The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Wilson Center seeks to be the leading institution for in-depth research and dialogue to inform actionable ideas on global issues. In January 2016, the Wilson Center was named the top think tank for trans-disciplinary studies and one of the world's top ten think tanks by The Global Go To Think Tank Index of the University of Pennsylvania. 


The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for Congress, the Administration and the broader policy community.

 "...such a Center, symbolizing and strengthening the fruitful relations between the world of learning and the world of public affairs, would be a suitable memorial to the spirit of Woodrow Wilson..." (U.S. Public Law 90-637)

The Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars honors the legacy of the United States' 28th President (and its only to hold a Ph.D.) by uniting the world of ideas to the world of public policy. The Woodrow Wilson Center does this by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington and beyond as well as to the leaders of international business. As a non-partisan institute for advanced study, the Woodrow Wilson Center does not have a legislative or policy agenda, but aims to shed the light of the timeless on the timely.

Founded by an act of Congress in 1968, the Woodrow Wilson Center is headquartered in Washington, DC as part of the Smithsonian Institution. A public/private partnership, it is governed by its own Board of Trustees appointed directly by the U.S. President. Less than a third of the Wilson Center's budget is derived from Federal funds appropriated by Congress, the rest is generously provided by engaged foundations, organizations, companies, and individuals like you.

A Place Where All Viewpoints Are Heard

Those of us at the Center judge a meeting successful by who we get in the room. In more than 800 meetings and panels held each year at the Center, we strive to convene people from different backgrounds working on the same problem. We want the business leader, the policymaker, the scholar, the NGO representative, and the diplomat to share their various perspectives. We bring them into the same room not with the expectation that they will agree with each other--because they will not--but in the hope that each will learn from the other, and that this exchange will lead to more informed, better public policy. View webcasts of our events.

An Unique Organization

Each year, through its unique approach as a non-partisan research organization, the Wilson Center:

  • Welcomes more than 150 of the world's top policy experts from the fields of academia, journalism, business, and government.
  • Grants these experts the freedom to further their study and research while within our walls.
  • Allows the 32 research programs housed at the Center to engage individuals representing all viewpoints.
  • Encourages the international business leader to listen and to contribute to the shaping of public policy.
  • Gives prominent policymakers, both domestic and foreign, the opportunity to use the Center as a platform for important policy speeches without being pegged as biased.

Learning More

There are many ways to engage in and learn more about the Woodrow Wilson Center, we invite you to begin by visiting


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Four Seasons Hotel, Washington D.C.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

Reception: 6:00 P.M.
Dinner: 7:15 P.M.

Valet Parking Available


Business Attire

Chris Belisle
Director of Corporate Relations
Phone: 202-691-4150
Cell: 202-285-9763












Woodrow Wilson Center Homepage
Copyright 2018 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars