Speaker Events

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for timely and informative events featuring some of the world’s most influential leaders and experts. Gain firsthand insight into the most critical issues of the day while having the opportunity to meet and interact with the people who shape our world.


Upcoming Speaker Events

  • October 27, 2016


    From Overseas to Center City: Global Economics and the Impact on Philadelphia Business

    Look no further than Philadelphia for international business opportunities. Hear from business leaders as they discuss positioning Greater Philadelphia as a top city for international business.
    Location: Loews Hotel Philadelphia, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Schedule: 7:30 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m.

  • November 14, 2016


    Young Friendsgiving: Philadelphia’s Entrepreneurship, Food, & Culture from around the World

    A Young Friends members event featuring Tova du Plessis, owner of Essen Bakery, Ben Miller & Christina Martinez, co-owners of South Philly Barbacoa and Ange Branca, co-owner of Sate Kampar.
    Location: Benjamin's Desk, 601 Walnut Street, Floor 12, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration & Networking Reception; 6:15 p.m. Program; 7:15 p.m. Conclusion

  • November 17, 2016


    What Just Happened?: Post-Election, Post-Partisan, Presidential Punditry

    Election 2016 Series Part III

    Featuring Chris Mottola, political consultant; Andi Johnson, political consultant; and David Eisenhower, presidential historian and host of the Council's public television show, The Whole Truth

    Location: Congress Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Schedule: 5:30 Registration; 6 Program; 7:15 Conclusion

    Presented in partnership with Independence National Historical Park.

    This event is part of the Stan and Arlene Ginsburg Family Foundation Great Debates Series and made possible by AMETEK, SEI Private Wealth Management, and UGI Corporation.

  • December 01, 2016


    An Evening with Thomas L. Friedman

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist,  author, and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman

    Location: DoubleTree Philadelphia Downtown, 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration & Reception; 6:00 p.m. Program; 7:15 p.m. Conclusion

    Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase

  • January 19, 2017


    A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

    Featuring Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
    Location: Montgomery McCracken, 123 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19109
    Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Registration and reception; 6 p.m. Program; 7 p.m. Conclusion