Events

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Luncheon: Anita McBride and Greta Van Susteren at the Women’s Democracy Network’s event.

2021 Events

  • On September 10, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride participated in a panel discussion at AU's School of Public Affairs in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of September 11th entitled Remembering 9/11: The View from DC and AU. McBride shared her experiences of working at the White House on that day with fellow panelists David Malet and Jason Benkendorf, and moderator Betsy Fischer Martin.
  • On September 8, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride participated in a panel discussion at the White House Historical Association's Quarterly Lecture, September 11, Twenty Years Removed: A Look Back at the Nation and the White House. Susan Page moderated the panel with McBride, Ann Compton, and Donna Hayashi Smith.
  • On July 16, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride participated in a conversation with Tina Tchen, moderated by Dr. Colleen Shogan, for the White House Historical Association's Teacher Institute about the role of the White House staff across administrations.
  • On June 24, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to introduce a conversation with Jean Becker, author of the recently released, The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency. The event was moderated by Andrea Mitchell and co-hosted by the White House Historical Association and the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy at the Decatur House.
  • On May 12, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride introduced a virtual conversation for American University's Women and Politics Institute between Betsy Fischer Martin and Karen Tumulty, author of the recently released biography, The Triumph of Nancy Reagan.
  • On May 6, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered opening remarks at the White House Historical Association's virtual First Ladies Symposium. The First Ladies Initiative at American University, under the direction of McBride, co-hosted and helped organize the day-long event. McBride also moderated a panel entitled "First Ladies Reconsidered" with Amy Greenberg, Lois Romano, and Julia Sweig.
  • On April 16, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride introduced former Lt. General H.R. McMaster before his remarks to Washington, DC's Sulgrave Club on the publication of his book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, and moderated a question-and-answer session.
  • On April 13, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride hosted a talk with former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for The Atlantic Council, to celebrate 160 years of U.S.-Italy diplomatic relations and the century to come.
  • On April 13, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke with Karen Tumulty, the author of the newly released biography The Triumph of Nancy Reagan, at the LBJ Presidential Library.
  • On March 31, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered virtual remarks for the National Archives Foundation's "First Ladies Who Risked Their Lives for Civil Rights" event, alongside Dr. Diana Carlin and Nancy Kegan Smith. McBride presented on the history of first ladies and civil rights, including the work by Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.
  • On March 25, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks and answered questions as a guest speaker for Professor Richard Benedetto's political communication class at American University. McBride addressed the recent presidential press conference, and compared and contrasted coverage of first ladies from Eleanor Roosevelt to the present.
  • On March 25, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride participated in a virtual Journalist Breakfast panel for the White House Historical Association (WHHA) to brief reporters on the work of the Presidential Sites Summit, the partnership between WHHA and American University, and her expertise and time serving in the White House.
  • On March 16, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride participated in a tour and discussion at the National Portrait Gallery with Gwendolyn Shaw for the exhibition "Every Eye is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States." The exhibit explores the historical significance of nearly 250 years of first ladies and includes more than 60 portraits.
  • On March 11, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride introduced a Zoom chat at the Sulgrave Club between Kevin Butterfield, the director of George Washington's library at Mount Vernon, and Lynne Cheney, who discussed her new book, The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation.
  • On February 19, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks via Zoom to the University of Connecticut Honors Program to share insights on the Inauguration, the presidential transition process, the new first lady's role, and the future of the Republican party.
  • On January 26, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the Oklahoma City Rotary Club on the presidential transition process at the White House, the Inauguration, what President Joe Biden can expect in his first few weeks in office, and McBride's tenure in three presidential administrations.
  • On January 15, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride hosted a Media Briefing Panel at American University, along with fellow professors Molly O'Rourke and David Barker. McBride briefed the media on topics such as the upcoming presidential inauguration and transition, results of Georgia's senatorial elections, the historic roles of first ladies and first gentlemen, women in politics, and what to expect during the first 100 days of the Biden administration.
  • On January 13, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the International Club on the role of the first lady, the upcoming presidential inauguration and transition, and the White House Historical Association's 60th anniversary in memory of Jackie Kennedy. A Q&A session was moderated by Stephen Burwell following McBride's remarks.

