An Evening with David Axelrod

An Evening with David Axelrod: Mental Health, Leadership & Politics

Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30 pm–VIP Reception – Meet Mr. Axelrod and receive premium seating for the moderated conversation. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. 
7:30 pm–Moderated Conversation with David Axelrod
Sheraton Hotel, 100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA

A special evening with the founding director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, best known as Chief Strategist for President Barack Obama. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Mr. Axelrod’s reflections on how mental health has impacted his life and the importance of mental health in leadership and politics.

About David Axelrod

David Axelrod is a preeminent American political strategist and commentator and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Axelrod currently serves as the founding director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics and as a senior political commentator for CNN. He is the host of The Axe Files, a top-rated podcast featuring in depth conversations with public figures across the political spectrum.  A televised version of the show airs monthly on CNN.  A former political writer for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod produced media strategy and advertising for 150 campaigns across the U.S., culminating in President Obama’s historic elections.  Axelrod is also the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

Meghna Chakrabarti, host of NPR's On PointThe conversation will be moderated by Meghna Chakrabarti, host and editor of On Point from NPR and WBUR. 

William James College is a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. Event proceeds will fund scholarships for future behavioral health professionals.

Host Committee (as of 8/29/19)

  • Drs. Charles Anderson & Oneeka Williams
  • Joseph T. Baerlein, Esq.
  • Representative Ruth B. Balser
  • Dr. Alan Dodge Beck & Deborah Lisansky Beck
  • Joseph D. Feaster, Jr., Esq.
  • Steven S. & Nancy Fischman
  • Richard & Joan Freedman
  • Steven Grossman
  • Dr. Howard & Phyllis King
  • Dr. Stuart Koman
  • Josephine McNeil, Esq.
  • Jerome Rappaport, Jr.
  • Don & Dr. Ellen Siegel ‘98
  • Drs. Ellie Svenson‘05 & Mark Klempner
  • Bennie & Flash Wiley
  • John & Valerie Zona

Event Committee

  • Joan Axelrod, MEd
  • Peter Berenson, CPA
  • Marianne Budnik
  • Ann Carter
  • Yonina Goorno, PsyD ‘05
  • Thomas Lockerby


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