Visiting Speakers

The World of Outside Experts Is Closer Here

Drawing on the resources of Washington, D.C., as a political, business, and intellectual world capital, we bring experts and leaders to School who can share with students a wide range of perspectives and ideas about the world, their community, and their future. Since 2017, Episcopal has welcomed more than 150 visiting speakers to campus and our classrooms.

Below is a selection of speakers since 2017

List of 10 items.

  • Arts and Literature

    • Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award-winning poet and author
    • Richard Blanco, poet
    • Rachael Coad, professional instructor, Washington Ballet
    • Dan Crane, resident teaching artist, the Shakespeare Theatre Company
    • Alicia Holloway, principal dancer, Dance Theatre of Harlem
    • Dr. James Loehlin, Shakespeare scholar at the University of Texas at Austin
    • Laura Marris, poet and translator ("The Plague")
    • Sam Streed ’13, children’s book author and illustrator
  • Business and Entrepreneurship

    • Elizabeth Closmore, product strategist at Sprinklr software
    • Catherine Coley ’07, CEO, Binance.US
    • Bill Goodwin ’95, founder and president, Goodwin Executive Search
    • Rashad Kawmy 01, partner, Boundary Street Capital
    • Dan Morehead P’20, CEO, Pantera Capital
    • Len Testa, president, TouringPlans
    • Wray Barber Whitticom ’98, managing director, J.P. Morgan
    • Jon Yim ’97, managing director, Kipps DeSanto & Co.
  • Faith

    • The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
    • Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter, founder, South Philadelphia Shtiebel
    • The Rev. Canon Broderick Greer, St. John's Cathedral in Denver
    • Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim Chaplain, Georgetown University
    • Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, authors of “I’ll Push You”
    • The Rev. Becca Stevens, author and founder of Thistle Farms
    • David Zahl, director of Mockingbird Ministries
  • Government and Politics

    • Don Beyer, U.S. House Representative
    • Tyler Brown ’99, former director of digital strategy, Republican National Committee
    • James Carville P’16, Democratic campaign strategist
    • Mary Kate Cary, former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush
    • Mo Elleithee, former spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee
    • John Kasich, former Governor of Ohio
    • Toni Karasanyi 00, communications officer, the World Bank Group
    • Kay James, Heritage Foundation president
    • Bryan Lanza, former campaign official for President Donald Trump
    • Reggie Love, former aide to President Barack Obama
    • Kristen Edwards Marquardt ’97, cyber security expert and former CIA agent
    • Lauren Marshall ’09, senior policy advisor to U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner
    • Mary Matalin P’16, Republican campaign strategist
    • Terry McAuliffe P’13, former Governor of Virginia
    • Meghan Pennington, former communications director for U.S. Senator Tom Carper
    • Paul Ryan P’16, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives 
  • Health, Medicine, and Science

    • Dr. Jürgen Taylor ’81, an emergency room doctor in Charlotte, N.C., for more than 30 years
    • Dr. Kathleen Boggs, a leader of NASA Mars mission
    • Dr. Deb Berry P’16, ’19, Georgetown University research scientist
    • Dr. Meeryo Choe and Dr. Mayumi Prins, UCLA neuroscientists
    • Chris Herren, founder of the Herren Project for addiction recovery
    • Dr. John Marshall '79, P’11, chief of hematology and oncology, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
    • Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, author, clinical psychologist
  • Law

    • The Hon. J.P. Howard, District of Columbia administrative law judge
    • U.S. Navy Capt. Tom Leary, chief legal advisor to National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien
    • Patricia Madrid, former New Mexico attorney general
    • Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., U.S. Supreme Court
    • Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court
    • Justice Laurance VanMeter ’76, Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Media and Journalism

    • James Blue ’89, head of the Smithsonian Channel 
    • David Gregory P’21, former NBC broadcast journalist
    • David Hatcher ’84, ABC television producer
    • Alex Jones ’64, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
    • Bob Schieffer, CBS broadcast journalist
    • Lizzie Widdicombe, New Yorker staff writer
  • Race Relations and Civil Rights

    • Azza Altiraifi, disability justice advocate
    • Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author
    • The Rev. Jesse Jackson GP'21
    • Shannon Foley Martinez, former violent white supremacist
    • Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Freedom Rider, activist
    • Marlon Peterson, founder, the Precedential Group, a social-justice consulting firm
    • Dr. Tommie Smith, Olympic gold medalist
  • Service to Country and Community

