Smart Women, Smart Power
Retired DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman talks about her battle with an activist investor, leadership challenges during the Great Recession, and why GMOs are a first-world problem.
Ambassador Wendy Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, discusses her role as lead negotiator on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and lessons learned during the process.
Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard discusses critical issues in education around the world, particularly those impacting young women and girls, as well as the role education plays in fighting against radicalism and extremism. She also explains why she gave her famous misogyny speech.
The Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative hosted a panel discussion and question and answer session featuring nearly three dozen current U.S. ambassadors. They explored issues contributing to global insecurity, mass migration, refugees, war and conflict in regional hotspots, as well as tensions in the South China Sea.
Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force, discusses homeland and national security in the federal government and private sector with Smart Women, Smart Power moderator Nina Easton.
Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser to President George W. Bush discusses terrorism and fighting the spread of ISIS with Smart Women, Smart Power moderator Nina Easton.
Melinda Gates, Co-Chair & Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the role of women and girls in international development with Smart Women, Smart Power moderator Nina Easton.
Carly Fiorina, Global Chairman of Opportunity International and former Chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard, discusses foreign policy, business, and politics with Smart Women, Smart Power moderator Nina Easton.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of the New America Foundation discusses what it means to elevate a people-centered focus on food, water, health, jobs, education, and human security alongside a state-centric focus on power, war, peace, and interstate cooperation on global issues.
Afghanistan First Lady Rula Ghani discusses her country’s future, Afghan women, and the need for Afghans living abroad to come home to help rebuild the nation.
Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, helped to launch the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative on December 8, 2014. She spoke about the U.S.-Russia relationship, ISIS/ISIL, and the challenges of global diplomacy.