This conversation drew on the expertise and perspectives of three visionary women who are leading the charge to examine and share the lessons and legacies of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison. This event was presented by the Presidential Precinct through the generous support of American Evolution.

Kat Imhoff, President & CEO, The Montpelier Foundation
Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director, Jame Monroe’s Highland
Leslie Greene Bowman, President & CEO, The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
Moderated By: Sarah McConnell, Producer and Host of With Good Reason, Virginia Humanities

The core ideas and principles of the American experiment have shaped not only our nation, but also the world more broadly. It is an ongoing experiment rather than a finished product, and at times we struggle to live up to the vision of the Founding Fathers as we navigate our imperfect democracy. Has the democratic process in America become progressively messier and more contentious, or does history show that it is not a smooth upward trajectory, but rather one with peaks and valleys? What was it about the Founding Fathers that enabled them to advance their ideas and build a shared vision during a time of tremendous upheaval, polarization, uncertainty, and opportunity? How would they fare as contemporary politicians? What leadership qualities and strategies did they use to build a new nation, and what can we borrow from them to advance positive change today?