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Mailing Address

Events with First Ladies Initiative Director Anita McBride

2014 Events

2013 Events

American University

  • Future of U.S. Foreign Policy panel at AU – Moderated a panel as a part of American University’s presidential inauguration-themed events. (January)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Outside of American University

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • George W. Bush Institute African First Ladies Summit - Participated in developing and organizing the program in Tanzania. (July)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • “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)
  • 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)

2012 Events 

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