Semafor’s live journalism curates high-impact, compelling, and consequential editorial encounters between informed audiences, key leaders, and the most dynamic change agents in Washington, the U.S., and the world.

Calendar

Upcoming

World Economy Summit 2024

April 17-18, 2024

Join us in Washington, D.C. for the largest and most consequential gathering on the state of the global economy.  Six sessions across two days will feature the most influential economic and business decision makers in the world. Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Carlyle Group Co-Founder David Rubenstein will co-chair the event and act as key advisors to the program.

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Upcoming

The State of Happiness in 2024

March 20, 2024

Join Semafor, in partnership with Gallup, for an exclusive first look at the 2024 World Happiness Report. We'll present the brand new survey data and share key insights that will change the ways global leaders across business, tech, politics, and beyond perceive “happiness,” and how to promote wellbeing through our lifetimes.

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Upcoming

China and Global Business

Semafor’s ambitious new initiative “China and Global Business” will create a new platform — events in Beijing and New York, and coverage across our digital channels — for global business leaders seeking a way forward amid growing calls in the US for economic “decoupling” from China, and China’s parallel pursuit of economic “self-reliance.” The initiative will be powered by Semafor’s newsroom and Semafor will retain full and independent editorial and commercial control.

PAST

Mapping the Future of Digital Privacy

February 29, 2024

Join Semafor's senior editors and the most forward-thinking leaders in policy, engineering, and technology as we survey the state of privacy in the U.S. and abroad. What does digital privacy look like in a future supercharged by artificial intelligence? How should policies evolve and what consequences might they have for businesses and individuals? In this 90-minute session, we'll map the future of digital privacy.

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Principals Live with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi

February 05, 2024

Join Semafor's Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Morgan Chalfant for an exclusive interview with The Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party Ranking Member Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi for a news-making conversation on competing with China, the Democratic foreign policy argument, and the Select Committee's focus for 2024.

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PAST

The State of Made in America

December 13, 2023

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Semafor convened the leading voices from government, labor, business, and beyond, to delve into critical and timely discussions around how manufacturing capacity, supply chain production, and trade policies are challenging the status quo of the U.S. and global economy.

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PAST

Finding Common Ground on AI: A Bicoastal Exchange

December 7, 2023

12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT

A bicoastal event convening top tech leaders and leading policymakers to examine the most-pressing questions around AI: what are its limitations and what exactly it means for the way we work, live, make art, cure diseases, wage war, campaign in democratic elections, and what exactly it is. Moderated by Semafor's Technology Editor Reed Albergotti, Business and Technology Editor Gina Chon, and Technology Reporter Louise Matsakis.

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Principals Live with Mathias Döpfner

December 5, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST

Semafor's Founding Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons is joined by Axel Springer Chairman and CEO Mathias Döpfner for a candid conversation about the state of global democracy, strengthening trade alliances, and how to push back against autocratic regimes. Döpfner's latest book, The Trade Trap argues free trade has strengthened dictators while undermining democracy and a rules-based world order. This wide-ranging discussion cuts through conventional wisdom and explores a new path forward for economic and democratic prosperity.

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The Global State of Wellbeing: A Semafor Summit

October 24, 2023

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Semafor's expert editors hosted a data-driven discussion on the global state of wellbeing. Guided by Gallup data, the conversation explored global emotional trends, social connectedness, mental health, and what it means, ultimately, to be well.

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Securing the Digital Future

October 17, 2023

9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Semafor convened industry experts and stakeholders for a discussion exploring the threats, the solutions, and the future of cyber security from the lens of business, policy, privacy, and beyond.

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PAST

Principals Live with Joe Dominguez

October 11, 2023

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Semafor Founding Editor at Large Steve Clemons was joined in an exclusive 1:1 interview with the President and CEO of Constellation, Joe Dominguez, on the state of the energy transition, next generation renewable energy technologies, and how to scale clean energy projects.

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PAST

Igniting Innovation: America's Digital Future

October 10, 2023

8:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Semafor convened with national stakeholders, policymakers, and industry leaders to discuss the state of broadband access and equity, connectivity challenges, and digital infrastructure. Using the power of digital connectivity, we'll hear directly from those most affected by inadequate broadband infrastructure and those who are at the forefront of bridging the digital divide.

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PAST

Semafor Business at Genesis House

October 3rd, 2023

5:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by Business & Finance Editor Liz Hoffman, Semafor's inaugural business summit convened leaders across politics, finance and media who are forging the future of business today.

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PAST

The Middle East Global Summit

September 20, 2023

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In Person

Semafor and Al-Monitor hosted the can't-miss Middle East event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings. The Global Middle East Summit, a first-of-its-kind event, convened policymakers, business leaders, and investors from around the world to explore the region’s transformative changes, their profound global impacts, and to participate in shaping the future of the Middle East.