2020 Events

  • On December 9, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride held a Book Talk for the White House Historical Association with Kate Andersen Brower, author of Exploring the White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home. Brower's book presents the White House's history to younger readers. Brower discussed her inspiration for writing a children's book, stories of First Children growing up in the White House, White House transitions, and her advice for young readers who want to work at the White House.
  • On December 7, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke at the "Inside the White House" course at Washington University at the Brookings Institution. McBride led the session "Decision-Making in the West Wing" to offer her perspective as a former assistant to the president and discussed how different offices operate to serve the president.
  • On November 30, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride led a virtual discussion with Congresswoman Liz Cheney for the American University College Republicans and their 2020 Congressional Series. They discussed making the case of international American leadership and a strong defense to the young voter.
  • On November 17, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride discussed the role and importance of the White House Residence staff with the White House Historical Association's Steward McLaurin over video for #WhiteHouseHistoryWeekly. She shared about the roles, staff structure, and the deep relationship the Residence staff builds with the First Families.
  • On October 15, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a classroom lecture and discussion in American University's "History of the White House" class taught by Matthew Costello, Senior Historian at the White House Historical Association, on the history of the East Wing and West Wing. 
  • On October 15, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride answered current affairs questions submitted by children in disadvantaged schools in the United Kingdom as part of The Economist Foundation's partnership with the Burnet News Club covering the U.S. elections. 
  • On October 12, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks, along with fellow National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) board member, John Calvelli, to contribute to a "We the Italians" virtual Columbus Day event with guests from America and Italy celebrating "Two flags, one heart."
  • On October 7, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride was awarded the Italian honor of "Cavaliere" of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest-ranking honor of the Italian Republic. McBride serves as the Vice Chair of Cultural Affairs for the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and was recognized for her work in strengthening relations between Italy and the United States. The event was hosted by Ambassador Varricchio at Villa Firenze, the residence of the Ambassador of Italy to the United States.
  • On October 1, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks at the virtual 2020 Decorative Arts in the White House Symposium on the partnership between the White House Historical Association and the Winterthur Museum Garden & Library.
  • On September 24, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered opening remarks to the virtual Concordia Summit's 2020 Leadership Award Ceremony. As a member of the Leadership Council, McBride chaired the Awards Committee. The 2020 Leadership Awards were presented to António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Doug McMillon, the President and CEO of Walmart, and Christiana Figueres, the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • On September 23, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride was a Featured Mentor with Running Start's Fall Mentorship Program. The program trains young women to be leaders in politics and provides them with in-depth networking and mentorships.
  • On September 15, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined the College Republican National Committee's Women's Speaker Event Series broadcast to women on college campuses nationwide. The goal was to encourage women to learn from mentors, gain valuable insights, and to work to achieve their own goals.
  • On September 14, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride, along with the White House Historical Association, participated in SMU's Town and Gown Club meeting.
  • On September 10, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride opened the second virtual pre-summit session for the White House Historical Association's 2021 Presidential Sites Summit ahead of a roundtable discussion.
  • On August 24, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a panel discussion with Sine Institute of Policy and Politics' Executive Director, Amy K. Dacey, Alphonso Jackson, and Susan Molinari to preview the Republican National Convention.
  • On August 19, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a virtual discussion with Jeanne Allen and Lawrence Staten for the Center for Education Reform's program "Why America? 2020: Toward a More Perfect Union" to discuss the origins, integrity, and practice of peaceful assembly in the United States, including protests in Lafayette Square near the White House.
  • On August 17, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks at a virtual opening ceremony for the Eagle Online Academy, an online school founded by US-Afghan Women's Council member, Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai. McBride serves as an advisory board member for the Eagle Online Academy.
  • On July 23, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride co-hosted a virtual Presidential Sites Pre-Summit discussion with the White House Historical Association's president, Stewart McLaurin.
  • On July 10, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a virtual Q&A session for the 2020 White House History Teacher Institute with Colleen Shogan, the White House Historical Association's Senior Vice President. McBride shared her insights working in the White House, particularly as First Lady Laura Bush's chief of staff.
  • On June 24, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride co-hosted a webinar for the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) with author Carla Gambescia on "Italy in our Hearts and Minds: The Alchemy of Italy."
  • On June 15, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke virutally on the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy alongside Jean Becker and Sam LeBlond to discuss Barbara Bush's passion for literacy and her new bestselling book, Pearls of Wisdom. McBride serves as the Barbara Bush Foundation 30th Anniversary Co-Chair. Watch clip.
  • On May 19, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride help lead the First Ladies Colloquium hosted by the White House Historical Association and American University, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The virtual event gathered 16 renowned scholars and experts to share their research on first ladies, how the role of the first lady has evolved, and the historical impact of these women.
  • On February 20, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke at AU with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace to discuss his career in journalism and his thoughts on the current political climate.
  • On January 29, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride introduced American University President Sylvia Burwell at an event for the 2020 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS).
  • On January 15, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at a RightNOW event on education initiatives.

