Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series

October 2, 2015

Powerful Insights from an American Ambassador, Senator & Statesman

"The only testing ground for the heroic is the mundane. The only preparation for that one profound decision which can change a life, or even a nation, is those hundreds of half-conscious, self-defining, seemingly insignificant decisions made in private. Habit is the daily battleground of character." –Senator Dan Coats

Friday, October 2, 2015 – Columbia Club

The Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series is an esteemed venue for some of our nation's most thoughtful and intellectually influential individuals. We invite you to support a great civic tradition by joining us on October 2nd for this special dinner event benefiting the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Hear powerful insights and firsthand reflections from Senator Coats on his decades of eminent service to country and community.

Event Schedule
5:30-6:30PM | VIP Reception with Senator Dan Coats in the Columbian Suite
6PM | Cocktail Hour
7PM | Welcome & Dinner in the Ballroom
8PM | Powerful Insights from Senator Dan Coats

Eventbrite - 10th Annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series featuring Senator Dan Coats

Senator Coats graduated from Wheaton College and is an U.S. Army veteran. Following his military service, he received his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Indiana Law Review. He went on to join the office of then-Congressman Dan Quayle as a district representative.

From 1981 to 1999, Coats served in the United States Congress, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. He also served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2001, Coats was named Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Dan Coats returned to the U.S. Senate in January 2011. Senator Coats recently announced his intention to retire in 2016.

2015 is the landmark 10th anniversary of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site's signature event recognizing outstanding civic engagement and exceptional public leadership. Over the past decade we have featured a wide array of nationally recognized speakers, including Brian Lamb, Michael Beschloss, and Richard Norton Smith. The Series was born out of a restricted fund established by the Mary Tucker Jasper family in 2005 to honor Mary by sponsoring a noteworthy speaker each year.

Special Thanks to our 10th Anniversary Event Sponsor:
Centaur Gaming
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino-Indiana Grand

Supporting Sponsor:

Indiana Energy Association, Inc.
The Columbia Club

Community Sponsors:

Diamond Capital Management
Visit Indy
Elaine and Scott Sholty

2015 Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series Steering Committee:

Elaine Sholty – Chair
Lisa Wallace, Diana Davis, Wendy Horn,
Beverly Lewis, Wendy Morin, Julie Rowlas,
Nancy Sutton, Kelly Young
For event questions, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. VP of Development Ashleigh Graves-Roesler or call (317) 631-1888.

MTJAbout Mary Tucker Jasper (1910-2008)

An elegant and charming woman, who is often compared to First Lady Caroline Harrison, Mary Tucker Jasper was the devoted wife of Paul George Jasper—the youngest Justice elected to the Indiana Supreme Court—and mother of Paul Tucker Jasper and Mary Jamia Jasper Jacobsen. Mary was a 75-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter.


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