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PAST

Principals Live with Governor Wes Moore

September 12, 2023

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

In Person and Livestreamed

Semafor Founding Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons was joined by Governor Wes Moore for an exclusive, 1:1 interview on how the Maryland is building a competitive and inclusive business environment, how it's boosting green technology, and why he thinks AI can help government work better.

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PAST

The World at Work Summit

July 11, 2023

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

In Person and Livestreamed

Guided by Semafor’s Washington journalists, explore topics of critical importance to both leaders and employees – including hybrid work, employee engagement, burnout, changing demographics, and the growing importance of work-life balance – and offer key insights into crafting thriving workplaces in the year ahead.

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PAST

Principals Live with Cisco Chair and CEO Chuck Robbins

June 13, 2023

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT

In Person and Livestreamed

Semafor Founding Editor at Large Steve Clemons brings Semafor's leading DC newsletter to the stage, sitting down with Cisco Chair and CEO Chuck Robbins to explore the rebounding tech sector, connectivity and bridging the digital divide, and more.

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PAST

What's the Deal on Permitting Reform?

June 06, 2023

8:30am — 11:00am EDT

In Person and Livestreamed

Semafor's definitive conversation on permitting reform. We dive deep with public and private sector leaders on the different perspectives on this key issue, the redlines between them, and the future shape of America's permitting system.

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PAST

American Infrastructure: A New Era

May 25, 2023

9:00am — 11:15am EDT

In Person and Livestreamed

On May 25, Semafor hosted a conversation with policymakers, government and business leaders about rebuilding American Infrastructure to remain globally competitive and meet the needs of today and tomorrow.

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PAST

Principals Live: A Semafor Newsmaker Series Conversation with Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

April 18, 2023

In Person and Livestreamed

On April 18, Semafor Editor at Large Steve Clemons sat down with Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) for a deep-dive discussion exploring the current political landscape, the 2024 presidential race and Governor Christie's own ambitions for a higher political office.

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PAST

Semafor World Economy Summit

April 12, 2023

In Person and Livestreamed

Against the backdrop of the World Bank and IMF Spring 2023 meetings in Washington, D.C., Semafor held its first annual World Economy Summit featuring the world’s most respected central bankers, finance ministers, CEOs, CFOs, policy practitioners, and economists.

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PAST

Semafor Media at Genesis House

April 10th, 2023

5:00pm — 8:00pm EDT

Semafor brings its scoops and stories to life with the launch of a new, inaugural media summit. Hosted by Semafor co-founder and leading U.S. media voice Ben Smith, Semafor Media at Genesis House convened preeminent figures from across the world of news, media and entertainment to discuss the most pressing issues facing our industry today.

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PAST

E-Commerce and the New American Economy

January 31, 2023

In person and Livestreamed

Semafor's Steve Clemons led conversations with congressional leaders about the role of cross-border commerce in keeping the American economy globally competitive.

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PAST

Semafor in Davos

January 17-19, 2023

Davos, Switzerland

Semafor editors traveled to Davos to cover the 2023 World Economic Forum and sat down with some of the biggest names in business, government, and advocacy for morning newsmaker conversations.

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PAST

Semafor Africa Summit Exchange with Pres. Paul Kagame

December 14, 2022

In person, Washington DC

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda joined Semafor Editor at Large Steve Clemons for a fireside chat during the US-Africa Leaders Summit.

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PAST

Fixing America's Supply Chain Crisis

December 14, 2022

In person and Livestreamed

What smart policy solutions can help supply chains withstand both expected and unexpected interruptions? Semafor convened conversations with key policymakers and private-sector leaders about efforts to make America's supply chains resilient and globally competitive.

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PAST

Semafor Africa Summit

December 12, 2022

Washington DC

During the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Semafor convened African and American leaders, business chiefs, innovators, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders for discussions on topics including regional and global economic priorities, technology, health, climate, and sustainable progress across the continent.

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PAST

Media, Government & A Healthy Democracy

November 18

In person and Livestreamed

On Nov. 18 Semafor's third forum on the future of news convened current and former White House Press secretaries and advisors, political correspondents, and lawmakers to examine the relationship between news media and government in a healthy democracy.

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PAST

Semafor Exchange with Meta's Nick Clegg

September 22

Washington DC

On September 22, Semafor's Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons interviewed Nick Clegg, Meta's President of Global Affairs on whether Facebook would allow former president Donald Trump back on its platform, the roles and responsibilities of the global tech industry, misconceptions about data and the internet, social media and the upcoming elections and more.

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PAST

Politics 2022: Reporting Washington

September 7

Washington DC

On September 7, Semafor engaged senior journalists about covering politics and government in an age of low trust and increasing polarization, where political norms are under intense pressure and social media has helped turn rival parties into mutually hostile identities.

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PAST

Signal & Noise: Trust and Polarization in News

July 7, 2022

Washington DC

On July 7, Semafor's first pre-launch event convened leading actors and commentators in the contemporary battle over the nature of news, and asked whether and how news can operate in a hyper-polarized landscape.

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