Agenda & Speakers

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | Thursday, January 26, 2012

The agenda for America’s Summit on National Parks is subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest information.

As speakers and presenters are confirmed they will be added to the agenda below.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Beginning at 5:30pm Historic Tours of America will offer free transportation to the reception location from the Washington Reagan National Airport Metro station (Blue/Yellow line Metro). Transportation will be via Old Town Trolleys, which will pick up Summit participants at the terminal shuttle stop at the Metro station. It is less than a 10 minute ride to Indigo Landing (1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, VA on Daingerfield Island); trolleys should be at the pickup area every 10-15 minutes. Trolley transportation will also be available back to the Metro station at the conclusion of the reception.

To plan your Metro trip to/from the airport Metro station please visit Metro’s website: www.wmata.com.

5:30- 8:00 PM

Opening reception at Indigo Landing 1 Marina Drive, Alexandria, VA, sponsored by Guest Services, Inc. The reception will honor former National Park Service Directors who will share “Lessons Learned for the Next Century”

  • Moderator: Jackie Lowey, former Deputy Director, National Park Service
  • Panelist: The Honorable Fran P. Mainella, former Director, National Park Service (July 2001 – October 2006)
  • Panelist: The Honorable Robert Stanton, former Director, National Park Service (August 1997 – January 2001)
  • Special Guest:  Alan Latourelle, CEO, Parks Canada

 Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Summit takes place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Please enter through the 14th Street Entrance. All attendees are required to pass through security and must present a photo ID upon entry. It is recommended that attendees allow extra time to get through security. For additional information about location, public transportation access and parking, please click here.

7:00 AM Registration opens at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Healthy continental breakfast
8:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Speaker: Tom Kiernan, President, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Speaker: Neil Mulholland, President, National Park Foundation
  • Speaker: Derrick Crandall, Counselor, National Park Hospitality Association
8:30 AM Keynote: NPS Centennial and the Opportunity for Action
  • Speaker: The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary, Department of the Interior
8:40 AM Visions for America’s National Parks and the National Park Service
  • Speaker: The Honorable Tony Knowles, Former Governor of Alaska and Chairman, NPS Advisory Board
8:55 AM America’s National Parks and 21st Century Trends, Priorities, and Values: Gaining Broad Support
  • Moderator: Carlos Alcazar, President & CEO, Hispanic Communications Network
  • Panelist: Erick Huey, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Software Association
  • Panelist: Angelou Ezeilo, Executive Director, Greening Youth Foundation
  • Panelist: Dan Witters, Principal and Research Director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
9:50 AM From Vision to Action: A Call to Action for a New Century of Success
  • Speaker: The Honorable Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM

The Economic Benefits of the National Parks and Park Programs

  • Moderator: Sally Jewell, President & CEO, REI
  • Speaker: Secretary Doug Domenech, Virginia Department of Natural Resources
  • Speaker: Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Speaker: Joel Secundy, Vice President of Strategic Outreach, Brand USA
11:30 AM

New Dimensions in Park Protection

  • Moderator: The Honorable Fran Ulmer, former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
  • Speaker: Stephanie Meeks, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Speaker: Gary Machlis, Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service
  • Speaker: The Honorable Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico
  • Speaker: Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, DOI 
12:30 PM

Plenary Luncheon: How Can National Parks Succeed in Today’s Fiscal and Political Climate?

