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Talking Women Peace & Security in the Dog Days of August

I was honored to speak at a packed event in late August, focusing on women, peace and security issues, and sponsored by Women in International Security.  Despite it being late August (or perhaps because of it), the room was full of interested and engaged participants.  It was a great discussion about how to involve  more women – at every level – in building strong and sustainable communities.   Here’s a blog about the event.   … Read entire article »

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Politics & Election Strategy

Panelist, “Women and Power in Decision Making,” IFES International Women’s Day Briefing, Washington, DC, March 4, 2015. Speaker, “Women’s Leadership: Successful Strategies for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals,” Women Parliamentarian Legislative Exchange (House Democracy Partnership/International Republican Institute), Washington, DC, November 17, 2014. Speaker, “Women in Political and Social Sectors,” International Visitor Leadership Program, Washington, DC, October 21, 2014. Panelist, “The Feminist Voice in Politics,” Day of the Girl Summit/She’s The First {American}, Washington, DC, October 4, 2014. Guest Lecturer, “Elections: A Global Perspective,” Women & 2014 Elections:  US and Around the World, American University School of Public Affairs, Washington, DC, September 27, 2014. Guest Lecturer, “Women Through a Global Lens,” Introduction to Women and Politics, American University Women & Politics Institute, Washington, DC, September 14, 2014. Panelist, “Madame Parliamentarian:  Lebanese Women in Politics,” American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, … Read entire article »

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Teaching Experience

Stephenie is a regular lecturer at classes addressing women, politics, leadership and public service.  She is a Professorial Lecturer at the Women & Politics Institute at American University (AU) in Washington, DC where she teaches courses on women and public policy. During the summer and fall of 2011, she taught a newly designed class on Women World Leaders at AU. Since 2005, she has taught: Women World Leaders; Women and the United Nations; Women, Politics and Public Policy;and Advocating for Women’s Rights. She is also the designer of a two week certificate program entitled, African Women’s Leadership in Public Life, which was a partnership of Vital Voices African Women’s Leadership Initiative and American University’s Women & Politics Institute. … Read entire article »

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“The success of women worldwide rests in holding political offices”

Here’s a link to my recent interview on the “Women of Washington” show on Federal News Radio.  What great questions by hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm, both accomplished women of Washington themsleves! … Read entire article »

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Dr. Abdi: Keeps Hope Alive

I just finished this amazing – and inspiring – autobiography of Dr. Hawa Abdi and her work in Somalia.  I’ve heard Dr. Abdi speak several times, and met one of her courageous daughters, Dr. Deqo Abdi.  But, the book provides so much more insight than those interactions.  It gives a clear and nuanced account of her life, her accomplishments, her challenges and her work.  Somalia is a tough place to do this work – taking in families, providing needed health care and other services. While most would shy away from the challenges, or be deterred by them, Dr. Abdi and her daughters are not.  But the book is much more than a guide to her work and her determination, it is a portrait of a real woman who faces personal and family challenges, … Read entire article »

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IFES Alum – That’s Me!

Privileged to be interviewed by IFES for my work:  IFES Alum Continues to Empower Women Around the World You are currently a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. What does this work entail? Overall, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI), headed by Ambassador Catherine M. Russell, seeks to ensure that women’s issues are fully integrated in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy. S/GWI works to promote stability, peace and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world. My responsibility as a Senior Policy Advisor is to oversee S/GWI’s work on women, peace and security issues, women’s economic empowerment and women’s political participation. There is a lot to do every day as we move these issues forward, both here … Read entire article »

Filed under: Current/New, Elections, Regions, Women & Leadership, Women & Politics

Women’s Political Participation: Arab Spring or Arab Autumn?

Honored to have been a part of this important panel at the Woodrow Wilson Center on women’s participation: “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond.” … Read entire article »

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“Higher Education Today” Focuses on American University of Afghanistan

I am usually the interviewer or moderator, but I was honored to be on Steven Roy Goodman’s television program, “Higher Education Today” to talk about the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).  The other guest was my friend Leslie Schweitzer who is on the board of trustees for AUAF, and also is the founder and chair of Friends of AUAF.  Here’s the link. As an aside, I took this photo last winter from the administration building at AUAF, looking out toward Darul Aman Palace. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Current/New, Women & Leadership

Secretary Kerry: Advancing Afghan Women

It isn’t the first time I have heard Secretary Kerry talk about the importance of women to Afghanistan’s future – but it might have been in the most beautiful venue, Gaston Hall at Georgetown University.  Secretary Kerry joined former Secretary Clinton, former First Lady Laura Bush, and many others in a bi-partisan show of support for Afghan women. In his remarks, Secretary Kerry made a compelling case for the progress Afghanistan has made since the fall of the Taliban.  As he said:  “in 2001 …there were only 900,000 Afghan children in school, and all of them were boys. Today, nearly 8 million students are in school, and more than a third of them are girls. …In 2001, maternal mortality was 1,600 per 100,000 births; today, it’s down by 80 percent. In 2001, life expectancy … Read entire article »

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HuffPost: Review of Martha Johnson’s “On My Watch”

Here is my Huffington Post review of Martha Johnson’s new book, On My Watch:  Leadership, Innovation & Personal Resilience.  A great read for anyone who is interested in how leaders at every level of an organization can think about innovation, transparency, and organizational design. It comes from someone who has literally been there, in the most exhilarating and most difficult of organizational and personal times, and is willing to share her story. … Read entire article »

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