Madeleine Albright To Speak Sept. 12 at Alma College
The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary
of State, will share her perspective on world affairs and discuss her
life and career during a Wednesday, Sept. 12 presentation at Alma
Albright is the keynote speaker for the 2007 Robert D. Swanson Responsible Leadership Speaker Series. Her address takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Cappaert Gymnasium in the Hogan Physical Education Center on the Alma College campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
I think of individuals who personify responsible leadership by their
actions, words, abilities and convictions, Madeleine Albright stands
front and center,” says Alma College President Saundra Tracy. “We are
thrilled that she has agreed to discuss with the Alma College community
what it means to be a leader in the 21st Century.
“As Secretary of State, she skillfully championed peace, human rights and democracy throughout the world. She is a wonderful example for our students to emulate,” says Tracy.
At the time of her confirmation as Secretary of State in 1997, Albright was the highest-ranking woman in the federal government. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, she moved to the United States in 1948, becoming a citizen in 1957.
“Choosing to become a citizen of a new country and then gratefully offering oneself in service exemplifies the principles upon which our country was founded,” says John Leipzig, director of Alma’s Center for Responsible Leadership. “Madeleine Albright’s career is one of exceptional dedication and contributions to the world on behalf of the United States.
“An important aspect of Albright’s career is the diversity of her contributions on the world stage,” says Leipzig. “One of the goals for our leadership fellows is to engage in meaningful global dialogue and service outside of the United States. While being recognized for her past contributions, Albright continues to work for a better future for our citizens and the rest of the world.”
The Center for Responsible Leadership encompasses a large network of leadership-development opportunities for all Alma students, regardless of academic major or degree. The speaker series, launched in September 2006, brings prominent leaders to campus for discussions on related topics. Bob Dole and George McGovern spoke in September 2006.
Madeleine Albright biography
Nominated by President Bill Clinton on Dec. 5, 1996, Albright was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State on Jan. 23, 1997 — the first woman Secretary of State in the nation’s history. From 1993 to 1997, she served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Currently, Albright is a principal of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm. Her experience in global affairs and her extensive diplomatic skills help businesses and nongovernmental organizations to build strategic partnerships, address political and regulatory risks, and manage crises.
She also is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. In addition, she is chair of The National Democratic Institute of International Affairs, chair of The Pew Global Attitudes Project, president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, co-chair of the Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and serves on the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree and doctorate from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a certificate from the Russian Institute.
Albright’s best-selling autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, was published in September 2003. Her most recent book, The Mighty and The Almighty – Reflections on America, God and World Affairs, was released in May 2006.
Posted: Mon, August 20th, 2007 at 8:11AM