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Mailing Address

Events with First Ladies Initiative Director Anita McBride

2014 Events

  • Linking Men, Peace, and Security to the UNSCR 1325 Agenda - Will participate in a panel discussion on gender in peacebuilding hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (November 17)
  • "Our War" Performance - Read monologues as part of the Arena Stage's series with notable Washingtonians, including AU President Neil Kerwin, reflecting on the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War. (November 2 and November 8)
  • International Republican Institute - Joined a delegation traveling to Ukraine to observe parliamentary elections (October 26)
  • American Council of Life Insurers - Delivered remarks on "Partnership in Politics and Public Service: The Contributions and Legacies of America's First Ladies" (October 21)
  • Classes without Quizzes - Was featured in AU Alumni Weekend discussion on the legacies of America's first ladies. (October 18, 2:00pm)
  • Fulbright Afghanistan Fall Enrichment Seminar - Delivered remarks welcoming Afghan Fulbrighters at event hosted by American University's Intercultural Management Institute (October 16)
  • 2014 Concordia Summit – Presented a session on decision-making in the White House for the "Office Hours" seminar at the summit. (September 29)
  • National Governors Association - Will deliver remarks on "First Spouse Diplomacy: Defining Your Unique Role and Public Image" (September 18)
  • Investing in Our Future at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit - Assisted in planning of First Spouses program and participated in executive training session for First Spouses' senior advisors (August 5 – 6)
  • Institute for Economic Empowerment for Women - Delivered a keynote speech for the Peace Through Business International Women's Economic Summit in Dallas, TX (July 29)
  • Brookings Institution - Participated in a training session on decision-making in the West Wing for federal executives (June 9)
  • United States Institute of Peace - Participated in a panel discussion, “Adding Women to the Leadership Equation in Afghanistan: Lessons Learned from the U.S. – Afghan Women’s Council’s Rising Afghan Women Leadership Initiative.” (May 20)
  • McCain Institute Sedona Forum – Moderated a panel with women leaders in the democracy movement in the Middle East. The forum took place in Arizona. (April 25 – 27)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers' Aspire to Lead - Participated in PwC Women's Leadership Series through a live webcast, which partnered with author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (April 24)
  • Camp David panel at Arena Stage – Participated in a panel on first families and historic events at Camp David (April 12)
  • United Nations Education for All Initiative – Participated in Executive Strategy Session hosted by Sarah Brown, wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (April 10)
  • State Legislative Leaders Foundation – Delivered remarks on role of first ladies and participated in a panel on presidential leadership at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. (March 27 – 29)
  • Afghan Rising Women Leaders Training – Doha, Qatar. Member of the leadership training team sponsored by the US/Afghan Women’s Council and Georgetown University. (March 8 – 13)
  • Bethesda Wednesday Morning Group – Delivered remarks to a local women’s forum about first ladies and reflections of working in the White House. (February 19)
  • C-SPAN First Ladies: Influence and Image Series Review – Participated in final summary segment of the yearlong series. (February 18)
  • American Women Writers National Museum 2nd Anniversary Program – Delivered a presentation on the topic of first ladies and the press. (February 12)

2013 Events

American University

  • AU Honors Program Tea Talk – Identified Afghan experts and U.S. State Department officials to present a panel entitled “Afghanistan and the Path to Peace Through Education.” Also served as panel moderator. (November)
  • American Women: Conversations with AU’s Most Inspiring Women –Interviewed for this newly formed American University speaker series, formed by Professor Iris Krasnow and AU Vice-Provost Phyllis Peres. (March)
  • Future of U.S. Foreign Policy panel at AU – Moderated a panel as a part of American University’s presidential inauguration-themed events. (January)

Outside of American University

  • US/Afghan Women’s Council and Georgetown University co-host Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton to discuss advancing Afghan women – (November)
  • State Government Affairs Council Leaders’ Policy Conference – Delivered remarks on the Legacies of America’s First Ladies at a plenary session in Florida. Also was a featured guest at a luncheon discussion with elected leaders and their spouses. Also participated in an AU Faculty on the Road luncheon with alumni (November)
  • “Love in Afghanistan” at Arena Stage – Participated in a panel discussion as part of a play that examines the progress made by Afghan women as well as the challenges they continue to face since the fall of the Taliban. (October)
  • Women's Congressional Staff Association – Participated in a panel with Jackie Norris, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, to discuss working in the East Wing and work-life balance in the White House. (September)
  • Virginia Delegate Barbara Comstock’s Young Women’s Leadership Program – Spoke with middle and high school student participants in Comstock’s (Virginia’s 34th district) program, which focuses on personal and career development. (August)
  • George W. Bush Institute African First Ladies Summit - Participated in developing and organizing the program in Tanzania. (July)
  • American Consulate-General in Florence – Featured guest and speaker for Women in Leadership Initiative as well as the Fulbright Program in Italy. (March)
  • Harvard University – Invited by the Kennedy School of Government – Institute of Politics Women in Leadership Series, to speak on the role of First Ladies in American politics. (April)
  • White House Historical Association – Featured discussant on White House Perspectives panel held during the launch event for the C-SPAN/WHHA television series First Ladies: Influence and image. (February)

2012 Events 

  • Republican National Convention – Participated in multiple interviews as a White House and First Lady expert in Tampa, FL. (August)
  • Running Start’s National Young Women’s Political Leadership Program: International Women in Politics (July)
  • The National Archives’ Women in Leadership Series (June)
  • The National Constitution Center’s Leadership Series (June)
  • The Richmond Historical Society (May)
  • The International Conference on Women’s Leadership in Serbia (April)
  • The Meridian International Women’s Diplomatic Series (March)