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Events with First Ladies Initiative Director Anita McBride

2015 Events

  • Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board - Addressed EUR/EURASIA students, scholars, alumni, and Fulbright-Clinton fellows at Pre-Departure Orientation (July 31)
  • The White House Historical Association - Moderated a panel on the Kennedy Rose Garden (July 28)
  • U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission - Provided remarks for an event in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation and the US Consulate in Milan (June 24)
  • The White House Historical Association - Introductory remarks celebrating a new publication of First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women (May 20)
  • American University - Panelist, "Nerd Prom" Film Screening & Panel Discussion (April 27)
  • American University - Opening remarks, Conflict Cuisine: Kitchen as the New Venue for Foreign Policy (April 21)
  • American University - Moderator, KPU Wonk Award (April 8)
  • Afghanistan Fulbright Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development - Keynote remarks, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio (April 3)
  • National Organization of Italian-American Women and the Italian Club of the Washington College of Law of American University - Speaker, Career Conversations for Young Professionals. Joint appearance with ambassador in residence, Connie Morella. Washington, DC (April 1)
  • Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars - Panelist, "Discussion with White House Insiders on Press, Politics and Public Policy," Washington, DC (March 27)
  • Hofstra University, Study of the American Presidency Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency - Panelist, "The Leadership of First Lady Laura Bush," Long Island, NY (March 24-26)
  • Meridian International Center, Council on Women's Leadership and George W. Bush Institute's Women's Initiative Fellowship - "Speed mentoring" program for Tunisian fellows. Washington, DC (March 17) 
  • Concordia Partnership Celebration Dinner, Global Partnerships Week - Introductory Remarks, Washington, DC (March 9)
  • International Women's Day Summit, "Celebrating Global Women." Cosponsored by the International Republican Institute and the Diplomatic Courier. Moderator, panel on women's political participation. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC (March 4)
  • National Governors Association - Spouse's Program. Presenter, "Legacies of America's First Ladies." Washington, DC (February 22)
  • Children's National Healing Garden Launch Event - Member, advisory committee and liaison with first ladies for program in honor of first ladies' involvement with Children's National Health System (formerly Children's Hospital), Washington, DC (February 5) Announced by First Lady Michelle Obama on February 9.
  • "The Widow Lincoln" at Ford's Theater - Post-performance discussion on the changing role of the First Ladies over the past 150 years with Pat Krider, executive director of the National First Ladies Library (February 3)

2014 Events

  • Learning Tour in Cambodia hosted by the humanitarian antipoverty organization CARE - Joined a delegation of international influencers and policy-makers including Ambassador Bill Todd, Congresswoman Kay Granger, AU PhD candidate and Fulbrighter Erin Moriarty, Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Fulbrighter Anne Crylen, Congressman Mike Quigley, Cambodian Fulbright Alumnus Ratana Sopha (November 21-26)
  • Linking Men, Peace, and Security to the UNSCR 1325 Agenda - Participated 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)