Chris Whipple, Author
The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
Thursday, June 22
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Conversation with Chris Whipple
Walking Directions to The Atrium Ballroom
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
The chiefs of staff, often referred to as “the gatekeepers,” wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS’s agenda, and—most crucially—are the first in line to the leader of the free world’s ear.
Award-winning producer and journalist Chris Whipple demonstrates how those appointed to this lofty position have often served as de facto prime ministers, and the surprising extent to which their tenures have set the tone for our political climate.
Through extensive, intimate interviews with all 20 living chiefs of staff and two former presidents, The Gatekeepers pulls back the curtain to expose how the nation’s levers of power are operated by these right-hand advisors, and what each appointment reveals about its respective president.
Chris Whipple is an acclaimed writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and speaker. A multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s Primetime, he is the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. Most recently, he was the executive producer and writer of Showtime’s The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs.
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