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Learning to Lead in the New Washington and International Educator of the Year Luncheon
Robert Gates, 22nd Secretary of Defense

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Dr. Robert M. Gates, the speaker at our International Educator of the Year luncheon on February 14, has served eight presidents according to his biography. News reports since the 2016 election note that he has also been advising one more presidential figure.

Dr. Gates is credited with advising President-elect Donald Trump to select ExxonMobil CEO and Chairman Rex Tillerson as a candidate for Secretary of State. As Council members will recall, Dr. Gates was guest speaker at the Council's 2014 H. Neil Mallon Award Dinner honoring Tillerson. The energy executive also was Dr. Gates' predecessor as president of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Council's 10th annual International Educator of the Year will be honored at this luncheon, sponsored by Nokia. Dr. Gates also has a tie to education, having served as president of Texas A&M (2002-2006).

His career in public service produced his 2016 best-selling book, A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service. The recently published paperback version of his book will be included in the price of a ticket to the luncheon.

In the book, Gates had advice for both political and business leaders. "The important thing to remember is that in any public or private sector organization, whether it has three million employees or three, having a clearly defined and achievable vision—or set of goals—and getting priorities right in moving forward are preconditions for successfully leading change.”

The Kansas native earned a bachelor's degree at the College of William & Mary, a master's degree in history at Indiana University and a doctorate in Russian and Soviet History at Georgetown University. He also is Chancellor of William & Mary, a position previously held by such historic figures as Presidents George Washington and John Tyler, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Lady Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister.

A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era, Gates joined the CIA in 1966 and served in the Strategic Air Command from 1967 to 1969 as a CIA intelligence officer. He left the CIA in 1974 to join the staff of the National Security Council, then returned to the CIA in 1979. In 1986, he became Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He was appointed Director of Central Intelligence in 1991 by President George W. Bush.

Gates' most recent Cabinet position came in December 2006 when he was appointed Secretary of Defense by President George W. Bush. When Barack Obama took office, he asked Gates to stay on, which he did until July 2011. In the history of the nation, he is the only American Secretary of Defense asked to remain in office by an incoming president.

Among his books is the 1996 examination of a key element in America's post-World War II history, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War. He is also the author of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.

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Noon Program & Luncheon
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Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
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$60 Members
$85 Non-Members
$2,000 VIP Tables**
$1,000 Table
*All Prices include copies of paperback
**VIP Tables will be invited to the photo opportunity before the program
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