It may still be too early to tell, but we polished our crystal balls and talked about what we see ahead for tax reform, women, the media, civil (or maybe uncivil?) discourse, equality and opportunity in our country.
The scene was the fabulous Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the invitees were fellow alums and friends of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.
Rounding out the panel with me were alums Cameron Joseph, Washington Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News; Tim Wright, former presidential advisor and managing director at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer; Andy Busch, moderator, prolific author and CMC government professor; and Hiram Chodosh, President of Claremont McKenna College.
It was a great evening. Unseasonably balmy weather (thank you, Chicago!), thought-provoking questions (and answers), a talented and diverse gathering of people, professions and political outlooks.
We can’t even begin to guess at what’s in store over the next four years, but we’re proud of CMC for sponsoring the debate, appreciated the chance to get better acquainted with our Chicago alums, and ended the evening with a new understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our country. Kudos and sincere thanks to alum Laura Grisolano of Bridge Mediation for putting together the fabulous program!