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Madeleine K. Albright

Secretary of State (1997-2001)

"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent."

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Madeleine K. Albright is a professor, author, diplomat and businesswoman who served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama on May 29, 2012.

In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.

Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She also chairs the National Democratic Institute, serves as the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and is Honorary Co-Chair of the World Refugee Council.

Dr. Albright is a seven-time New York Times bestselling author. Her most recent book, Hell and Other Destinations was published in April 2020. Her other books include: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012), and Fascism: A Warning (2018).

Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute. She is based in Washington, DC.

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Madeleine K. Albright’s Speech Topics

  • Economy and Security in the 21st Century

    As a former Secretary of State and current businesswoman, Madeleine Albright has a deep understanding of the connections that exist between international economic developments and geopolitical security. No one is better positioned than Albright to offer insights about the policy challenges faced by President Trump or to analyze the strategies being employed by other world leaders, including those in such pivotal countries as China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Iran. Dr. Albright is an expert on how decisions are made at the global level and has strong opinions on the pros and cons of investing in emerging markets. She also speaks with force, clarity and humor on the many parallels that exist between operating a business and managing world affairs.

  • In Conversation with Madeleine Albright

    In an up-close-and-personal format, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sits down for a candid discussion, sharing her perspective on the current state of world affairs and on the personalities who shape today’s headlines. Audiences are given unprecedented access to one of the globe’s most powerful, respected and vibrant women as Albright sheds light on challenges both personal and public. Albright responds to questions from both the moderator and the audience, and engages in a no-holds-barred discussion of issues ranging from war and peace to the challenge of juggling career and family life.

  • An Evening (Morning, Afternoon) with Madeleine Albright

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks with humor, insight and eloquence about her life and career as a young refugee who rose to become for a time the world’s most powerful woman. Albright sketches a vivid portrait of her years as Secretary of State and offers candid descriptions of the leaders she encountered in Washington and overseas. She also discusses America’s global role and the many challenges facing President Trump and other world leaders today. While in office, Albright was renowned for her courage in “telling it like it is.” Now, as a best-selling author and successful businessperson, she offers a unique and always lively account of service at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

What other organizations say about Madeleine K. Albright

We were absolutely thrilled with Dr. Albright. Her lecture was engaging, thoughtful and funny – she really connected with the audience. Her handling of questions was first rate. And the hour and a half she spent with students priceless. She is an extraordinary woman and gifted speaker. She was humble, affable and a sheer pleasure to meet.

Universities & Colleges

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Madeleine Albright was very bright, knowledgeable, wise, articulate, has a great sense of humor and just a delight both on and off the stage.

Education Programs

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Secretary Albright was fabulous! She was gracious, intelligent, articulate and witty, and didn’t miss a beat. She was mindful of the audience but still entirely candid and informative.

Financial Services

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Madeleine Albright moved and inspired the entire audience with her presentation. Everyone found her speech to be very meaningful.

Health Care

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Dr. Madeleine Albright’s 20 minute speech was perfect, and the content felt very personal to our organization’s mission, our event, and our guests. I’ve heard from several people that they could have listened to her for hours.

Non-Profit

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The evening was flawless! Secretary Albright was very, very well received by the audience. She is a wonderful, warm and bright woman and a pleasure to spend some time with before and after the event as well. Thank you again for making the evening such a success.

Non-Profit

What other organizations say about Madeleine K. Albright

The event went perfectly! Everything was very smooth with both Ann Compton and Secretary Albright. They were both amazing and the audience was very engaged and laughing half the time. They are really a great duo together and you could absolutely see it on the stage. Thanks to WSB for all of your help!

Legal

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General Powell and Secretary Albright’s fireside chat was a resounding success with all of our members! It was amazing beyond any of our expectations. Everyone truly enjoyed listening to them and several members shared that they could have listened all night because they were so interesting!

Legal

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Secretary Albright was engaging, informative and funny. Her comments were insightful and she was a delight to work with.

Universities & Colleges

What other organizations say about Madeleine K. Albright

In a word: superb! Madeleine Albright was absolutely delightful. The event received unprecedented compliments, thanks, and resounding praise from the university and the community. Attendees loved her, the lecture, and especially her Q&A.

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