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From Huffington: My Review of Madame President, the Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

My latest blog — a review of Helene Cooper’s new book on Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberia.  It’s a must read.   … Read entire article »

Recent Blogs

My latest on Huffington: Advancing Women & Girls Every Day: Three Ways Forward

For Women’s History Month, here’s my latest.  Take action every day. … Read entire article »

Liberia: And Justice for All

My latest Huffington Post blog re an October recent trip to Monrovia, Liberia.  Fascinating. … Read entire article »

Women and STEM: 4 Ways to Attract & Retain Talent

My latest blog, straight from Toronto and the Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation last week:  Great conversation,  and lots of interest in how to ensure we all have the best talent to solve pressing problems.   … Read entire article »

Insights from the US-China People to People Exchange

Here’s my latest Huffington Post blog, co-authored with a colleague, Catherine Silvey.  We focus on how the work of the US-China People to People Exchange has focused on women. … Read entire article »

My Weekend in Kabul

This post says it all, and reflects why I believe in Afghanistan:   … Read entire article »

Wazhma Frogh: When Courage Means Leadership

As we mark 10 years of the US State Department’s prestigious International Women of Courage award, here’s my blog about Wazhma Frogh, a 2009 winner and a friend.   … Read entire article »


Moderator, Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Dialogue, New York, NY, March 16, 2016. Keynote Speaker, “The Nexus of Success:  How Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment are Intertwined,” 2016 Workshop on Enhancing Prosperity and Opportunity for Women in the Asia-Pacific Region, Taipei, Taiwan, March 11, 2016. Speaker, “Promoting Gender Equality in Afghanistan,” Afghanistan Familiarization Course, U. S. Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA, September 25, 2015, October 23, 2015. Speaker and panelist, “Gender and Peace-Building: the U.S. Experience,” Advancing Women’s Leadership and Participation in Peace-Building and Disaster Risk Reduction, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Tokyo, Japan, August 27, 2015. Moderator, “Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy,” US-China People to … Read entire article »

Sub-Saharan Africa

Speaker, “Developing Civil Society: Women in Leadership”, International Visitor Leadership Program (focus on Africa), US State Department, Washington, DC, March 28, 2016. Speaker, “Women Leading Africa,” Senator Chris Coons Annual Opportunity: Africa Conference, Wilmington, DE, March 10, 2014 Moderator, “Reflections on Study Mission of MPs from Burkina Faso to the US,” National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Washington, DC, June 20, 2012. Speaker, Civil Society’s Role in Advancing and Sustaining Democracy, U.S. Department of State Speakers Program, Swaziland, October 2011. Trainer/expert, Advocacy and Message Development, Africa Businesswomens Network (ABWN) Biannual Meeting, Accra, Ghana, August 28-31, 2010. Trainer, Leadership in Political Life, Women as Political Leaders: A Regional Project for Anglophone/Francophone Africa, Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, May 27, 2010. Trainer, … Read entire article »

An Amazing Day Honoring 14 “Rosies”

Reposting for Veteran’s Day: Over this last  weekend, I went to an extremely inspiring event at the Dutch Embassy – a celebration of the contributions of American Rosie the Riveters. The Dutch held this event to thank these remarkable women – and the millions of women they represent — for their contributions to ending WWI and specifically liberating the Netherlands. The 14 women honored were just truly amazing.  They made such a difference in war efforts, but they also helped us all question the roles that women can play in every aspect of society.   For me, I was able to talk to them about what I do precisely because of what they did for all of us, … Read entire article »