Annual Foreign Policy Gala

Join us for Network 20/20’s
17th Annual Foreign Policy Gala!

“Vision 2020 – Leadership in Uncertain Times”

6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Racquet and Tennis Club
370 Park Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets

passed hors d’oeuvres | live music | live and silent auctions | open bar | wine wall | VR experiences


*Early-bird tickets are only $175*


Keynote address by William B. Taylor, former U.S Ambassador to Ukraine

Ambassador William B. Taylor served as the Chargé d’Affaires at the US embassy in Kyiv from June 2019 to January 2020. Previously, he served as the executive vice president at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the special coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the U.S. State Department during the Arab Spring.  He served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009.
He also served as the U.S. government’s representative to the Mideast Quartet, which facilitated the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, led by Special Envoy James Wolfensohn in Jerusalem. Prior to this assignment, he served in Baghdad as Director, Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (2004-2005), in Kabul as coordinator of USG and international assistance to Afghanistan (2002-2003) and in Washington with the rank of ambassador as coordinator of USG assistance to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (1992-2002).
Ambassador Taylor spent five years in Brussels as the Special Deputy Defense Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Will Taft, and earlier directed an in-house Defense Department think tank at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.  He served for five years on the staff of Senator Bill Bradley and earlier directed the Department of Energy’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.

In the Army, he fought in Vietnam as a rifle platoon leader and combat company commander in the 101st Airborne Division and flew reconnaissance missions along the West German border with Czechoslovakia in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment.


Global Leadership Awardee: Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA and Chairman of CIB Americas

Jean-Yves Fillion is Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas USA, overseeing the bank’s wholesale and retail activities in the United States, and Chairman of Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) for the Americas.

Mr. Fillion has been with BNP Paribas for 36 years, 29 of which he has spent in the United States between Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas USA and on the Boards of its subsidiaries: Bank of the West Corporation and BNP Paribas US Wholesale Holdings, Corp. He is also a Director of the Advisory Board of Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), his alma mater. In line with the Bank’s worldwide commitment to tennis, Mr. Fillion is a member of the Board of Governors for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. A former member of the French National Sailing Team, he is an active member of the New York Yacht Club and American Yacht Club.

Since joining the bank in 1984, Mr. Fillion has served the bank in a succession of executive positions. Previous to his current role, he served as CEO of CIB Americas, COO of BNP Paribas Fortis and Co-Head of BNP Paribas’ CIB European Platform. Previous to those roles, he spent the bulk of his career in the US as Head of Client Coverage in North America, Head of Structured Finance Americas, Head of Acquisition Finance and Head of Media & Telecom Finance.

Mr. Fillion received a Master’s degree from Dauphine University and his MBA from HEC in Paris. He also studied at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University in Chicago.


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Thank you for supporting Network 20/20’s annual benefit! This event is critical to Network 20/20’s work. We encourage you to remember that purchasing a ticket not only provides access to a stimulating and fun evening, but will sustain and grow Network 20/20’s work on foreign policy education and people-to-people diplomacy, activities that are increasingly critical in today’s isolationist world.

***Important Notice: As we have to reschedule the Annual Gala from May 5th to September 15th, we will honor all tickets that have been purchased. Tickets will be transferable, though not refundable. In the event that you are unable to attend or transfer, we will issue a tax receipt for a donation for the full amount. We encourage you to buy your tickets now to keep Network 20/20 in good financial shape! Thank you for understanding.

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