TIAA CONFERENCE 2018: Global Trade and Populism in D.C.

Date: June 8 - 9, 2018
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National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
United States

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TIAA's Spring 2018 conference lands in Washington D.C.!

Theme: How will Global Trade Survive Politics and Populism? 

June 8-9 at the National Press Club


 Find the combined speaker decks here.


Each "Conference" Registration for the Spring 2018 TIAA Global Trade Conference in Washington D.C. includes:


View this 22-minute webinar recorded on May 9 explaining what you'll experience if you attend.



 Public registrations also welcomed. Early Bird: $650.  Open Registration: $800. 

Optional +1 rates above also apply to public registrations.


* Are you a Thunderbird Master's Level Alum but not a paid TIAA member?  A one-year Annual TIAA membership is included automatically with your conference registration!   Hint: Join first, THEN log in to register for the best pricing.


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Theme: How will Global Trade Survive Politics & Populism?

TIAA's Spring 2018 Conference in Washington D.C.

June 8-9 at the National Press Club

The EU vs Brexit. TPP vs "One Belt, One Road." Tariffs vs. national economic competitiveness. Some say cross-border trade agreements simply redistribute wealth rather than deliver real expansion of the global economic pie. Globalist proponents point to the reduction of poverty in emerging markets, and how the creation of key international institutions brought peace to Europe after two devastating 20th century wars. Populism adherents, pointing to the chase for the cheapest labor, don't want humans reduced to mere widgets. They emphasize the market value in pride of class, nation, culture, profession (all collar colors), or race. For them, the issue is not benefit; but unfair disparity. 


The pendulum has swung - hard. Is a zero-sum game inevitable? How do global trade professionals navigate this new world? Join TIAA in Washington D.C., a locus of this global debate, this June where our speakers will confront these issues head-on. Leaders and Managers working in the global arena will leave with a better understanding of the debate, and resources for making cross-border trade work for all.




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Speaker Agenda

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Michael V. Hayden Retired Four-Star General, Former CIA and NSA Director

TIAA welcomes General Michael V. Hayden to the keynote lecturn.  Hayden, a retired four-star general, served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the frontline of global change, the war on terrorism and the growing cyber challenge. He understands the dangers, risks, and potential rewards of the political, economic, and security situations facing us.  A CNN national security analyst and frequent commentator in top publications, Hayden is valued for his expertise on intelligence matters, cyber security, government surveillance, geopolitics, and more. At the TIAA conference, he will explore the clear but often delicate connection between Intelligence and policy, and the ripple effects of state decisions on global trade.


Hayden is currently a principal at The Chertoff Group and serves on a variety of boards and consultancies. He is the Founder of the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy and International Security and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. His recent memoir, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, has been a New York Times best-seller and was recently selected as one of the 100 most notable books of 2016.  In May of 2018, he released The Assault on Intelligence: National Security in an Age of Lies.


Dr. Michael Crow, ASU President & Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Director-General and Dean for Thunderbird School of Global Management

How will Thunderbird realize its full potential within the ASU Knowledge Enterprise? Find out by taking advantage of this unique opportunity to have individual conversations with these leaders off-campus and in-person.

  • On June 8, talk with Dr. Khagram in a relaxed, social environment at the opening night cocktail reception at the National Press Club.
  • On June 9, meet Dr. Crow and hear him speak about the vision for the future of Thunderbird at our closing Gala Dinner at the International Spy Museum.


Tami Overby, Former Senior Vice President of the US Chamber of Commerce for Asia

What are some deeper implications of withdrawl from TPP? Of NAFTA renegotiation? Of "one belt one road"?  Tami Overby, a former Senior Vice-President of the US Chamber of Commerce for Asia, was a key player in both the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) and the TPP.  In eight years with the Chamber, she headed Washington’s premier international policy team to help American companies compete and prosper in Asia’s dynamic marketplace.  In addition, Tami also managed the U.S.-Korea Business Council as president and oversaw successful operations of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, and the Hong Kong-U.S. Business Council.  If fact, she led the U.S.-Korea Business Coalition that resulted in the successful congressional ratification of the KORUS Free Trade Agreement. Before heading to Washington to take on her position with the US Chamber of Commerce, Overby was president of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Korea. (bio details adapted from and Asia Times at; photo from

Oh, and she attended the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.



William Reinsch, Senior adviser at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP.

Is U.S. trade policy a success or a failure?  William Reinsch holds the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a senior adviser at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP. Previously, he served for 15 years as president of the National Foreign Trade Council, where he led efforts in favor of open markets, in support of the Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation, against unilateral sanctions, and in support of sound international tax policy, among many issues.


From 2001 to 2016, he concurrently served as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, teaching courses in globalization, trade policy, and politics. Reinsch also served as the under secretary of commerce for export administration during the Clinton administration. Prior to that, he spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, most of them as senior legislative assistant to the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA) and subsequently to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV). He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins.


Edward Alden, Council for Foreign Relations

Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness. He is the former Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times, and has also worked as a reporter at the Vancouver Sun and Inside U.S. Trade. His book "The Closing of the American Border" was named as a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. The judges wrote: "Exceptional journalism is required to take immigration -- a neglected sideshow in the nation's globe-girding response to the September 11 attacks -- and make the topic as evocative of America's misplaced values as the Iraq War and the tolerance for torture." Most recently, Alden has directed and co-authored the "Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy," which the Miami Herald said is a must-read for every member of Congress. 


