Defense of Germany, and an expert on global security and diplomacy. Having overseen Germany’s defense strategies and policies, Baron zu Guttenberg will bring an unparalleled level of insight exclusively to Gen Next Members, to help us better understand and navigate an incredibly complex global security landscape. Speaker bio: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg served as German Federal Minister of Defense from 2009 to 2011 and as Federal Minister of Economics and Technology from February 2009 to October 2009. As Minister of Defense, zu Guttenberg led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr's founding in 1955. In particular, he spearheaded the effort of transforming the Bundeswehr from a conscription-based army to an all-professional military. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is the Chairman and a Founder of Spitzberg Partners LLC, a New York-based boutique corporate advisory and investment firm that provides strategic counsel and investment insights on European and international political, economic, diplomatic, technology, and security issues. Baron zu Guttenberg served as a CSU Member of the German Parliament or Bundestag from 2002 to 2011 and as Spokesman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group on the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee during 2002 to 2008. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Western European Union (2002-2005). He also briefly served as Secretary-General of Germany's co-governing CSU party (2008/2009) before being appointed to Chancellor Merkel's cabinet in early 2009. As a "Distinguished Statesman" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, Mr. zu Guttenberg leads a new high-level transatlantic dialogue initiative focused on global trends and current political, economic, financial, as well as technology issues. Since December 2011, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg serves as Senior Advisor to the European Commission's "No Disconnect Strategy", providing strategic counsel on how to give ongoing support to internet users, bloggers and cyber-activists living under authoritarian regimes. Mr. zu Guttenberg liaises with EU Member States, third countries, NGOs, as well as relevant ICT companies to advance the "No Disconnect Strategy" in a coordinated and effective manner.

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Inside Drug Cartels with author, expert, and Air Force Special Agent Sylvia Longmire (GNSD)

May 08, 2014, 6:00pm

Major steps forward in the war on the world’s most notorious drug cartels, like the recent arrest of the leader of the Juarez Ciudad cartel, make the region feel safer and more stable. Yet we still continue to find breaches to our borders caused by the massively powerful drug trade, including complex underground drug transportation systems. On Thursday, May 8, Members of Gen Next San Diego will hear from Drug Cartel Expert Sylvia Longmire about the true state of the global drug trade, and how it affects our own security. With over fifteen years of military, law enforcement, and counterterrorism, few can rival Ms. Longmire’s knowledge about the way these massive cartels operate and innovate against our own security measures. In order to establish a more secure nation and world, we must first understand how these organizations gain control over individuals, law enforcement, and communities, and how we can prevent their power from spreading. About the Speaker: Sylvia Longmire is a [medically] retired Air Force captain and former Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. During her 8 years with AFOSI, she conducted numerous criminal investigations and worked extensively in the fields of counterintelligence, counterespionage, and force protection. During her last assignment, Ms. Longmire worked at HQ AFOSI as the Latin America desk officer, analyzing issues in the US Southern Command area of responsibility that might affect the security of deployed Air Force personnel. Sylvia has also worked as a senior intelligence analyst for the California state fusion center and the California Emergency Management Agency's Situational Awareness Unit, focusing almost exclusively on Mexican drug trafficking organizations and southwest border violence issues. For the last six years, she has regularly lectured on terrorism in Latin America at the Air Force Special Operations School's Dynamics of International Terrorism course. Sylvia holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with a focus on the Cuban and Guatemalan revolutions. Currently, she is an independent consultant and freelance writer, and is an ASBPE award-winning columnist for Homeland Security Today magazine. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Stanford University’s non-profit organization Love Thy Neighbor, Mexico, a Small Wars Journal El Centro Fellow, and an instructor at Henley-Putnam University. Her first book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars (Palgrave Macmillan), was published in September 2011, and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Sylvia has been published in Small Wars Journal, Henley-Putnam University's Journal of Strategic Security, the Journal of Energy Security, and in the American Bar Association’s National Security Report. In the spring of 2013, she will be a part of the TV series “World’s Deadliest Cartels.”

