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Wendy Sherman  

Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2011–2015); Founding Partner and Senior Counselor, The Albright Stonebridge Group; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; and Harvard Professor

Wendy Sherman brings solid, sound advice to every opportunity, tapping into over three decades of experience in business, international affairs and politics. Now a senior fellow at both Harvard’s Institute of Politics and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Sherman recently stepped down as under secretary of state for political affairs after four years overseeing every region of the world, dealing with every major opportunity and crisis, and leading the U.S. negotiating team to a successful conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal. In recognition of her many diplomatic accomplishments, she was recently awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama and currently serves as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Sherman has written op-eds in major publications, including USA Today, on security around the world, conference papers and delivered speeches to corporations, associations and universities throughout the world, sharing her expertise in negotiating in challenging situations. She is a frequent commentator on every major radio and television network and cable outlet, including CNN and MSNBC. Diplomat, negotiator, businesswoman and breaker of glass ceilings, Sherman, provides an insider’s guide to geopolitics, teaches when and how to negotiate change and unpacks the strategies for getting what you want in business, service and in life.


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Negotiating Change: What Businesses Can Learn from Complex International Negotiations

Wendy Sherman, the successful lead negotiator for the multilateral, complex deal with Iran, reveals strategies and tactics from her years of high-level international diplomacy that can help you achieve successful outcomes in business negotiations in a global economy and marketplace.

Where In the World are We Headed?: An Inside Guide to Geopolitics and What It Means for Your Business

As U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, Ambassador Wendy Sherman became responsible for overseeing the United States’ diplomacy in every region of the world during her time at the State Department from 2011–2015. Sherman is able to offer a unique insider’s view of where the world is headed in the years ahead and how that will affect global business.

Risk Management: Changing Geopolitics and What It Means for Investment

In her experience, not only as U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs but also as the owner of a successful global business consulting firm, Ambassador Wendy Sherman is in a unique position to offer advice about a myriad of topics that affect the world business scene today. Having sat on the investment committee of a boutique emerging markets fund, Sherman offers an insider’s guide to investment risk wherever you are in the world.

Shattering Glass and Leaning Forward – Senators, Secretaries of State, Business CEOs – I’ve Had It All and So Can You

Throughout her career, Wendy Sherman has demonstrated a knack for shattering both glass ceilings and stereotypes. She had a front row seat working on the campaign for Barbara Mikulski, the first Democratic female elected to the Senate, and helped secure and advise Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state. Having started her own business as well as having a successful family life, Sherman looks to speak to the leaders of tomorrow to help inspire and motivate you with the secrets to her successes, both personal and professional.

Point/Counterpoint - Israel, Iran and the Middle Eas

Ambassador Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator on the recently reached Iran deal, and named by The Jerusalem Post as the fourth most influential Jew in the world, sizes up the U.S. relationship with Israel, Iran and the Middle East in a point/counterpoint with another panelist.

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