His 2016 book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy (An updated 2017 edition with a new foreword on the Trump administration's trade policy is now available) focuses on the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, and infrastructure. The vast benefits promised by the supporters of globalization, and by their own government, have never materialized for many Americans. In Failure to Adjust Edward Alden provides a compelling history of the last four decades of US economic and trade policies that have left too many Americans unable to adapt to or compete in the current global marketplace. He tells the story of what went wrong and how to correct the course. (adapted from


Lieutenant Colonel James J. Jones, US Army, PhD, PA-C


"High Level Care, Telemedicine In Action"

LTC James Jones is a licensed physician assistant, researcher, instructor and executive manager with an exemplary record of successful medical program development, tactical execution and clinical care across 28 years of military service.  He has provided health care to people at the highest levels of the U.S. military and government and has specialized in preparing for and responding to emergencies, disasters, and other challenging conditions around the world.  He developed and implemented the White House Medical Unit's telehealth program in 2015 and has successfully deployed the technology in austere environments.


Telehealth is a vital tool in protecting the Commander-in-Chief, and LTC Jones will discuss the unique aspects of deploying telemedicine in the White House, as well as in challenging environments. In addition to caring for the president, vice president, their families, and other senior U.S. Government officials, James has traveled to more than 72 countries planning medical contingency operations for both official presidential and vice-presidential visits and vacations.


His experience spans two presidential administrations and provides insight into a world that combines telehealth, emergency preparedness, and executive medicine in an effort to provide the Office of the President with the best and most appropriate medical and dental care anywhere in the world. (Some content adapted from





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The National Press Club (NPC)

This June, Tbirds will meet here to network with each other in the place Eric Severeid, a "Murrow's Boy", called “…Westminster Hall, it’s Delphi, it’s Mecca… the Wailing Wall for everybody in this country having anything to do with the news business; the only hallowed place I know that’s absolutely bursting with irreverence.”  Substitute "global business" for "the news business" in that quote, and...this could describe Thunderbird. Not everyone is a Thunderbird at heart, and not every Thunderbird will have an opportunity to make new connections at the National Press Club. As one of the nation’s leading conference centers and event facilities, the NPC is a site designed for professional networking of the best kind.

  • Friday night cocktail reception 6:00 pm
    • Special Presentation by Dean and Director-General of Thunderbird School of Global Management, Dr. Sanjeev Khagram 6:45 pm
  • Saturday conference speakers and keynote lunch* 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

*Note: Keynote luncheon admission included only with full conference registrations. "Social events only" registrations are excluded.


The International Spy Museum (ISM)

Nothing is what it seems. Less than a mile away from the National Press Club in the Pennsylvania Quarter neighborhood of D.C., the ISM is a celebration of the American Intelligence heritage, a recognition of unsung heroes, and a super fun way to investigate this aspect of governmental operations. The ISM is the only public museum in the U.S. dedicated solely to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a truly global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history - and continues to have significant impact on world events. We encourage you to explore the museum's website to learn about the ISM's mission, history and future plans. 

  • Saturday night Gala Event begins with Cocktails in a private room at 6:30 pm
  • Special Presentation by ASU President Dr. Michael Crow begins at 7:15 pm
  • Museum closes at 7:00 pm to the public
  • Dinner will be served at 8:00 pm
  • Music and dancing AND dessert buffet from 9:00 to 11:00 pm


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Public registrations also welcomed. Early Bird: $650.  Open Registration: $800. 

Optional +1 rates above also apply to public registrations.


Rate Details:

  • Only paid TIAA members (all levels) who log in to the TIAA web site have access to the “TIAA Members” rates above.
  • One full-price ticket purchase is required for each +1 ticket purchase.
    • Thundercouples can use a +1 rate for the second registration.
    • Note: “Social Events Only” ticketholders will be admitted to the Friday night Cocktail Reception and the Saturday night Gala Dinner ONLY.
  • Not a TIAA member or Thunderbird Master’s level Alum? Select the Public Registration ticket below. You can also contact us at +1.480.840.1224 or for assistance.

* Are you a Thunderbird Master's Level Alum but not a paid TIAA member?  A one-year Annual TIAA membership is included automatically with your conference registration!  Hint: Join first, THEN log in to register for the best pricing.

Questions about pricing? Contact for assistance.


Registration Instructions:

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  • For registration and tracking purposes, each full-price ticket must be purchased individually and may be purchased with or without a +1 ticket. However, “+1” tickets may not be purchased alone.
  • At the bottom of this page, select “1” in the quantity box for each ticket you want and click the green “Buy Tickets” button. Then complete the registration and billing form on the next page. If you register with a +1: enter own attendee details first, and then enter the details for your +1.
  • To purchase more than 2 tickets, contact TIAA for assistance at or +1.480.840.1224 M-F, between 9am and 6 pm AZ local time.
  • To register after May 31, 2018 (if space remains), contact TIAA at or +1.480.840.1224.

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