Key into Public Service: The Call to Serve

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Join Phi Beta Kappa for a discussion with three inspirational leaders in public service.

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On June 24, 2021, from 6-7:15pm ET, join us as the Phi Beta Kappa Society hosts a virtual keynote plenary for current liberal arts and science students, interns, and young professionals looking to pursue careers in public service as part of the Society’s Key into Public Service program.

This event will feature Phi Beta Kappa Secretary Frederick M. Lawrence in conversation with three inspirational public service leaders discussing their own paths from campus to service careers in a one-hour moderated panel discussion, followed by time for questions and answers from the audience.

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Paul Helmke (PBK, Indiana University) is a professor of practice at Indiana University's O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs and director of IU's Civic Leaders Center. Helmke is a former President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, former President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and former three-term mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Amanda K. Johnson, MD, MBA (PBK, Stanford) is Assistant Vice President of Care Models in the Office of Ambulatory Care and Population Health for NYC Heath + Hospitals where she leads a team providing innovative care for people exposed to the criminal justice system, experiencing homelessness, or facing other structural barriers that impede access to health care. Dr. Johnson also directs the New York City’s Test & Trace Corps Take Care pillar, which provides supported isolation and quarantine options to COVID-19 cases and contacts and delivers AfterCare, a new initiative to connect people living with Long COVID with physical, mental, financial, and social resources.

Congressman Andy Kim (PBK, University of Chicago) represents the Third Congressional District in New Jersey. Prior to serving in the House, Congressman Kim worked as a career public servant under both Democrats and Republicans. He served at USAID, the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House National Security Council, and in Afghanistan as an advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen.

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Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit

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