Presidential Forum

The Leadership Alliance Presidential Forum
The Future Landscape of Diversity: Celebrating 1000 Doctoral Scholars
The Kennedy Center

Founded by Brown University in 1992, The Leadership Alliance is a consortium of thirty-seven leading research and teaching colleges, universities, and private industry dedicated to increasing the participation of underrepresented and underserved students in Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. training programs. The Alliance has mentored over 5,500 undergraduates with more than 1000 of the summer program alumni, known as the Leadership Alliance Doctoral Scholars, earning advanced degrees.

The Leadership Alliance was founded on the principle that promoting and advancing underrepresented talent in research produces a more equitable research workforce and society. By catalyzing a culture of belonging, fostering mentorship, and acknowledging intersectionality, The Leadership Alliance is a change agent that promotes and contributes to the national discourse on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the research workforce.

The Leadership Alliance 2024 Presidential Forum is scheduled for April 19, 2024, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The agenda will highlight discussions from distinguished panelists and guests who will address the future landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the research workforce. On April 19, 2024 The Leadership Alliance will celebrate the important milestone of inducting more than 1,000 Doctoral Scholars into its alumni network since its founding in 1992.

Fireside Chat
President Christina Paxson, Brown University
Christina H. Paxson, Ph.D.
head shot Taiese Bingham-Hickman
Taiese Bingham-Hickman, M.S., MBA, Ph.D.
Round Table: The Future Landscape of Academic Diversity: Navigating the “New Normal”
Dr. Rochelle Ford Headshot
Rochelle L. Ford, Ph.D., APR
Headshot JT Saunders
John T. Saunders, III, M.S.
Dr. David Wilson Headshot
David Kwabena Wilson, Ph.D.

Round Table: Celebrating Our Doctoral Scholars: The New  Generation of Leaders and Role Models in  Academia, Public and Private Sectors

headshot Sian Beilock
Sian Beilock, Ph.D.
Dr. Kafui Dzirasa headshot
Kafui Dzirasa, MD, Ph.D.
Leadership Alliance Doctoral Scholars & Students
Black Lodge Singers
Black Lodge Singers
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Dillard University Theater
admin building howard university campus
Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE)
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The Gallaudet Dance Company
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The Morgan State University Choir
The Leadership Alliance 2024 Presidential Forum

Friday, April 19, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts
2700 F St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20566


Featuring two-panel discussions:

“The Future Landscape of Academic Diversity: Navigating the “New Normal”


“Celebrating Our Doctoral Scholars: The New Generation of Leaders and Role Models in  Academia, Public and Private Sectors”

With a special public session from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Prelude Dinner to The Presidential Forum

The Salamander Hotel Washington, D.C.

Thursday April 18, 2024

6:30 p.m.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Watergate Hotel for April 18 and 19 at a rate of $309. Click the button below to reserve your room.

Getting to The Kennedy Center


The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566.

  • It is accessible by Metro (via the subway and bus lines), by taxi, and by car.
  • If you are driving, use this link to refer to the directions to find the most efficient route for getting to the Center.
  • You can find information on garage hours, fees, and accessibility at Parking at the Kennedy Center.
  • Please Note: Online pre-paid parking must be purchased at least one day in advance. Otherwise, parking is offered at the gate on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Always remember to allow extra time when driving as Washington traffic can be unpredictable.
  • More information is available on the Kennedy Center website if you are using other means of travel.
Support The Leadership Alliance National Symposium

The Leadership Alliance National Symposium provides a platform to over 500 undergraduate student researchers that are part of the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program to present their summer research. Please consider donating to this important initiative in support of promoting critical professional development opportunities for young scholars. 

Learn More

View The LANS 2023 Program Book

The Leadership Alliance Presidential Forum 2016