    • The Rev. Captain Andrea Baker, U.S. Army chaplain
    • Dr. Victoria Sardi-Brown, co-founder Mattie’s Mom
    • U.S. Navy Lieutenant Shepard Chalkley ’11
    • Maureen Colburn, executive director, Just Tryan It
    • U.S. Army Rangers Captain Matt Hurley ’08, operating officer, the Old Guard
    • Katie Koestner, executive director, Take Back the Night Foundation
    • Wes Moore, CEO, the Robin Hood Foundation
    • Lumah Mufleh, founder, Fugees Family
    • Henry Stoever '84, retired U.S. Marine Corps officer; CEO of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Sports

    • Tim Hightower ’04, retired NFL player
    • Dr. Greg Dale, director of Duke University’s Sports Psychology and Leadership Program
    • Jennifer Pharr Davis, hiker, author, and speaker
    • Ashleigh Johnson, Olympic gold medalist
    • Melissa Stockwell, U.S. Army veteran and Paralympian world champion triathlete
    • Leah Thomas, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development, Georgia Tech

Annual Speaker Programs

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  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium

    Sponsored by the Office of Community & Equity, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium is a campus-wide initiative to honor Dr. King and celebrate his legacy and ideals. The symposium, which started in 2016 and occurs every January, aims to bring together a variety of voices and perspectives to foster greater awareness of the role Dr. King has played in the lives of all Americans and to facilitate conversations and that moves all of us to work toward true justice in our community and the larger global community of which we are a small part.
  • Integrity in Action

    The Integrity in Action lecture and award were created collaboratively by Headmaster Rob Hershey, John Burress ’54, John Walker ’79, and Ed Walker ’85 to recognize and honor former EHS faculty member Allen C. Phillips, whose life epitomizes the highest ideals of honor and integrity, which are at the core of Episcopal High School’s values. Mr. Phillips was a longtime, distinguished faculty member whose devotion to character, integrity, and sacrifice is legendary at Episcopal High School. Mr. Phillips came to Episcopal in 1951 and, with the exception of a two-year stint at St. Albans School, remained at EHS until his retirement in 1994. While at Episcopal he taught English, served as dean of students for 26 years, was faculty advisor to the Honor Committee, and coached football, basketball, and baseball.
  • Portrait in Faith

    Portrait in Faith is an annual program that offers powerful models in Christian faith to Episcopal students in the hope that their lives will be informed, shaped, and inspired by courageous men and women. This companion event to the Theologian in Residence program was established in 1994 by Reginald E. Rutledge ’51 in honor of his wife, the Rev. Fleming Rutledge, and his family members who attended EHS.
  • Theologian-In-Residence

    The Theologian-In-Residence Program was established in 1993 through the generosity of Dick Rutledge '51. The program is designed to provide the EHS students the chance to establish and/or reinforce a foundation of faith to light their path. This program is aimed at inviting Christian preachers, teachers, and theologians to campus to speak to the school community and work with students.
  • Scholar-In-Residence

    The Ben Geer Keys Scholar in Residence Program was established in 1998 by an anonymous donor. The program brings talented scholars and artists to Episcopal High School to work with students.
  • Jay Walker Symposium

    An annual event, the Jay Walker Symposium celebrates John Luther Walker, Jr. '54 and his love of music. Sponsored by Walker 's family and friends, the program brings live concerts to the EHS campus, with guest musicians working with students in class and attending an open session with student musicians. The Walker Symposium is known for bringing prominent musicians to campus. In recent years, symposium guests have included The Biscuit Burners, Black Violin, singer/songwriter Elizabeth Eckert, Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm, Charlie Pate, Coyaba Dance Theater, Christylez Bacon, and Mdou Moctar.
  • Chapel Talks

    At Episcopal, the phrase “chapel talk” refers to a speech given by a student, faculty member, or special guest during Friday chapel. Organized and run by student members of the Vestry, Friday chapel services provide a forum for community members to speak to the School about a topic that has special meaning to them.  These chapel talks can be funny, insightful, challenging, moving, and often deeply personal. Each topic resonates differently with the community, but all leave a lasting impression, one that stays with the listener long after graduation.