- American Politics
- Crisis Management
- U.S. National Security
- Cyber Security
Audience & Industry
- The Professional Services Industry
- The Finance Industry
- Senior Management Groups
White House chief of staff and national security leader Denis McDonough shares an insider’s perspective on current political events, the future of innovation, and the day’s most pressing national and global security issues.
As chief of staff for President Barack Obama, Denis McDonough led the White House for the President’s entire second term and played a definitive role in shaping U.S. national security policy. Among President Obama’s closest advisors, McDonough first joined then-Senator Obama’s campaign as senior foreign policy advisor in 2007. During the administration’s first term, McDonough served as principal deputy national security advisor. Upon McDonough’s appointment to chief of staff in 2013, President Obama said, “Were it not for him, we wouldn’t be as effective a White House,” additionally noting that he has relied on McDonough’s intellect, judgment, and indispensable advice throughout the past ten years. McDonough provides exceptional insight into the legislative process on Capitol Hill, domestic politics, and the use of executive authority.
Drawing from his role as a senior principal at the Markle Foundation, McDonough offers insight into the intersection of innovation and automation in the digital economy. As a part of his work addressing the current skills gap, he will chair the Rework America Task Force, which seeks to advance the effort to enable all Americans to develop the skills they need to find a place in the new economy. Through the Task Force, McDonough will work to lead a national conversation about how the technological revolution can serve all stakeholders. McDonough also serves as an executive fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, teaching a global policy seminar for its inaugural cohort of graduate students.
From current terrorism and cybersecurity threats, to the future of education and skills training, McDonough understands the global factors that impact modern organizations and helps audiences identify the risks and opportunities that lie ahead.
Preparing the American Workforce for the Digital Economy
What the American Education System Needs to Change
Automation, Innovation, and Artificial Intelligence
The Future of American Ingenuity
The Geopolitical Landscape, National Security, and an Era of Cyber Warfare
The Future of Education
Innovation, Automation, and Education in the Digital Economy
Crisis Management in a Complex Environment
American Politics: A Look at Today’s Headlines
Denis knocked it out of the ballpark. Many members of the audience said that his panel and speech was the best of the conference. We appreciated how he tailored his remarks to financial services and even applied the concepts to securitization.Information Management Network
Denis McDonough was the perfect fit for our conversation about how innovation drives economies. He shared great insight into emerging jobs in technology, as well as the financial and ethical costs of rising automation—and how institutions should respond to it. He’d be a great fit for any organization weighing how to respond to the changing workforce.Bertelsmann Foundation