Inaugural Convening/EWI Reunion

Randolph Hall and the Cistern Yard.

We are excited to announce that the Mroz Institute Inaugural Convening will take place in Charleston on March 20-22, 2021.

If you have not RSVP’d yet, please RSVP today to help in our planning.

Families welcome! 

Charleston is a great place to visit for the whole family and we would like to extend our invitation to spouses, significant others, and family members.

Program in brief
  • Sunday, March 20 (evening) “Old Friends – New Friends:” Welcome Drop-In hosted by President Hsu, Provost Austin, Mayor Tecklenburg, Hilton and Catherine Smith, and Karen Mroz.
  • Monday, March 21. The main theme of day-1 is “Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Diplomacy”.
  • Tuesday, March 22. The main theme of day-2 is “International Security: Challenges and Opportunities”
  • We are planning a variety of featured events, panel discussions, and key note addresses on both days. We are also planning an EWI Reunion Reception for EWI friends and alumni.
Speakers, panelists, and guests

David Allen is one of the world’s top experts on leadership and productivity. His company Global Productivity Movement is using his methodology “Getting Things Done.”

John Izzo has been a pioneer on employee engagement, social responsibility, and creating successful businesses for over twenty-five years. He is the author of nine books on leadership and professional development.

Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary of NATO, who advised the Secretary of State on arms control and nonproliferation. She was the chief US negotiator of the New START Treaty with Russia in 2011.

Damon Wilson, the President and CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy. In the past he worked with the Atlantic Council and National Security Council.

We are also in touch with the Stimson Center, Bush-China Foundation, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) America, and the Atlantic Council. Along with the Mroz Global Leadership Institute, these organizations continue the legacy of John Mroz and the EastWest Institute.

We keep working on the program and speakers and we will keep you updated.

Attendees will have an opportunity to experience the EWI archives/history project and contribute to its oral histories, and there will be time for networking with members of the EWI Society and a special reunion for EWI alumni/emeriti.

And, of course, you will be able to enjoy Charleston at a great time of the year on one of the most beautiful campuses.


We reserved courtesy blocks in three hotels in the historic downtown Charleston, within 10-minute walking distance from the College of Charleston. Charleston is a popular destination in spring and I encourage you to book your room as soon as possible. RSVP today to receive further details.
a) Mills House Grand Hotel
b) The Restoration Hotel
c) Courtyard Marriott