  • Moderator: The Honorable Dirk Kempthorne, former Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior and former Governor of Idaho
  • Speaker: John Podesta, Chair and Counselor, Center for American Progress
  • Speaker: Geoff Garin, President, Peter D. Hart Research Associates
  • Speaker: Michael Gerson, Opinion Writer, Washington Post
1:45 PM Breakout Sessions (participants will select a session during registration)
  • Facilitator: Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Emeritus/The George Lucas Educational Foundation and Member, NPS Advisory Board
  • Panelist:  James Percoco, History Teacher, West Springfield HighSchool (VA) and Director of Education Friends of the National WWII Memorial
  • Panelist:  Jason Morris, Executive Vice President, NatureBridge
  • Panelist: Danny Edelson, Vice President for Education, National Geographic Society and Executive Director, National Geographic Education Foundation
  • Panelist:  Shelby Locke, Student, West Springfield High School
  • Facilitator: Ray Rasker, Executive Director, Headwaters Economics
  • Panelist: The Honorable Mark Barron, Mayor of Jackson, Wyoming
  • Panelist: The Honorable Lynn Scarlett, Senior Visiting Scholar, Resources for the Future and former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Facilitator: Denis Galvin, Retired NPS Deputy Director
  • Panelist: Robert Garcia, Executive Director, The City Project
  • Panelist: Barb Pahl, Regional Director of the Mountains/Plains Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Panelist: Mike Scott, Distinguished Professor Emeritus for the department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho
  • Facilitator: Nina Roberts, Associate Professor at San Francisco  State University and Director of the Pacific Leadership Institute
  • Panelist: Juan Martinez, Network Coordinator, Children & Nature Network
  • Panelist: John Bridgeland, former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council and USA Freedom Corps
  • Panelist: Corita Waters, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service
  • Panelist: Mary Margaret Jones, Senior Principle & President, Hargreaves Associates
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Breakout Sessions (participants will select a session during registration)
  • Facilitator: Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Emeritus/The George Lucas Educational Foundation and Member, NPS Advisory Board
  • Panelist:  James Percoco, History Teacher, West Springfield HighSchool (VA) and Director of Education Friends of the National WWII Memorial
  • Panelist:  Jason Morris, Executive Vice President, NatureBridge
  • Panelist: Danny Edelson, Vice President for Education, National Geographic Society and Executive Director, National Geographic Education Foundation
  • Panelist:  Shelby Locke, Student West Springfield High School
  • Facilitator: Ray Rasker, Executive Director, Headwaters Economics
  • Panelist: The Honorable Mark Barron, Mayor of Jackson, Wyoming
  • Panelist: The Honorable Lynn Scarlett, Senior Visiting Scholar, Resources for the Future and former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Facilitator: Denis Galvin, Retired NPS Deputy Director
  • Panelist: Robert Garcia, Executive Director, The City Project
  • Panelist: Barb Pahl, Regional Director of the Mountains/Plains Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Panelist: Mike Scott, Distinguished Professor Emeritus for the department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho
  • Facilitator: Nina Roberts, Associate Professor at San Francisco  State University and Director of the Pacific Leadership Institute
  • Panelist: Juan Martinez, Network Coordinator, Children & Nature Network
  • Panelist: John Bridgeland, former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council and USA Freedom Corps
  • Panelist: Corita Waters, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service
  • Panelist: Mary Margaret Jones, Senior Principle & President, Hargreaves Associates
  • Facilitator: Michael Creasey, Superintendent, Lowell National Historic Park
  • Panelist: Tina Sung, Vice President, Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships, The Partnership for Public Service
  • Panelist: Fred Dust, Partner, IDEO
  • Panelist:  Willa Seldon, Partner, The Bridgespan Group
  • Panelist: Peggy O’Dell, Deputy Director, National Park Service
5:00 PM Reception and Poster Session
6:30 PM

Dinner:  Connecting a Diverse, Changing America to National Parks

  • Featuring Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts’ multimedia artistic adventure series, Face of America

Sponsored by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, featuring a healthy, sustainable, reasonable cost menu.

