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The Hero Summit 2012 Agenda

Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Hero Summit, Nov. 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., is an invitation-only theatrical-journalism event that will be streamed live at the Daily Beast. We will hear powerful stories from active and retired members of our military, as well as from historians and writers who have written about moral and physical courage under fire. Read the agenda here, and check back for the latest updates.



Jim Marshall, President, United States Institute of Peace


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The Hero Summit Speakers List

Courage and character will be explored by luminaries from Madeleine Albright to Kael Weston, Bono to Bernard-Henri Lévy at The Hero Summit, an invitation-only event from Newsweek and The Daily Beast, in Washington this November 14th and 15th. Keep checking this page for the latest as new speakers are announced.

Madeleine K. Albright
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Chair, Albright Capital Management


Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright is the chair of both the global strategy firm Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.

Previously, Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the president’s cabinet. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.

She teaches the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Lori Bell
Founder and President, National Association of Military Moms and Spouses (NAMMAS)


Lori Bell is the founder of– the only social network for military moms and spouses. She also hosts the premier motivational seminar for spouses and women veterans Prosper Where You're Planted Boost Camp. She is a by-name requested speaker and singer, and has appeared in front of more than 20 million people via CNN, ABC's Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, and NBC Nightly News' Making a Difference.

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Introducing The Hero Summit

Speakers at Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s live-journalism event will include Adm. William McRaven, Madeleine K. Albright, Garry Kasparov, Bono, and Aaron Sorkin.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast are pleased to announce a new annual summit: ”The Hero Summit: An Exploration of Character and Courage”—a powerful two-day gathering in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14–15.

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The Hero Summit—an invitation-only event that will be streamed live at The Daily Beast—will examine the essential elements of moral, political, intellectual and physical courage, resilience, and selflessness. 

We’ll hear from the men and women of the U.S. military on the greatest moments of heroism they’ve ever witnessed, on the concept of sacrifice, and on the lives of America’s veterans. We’ll also hear from those who shape and influence foreign policy, national security, and military issues about the question of our national character, set against the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. And throughout the summit, political dissidents, artists, and journalists will shine light on the wide range of expressions of courage and valor, and what it really means to speak truth to power.

Speakers include Admiral William McRaven, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Alfred Rascon, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Bono, Garry Kasparov, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy, vet entrepreneur Zach Iscol, and others. Read the full agenda here.

Follow The Hero Project at The Daily Beast for more coverage of the Summit, including exclusive interviews with speakers and guests, as well as our extensive reporting on military and veterans’ issues. On Twitter, follow The Hero Summit and the hashtag #hero12.

Tina Brown announces Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s The Hero Summit on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

McCain: I'm Worried About the GOP

At The Daily Beast's Hero Summit, Sen. John McCain took a break from criticizing President Obama's policies in Egypt, Libya, and Syria to denounce the discord in his Republican Party. 'It's the first time I've ever seen Republican senators running ads, raising money that is used to attack other incumbent Republican senators,' said McCain.



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The Ad Hoc Black Hawk Down Rescuers

Twenty years after the infamous military operation in Somalia, former Army Brigadier General Craig Nixon told the audience at The Daily Beast's Hero Summit about the 'quick reaction force' that was assembled to rescue survivors from the two downed helicopters. 'It was cooks,' Nixon said. 'It was anybody who could carry a rifle.'

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Where Kenyan Authorities Went Wrong

During The Daily Beast's Hero Summit, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly detailed the mistakes made by Kenyan officials who were dealing with al-Shabab's recent mall takeover in Nairobi. Among other errors, 'they did not handle witnesses well who were trying to get out,' said Kelly, and they misused rocket-propelled grenades.

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