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Condoleezza Rice Women Who Inspire Lecture Series

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In 2015, SAIS Women Lead launched its flagship Women Who Inspire lectures, a series of conversations using the power of example to motivate students to become pioneers in their chosen occupations. Bringing two to three exceptional high-profile women each year to explore different facets of leadership, the program features conversations with trailblazing women from a variety of career and life paths.

The series was started and is moderated by Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, herself an inspirational leader who was appointed as the first Ambassador for women's empowerment by then-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice among many other accomplished posts throughout her career in government.

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Previous Speakers

  • Fatima Gailani, Afghan political leader and women's rights activist, November 2022

  • Jean Bennet, F.M. Kirby Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Pennsylvania, March 2022

  • Obi Felton, Founder and CEO at Flourish Labs, October 2021

  • Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor and Founder of CosmosID, Inc., November 2020

  • Gloria Estefan, singer and songwriter, May 2018

  • Helene Cooper (pictured), New York Times Pentagon correspondent, October 2017

  • Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, May 2017

  • Bestselling author Anne Hillerman, April 2017

  • Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, May 2016

  • Publisher Tina Brown CBE, October 2016

  • The Honorable Barbara Barrett, December 2015

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