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Madeleine Albright          

First Woman to Become a United States Secretary of State

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. On May 29, 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President Obama.

In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America's alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President's Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.

Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO's New Strategic Concept.

Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, "Madam Secretary: A Memoir" (2003); "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs" (2006); "Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership" (2008); "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box" (2009); and "Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948" (2012).

Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master's and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University's Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.

Speech Topics


Economy and Security in the 21st Century

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.

An Evening (Morning, Afternoon) with Madeleine Albright

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 worlds 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 Conversation with Madeleine Albright

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 todays 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 interviewer 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.

News


'white feminist' Madeleine Albright as commencement speaker

After Madeleine Albright's 'hell' comment. She is a liberal icon and was America's first female secretary of state, but not everyone at a California college is thrilled ...

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Former Secretary of State says Donald Trump has already harmed our nation just by running for president.

Madeleine Albright Defends Her Hillary Clinton Remarks | TIME

I've said it forever, that we are overly judgmental of each other. And that we put women through tests that we do not put men through."

Madeleine Albright Makes Pitch to Younger Women for Clinton | TIME

Taylor Hill—FilmMagic Madeleine Albright attends the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Closing Plenary at Sheraton Times Square on September 29, 2015 in New ...

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