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NCF General Membership Meeting (GMM) & Annual Symposium

Thursday, October 14, 2021
8:15 am1:00 pm
Hybrid Event - In person at CACI, National Business Park. Virtual via Zoom webinar.

SAVE THE DATE! We are excited to finally be planning to gather in person. The 2021 GMM & Annual Symposium will be held on 14 October and will be a hybrid event - offering options for attending virtually or in person. The program will be held at the CACI in the National Business Park, with limited seating. This year's program will be shorter than previous years, with all presentations ending prior to lunch.

Check-in and breakfast will take place from 8:15 to 8:45am. The program will take place between 9-12. Lunch (if permitted) will take place from 12-1pm, along with a booksigning. Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Harry Wetherbee, author (pen name Donald Alexander) and former senior operations officer for the CIA Directorate of Operations.

A preliminary draft of the agenda is provided below. Please stay tuned for more details about registration.

2021 - Preliminary Agenda
* Please note this is a preliminary agenda and is subject to change.

0815-0845 - Coffee and Registration

0845-0905 - Welcome & Memorial Tributes by NCF BoD Chairman Mr. Richard Schaeffer, Jr.

0905-0925 - Opening Remarks

0925-0945 - National Cryptologic Museum Update, National Cryptologic Museum Director Mr. Vince Houghton

0945-1005 – National Cryptologic Foundation Update, NCF President and CEO Ms. Laura Nelson

1005-1100 - NCF Education Program Update, NCF Education Director Mr. Mark Loepker

1100-1145 - Keynote Address, Mr. Harry Wetherbee, Author and Former CIA Directorate of Operations Senior Operations Officer

1145-1200 - Q & A

1200-1210 - Closing Remarks by Ms Laura Nelson

1210-1300 - The Character of a Leader - Book Signing by Mr. Wetherbee

1215-1300 - Lunch


Mr. Harry Wetherbee retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2015 after a 48-year career. Over the course of his career, he served in multiple operational assignments overseas including Moscow, Addis Ababa, New Dehli, Oslo, and Islamabad. A gifted leader, he is well known across the Intelligence Community for his ability to work across multiple agencies to advance our nation’s intelligence capabilities. Upon his retirement, he was the recipient of the George Washington Spymaster Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Intelligence Community.

As the author (using the pen name of Donald Alexander) of The Character of a Leader – A Handbook for the Young Leader, Harry captured his lessons in leadership based on decades of experience, research, and reflection. His book challenges and inspires us to make a difference every day of our lives and reminds us that true leadership requires strength of character and integrity.

Harry received his BA in history from the University of North Carolina in 1967.

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