The Senate Confirmation Process: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

September 21, 2020 3:00 PM

The political appointments process does not end with nomination - that is only the beginning!  In this session we will focus on how to successfully navigate the Senate confirmation process. Our speakers will provide advice on filling out questions for the record (QFRs) and about testifying in front of Congress during a confirmation hearing. They will also discuss the process and timeline in depth, and describe ways that political appointments can be jeopardized in the Senate and what can be done to prevent it.


Dina Powell McCormick

Lori Robinson

  • General Lori Robinson, USAF (Ret.)
  • Former Commander, U.S. Northern Command
Dina Powell McCormick

Ann Elise Sauer

  • Senior Partner, ISM Strategies
  • Former Republican Staff Director, Senate Armed Services Committee
Dina Powell McCormick

Algene Sajery

  • Vice President, Office of External Affairs & Head, Global Gender Equity Initiatives, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • Former Democratic Policy Director, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Creator, Producer and Host: The Minority Leaders Podcast (
  • Moderating in her personal capacity


Dina Powell McCormick

Jamie Jones Miller

  • Senior Advisor, The Roosevelt Group
  • Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs