Ethos summits


Ethos Summits are not camps — they’re more like professional conferences. We invite top-tier coaches to collaborate with real-world experts to break down ways that students can use their skills after high school. Our first Summit will take place Nov. 13-14, over Zoom.


  • Why do speech and debate?
  • How does debate experience contribute to preparedness after college?
  • What are some practical debate applications in a professional setting
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Meet your Summit speakers!


Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald

Director of Debate at Patrick Henrey College

Ethos is honored to be hosting Ryan McDonald as the event’s keynote speaker. Ryan is the Head Coach of Patrick Henry College’s intercollegiate debate program. Under his leadership, PHC’s debate program has won multiple victories spanning both domestic and international tournaments. Outside of his coaching endeavors, Ryan has nearly two decades of experience spanning Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Civic, Parli, Panel Defense, Moot Court, Mock Trial, IPDA, Negotiation, Mock Legislation, and more generalized competitive speaking events. He is less acquainted with sleep. While his primary career is that of a telecommunications attorney working inside of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau in Washington, DC, Ryan is an educator at heart. When not working with the debate students at Patrick Henry College, he operates as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Virginia Law Related Education Institute, which administrates all sanctioned mock trial competitions in the commonwealth.

Ethos Coaches

Joel Erickson

Joel Erickson

Ethos Gold Coach

Joel is an NCFCA alumnus and veteran coach with six years of experience mentoring high school and collegiate debaters. After completing his philosophy degree with highest honors, he works as assistant coach in the communication department at Wheaton College (his alma mater), where he serves both the debate team and a course on argumentation theory. In NCFCA, Joel competed in LD, limited preps, and more interps than he’d like to admit. He pivoted to mock trial in college, captaining Wheaton’s nationally ranked team his sophomore year. After satiating his interp craving in mock trial, he concluded his forensics career in moot court and British parliamentary debate, the latter of which provided the highlight of his college experience—traveling to Bangkok for the 2020 World University Debating Championship.Joel has coached over five hundred students through individual sessions, clubs, school programs, seminars, and camps. 

Anthony Severin

Anthony Severin

Lawyer | Ethos Gold Coach

Anthony has coached debaters of all ages and skill levels to national-level competitive success for more than a decade. Now a practicing attorney, he graduated from Baylor in 2014 and from Duke in 2021 and worked for years in the Texas Legislature. These experiences allow Anthony to challenge his students with demanding real-world scenarios that will expand their horizons beyond the trophies and tournaments.

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