World-Renowned
Speaker Series

The CELL hosts numerous national security forums throughout the year that draw sold-out audiences in the thousands. We offer both in-person and virtual speaking engagements, allowing us to extend this critical educational opportunity to the rest of the country and the world.

Upcoming Events and Programs

Hear from the Experts

Experience our previous events featuring foremost national security experts, including: 

Previous Events

Featuring Ambassador Nikki Haley, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff to CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens.

Hosted by Governor Polis, Mayor Hancock, John Elway and Peyton Manning. Tribute to the Heroes concert featuring Kenny Loggins.

Featuring Paul Begala, CNN Political Analyst and Commentator as well as Former Senior Strategist and Counselor to President Bill Clinton; and Karl Rove, Fox News Contributor and Wall Street Journal Columnist as well as Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior advisor to President George W. Bush. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens.
Hosted by Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock, featuring Eliot Engel, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee & U.S. Congressman (D-NY) Eliot Engel; Ed Royce, former Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee & U.S. Congressman (R-CA); and Tom Sanderson, co-founder of the Transnational Threats Project at CSIS.

Hosted by Jason R. Dunn, United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. Featuring Elizabeth Neumann, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy; Christian Picciolini, author of Breaking Hate and founder of the Free Radicals Project; George Selim, Senior Vice President of Programs for the Anti-Defamation League; and David P. Cohen, Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Hosted by Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock, featuring General Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of U.S. & International Forces in Afghanistan & Leader of Joint Special Operations Command; Ed Royce, former U.S. Congressman & Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Ambassador Christopher Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and the Republic of Korea; and Tom Sanderson, co-founder of the Transnational Threats Project at CSIS.
Hosted by Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock, featuring General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA; Elliot Abrams, former Deputy National Security Advisor; Husain Haqani, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States; and Tom Sanderson, co-founder of the Transnational Threats Project at CSIS. 
Hosted by Governor John Hickenlooper, featuring His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Ibn Al-Hussein of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Ambassador Dennis Ross. Moderated by Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence correspondent for Fox News Channel.

Hosted by Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock, featuring former CIA Director John Brennan (2013-2017) and Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist Bret Stephens.

Featuring Juan C. Zarate, Michèle Flournoy, Jeremy Bash, and Ambassador Christopher Hill. Moderated by Samuel J. Rascoff, Faculty Director at New York University’s Center on Law and Security.

Hosted by Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock with remarks by Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner. Free tribute concert featuring John Fogerty and Big Head Todd & The Monsters.

Featuring Senator Cory Gardner, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), and Graeme Wood. Moderated by Samuel J. Rascoff, Faculty Director at New York University’s Center on Law and Security. 

Featuring Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, and Dr. Nader Hashemi. Moderated by Greg Dobbs, an Emmy Winning journalist.

Featuring the Hon. Haley Barbour, fmr. Governor of Mississippi, and Donna Brazile. Moderated by the host of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews. 

Featuring Ambassador Christopher Hill and Dr. Mary Habeck. Moderated by Greg Dobbs, an Emmy Winning journalist. 

Featuring The Hon. John McCain, U.S. Senator for Arizona, and The Hon. Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator for South Carolina. Moderated by Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News, Ed Henry.

Featuring Canadian Chief of the Defense Staff Thomas J. Lawson. Moderated by Major General Andy Love (USAF ret.)

Featuring General David H. Petraeus. Moderated by Andy Alexander, former Washington Post Ombudsman & Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief for Cox News

Featuring The Hon. Michael B. Mukasey and The Hon. Juan Carlos Zarate. Moderated by award-winning journalist Greg Dobbs. 

Featuring Clifford Chanin, Vice President for Education and Public Programs for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Featuring The Hon. Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado; The Hon. John W. Suthers, Atty Gen. for the State of Colorado; The Hon. Marcy Grossman, Consul General of Canada; Linda Chavez, Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity; and The Hon. Bill Ritter, Jr., former Governor of Colorado.

Featuring The Hon. Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense; The Hon. Mark Udall, U.S. Senator for Colorado; Andy Alexander, former Washington Post Editor & Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief for Cox News; Jeffrey R. Tarr, Chief Executive Officer of DigitalGlobe, Inc.; and Hazel Miller, vocalist of The Hazel Miller Band.

Featuring The Hon. Joe Lieberman, former U.S. Senator from Connecticut, and The Hon. Jane Harman, former U.S. Representative from California (36th). Hosted by John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado, and Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver, and with a special ceremony led by the Colorado National Guard.

With Matthew G. Olsen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center; Dr. James Jay Carafano, Vice President of the Foreign & Defense Policy, The Heritage Foundation; Samuel Rascoff, Associate Professor of Law at New York University School of Law; Ambassador Christopher Hill.

Co-hosted with the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership, with CO National Guard’s 8th Civil Support Team, Cdr. Lt. Col. Kevin Black; Denver Fire Dept. Liaison Officer, Charlie Chase; Denver Police Department Lieutenant, Ken Chavez; TIAA-CREF Corporate Safety & Security Manager, Tom Davis; Director of Emergency Management for the City & County of Denver, Scott Field; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Denver FBI, Steven Olson; Chief of Operations, Denver Health Paramedic Division, James Robinson; Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Safety, James H. Davis.

With Governor John Hickenlooper; The Honorable Doug Lamborn, U.S. Representative from Colorado; The Honorable John Morse, President of the Colorado State Senate; The Honorable Rhonda Fields, Colorado State Representative; Tom Deland, Fmr. President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police; Mr. David Kopel, Fmr. Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law.

Hosted in conjunction with the State of Colorado, City of Denver, and City of Aurora to honor lives lost on 9/11 and honor first responders in the wake of the wildfires and the Aurora tragedy. With Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, John Elway, and live performances by the Colorado National Guard, The Colorado Children’s Chorale, and Hazel Miller.

Co-Hosted with U.S. Senator Mark Udall. With Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr.; Ambassador Christopher Hill; Kenneth Wainstein, Former Homeland Security Advisor to the President.

Hosted in conjunction with the State of Colorado and the City of Denver, to honor lives lost & America’s will to prevail. With Secretary Ken Salazar, Senator Mark Udall, and Senator Michael Bennet, and live performances by The Beach Boys, The Colorado Symphony, Tyler Ward, and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Ambassador Christopher Hill; Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University.

With The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mayor John Hickenlooper.

With The Honorable Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Greg Moore, Editor of The Denver Post.

With The Honorable Tom Ridge, First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; The Honorable Craig Stapleton, Former Ambassador to France. 

With Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.; Robert Coombe, Chancellor, University of Denver; Micheline Ishay, Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Program, University of Denver; The Honorable Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem.

With His Excellency Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States; Brian Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the RAND Corporation; Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.