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Pacific Forum 2023 Fundraising Gala



Honolulu, Hawaii



Thank you to everyone who has purchased a table sponsorships and tickets!


The Pacific Forum’s 2023 Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at The Royal Hawaiian Resort. This event is our primary annual fundraiser and our largest source of unrestricted financial support. Our featured speaker will be Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors; Co-Founder, former Chief Executive Officer, and now Chair of Center for a New American Security (CNAS); and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.


Michèle Flournoy
Michèle Flournoy
Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and Co-Founder, former Chief Executive Officer, and now Chair of Center for a New American Security (CNAS).Michèle served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations.

Michèle serves on the boards of CNAS, Booz Allen Hamilton, Astra, Amida Technology Solutions, America’s Frontier Fund, The Gates Global Policy Center, The Mission Continues, The War Horse, and CARE. She serves on the advisory boards of The Leadership Council for Women in National Security, Special Competitive Studies Project, Sesame Workshop, Intel, RAND Corporation and PIMCO. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Distinguished Profession of the Practice at Georgia Tech’s Nunn School of International Affairs, a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group, and a current member of the Defense Policy Board.

Michèle earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s from Balliol College, Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum scholar.


Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Cocktail Reception 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM The cocktail reception will be held outside on the Ocean Lawn and will feature entertainment by Biku Shimabuku.
Dinner 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner will be held in the Monarch Ballroom
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Conversation with Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Liz Truss 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM This off-the-record luncheon will be held at The Royal Hawaiian Resort and is exclusively for table sponsors, their guests, and select invitees.
Time Zone: (UTC-10:00) Hawaii [Change Time Zone]


The Royal Hawaiian Resort – Monarch Ballroom


Validated self-parking or valet parking will be available at The Royal Hawaiian Resort. Self-parking is located in the shared Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian Resort parking structure, not the Royal Hawaiian Center parking structure.

Dress Code

Aloha, Aloha Crisp, or Business Casual Attire