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The Alan K. Simpson - Norman Y. Mineta Leaders Series

The Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series is founded in the spirit of the lifelong friendship of two extraordinary leaders from opposite sides of the aisle. Norman Y. Mineta and Alan K. Simpson met during World War II when Simpson’s Boy Scout troop met with Mineta’s in the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming where Secretary Mineta’s family was then interned with over 10,000 other Japanese-Americans. Despite their differences, both their friendship and their commitment to leadership and public service endured.


The Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series aims to create a forum in which students from around the country and the world can engage with extraordinary leaders, explore issues of contemporary public concern, and articulate their own views about the meaning of leadership and citizenship in today’s society.


Past speakers include:

  • Secretary Madeleine K. Albright, The Albright Group
  • Anna E. Cabral, U.S. Treasurer
  • Dick Cheney, U.S. Vice President
  • U.S. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), House Majority Whip
  • Sam Donaldson, ABC News Anchor
  • Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
  • Brian Lamb, founder, chairman and CEO of C-SPAN
  • Mike McCurry, White House Press Secretary
  • Lori Montenegro, National Correspondent–Washington Bureau, Telemundo
  • Dr. Klaus Scarioth, German Ambassador to the United States
  • Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor & Anchor, PBS
  • Lawrence Korb, Founder of the Center for American Progress
  • Kevin Klose, Former President of National Public Radio
  • Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Former Senator
  • Trent Lott (R-MS), Former Senator
  • Norman Mineta, Former Democratic Congressman, Secretary of Commerce, and Secretary of Transportation
  • Emily Schriock, President of EMILY's List
  • John Zogby, Pollster, Opinion Leader and Best-Selling Author

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