Recent Engagements

September 12, 2017
Harvard Kennedy School
Credit: Martha Stewart
Before a standing-room-only audience at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, Chris Whipple moderated a panel of distinguished former White House chiefs of staff: Andy Card (George W. Bush), Denis McDonough (Barack Obama), and Mack McLarty (Bill Clinton). Unelected and unconfirmed, hired and fired by the president alone, the White House chief has been described as the second most powerful job in government. Card, McDonough and McLarty discussed the chief’s critical responsibilities—from gatekeeper to honest broker to coordinator of the president’s agenda—and the special challenges faced by an outsider president in an era of toxic political partisanship.

June 1, 2017
New Canaan Library, CT
New Canaan Library is pleased to announce that acclaimed journalist, documentary filmmaker, and multiple Peabody and Emmy Award–winning producer Chris Whipple will be guest speaker for the Library’s 2017 William Attwood Memorial Lecture. The crucial, and ultimately powerful, role of any president’s chief of staff is compellingly explored and detailed in his recently released book THE GATEKEEPERS: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.
April 13, 2017
Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA
Chris Whipple talked about his book The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, in which he examines the role of the White House chief of staff, a position that is chosen by the president and has grown in power and prestige throughout the 20th and 21st century.

February 29, 2016
Naples, Florida
Chris Whipple moderated a panel with White House chiefs of staff Andrew Card (George W. Bush); Thomas H. “Mack” McLarty (Bill Clinton); and Kenneth Duberstein (Ronald Reagan). The event’s sponsor is the National Association of Manufacturers.

November 2015
Discovery Education, New Orleans
Chris Whipple spoke to teachers and educators from around the country about presidential decision-making during times of crisis.

December 2014
HBO Headquarters, Manhattan, NY
Chris Whipple conducted a wide-ranging interview, sponsored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom.
November 2014
Discovery Education, Boston, MA.
Chris Whipple spoke to teachers and educators from around the country about The Presidents’ Gatekeepers, and lessons in leadership from the White House chiefs of staff.

November 2014
Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Chris Whipple moderated a special event with James A. Baker III, former chief of staff to Ronald Reagan.
October 2014
The University of New Hampshire Law School
Chris Whipple led a panel, ‘The Presidency in Real Time’, with former White House chiefs, Ken Duberstein, Mack McLarty and Andrew Card.

June 2013
The White House
Before a screening of The Presidents’ Gatekeepers in the East Wing theater, Chris Whipple moderated a panel at the White House with Jimmy Carter’s Jack Watson; Ronald Reagan’s Kenneth Duberstein; Bill Clinton’s John Podesta; George W. Bush’s Joshua Bolten; and Barack Obama’s Jacob Lew and Denis McDonough.
Summer 2013
L.A. Press Critics Tour