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About the Gala

On Friday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m., The W family, including students from the Ina E. Gordy Honors College, alumni, and community members, are invited to join us for an elegant evening on campus. The Welty Gala begins with a cocktail reception with this year's Welty Symposium authors followed by dinner and a presentation by best-selling author, former CIA officer, and political insider Valerie Plame.

The Welty Gala is our annual fundraiser for the MUW Scholarship Fund, which funds general scholarships. To ensure the success of this event, The W is seeking supporters who will participate as Benefactors, Patrons, and Friends. The Welty Gala is a tremendous asset for The W and the local community. We are especially grateful and appreciative of your support for this event and the opportunity it provides our Honors College students to further their academic experience beyond the classroom.

About the Speaker

Valerie Plame

Fair Game by Valerie Plame

On July 14, 2003, the CIA lost one of its finest covert Operations Officers when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her top-secret identity to a newspaper columnist who published her name – Valerie Plame. The political firestorm fueled an investigation uncovering suspicions that the Bush administration compromised Valerie's identity on purpose – a federal act of treason; and in 2007, she published the intimate details of the affair in her 2007 New York Times Best Selling autobiography Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.

As a CIA operative, Valerie managed top-secret programs designed to keep terrorists and rogue nation states from acquiring nuclear weapons. She continues her service in global intelligence as a board member of Global Data Sentinel, a cyber security company that safeguards digital data through email, Starling Trust, a predictive behavioral analytics agency, and the Ploughshares Fund, as well as numerous nonprofit organizations.

In addition to her NYT best-selling autobiography, Fair Game, which was later made into a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, Valerie has authored two espionage fiction thrillers alongside Sarah Lovitt: Blowback (2013) and Burned (2014). She's also written for numerous publications including Time, Newsweek, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, O magazine and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, Al -Jazeera, NPR, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

She serves on the nonprofit boards of Global Zero, the Penn State School of International Affairs, the United Way of Santa Fe County, and Postpartum Support International. She is affiliated with the Santa Fe Institute, a trans-disciplinary scientific think-tank created by two Nobel Prize winners aimed at addressing the most compelling and complex problems in the world today.





October 21, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Mary Ellen Weathersby Pope Banquet Room
Hogarth Dining Center
MUW Campus

Black Tie Optional


4:00 p.m. - Student discussion / informal Q&A (location TBA)
5:30 p.m. - Private Reception in The W Room (Hogarth Student Center)
6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception with authors in Brigham President's Dining Room (Hogarth Dining Center)
7:00 p.m. - Dinner in Pope Banquet Room (Hogarth Dining Center)
8:15 p.m. - Valarie Plame's Presentation
9:00 p.m. - Book Signing

Shuttle services will be available from the parking lots to the venues.


Donor Levels


$5,000 ($4,800 tax deductible)
Eight seats at a named table including preferential dinner service
Prominent program recognition
Eight invitations to the private reception with Ms. Plame
Four autographed books
One quarter-page advertisement in the spring issue of our alumni magazine VISIONS
Either a 20 meal ticket to the MUW Campus Dining Facility
OR a 20 session pass to the MUW Campus Recreational Center

Purchase Tickets



$500 ($475 tax deductible)
Dinner seating for one
Invitation to the private reception with Ms. Plame
An autographed book
Program recognition

Purchase Tickets



$75 ($50 tax deductible)
Dinner seating for one
Invitation to attend the reception in the Brigham Dining Room prior to Gala

Purchase Tickets



For Additional Information

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