Secretary Panetta Announces Leon Panetta 2015 Lecture Series Focusing on The Test of Leadership — Critical Issues That Can Unite or Divide America

“[The lecture series] enriches all of our lives and sets the stage for generations to come to be engaged in public policy locally and beyond.”

          — Lecture attendee       Janet Perlmutter Lesniak

Secretary Panetta will moderate the Panetta Institute’s highly acclaimed lecture series that bring national leaders, policy experts and journalists to the Monterey Peninsula. The 2015 theme will be The Test of Leadership — Critical Issues That Can Unite or Divide America.

Speakers appear before a live theater as well as television audiences. During the afternoon of each lecture, the speakers meet with students from the Central Coast and Northern California high schools, colleges and military installations.

Each of the events will be held at the Monterey Conference Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. Two events in the series have been extended to 9:00 p.m. to accommodate the additional speakers.

The events and speakers are as follows:

Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Energy with Carol Browner, Former Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy; Steven Chu, Former Secretary of Energy; Joe Manchin, U.S. Senator (WV); and T. Boone Pickens, Chairman of BP Capital Management.

Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Race Relations with Ben Jealous, Former President and CEO of the NAACP; Ray Kelly, Former Commissioner of the New York City Police Department; and Ken Salazar, Former Attorney General for Colorado and U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Monday, May 11, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Economy with Michael Boskin, Former Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Christina Romer, Former Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; and Alan Simpson, Former U.S. Senator (WY) and Co-Chair of the Simpson-Bowles Commission.

Monday, June 1,  2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Cyber with Keith Alexander, Former Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency; Renée James, President of Intel Corporation; and Mike Mullen, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

All of the Leon Panetta Lecture Series programs will be broadcast live throughout California by Comcast, Comcast Hometown Network, the California Channel and other cable networks. C-SPAN periodically broadcasts these lectures nationally. The lectures are also available for viewing via live web-streaming at and are broadcast live on public radio. Broadcast and rebroadcast schedules for this year’s season will be released soon.

Subscriptions are sold to all four events in the season for $360. Periodically during the season, single reserved seats become available at a cost of $90 each. Standby tickets are available for each event and sell for $45.

To see a list of past speakers, click here.