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Wendy R. Sherman is a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, she is a Senior Fellow at the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Ambassador Sherman is Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.
She serves on the boards of the International Crisis Group and the Atlantic Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group. Ambassador Sherman led the U.S. negotiating team that reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran for which, among other diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama. Prior to her service at the Department of State, she was Vice Chair and founding partner of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Counselor of the Department of State under Secretary Madeleine Albright and Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea, and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary Warren Christopher.
Ambassador Sherman, with a Masters in Social Work, began her career as Director of Child Welfare for the State of Maryland. Later, she managed Senator Barbara Mikulski’s successful campaign for the U.S. Senate, served as director of EMILY’s List and ran Campaign ’88 at the Democratic National Committee for the Dukakis presidential campaign. She served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, was Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America and served on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board and Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism. Ambassador Sherman is the author of Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence published by PublicAffairs, September 2018.
Presidential Communication in the 21st Century
Has American Grand Strategy Gone Missing?
Wendy Sherman's Speech Topics
2021: What Will the World Look Like and What will be America’s Place in It?
Ambassador Wendy Sherman, a senior diplomat for four secretaries of state, talks about where we are and where we are headed in 2021. In doing so, she discusses how America is seen in the world, how we might hope to be seen, and what it will take to meet our interests.
Leadership: How to Grow Principled, Effective and Just Public Leader
Professor and Ambassador Wendy Sherman discusses leadership in government and in bringing public value to business. She draws lessons from teaching graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School and her own experience as a leader in government, business and non-profit sectors to talk about the skills, values and purpose needed to succeed.