Lincoln Ideas Forum: Presidential Character

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President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road Northwest

Washington, DC 20011

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Known as Honest Abe from an early age, as the story goes, Lincoln's integrity remains a lasting part of his reputation. While in residence at the Cottage, he cemented his legacy of moral leadership with the Emancipation Proclamation. This year, we will explore the many facets of presidential character as our theme for the sixth annual Lincoln Ideas Forum. Join us as we bring together experts, scholars, and the public in an exploration of the character attributes that have served historic presidents, alongside contemporary reflections on how character informs leadership.

This program is open to the public. Please register to reserve your space. The program is free; a suggested donation of $15 helps offset costs for this program.


Speakers include:

Andrew Marshall, Partnership for Public Service (Moderator)

Andrew is a certified executive coach with experience developing leaders and leadership teams in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. His favorite public servant is Abraham Lincoln, who, among other things, applied his leadership strengths to create unity while celebrating diverse views and backgrounds.

Jane Chong, Williams & Connolly LLP: Accountability

Jane is the former deputy managing editor of Lawfare, and a regular contributor to The Atlantic. She served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit under Judge Cheryl A. Krause and is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Laura L Banks, Living Compassion: Compassion

Laura Banks is a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training Instructor, dual-certified by Compassion Institute and Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). A combination of evidence-based training and powerful personal experience shape Laura’s commitment to strengthen her own and others’ capacity to thrive and find meaning throughout life, especially through the cultivation of compassion.

David Sampé, Article730: Integrity

David was incarcerated at 19 years old at a for-profit prison facility. A part of him that went into that box never came out. Over the course of 25 years David has reconstructed his mind piece by piece and, through the practice of mindfulness and meditation, has turned a broken mind into a resilient one. His project, Article730, aims to offer mindfulness services to all public middle schools in the nation’s capital. David is a Senior Production Advisor to the One in Four Podcast, works as the Wellness and Meditation Coach of Aspire, and is on the board of PAVE (Parents Amplified Voices in Education).

Chris White, DC Improv Comedy Club: Humor & Self-Deprecation

Chris White is the director for creative marketing at the DC Improv Comedy Club, and, while touring as a stand-up comedian, has been to almost every presidential home, birthplace and gravesite open to the public. In recent years, Chris has collaborated with President Lincoln's Cottage on the annual Two Faces Comedy Series, bringing live comedy events into the historic home.


The views and opinions expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect those of President Lincoln’s Cottage.

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President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH). Security for AFRH requires visitors to show valid identification at the security gate in order to enter the property. Please be prepared to show your ID for all PLC events.

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