2019 events

  • On December 10, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride provided a press briefing at the White House Historical Association to provide background information on WHHA and its extensive resources, programs, and partnerships for new members of the White House Press Corps.

  • On November 21, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) on the value of foreign language study to teachers of Italian at an event sponsored by the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC.

  • On November 13, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a panel discussion with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on the legacies of first ladies and Barbara Bush's impact on literacy, moderated by MSNBC's Ali Velshi at the Kennedy Center.

  • On November 12, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the 30th Anniversary of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

  • On November 2, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke at a roundtable discussion on the current state of US politics and the 2020 election to the US-Italy Chamber of Commerce delegation in Washington, DC.

  • On October 28, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the inaugural Fulbright Humphrey Fellows Professional Affiliation Fair hosted by American University at the AU School of Law in Washington, DC.

  • On October 25, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the 60th Anniversary of the US-Poland Fulbright Program at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC.

  • On October 21, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a panel discussion on her time in public service at the Women in Government Service Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.

  • On October 14, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined Italian and Spanish Ambassadors to the US and federal and local officials to give remarks on behalf of the National Italian American Foundation to the National Christopher Columbus Celebration at Union Station in Washington, DC.

  • On October 2, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a roundtable discussion with US-Germany Fulbright Commission Director and team to discuss innovations in the Fulbright program and branding and potential workforce development and apprenticeship programs at the US-German Commission in Berlin.

  • On October 2, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a roundtable with US Fulbright grantees in Germany to discuss what to expect as new student participants in Fulbright programs throughout Germany at the US-German Commission in Berlin.

  • On October 1, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the Fulbright Scholarship Program New Student Orientation at the University of Notre Dame in Rome, Italy.

  • On September 30, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to US-Italy Fulbright alumni on behalf of the Fulbright Board and US State Department on the importance of the alumni network to the Fulbright program. Attendees included US Embassy officials and the Italian Ministry of Culture at the MAXXI Museum in Rome.

  • On September 23, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride presented the Concordia Leadership Award at the Concordia Summit and moderated a discussion with award recipient, Lynne Doughtie, U.S. Chairman and CEO of KPMG in New York.

  • On September 15, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the National Semiquincentennial Commission Dinner at the Decatur House.

  • On September 12, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride presented to the American University Board of Trustees on programmatic partnerships with the White House Historical Association.

  • On September 10, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a panel discussion for the Richard Nixon Library Foundation's program honoring Pat Nixon: 50th Anniversary as First Lady at the White House Historical Association.

  • On September 8, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the Network of Enlightened Women at American University.

  • On September 4, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride guest lectured to the White House History Class at American University.

