Rumsfeld Foundation Hosts 2022 Spring Retreat for Graduate Fellowship Program


Washington, D.C. – On May 21st the Rumsfeld Foundation hosted members of its Graduate Fellowship Network in Annapolis, Maryland for its annual Spring Retreat comprised of networking opportunities, conversations on timely policy issues and leadership development. The Foundation was delighted to be able to host its first in-person Spring Retreat since 2019.

Discussions focused on a range of topics including public service career guidance, ethical leadership and U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy - touching on China, Ukraine and beyond - in the context of current geopolitical challenges. Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to hear from several accomplished public servants and to network with other Fellows, alumni and program Advisers – as well as enjoy the historic setting of downtown Annapolis.

Programming commenced Saturday morning with a panel featuring five Fellowship alumni who drew from their diverse career paths to offer advice for professional development and share insights on how to effectively engage with the growing Graduate Fellowship Network. To follow, Jaymie Durnan, Co-Founder and CEO of The Andrew W. Marshall Foundation, spoke on strategy in the context of current national and global security affairs.

After a sector-based networking lunch, participants then heard from one of the Foundation’s program Advisers, a seasoned expert on China, who engaged with attendees on the future of U.S.-China relations. For the final session of the day, Dr. Jeffrey Macris, Deputy Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy, shared key tips for ethical leadership development based on his extensive military career and role at the Naval Academy. To round out the retreat’s formal programming, attendees embarked on a guided tour of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Alongside the day’s formal discussions, participants were able to explore the charming city of Annapolis while connecting with one another on areas of mutual interest and possibilities for cooperation.

Since 2008, the Rumsfeld Foundation has provided a total of more than $3.6 million in Fellowship grants to 191 graduate scholars who are dedicated to serving the nation. To learn more about the program and the talented leaders that comprise its growing network, please visit the Foundation's website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Media Contact: Sarah Tonucci
Executive Director, Rumsfeld Foundation
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