Lessons in Leadership – A Town Hall Discussion with Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

Change is certain. Visionary leadership ensures that change is intentional. Change is driven not only by prominent public leaders, but also by working-level experts who operate behind-the-scenes.

  • How can and should the United States ensure that it is developing the next generation of leaders across government agencies, the private sector, and civil society?
  • What types of leaders do we need to address today’s global challenges and how do we cultivate them?
  • What practical steps can YPFP members take, here and now, to make their voices more innovative and influential?

YPFP invites its members to consider these critical issues in discussion with former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Join YPFP on February 1 for what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking Town Hall style discussion on leadership. YPFP President Alexia D’Arco will moderate.


When: February 1, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Gallup (901 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004)


HagelFinal.jpgChuck Hagel was the 24th Secretary of Defense, serving from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense. Some of Secretary Hagel’s current commitments include service on the Board of Trustees of RAND; Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank America and Corsair Capital; Senior Advisor to Gallup and to the McCarthy Group; Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council; Board of Directors of the American Security Project; Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Board of Directors; and Chairman of the 35th Anniversary Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Secretary Hagel served two terms in the United States Senate (1997-2009) representing the state of Nebraska. He was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. He chaired the Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee; and the Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees. He also served as the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Hagel was president of McCarthy & Company, an investment banking firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In the mid-1980’s, Hagel co-founded VANGUARD Cellular Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation. He was President and CEO of the World USO, Private Sector Council (PSC), and Chief Operating Officer of the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit). Hagel also served as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration under President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Commissioner General of the 1982 World’s Fair.

Secretary Hagel has served as a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University, Co-Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Atlantic Council. He also served as a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board, Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nuclear Power, Systemic Risk Council Board of Directors; and as a member of the Board of Directors of Chevron. He is the author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter and was the subject of a 2006 book by Charlyne Berens entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have a daughter (Allyn) and son (Ziller).

AlexiaDArco-11.jpgAlexia D’Arco has served as President of YPFP since December 2017. From 2013-2015, Alexia worked as a Program Development Consultant for the TOMODACHI Initiative, a $34 million public-private partnership created by U.S. Embassy Tokyo and the U.S.-Japan Council. From 2011-2013, Alexia served on State Department political-military affairs teams at Embassy Tokyo and the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

While pursuing her MA, Alexia worked at The Scowcroft Group, the National War College, and as a teaching assistant for former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. She previously served as Executive Assistant to Fred Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council and as a Program Assistant at the Berlin-based think tank Atlantik-Brücke. Alexia is a former Fulbright Scholar, Presidential Management Fellow, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation “Hiring our Heroes” Corporate Fellow. She has previously served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Temple University (Japan) and Rhodes College.

Alexia is currently a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, a Senior Advisor at the Frontier Design Group, and an Adjunct at the University of Memphis. She holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. See full bio here.


Please note this event will be on-the-record and open to YPFP members only.


YPFP Distinguished Speaker Series


February 01, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8pm
901 NW F St
Washington, DC 20004
United States
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