General Stanley McChrystal, Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Bush To Speak at Franklin Project National Service Summit at Gettysburg

June 2, 2014

Contact: Tara Maller
The Franklin Project
The Aspen Institute
202-736-3513 |

General Stanley McChrystal, Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Bush To Speak at
Franklin Project National Service Summit at Gettysburg
Video of summit speakers and panels will stream live online  

WHAT: The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute announces its summit on national service, the 2014 Summit at Gettysburg: Our Unfinished Work, from June 4-6 in Gettysburg, PA. The Franklin Project, together with the National Conference on Citizenship, ServiceNation, and Voices for National Service, is convening leaders from across our country’s public, private, and civic institutions for this invitation-only event that will seek to awaken a new citizenship in the country, grounded in a “service year” as a rite of passage for all 18 to 28 year olds. The summit will bring together on historic ground 300 outstanding participants from the private sector, higher education, government, the military, faith communities, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations to be active participants in this action-forcing event that will secure commitments from various sectors.

Featured speakers for the Summit include:

  • Melody Barnes, Chair, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions
  • Barbara Bush, CEO, Global Health Corps
  • Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
  • S.E. Cupp, Co-Host, CNN’s Crossfire
  • E.J. Dionne, Columnist, The Washington Post
  • David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst, CNN
  • David Harris, Provost, Tufts University
  • Walter Isaacson, CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • Wendy Kopp, CEO, Teach for All
  • Ray LaHood, Former Secretary of Transportation
  • Gen. (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, Chairman, Franklin Project Leadership Council
  • Wes Moore, Host, “Coming Back with Wes Moore”
  • Cecilia Muñoz, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Tim Shriver, CEO, Special Olympics
  • Megan Smith, Vice President, Google
  • Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Stacey Stewart, President, United Way USA

The agenda with a complete list of summit speakers can be found here:

Summit speakers and panels will be streamed live at:

WHEN:           June 4-6, 2014 (Summit begins June 4 at 5:30 PM EST and ends June 6 at 2 PM EST) 


June 4
Gettysburg Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325


June 5 & 6
Gettysburg College
300 N Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

The conversation will also continue on Twitter with @AspenInstitute and @FranklinProj at #serviceyear #Serve2014.

Prior to June 5 at 9 AM, you can also join the Summit Thunderclap Twitter campaign here: 

PRESS INFO: Media inquiries about covering the event can be sent to Tara Maller at or 202-736-3513 

SPONSORS:  Sponsors of the Franklin Project and the Gettysburg Summit include: Cisco Systems, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Bezos Family, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Laura & Gary Lauder, Leonard Lauder, Bank of America, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Julie and Peter Cummings, Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine, Christy and John Mack, Mike Gridley, The Case Foundation, The Hauptman Family Foundation, Orin McCluskey, The MCJ Amelior Foundation, Sheri Sobrato, State Farm, Target, Jack M. Enoch, Jr., The Gettysburg Foundation and Monitor Deliotte.

The Franklin Project is a new venture by the Aspen Institute, which envisions a future where a year of fulltime national service—a service year—is a cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American. A young person would discharge his or her national service obligation by either serving in the military or as a civilian by completing a fulltime service year through programs such as Teach for America, AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. A service year would be voluntary, but expected. For a service year, a small living allowance is provided, so that all young Americans have opportunities to serve. The service year would be completed at some point between the ages of 18-28.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit


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