Democratize America

by Eisenhower Institute

Lecture Public

Thu, Sep 21, 2023

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Gather on campus to participate remotely in a panel discussion live from The Eisenhower Institute in Washington, DC. Hosted with our partner Learning Life, this panel will feature authors on ethics, democratizing philanthropy, gender inclusivity, and participatory democracy. Audience members in Gettysburg will be able to see the panel and participate in Q&A.


Pam Bailey is communications director for People Powered, a global nonprofit for which she finds and tells stories that illustrate the power of participatory democracy. Pam co-founded the Washington DC-based nonprofit, More Than Our Crimes, which advocates for district residents in federal prison who recently gained the right to vote. Previously, Pam worked in senior communications positions with both nonprofits and businesses, including International Budget Partnership, NeighborWorks America, Qiagen and Johnson & Johnson. Pam holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a master’s in marketing communications from Roosevelt University.

Aruna Rao is a leading international thinker and practitioner on gender equality, feminist leadership and organizational transformation. She is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Gender at Work, an international feminist network committed to building cultures of equality and inclusion in organizations and movements. Dr. Rao has worked at multiple levels, from global level advocacy initiatives including on UN reform and global evaluations of gender mainstreaming and UN-CSO partnerships, to institutional change efforts in national and international development organizations, to research on social justice organizations in Bangladesh and organizational transformation, public sector reform in Nepal, on implementing gender equality policies and practices in private sector companies, to grassroots engagements with rural poor women in Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Dr. Rao currently chairs the boards of Oxfam International and the Nobel Women’s Initiative, and previously chaired the boards of the Association of Women’s Rights in Development, and Civicus. She is a Professor of Practice at SOAS, University of London, and co-hosts the Gender at Work podcast, Rethinking Feminist Transformational Strategies ( Among her publications are Gender at Work: Theory and Practice for 21st Century Organizations (Routledge, 2016), Advancing Gender Equality in Bangladesh (Routledge, 2017), and Gender at Work: Organizational Change for Equality (Kumarian Press, 1999). Dr. Rao holds a Ph.D. in Education from Columbia University.

Joe Weston is an international trainer, author, lecturer, consultant, coach, professor and—above all else—an advocate for lasting peace. With a career spanning 30+ years in the fields of conflict prevention, leadership, stress management, and communication, he is a highly sought-after facilitator for individuals, as well as corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits around the world. Joe’s first book, Mastering Respectful Confrontation: A Guide to Personal Freedom and Empowered, Collaborative Engagement, has sold well worldwide. He writes a regular advice column, “Ask Joe,” for the U.S.-based online magazine, The Fulcrum. His second book, Fierce Civility: Transforming our Global Culture from Polarization to Lasting Peace, was released in 2023 and is currently a best seller in multiple categories on Amazon, including Business Conflict Resolution & Mediation, Stress Management, and Leadership Training.

Ben Wrobel is a writer and an independent communications consultant. He is the co-founder of Proximate, a new nonprofit media platform that produces solutions journalism about public participation and democratic innovations. Before co-founding Proximate, he was Director of Communications at Village Capital, a pioneer in participatory investing. He started his career as chief speechwriter for the NAACP, and later raised money for voter registration campaigns including Stacey Abrams’ New Georgia Project. In addition to co-authoring Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good By Giving Up Control with fellow Proximate co-founder Meg Massey, Ben has edited two best-selling books: REACH: 40 Black Men on Living, Leading and Succeeding and The Innovation Blind Spot. Ben has a BA from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Georgetown University. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


Tracie Potts is the Eisenhower Institute’s Executive Director. She joined Gettysburg College with a wealth of media experience focused on public policy, along with years of educational advocacy for and with students. Tracie spent three decades as an award-winning broadcast journalist, most recently as senior Washington Correspondent for NBC News Channel, the affiliate service of NBC News. Based on Capitol Hill, she covered four Presidential administrations, Congress and the federal government for 200+ local morning news programs, MSNBC, CNBC and foreign news organizations. Outside U.S. politics, Tracie reported abroad from the 2012 Olympics, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate, the selection of Pope Benedict, and the death of Nelson Mandela. Before working in Washington, she was based in the NBC Network’s Los Angeles bureau and served as an anchor and reporter at local stations. Tracie completed her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


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