 Thursday, January 26, 2012

7:30 AM Breakfast and Poster Session
8:00 AM

Highlights of Our First Day and the Goal of Bipartisanship

  • Speaker: The Honorable Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture and Member of Congress

 

8:15 AM

An Agenda to Protect America’s Parks and Engage the Next Generation/Youth and Our National Parks

8:40 AM

Youth and Our National Parks

  • Panelist: Katie Thomas Canfield, Student
  • Panelist: Amber Hagan, Student
  • Panelist: John Culhane, Student
  • Panelist: Ahmad Toure, Student
  • Panelist: Nick Clemons, Student
9:30 AM Break
9:45 AM Breakout Session (participants will select a session during registration)
  • Facilitator: Dan Jensen, President, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite
  • Panelist: Beth Stevens, Senior Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Disney
  • Panelist: Mike Tollefson, President, The Yosemite Conservancy
  • Panelist: Jim Gramann, Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A & M University
  • Panelist:  Tony DeFalco, Chair, Center for Diversity and the Environment
  • Facilitator: Chris Lane, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Xanterra 
  • Panelist: Kevin Coyle, Vice President, Education Programs, National Wildlife Foundation 
  • Panelist: Carolyn Ward, CEO, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation 
  • Panelist: Susan Polan, Associate Executive Director, American Public Health Association
  • Panelist: Ali Kelley, Deputy Associate Director for Let’s Move Outside!, Council on Environmental Quality 
  • Facilitator: Robert Keiter, Director of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment, University of Utah
  • Panelist: David Lamfrom, Desert Field Representative, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Panelist: Laura Belleville, Director of Conservation, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Panelist: Jad Daley, Director, Climate Conservation Program, The Trust for Public Land
  • Facilitator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, Creative Director & President, Metropolitan Group
  • Panelist: Amy Gibson-Grant, Vice President, Campaign Director, The Ad Council
  • Panelist: James Ashurst, Vice President, Public Relations and Advertising, Recreational Vehicle Industry Association
  • Panelist: Elizabeth Ward, Director, Marketing Communication/The Nature Conservancy
  • Panelist: Sue Waldron, Assistant Director of Communications, National Park Service
  • Panelist: Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President/Global Inclusion Strategy Viacom, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief of Staff/Nickelodeon Networks Group
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Breakout Session (participants will select a session during registration)
  • Facilitator: Dan Jensen, President, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite
  • Panelist: Beth Stevens, Senior Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Disney
  • Panelist: Mike Tollefson, President, The Yosemite Conservancy
  • Panelist: Jim Gramann, Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A & M University
  • Panelist:  Tony DeFalco, Chair, Center for Diversity and the Environment
  • Facilitator: Chris Lane, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Xanterra 
  • Panelist: Kevin Coyle, Vice President, Education Programs, National Wildlife Foundation 
  • Panelist: Carolyn Ward, CEO, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation 
  • Panelist: Susan Polan, Associate Executive Director, American Public Health Association
  • Panelist: Ali Kelley, Deputy Associate Director for Let’s Move Outside!, Council on Environmental Quality 
  • Facilitator: Alan Spears, Legislative Representative, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Panelist: Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, National Park Service
  • Panelist: Annie Harris, Executive Director, Essex National Heritage Area
  • Panelist: Deanna Beacham, American Indian Program Specialist/Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Facilitator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, Creative Director & President, Metropolitan Group
  • Panelist: Amy Gibson-Grant, Vice President, Campaign Director, The Ad Council
  • Panelist: James Ashurst, Vice President, Public Relations and Advertising, Recreational Vehicle Industry Association
  • Panelist: Elizabeth Ward, Director, Marketing Communication/The Nature Conservancy
  • Panelist: Sue Waldron, Assistant Director of Communications, National Park Service
  • Panelist: Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President/Global Inclusion Strategy Viacom, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief of Staff/Nickelodeon Networks Group
12:00 PM Realizing the Full Potential of Parks as Educational and Health Resources
12:45 PM Lunch, featuring healthy foods designed to be eaten on the go, and Poster Session #2.
2:00 PM Commitments to Action/Question & Answer                 
3:00 PM Closing Remarks
3:10 PM Summit Concludes
NPCA
NPF
NPHA