Raj Fernando Proud Contributor of Steppenwolf Gala

As an ardent supporter of both local Chicago charities and the performing arts, I am proud to contribute to The Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s mission to engage audiences and provide stimulating performances.

Steppenwolf recently held its annual gala bringing together civic and business leaders from the Chicago community for a memorable celebration of the theater. The event is critical to providing the organization with the resources that its actors, directors and playwrights need to continue their work. I, alongside Chopper Trading employees, have enjoyed many of Steppenwolf’s marvelous performances over the years.

This annual Gala provides us with a chance to give back, and the 2013 event was a great success – Steppenwolf was able to raise more than $1 million from event ticket sales and the live auction.  Auction items included opening-night tickets to the upcoming Broadway production of “Of Mice and Men,” starring James Franco, as well as dinner with Joan Allen, Rick Bayless, Laurie Metcalf and Bruce Norris, and a chance to join William Petersen at an upcoming Chicago Cubs baseball game.

Kudos to Steppenwolf for hosting another exciting and successful event!

Media Coverage of The American Security Project Discussion

Here is some additional media from the American Security Project‘s recent discussion, “American Competitiveness and National Security“. This event provided an excellent opportunity for myself and fellow speakers, Christine Todd Whitman, Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.), and August Cole to discuss the vital issue of our nation’s security and what key factors play a significant role in ensuring our protection.

Here is the video footage of our discussion.



Here are some photographs of the event.

Created with flickr slideshow.

The American Security Project Discussion Invites Raj Fernando

As a board member of the American Security Project (ASP), I spoke at the ASP’s recent discussion, “American Competitiveness and National Security”, on November 28th. The event was centered on how repairing the U.S.’s declining global competitiveness is imperative to maintaining national security.

In addition to myself, the event was chaired by Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA administrator and governor of New Jersey; Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.), CEO of the American Security Project; and August Cole, adjunct fellow at the American Security Project. In conjunction with this engaging conversation, the ASP released a report, American Competitiveness:

A matter of national security, meant to complement our dialogue and serve as a call to action. The report provides decision makers in the public and private sectors with a new way of thinking about how they can improve America’s national security by fosteringthe nation’s competitiveness.

In my view, as a nation, it is critical that we consider the future of our country in terms of investing in infrastructure, immigration, education, and innovation, while not forgetting the importance of growing our way out of our financial deficit.

The ASP is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges.

Read more about Raj Fernando on the American Security Project Board of Directors page.