National Security - The Inside Scoop

Date and Time
Thursday, February 27, 2020
5:30pm— 7:45pm
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Red Ventures
1101 Red Ventures Dr
Fort Mill, SC 29707
United States
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Please join the Wharton, HBS and Duke Alumni Clubs when we hear the inside scoop on National Security today:

  • Is the fight against terror really winding down in the Middle East?
  • What’s Kim Jong Un’s next move and how might the US respond?
  • What’s the greatest threat facing the US today?
  • And how might the new Space Force operate in the future?

Get the inside scoop on all of these topics and more as Deborah Lee James, the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, will answer your questions about national security.

If you would like to submit a question about National Security that will be addressed during the event, please email it to Andy Cohen at [email protected] before noon on Friday, February 21st. Include in the subject line of your email: "Deborah Lee James - Question".

Aim High, Debbie’s recently published book, will be on sale before and after the presentation for $20. (Amazon price is $25)

She will be happy to sign the book for you. No extra charge for photo ops!  Reminder - our members will have a unique opportunity to ask questions at the event!  Please submit your questions related to National Security by Friday 2/21 to Andy Cohen at [email protected]!

Bonus Event: Red Ventures Tour

In addition to the main presentation by Secretary James, we will be treated to a tour of the Red Ventures corporate headquarters. The tours will be led by Red Ventures employees.  Red Ventures was co-founded by Ric Elias (HBS alum) and Dan Feldstein (Duke and Wharton alum).

If you have never toured Red Ventures, treat yourself to a 20-minute experience that will totally ‘wow’ you. The amazing culture and high tech nature of their business will be on display for us as we are led on conducted tours of the campus.

The first tour will depart at 5:30 PM. Subsequent tours will depart whenever the next 15 people are assembled.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

5:30 pm Tours Start
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Networking, book purchases, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm Deborah Lee James - Q&A on National Security
7:45 pm  Wrap Up & Adjournment

Red Ventures
1101 Red Ventures Dr
Fort Mill, SC  29707


  • $20 for Wharton Club Members
  • $20 for HBS Club Members
  • $20 for Duke Alumni Club Members
  • $25 for CBSA Members
  • $30 for Non-Members
  • *NEW* $10 COMPANION TICKET (must purchase a full-price ticket in order to be eligible to purchase the companion ticket)
  • Free for Joseph Wharton Members

About Deborah Lee James

Deborah Lee James has a three-decade track record of leading, transforming and driving lasting change in the US government and in private industry. As only the second woman in history to lead a branch of the male-dominated US military, Deborah faced high stakes challenges as Secretary of the Air Force, the CEO equivalent of a 660,000 person, $140 billion enterprise. For three years during a period of unprecedented political dysfunction, she led the effort to recruit, train and equip the premier air, space and cyber force on the planet, sending forces forward to combat ISIS in the Middle East, reassure European allies against a resurgent Russia and preparing forces for possible combat operations on the Korean Peninsula. Earlier in her career, Deborah was a senior executive at defense giant, SAIC, where she led a $2 billion enterprise during a time of enormous change within the
company. Along the way, Deborah raised two children as a single mother.  Through personal stories from her days as a young professional, as a business leader at SAIC and from the halls of the Pentagon, Deborah reveals her approach to surviving, thriving and leading through change and dysfunction at the intersection of politics, business, and family

About Aim High

In Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success, Deborah shares her personal and professional challenges, outcomes, strategies for success, and the problem-solving principles she used to overcome the daunting pressures, threats, and challenges that come with rising to the top of the US Armed Forces. As a supplement to Deborah’s storytelling, Bain and Company, a top-tier management consulting firm, offers research and statistics that prove Deborah’s insights have widespread impact.  Readers will appreciate Deborah’s success in rising up through the ranks of male-dominated institutions so that her life could be lived to its fullest, happiest, and on her own terms. Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success reveals to readers how they can do the same.


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Red Ventures

1101 Red Ventures Dr, Fort Mill, SC 29707, United States,
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