Travels From: Washington, D.C.
February 10, 2015
As a former Secretary of State and current businesswoman, Madeleine Albright has a deep understanding of the connections that exist between international economic developments and geopolitical security. No one is better positioned than Albright to offer insights about the policy challenges faced by President Obama or to analyze the strategies being employed by other world leaders, including those in such pivotal countries as China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Iran. Dr. Albright is an expert on how decisions are made at the global level and has strong opinions on the pros and cons of investing in emerging markets. She also speaks with force, clarity and humor on the many parallels that exist between operating a business and managing world affairs.
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 Obama 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.
In an up-close-and-personal format, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sits down for a candid discussion, sharing her perspective on the current state of world affairs and on the personalities who shape today’s headlines. Audiences are given unprecedented access to one of the globe’s most powerful, respected and vibrant women as Albright sheds light on challenges both personal and public. Albright responds to questions from both the moderator and the audience, and engages in a no-holds-barred discussion of issues ranging from war and peace to the challenge of juggling career and family life.
Madeleine Albright, America’s first woman Secretary of State, draws on her extensive experience in public service and her ongoing work in the private sector to offer audiences a unique and up-to-the-minute perspective on the issues confronting the United States and the world.
Dr. Albright’s presentations are renowned for their powerful insights, fascinating stories and skillful analysis. Throughout her varied career, Albright has never been afraid to “tell it like it is.” In her remarks, which are sprinkled with lessons, anecdotes and humor, she is able to cover a wide range of topics tailored to the specific interests of her audience. She is equally at home discussing the linkage between the American economy and international security as she is analyzing the options faced by President Obama as he confronts the war in Afghanistan, the turmoil and unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the rising influence of China. She also discusses her personal experiences while in government, the broader issues facing decision makers today, her current activities as a business executive, professor and leader of international initiatives related to the future of NATO and economic development in the Middle East. In addition to her service as Secretary of State, Albright served as America’s ambassador to the United Nations and was a member of the Cabinet and National Security Council and chaired NATO’s Strategic Concept Group which was tasked with laying the groundwork for the development of a new Strategic Concept for the Alliance for the next 10 years. She also teaches at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Partnership for a New Beginning in the Middle East. She is the author of five New York Times best sellers, Madam Secretary, The Mighty and the Almighty, Memo to the President and Read My Pins. In her most recent book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (April 2012), Albright recounts her own experiences during this time and those of her family. Drawing upon her memory, her parents’ written reflections, interviews with contemporaries and newly-available documents, Albright offers a moving account of this tumultuous period. On May 29, 2012, President Obama awarded Dr. Albright the U.S. Medal of Freedom—the nation's highest civilian honor.