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Inside Drug Cartels with author, expert, and Air Force Special Agent Sylvia Longmire (GNAZ)

May 14, 2014, 6:00pm

Major steps forward in the war on the world’s most notorious drug cartels, like the recent arrest of the leader of the Juarez Ciudad cartel, make the region feel safer and more stable. Yet we still continue to find breaches to our borders caused by the massively powerful drug trade, including complex underground drug transportation systems. On Wednesday, May 14, Members of Gen Next Arizona will hear from Drug Cartel Expert Sylvia Longmire about the true state of the global drug trade, and how it affects our own security. With over fifteen years of military, law enforcement, and counterterrorism, few can rival Ms. Longmire’s knowledge about the way these massive cartels operate and innovate against our own security measures. In order to establish a more secure nation and world, we must first understand how these organizations gain control over individuals, law enforcement, and communities, and how we can prevent their power from spreading. About the Speaker: Sylvia Longmire is a [medically] retired Air Force captain and former Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. During her 8 years with AFOSI, she conducted numerous criminal investigations and worked extensively in the fields of counterintelligence, counterespionage, and force protection. During her last assignment, Ms. Longmire worked at HQ AFOSI as the Latin America desk officer, analyzing issues in the US Southern Command area of responsibility that might affect the security of deployed Air Force personnel. Sylvia has also worked as a senior intelligence analyst for the California state fusion center and the California Emergency Management Agency's Situational Awareness Unit, focusing almost exclusively on Mexican drug trafficking organizations and southwest border violence issues. For the last six years, she has regularly lectured on terrorism in Latin America at the Air Force Special Operations School's Dynamics of International Terrorism course. Sylvia holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with a focus on the Cuban and Guatemalan revolutions. Currently, she is an independent consultant and freelance writer, and is an ASBPE award-winning columnist for Homeland Security Today magazine. She is also on the Board of Advisors for Stanford University’s non-profit organization Love Thy Neighbor, Mexico, a Small Wars Journal El Centro Fellow, and an instructor at Henley-Putnam University. Her first book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars (Palgrave Macmillan), was published in September 2011, and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Sylvia has been published in Small Wars Journal, Henley-Putnam University's Journal of Strategic Security, the Journal of Energy Security, and in the American Bar Association’s National Security Report. In the spring of 2013, she will be a part of the TV series “World’s Deadliest Cartels.”

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Reclaiming Our Voices as Voters, with Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School (GNOC)

May 22, 2014, 6:30pm

With billions of dollars forecasted to be spent in this year’s midterm elections, the demands on candidates to fundraise has never been higher. But when the funds come from a few, select sources of deep pockets—on both sides of the aisle—elected officials are suddenly beholden to the opinions of a few, rather than the electorate. Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig will meet with Gen Next Orange County on Thursday, May 22 to talk about why it’s time for we, the people, to take back politics from special interests who pump funds into these elections. He believes a nonpartisan effort by voters is needed to change the money race candidates are beholden to, so that leaders may be elected based on ideas, and solutions, rather than because they raised the most money. Short Speaker bio: Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Lessig spent a decade arguing for sensible intellectual property law, updated for the digital age. He was a founding board member of Creative Commons, an organization that builds better copyright practices through principles established first by the open-source software community. In 2011, Lessig founded Rootstrikers, an organization dedicated to changing the influence of money in Congress. In his latest book, Republic, Lost, he shows just how far the U.S. has spun off course -- and how citizens can regain control.

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Clearing the Air through Technology Innovations, Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board (GNLA)

May 28, 2014, 6:30pm

One glimpse of the Los Angeles skyline demonstrates the challenge facing Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board. Tasked with curbing pollution, implementing regulations, and protecting public health by reducing pollution, Nichols approaches these challenges with a forward-thinking, innovative approach: look to technology advancements to make improvements, rather than simply passing new laws. On Wednesday, May 28, Nichols will speak to Gen Next Los Angeles about the partnerships and programs she’s creating to rethink environmental issues and improve air quality across the state. From improving fuel economy, to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, Nichols views technology as the key to solving many of California’s greatest environmental challenges. Issues: Short Speaker bio: Mary D. Nichols has been the Chairman of the California Air Resources Board since 2007. Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her priorities as chairman include moving ahead on the state's landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues.

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