Inaugural Convening/EWI Reunion

We are excited to announce that the Mroz Institute Inaugural Convening will take place in Charleston on March 20-22, 2022.

The Inaugural Convening is part of the Institute’s Spring 2022 programming. The Convening will bring to the campus alumni, friends and members of the EWI family for talks, discussion sessions, and panels on international topics of vital importance.

The Inaugural Convening encompasses the past, present and future by celebrating the world-wide impact of EWI over its 40-year history and the launch of the Mroz Institute and its vision of preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders.


Program Overview

  • Sunday, March 20 (6:30-8:00 pm): “Old Friends – New Friends:” Welcome Drop-In hosted by President Hsu, Provost Austin, Mayor Tecklenburg, Hilton and Catherine Smith, and Karen Linehan Mroz.
  • Monday, March 21: The main theme of day-1 is “Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Diplomacy”. We have four of the top CEO executive coaches as presenters (Marshall Goldsmith, John Izzo, David Allen, and Randa Fahmy). Also on board are Stephen Heintz and Jonathan Fanton.
  • Tuesday, March 22: The main theme of day-2 is “International Security: Challenges and Opportunities.” It will close with a keynote address by Rose Gottemoeller, former deputy secretary of NATO and the lead negotiator of the nuclear arms control treaty with Russia (New START).
  • The Champagne Reception on Monday, March 21, will toast the impact and legacy of EWI and officially inaugurate the Institute.

Full Program

View the complete Inaugural Convening Program, including list of speakers and their bios.

Remote Participation

If your schedule will not allow you to join us for the Inaugural Convening in person, you will be able to participate in this exciting 2-day event remotely. We will live-stream most panel discussions, talks, and both keynote addresses. Breakout sessions that are not live-streamed will be recorded and made available for viewing shortly after the convening. You can register for both days of live-streaming here: After registration, you will receive the zoom link and the passcode, which will be valid for live-streaming of all events. You just need to follow the program.

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Health and Safety

The Omicron surge has been on our minds but recent data looks promising. The number of new cases is stagnating now and we are optimistic that on March 20-22 we will be able to host a safe event. The College of Charleston has had a successful spring 2022 semester and we have been able to keep our students, faculty, and guests safe. Masks are required in academic settings and almost 80% of our students are fully vaccinated. We have strong covid protocols this semester as well and our key priority is the safety and health of our faculty, students, and staff. You can learn more about our spring 2022 plan here.