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Madeleine K. Albright (Exclusively WSB)

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks with humor, insight and eloquence about her life and career as a young refugee who rose to become for a time the world’s most powerful woman. Albright sketches a vivid portrait of her years as Secretary of State and offers candid descriptions of the leaders she encountered in Washington and overseas. She also discusses America’s global role and the many challenges facing President Trump and other world leaders today. While in office, Albright was renowned for her courage in “telling it like it is.” Now, as a best-selling author and successful businessperson, she offers a unique and always lively account of service at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Michelle Bernard (Exclusively WSB)

After years of struggle, the United States has made tremendous strides in advancing women’s human rights around the world. Michelle Bernard argues that American women now need to move beyond “the first, second and third wave feminism and the notion of women’s issues” and employ for a fourth wave of feminism that recognizes that ALL issues are women’s issues. With astounding successes reached in business, politics and culture, Bernard calls for action toward structural changes that will level the playing field for women candidates regardless of party affiliation, ensure that the voices of women are heard on the most important public policy issues of the day, and advance policies that build strong, 21st Century families and communities—and even a stronger nation—and offers advice to women on how to persevere, work together, build coalitions by seeking areas of common ground, prioritize their lives and be their best selves.

Bernard shows audiences:

  • What the future holds for women, politics and public policy at home and abroad
  • How political candidacies of women shed light on the differences between what she refers to as “Red State, Blue State, and Millennial feminism” and the largely ignored “fourth wave” free-market feminism embraced by many American women today
  • How the lives of ordinary American women, their children and families are affected by the failure of many left- and right-of-center leaders, both women and men, to recognize many of the very real problems facing American women today because they fail to recognize that all issues are women’s issues
  • That the feminist movement, policy makers and others have largely ignored the plight of women around the world, particularly those in Islamic countries who do not enjoy the basic human rights and freedoms that American women enjoy, and that today’s American feminists policy makers and others have a moral obligation to advocate for human rights and equality for women abroad

Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet?

Black Leadership: Past, Present and Future

Sarah Brown (Exclusively WSB)

From her unique vantage point inside 10 Downing Street, Brown walked the world stage alongside other powerful women: Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, Queen Rania of Jordan, Arianna Huffington and Melinda Gates among others. Her position was at the international crossroads of power, politics and global diplomacy and she shares her thoughts on women’s role as leaders in business, government, nonprofits and academia.

Sarah Brown (Exclusively WSB)

In this intimate, reflective, surprising and funny presentation about life at 10 Downing Street, Sarah Brown shares the secrets of living behind the most famous front door in the world. Brown gave up a successful career in business to serve her country and champion countless charities at home and abroad. A passionate campaigner for women and children, she mobilized hundreds of thousands of people through her early adoption of Twitter where her legion of followers engaged with her on everything from repression in Burma to diversity in British fashion. From what it's like to travel with a security detail, pack for a photo call with supermodels or pause a speech in front of hundreds when the teleprompter fails to what to do when the school play clashes with a visit to the White House, Brown takes the audience backstage to reveal what it's like to be an ordinary woman, wife and mother in extraordinary circumstances.

Hillary Clinton’s failed second bid for the presidency reminds us that sexism is still evident in the way a female candidate is covered. A woman will eventually break the highest, hardest glass ceiling. The 2016 election brought four new accomplished Democratic women to the U.S. Senate, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will have a visible role as Ambassador to the United Stations in the new administration. Who are the up and comers? 

The media took a lot of heat for how they covered the 2016 election, and how they forecast a Hillary Clinton win for months, dismissing Donald Trump as a clown and potentially affecting the outcome. How does the media adjust to Trump’s Reality Show style of politics where facts are often disregarded and fake news is more believed than reported news stories?  Clift can talk personally about the changing media landscape. After spending most of her career at Newsweek magazine, she made the conversion to new media and writes for the Daily Beast web site.

Donald Trump won the Electoral College and Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, a split decision that underscores the divisive nature of our politics. Trump says as president he will continue to hold his signature rallies while Democrats vow to take to the streets if necessary to protest Trump from thinking he has a mandate. Aside from marching, can Democrats turn their disappointment in the 2016 election outcome into a new political activism that can rebuild the party?

  • Politics—The 2016 Presidential Election and Beyond
  • The Government and Congress—And How They Work
  • What’s Happened to the Political Parties and Why Don’t We Get Better Politicians?

The research is in, and the results conclusive: Women are a force for prosperity.  When women are included in economies, growth happens. As chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International, and host of the “Smart Women, Smart Power” series at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Nina Easton is ideal positioned to discuss women as economic engines, contributing to GDP—and thereby poverty reduction for all. She shows why investment in girls’ education is the highest-return investment available in the developing world—a fact that both smart foreign aid and corporations are discovering.  As a Fortune columnist, has written about this trend from places like Dubai, and has addressed the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and others on the topic. She interviewed the Secretary of State on-stage, in front of world leaders and top CEO’s, at the 2011 APEC Summit.

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