Skip to main content
9:00am - 4:30pm
Marriott Downtown Hotel | 85 West Street | New York City

20th Anniversary Remembrance Symposium | September 9th, 2021

VOICES 20th Anniversary Remembrance Symposium
September 9th, 2021

VOICES 20th Anniversary Remembrance Symposium was held on Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel at 85 West Street in NYC, and also broadcasted online.

Remembrance, Reflection and Resilience was the theme of the two-day symposium as we remembered those we lost, reflected on our journey together, and looked to the future with renewed resilience. Presentations highlighted the expertise of professionals, who discussed accomplishments over the past 20 years and lessons learned. Topics included trauma and resilience, journalism and national security, the VCF and compensation programs, pending legal issues and personal reflections from all.

As we reflect on this milestone anniversary, we are grateful to the wonderful speakers who shared their important insights.


September 9th Agenda
9:00am - 9:30am
Candlelighting Ceremony & Opening Remarks
Voices Center for Resilience
9:30am - 10:30am
Bearing Witness to Tragedy: How 9/11 Changed Journalism and Journalists
Author and Host of the 20th Anniversary Documentary Series "Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories"
Peter Haskell
Host, WCBS Newsradio 880
Book Author and Columnist, The Bergen Record and USA Today
Author, New York Times Portraits of Grief
10:30am - 11:15am
Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of Special Forces in Afghanistan
Green Beret Veteran
Green Beret Veteran
11:15am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm
Looking Back to Look Forward: What Worked & What’s Next?
Distinguished Fellow and President Emerita, Wilson Center and Former US Representative
US Ambassador to India, 9/11 Commissioner and Former US Representative
Former US Representative
12:30pm - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Understanding Resilience and Risk following Traumatic Events
NY Times Best Selling Author of What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma Resilience and Healing, a collaboration with Oprah Winfrey
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Voices of Victims, Survivors and Responders
Grief Educator, Imagine, A Center Coping with Loss
Assistant Director Department of Forensic Biology, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
9/11 Survivor
Brother of Dr. Michael Guttenberg, a responder who died post 9/11
Husband of Marijo Russell O’Grady, a survivor who died post 9/11
Gary Smiley
9/11 Responder
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Voices of Reflection: Artistic Stories of Hope and Healing
Dianne Brudnicki, Robert Carley, and John Coburn
20th Anniversary Seattle Art Project
Closing Reflections
Voices Center for Resilience


For a full list of confirmed speakers and biographies, click here.

If you couldn't attend the Symposium, but would like to make a donation, click here.


Thank You to Our Sponsors
Commemorative Sponsors
Legacy Sponsors
Remembrance Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors