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Whitworth President's Leadership Forum: Fall 2021

The Whitworth President's Leadership Forum series brings speakers and artists to Spokane who represent a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas. Whitworth is confident that we are sharpened by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and by engagement with the broadest spectrum of thought. This confidence motivates Whitworth to lead the way in inviting speakers and artists who can help our community engage in critical and careful thinking, civil discourse, and effective action.

We hope you will join us as we welcome Robert M. Gates in September and Leslie Odom, Jr. in October.

Robert M. Gates Leslie Odom, Jr.

Robert M. Gates

Robert GatesWhitworth University welcomes Robert M. Gates, former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense (2006-2011), as one of the featured speakers for the fall President's Leadership Forum. The title sponsor is Wells Fargo. 

Wednesday, Sept. 29
7:30-9 a.m.
Spokane Convention Center

Seating is limited. Pre-registration required. Registration will close Sept. 24.

Register here

Programming Note: Gates has agreed to replace former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who had to cancel her appearance due to circumstances unrelated to any personal illness or local COVID-19 concerns.

Questions? Call 509.777.3449 or email


Leslie OdomLeslie Odom, Jr.

Whitworth University, in partnership with the Spokane Symphony, is pleased to announce award-winning vocalist, songwriter, actor and author Leslie Odom, Jr. will perform at Whitworth's fall President's Leadership Forum Concert.

The title sponsor is Wells Fargo.

Friday, Oct. 15
7:30 p.m.
Fox Theater – 1001 W. Sprague Ave.

Seating is limited. Tickets required.


Questions? Call 509.777.3449 or email

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