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51st Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Watch exclusive remarks from Vice President Kamala D. Harris and other senior cabinet members about the Biden administration's hemispheric agenda.

9:15 am to 1 pm EDT

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Overview

The 51st annual Washington Conference on the Americas featured remarks by senior U.S. government officials and leaders from across the Western Hemisphere. The event offered an early opportunity for participants to hear directly from the new Biden administration on its hemispheric policy agenda and initiatives to collaborate with regional partners to move the Americas forward in 2021 and beyond.

In addition to the virtual event, we are also anticipating an in-person conference keynote luncheon at the State Department toward the end of the year, which will be strictly limited in size.

Speakers:

  • Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States
  • Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State
  • Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative
  • John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Department of State
  • Gregory Meeks, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Reina Irene Mejía, Executive Vice President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Julie Chung, Acting Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. State Department
  • Roberto Alvarez, Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Julie Gerberding, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Clay Neff, President, Chevron Middle East, Africa, South America Exploration and Production Company
  • Elizabeth Reicherts, Interim Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, General Motors
  • Shery Ahn, Anchor, Bloomberg Television
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Press Registration and Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org

Sponsorship information: Stephanie Davis, sdavis@as-coa.org

Resources

Agenda

 

Read the Conference Report.

Download a PDF of the agenda.

9:15 am: Conference Welcome and Introduction

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Julie Chung, Acting Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

9:35 am: A Conversation with the Vice President of the United States

  • Kamala D. Harris, Vice President of the United States
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Council of the Americas (introduction)

10:00 am: Security, Competitiveness, and Immigration

  • Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

10:30 am: A View from Congress

  • Gregory Meeks, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, House of Representatives
  • Clay Neff, President, Chevron Middle East, Africa, South America, Exploration and Production Company (introduction)
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

11:00 am: A New Approach to Trade

  • Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Elizabeth Reicherts, Interim Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Global Public Policy, General Motors (introduction)
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas (moderator)

11:30 am: Panel — Building the Regional Recovery Agenda

  • Roberto Alvarez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominican Republic
  • Julie Gerberding, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Reina Irene Mejía, Executive Vice President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Shery Ahn, Anchor, Bloomberg Television (moderator)

12:20 pm: Opportunity and Growth — Latin America in the Global Economy

  • Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas (moderator)

12:50 pm: The United States and the Americas

  • Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State
  • Andrés Gluski, CEO, AES Corporation and Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (introduction)

1:00 pm: The Regional Agenda to Combat Climate Change

  • John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, U.S. Department of State
  • Andrés Gluski, CEO, AES Corporation and Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (introduction)

1:15 pm: Conference close

Speakers

Kamala D. Harris
Vice President, United States

Kamala D. Harris is the vice president of the United States. She was elected vice president after a lifetime of public service, having served as district attorney of San Francisco, California attorney general, and U.S. senator. Vice President Harris was born in Oakland...

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Antony Blinken
Secretary, U.S. Department of State

Antony J. Blinken is the 71st U.S. Secretary of State. He was nominated by President Joe Biden on November 23, 2020; confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 26, 2021; and sworn in by Vice President Kamala D. Harris the following day.


Over three decades and three presidential...

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Gina Raimondo
Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Gina Raimondo serves as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was sworn in by Vice President Kamala D. Harris on March 3, 2021. As secretary of commerce, she is focused on a simple but vital mission: to spur good-paying jobs, empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, and help...

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Alejandro Mayorkas
Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Alejandro Mayorkas was sworn in as secretary of the Department of Homeland Secretary (DHS) by President Joe Biden on February 2, 2021.


Secretary Mayorkas is the first Latino and immigrant confirmed to serve as DHS secretary. He has led a distinguished 30-year career as a law...

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Katherine Tai
United States Trade Representative

Ambassador Katherine Tai was sworn in as the nineteenth U.S. Trade Representative on March 18, 2021. As a member of the President’s cabinet, Ambassador Tai is the principal trade adviser, negotiator, and spokesperson on U.S. trade policy.


Prior to her unanimous Senate...

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John Kerry
U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

On January 20, 2021, John F. Kerry was sworn in as the first U.S. special presidential envoy for climate and the first-ever principal to sit on the National Security Council entirely dedicated to climate change. President Joe Biden announced Kerry would have a seat at every table...

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Gregory Meeks
Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks, now in his twelfth term, has devoted his energy and skill to serving one of the most diverse constituencies in the nation. His efforts on behalf of his district, the New York 5th, and the nation as a whole have earned Chairman Meeks the respect of...

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Julie Chung
Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Julie Chung currently serves as the acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA).


Chung became the principal deputy assistant secretary in WHA in November 2018. She was previously the director for Japan in the Bureau of East...

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Roberto Alvarez
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominican Republic

From June 2005 to September 2008, Roberto Alvarez held the position of permanent representative of the Dominican Republic to the Organization of American States (OAS) with the rank of ambassador. While at the OAS, he served as chairman of the Permanent Council (2005), chair of...

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Julie Gerberding
Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Merck & Co.

Dr. Julie Gerberding is an executive vice president and the chief patient officer at Merck & Co., Inc., where she is responsible for global public policy, communications, patient engagement, corporate social responsibility, and other functions. She joined Merck in 2010 as...

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Reina Irene Mejía Chacón
Executive Vice President, Inter-American Development Bank

Reina Mejía is the executive vice president for the Inter-American Development Bank.


Prior to holding this position, she spent 25 years at Citi Honduras as the CEO and the Corporate and Investment Bank head. She has also served as president of the Boards of Citi Crédito and...

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Clay Neff
President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration & Production Company

Robert C. Neff, Jr., is the president of Chevron Middle East, Africa, South America Exploration and Production Company, based in Houston, Texas, a position he assumed July 1, 2020. He is responsible for Chevron’s oil and gas exploration and production activities in the region...

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Elizabeth Reicherts
Interim Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy and Vice President of External Affairs, General Motors

Elizabeth Reicherts serves as General Motors’ interim senior vice president of global public policy. In this role, Reicherts is responsible for leading GM’s engagement on key policies, global and domestic, impacting the company’s business, its customers and its employees.


Addi...

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Shery Ahn
Business Reporter, Bloomberg Television

Shery Ahn is the New York-based anchor for Bloomberg Television’s flagship market open programs Daybreak Asia and Daybreak Australia. Every weekday from 6 to 9 p.m. ET, Ahn brings the Wall Street close to Bloomberg’s global audience and kickstarts the trading day for investors in...

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Eric Farnsworth
Vice President, AS/COA, Washington DC Office

Eric Farnsworth is vice president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, heading the Washington, DC, office since 2003. The organization is the leading voice on the hemisphere, where the public and private sectors meet to discuss and promote an agenda based on...

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Andrés Gluski
President and CEO, The AES Corporation and Chairman, AS/COA

Andrés Gluski was appointed chairman of Americas Society/Council of the Americas in October 2015.


He was named president and CEO of the AES Corporation in 2011. Under his leadership, AES has become a world leader in implementing clean technologies, including energy storage...

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Susan Segal
President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations...

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