  • On May 30, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a panel discussion at the Annual First Ladies Luncheon at the Gerald R. Ford Library on "Inside the White House: Behind the Scenes of the First Ladies Office" with Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, moderated by Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association.

  • On May 29, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks on behalf of the Fulbright Board to the annual NAFSA Conference of International Educators Town Hall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

  • On May 23, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a panel discussion at the Miller Center's Presidential Ideas Fest at the University of Virginia. The moderated a talk with Margaret Brennan of CBS News and the University of Virginia's Jennifer Lawless covered "Above the Glass Ceiling: Women in Leadership in the White House."

  • On May 11, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the Maryland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • On April 10, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride guest lectured at Professor Richard Benedetto's Political Communications class at American University, on the role of U.S. first ladies.
  • On February 28, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride attended the screening for the launch of CNN's The Bush Years: Family, Duty, Power documentary at the US Navy Memorial Auditorium and participated in a post-screening panel discussion hosted by CNN's Jamie Gangel.
  • On February 25, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the Italian American Congressional delegation reception on Capitol Hill in the Cannon House Office Building.
  • On February 22, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the University of Connecticut Honors Program at the White House Historical Association.
  • On February 13, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the International Neighbors Club's visit to American University, hosted by Stephen Burwell.
  • On February 6, Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the Presidential Leadership Scholars program at American University.

2018 Events

  • Boise State University (Idaho), Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita McBride delivered closing Keynote Remarks at Boise State University's Women's Leadership Conference (September 27).
  • Zion Bank (Idaho), Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke at the Emerging Idaho Leaders Forum (September 27).
  • White House Historical Association (Washington, D.C.), Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined in multiple panels and events related to The White House Historical Association Presidential Sites Summit (August 27-30).
  • White House Historical Association (Washington, D.C.), Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke with the TWHHA Teacher Institute on White House History (July 20).
  • Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation (Washington, D.C.), Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke to the Ronald Reagan Foundation Leadership and the American Presidency Fellows (July 20).
  • Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program (Rome, Italy), Remarks - Executive in Residence (and Fulbright Board Member) Anita B. McBride delivered remarks to the 70th Anniversary of Fulbright Italy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, Italy (June 14).
  • National Italian American Foundation (Washington, DC), Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks and introduced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House ceremony honoring Italian National Day (June 1).
  • American University (Washington, DC), Moderator - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride moderated a KPU sponsored speaker event with former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on her experience as CEO and campaigning for president (April 5).
  • American University (Washington, DC), Class Presentation - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride spoke to SPA Professor Richard Benedetto's Political Communications class about the influence of first ladies and how they are covered by the media (April 4).
  • Southern Methodist University Conference on Southern First Ladies (Dallas, Texas), Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride presented on the contributions of Laura W. Bush as a first lady from Texas (March 27).
  • Running Start Awards Gala (Washington, D.C.), Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered remarks and presented an award to the Running Start Student Ambassador at the Young Women to Watch awards gala (March 14).
  • Natl Organization of Italian American Women (Washington, D.C.) - Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride presented on the contributions of first ladies throughout history in honor of Women's History Month (March 8).
  • Natl Italian American Foundation (Washington, DC), Intro Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride delivered welcome remarks to Congressional and WH Staff and Members of Congress for screening of the PBS documentary "The Italians” (March 7).
  • American University (Washington, DC), Panel Discussion - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined an SPA panel discussion for Women’s History Month (March 6).
  • George W Bush Presidential Center (Dallas, Texas), Panel - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a panel discussion at the opening of "First Ladies: Style of Influence Exhibit at the George W Bush Library" (March 1).
  • The Sulgrave Club Author Lecture Series (Washington, DC), Intro Remarks - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride introduced author Charles Denyer and his book Number One Observatory Circle: The Home of the Vice President of the United States (February 20).
  • American University College Republicans (Washington, DC), Panel Participant - Executive in Residence Anita B. McBride joined a professional development panel discussion with SPA Dean Vicky Wilkins and CCPS Director Dave Barker for the AUCR's and Network of Enlightened Women (January 24).