fbpx From Social Activism to Undersecretary of State: A Conversation with Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman | Harvard Kennedy School

Date and Location

July 24, 2020
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Zoom

Contact

857-777-6774

Join the HKS Women in Power e-Conference and the HKS Women's Network for a conversation with Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. The conversation will be moderated by Bushra Amiwala, the youngest Muslim elected official in the United States. Learn about Amb. Wendy R. Sherman and Bushra Amiwala below!

WENDY R. SHERMAN is a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, she is a Senior Fellow at the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Ambassador Sherman is Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. She is currently an MSNBC global affairs contributor and on the USA TODAY Board of Contributors. Ambassador Sherman is the author of Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence published by PublicAffairs, September 2018.

She serves on the boards of the International Crisis Group and the Atlantic Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, and the Massachusetts Women’s Forum. Ambassador Sherman led the U.S. negotiating team that reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran for which, among other diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama. Prior to her service at the Department of State, she was Vice Chair and founding partner of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Counselor of the Department of State under Secretary Madeleine Albright and Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea, and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary Warren Christopher.

Ambassador Sherman, with a Masters in Social Work, began her career as Director of Child Welfare for the State of Maryland. Later, she managed Senator Barbara Mikulski’s successful campaign for the U.S. Senate, served as director of EMILY’s List and ran Campaign ’88 at the Democratic National Committee for the Dukakis presidential campaign. She served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, was Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America and served on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board and Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism.BUSHRA AMIWALA is a media icon, student, dynamic speaker, and the youngest Muslim elected official in the United States. At the age of 19, she announced her candidacy for the Cook County Board of Commissioners, with the goal to serve  as a voice for her underrepresented generation and other marginalized communities. Her campaign has been covered nationally by outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times,Teen Vogue, and landing her on the cover of TIME magazine. Bushra recently went down in the Chicago History Museum as the Youngest Muslim Elected in the United States. Her leadership has extended far beyond her campaign as she’s inspired countless others to increase their civic participation. As a result, she’s been named Glamour magazine’s College Woman of the Year, Seventeen magazine’s Voice of the Year, and internationally as CosmoGirl’s Change Maker of the Year. Bushra was awarded the Public Peace Ambassador award sponsored by the United Nations, and has been named is one of the 18 people to remember from 2018. In addition to these wards, Bushra is the subject of an original documentary, the female candidate on RUN the Series, and she has made hundreds of TV and radio appearances, including outlets such as Fox, NPR, ABC, and PBS.   Bushra has spoken at countless colleges and universities, organizations and international companies, with live audiences ranging from 25 to 15,000 people. She is currently a senior at DePaul University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Indo-American Democratic Organization (IADO), GenerationVote, Women Empowering Women in Illinois Legislation (WeWill) and SheVotesIL. She holds her elected seat on the Skokie Board of Education, as its youngest member.If you have any questions, please reach out to: hkswipconference@gmail.comFor more information on upcoming events, follow us!Instagram: @hks_wipc Twitter: @HKSWIPC Website: www.womeninpowerconference.org **Please note that the HKS Women in Power Conference (the "Organizers") will be videotaping, recording, and taking photographs during this virtual event. By entering into or in any way participating in the virtual event, you irrevocably consent to and authorize the Organizers to make photographs, videotapes, and other recordings of your voice and likeness ("Materials") and to use the Materials, or any portion thereof, in any and all manner and media and for any purpose without compensation.

Speakers and Presenters

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman; Bushra Amiwala

Additional Organizers

??Women? in Power e-Conference; HKS Women's Network