Robert Gates

An Evening with the 22nd Secretary of Defense

Event Details

  • Feb 5 , 2018
  • $110, $90, $70, $48 + additional fees
  • Purchase Tickets by Phone:
    844 827-8118

    9 ticket limit per transaction.  

  • The garage with the shortest wait times for pre and post event parking is the 5th Avenue North Garage. Located on 5th Avenue N, with entrances on Republican Street and Harrison Street, this garage requires a short walk to McCaw Hall.

    Parking is also available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. Entrances to the Garage are on 4th Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N.

Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush.On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Dr. Gates has authored three memoirs - “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” (2014), a straightforward, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, “From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War” (1996) which details his career as a CIA officer at the center of power during a time when the threat of global annihilation informed America’s every move, and “A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service” (January 2016), in which Dr. Gates draws on years of exceptional experience to offer readers a powerful, informative and pragmatic look at leadership.

In addition to ROBERT GATES, the below speakers are a part of this exciting series:

ANDERSON COOPER - CNN News Anchor on Sunday, March 4, 2018

JOHN CLEESE – Co-creator of Monty Python on Monday, March 26, 2018

LAURA LING – Journalist freed from North Korean Prison on Monday, May 7, 2018

SCOTT KELLY – Former Commander of the International Space Station on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

VIOLA DAVIS – 2017 Best Support Actress Oscar winner for “Fences” on Monday, June 18, 2018

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Event Details

  • Feb 5 , 2018
  • $110, $90, $70, $48 + additional fees
  • Purchase Tickets by Phone:
    844 827-8118

    9 ticket limit per transaction.  

  • The garage with the shortest wait times for pre and post event parking is the 5th Avenue North Garage. Located on 5th Avenue N, with entrances on Republican Street and Harrison Street, this garage requires a short walk to McCaw Hall.

    Parking is also available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. Entrances to the Garage are on 4th Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N.