Distinguished Speakers Series


Thursday, February 5th | Noon to 1:30 pm
Arizona Biltmore Resort | Phoenix

From global security threats and crises to international disaster relief, General McNabb has commanded the military supply chain into the most difficult regions of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, including Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. General McNabb also commanded a squadron in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 when the United States liberated Kuwait.

General McNabb will discuss the United States’ strategic ability to move globally and swiftly, which is one of our nation’s greatest military advantages. His talk will include how the U.S. supported the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the humanitarian relief following the Haiti earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

General McNabb will address the importance of the global partnerships developed by the U.S. Department of Defense in collaborating with other countries, as well as share insights on the direction of U.S. defense policy and military strategy.

Honored Guest

Air Force Colonel (ret.) Richard Toliver

Also joining us will be Colonel Richard Toliver, a protégé of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, who was mentored, trained, and commissioned under their tutelage.  Stationed at Craig Air Force Base near Selma, Alabama, he heard Dr. Martin Luther King speak in 1957 to a congregation at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Tuskegee about the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Toliver was then a student at Tuskegee University, and earned a degree in mechanical engineering before enlisting in the Air Force in 1963.

Aaron Brown,  the inaugural Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University and formerly with CNN, will serve as Moderator.

Individual General Admission Seating:

$75.00 per person | Table of 10: $750

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Join the O'Connor House Patrons Circle today to receive

VIP benefits and seating for both 2015

Distinguished Speakers Series luncheons:


February 5, 2015

Four-Star General Duncan McNabb

November 20, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President F.W. de Klerk


Contact O’Connor House: 602-730-3300 | info@oconnorhouse.org

O'Connor House is pleased to collaborate with the

Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for this event.




May 2012 O'Connor House Issues & Answers Forum

O’Connor House Board Member
Sue Clark-Johnson

February 21, 1947 ~ January 28, 2015

Sue Clark-Johnson, former President of the Newspaper Division of the Gannett Company, Inc., the nation’s largest diversified news and information company, was Executive Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.

Since 2010, Clark-Johnson served as a professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. A longtime Arizona business woman, executive, and leader, she retired from the Gannett Company in May 2008 after 41 years in news and executive leadership roles.

Prior to her role as President of the Gannett Newspaper Division, Clark-Johnson was Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. as well as Senior Group President of Gannett’s Pacific Newspaper Group with oversight responsibility for 32 companies throughout the West. Her illustrious career has been acknowledged with lifetime achievement awards from The Washington Women’s Center and the National Association of Female Executives as well as a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Diversity efforts from the National Association of Minority Media Executives and the Jerry J. Wisotsky Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

She was a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and served on the board of directors of two public companies - Pinnacle West/APS and Chyron Co., as well as a variety of non-profit boards including the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN) and the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU.




Friday, March 20, 2015

Camelback Inn | Paradise Valley

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Oral History Project:

Call For Memories

Do you have a memory, interesting anecdote or item that could be included in the Sandra Day O'Connor Oral History Project? Did your personal or professional path cross that of Justice O’Connor?  Every memory is welcome and individuals are invited to contact O’Connor House with their stories or information via email at memories@oconnorhouse.org.


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What began as a project to move a house, has become an effort to move a state and the nation
In 2006, the historic adobe home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was slated for demolition. When a few community leaders met to plan its relocation, they didn't realize that the O'Connor House would become both a physical location and a symbolic movement to rebuild the way Arizona solves its pressing political, economic and social issues.
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"My hope is to

re-create a place that will be a center for problem-solving and for bringing together groups with divergent views."

Society, at all levels, has a need to work together to solve the many challenges facing our state and nation.

What is O'Connor House?

Watch The Video HERE

In the 25 years that John and I lived in our adobe house, we hosted many events – for friends, colleagues, foreign visitors, legislators , members of Congress, and other distinguished individuals. We brought people together from both sides of the aisle (R-D) and from other perspectives to share a home-cooked meal and good conversation, which resulted in a better chance of reaching consensus.

We all know that it's easier to reach agreement with friends—and we make friends through social contacts and shared experiences. When you become better acquainted and enjoy each other's company, you're less apt to be partisan and at odds when you are back at work [in Washington, in the state legislature, in town council meeting or in other venues where people come together to participate in democracy].

I know that it is possible for people to sit down together and engage in cooperative problem solving.

This is what I want O'Connor House to stand for. We can do it.

The possibilities are endless."

- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor