Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Speak at the National Archives on January 26
Press Release · Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Washington, DC

Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates discusses his latest book “A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service” at the National Archives on Thursday, January 26, at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, reserve your seat online or watch the live stream on the National Archives YouTube channel.

Having led change successfully at three monumental organizations—the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense—Secretary Gates offers us the ultimate insider’s look at how major bureaus, organizations, and companies can be transformed, which is by turns heartening and inspiring and always instructive. Joining Secretary Gates in conversation will be Michael Allen, co-founder and executive editor of AXIOS Media and former chief political reporter for Politico.  A limited number of signed books will be available for purchase following the discussion.

The program will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.  Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

For attendees without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Late seating will not be permitted 20 minutes after the program begins.


# # #

For media inquiries, please contact: National Archives Public and Media Communications at (202) 357-5300 or via email at

Connect with the National Archives on:

Facebook logo icon Facebook: USNationalArchives

Instagram logo icon Instagram: usnatarchives

LinkedIn icon LinkedIn: usnatarchives

Threads icon Threads: usnatarchives

Tumblr icon Tumblr: usnatarchives

X iconX: @USNatArchives

YouTube iconYouTube: usnationalarchives






This page was last reviewed on January 24, 2017.
Contact us with questions or comments.