Two past President’s Forum speakers – Swanee Hunt and Janet Murguía – are featured in the current issue of Newsweek magazine, which is devoted to women in leadership roles. Each wrote a piece describing major obstacles they faced in their careers.
Hunt, the former United States Ambassador to Austria and the current director of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, was known during her tenure as ambassador for launching the Vienna Women’s Initiative and working with displaced women who were victims of the war in Bosnia.
She is the author of the book, “This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, and is one of the co-founders of the WAPP program at Harvard. She has served as the director of the program since 1997. Hunt, who spoke on campus on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls on Sunday, Oct. 7.
Murguía is the president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza, the largest civil rights and advocacy organization in the nation. Named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine, Murguía has years of experience as a leader in the Hispanic community.
She worked in the White House from 1994 to 2000, where she was a deputy assistant to President Clinton and deputy director of legislative affairs, later overseeing public relations and strategic planning at the University of Kansas, where she was Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations. She was deputy campaign manager for the 2000 Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign. Murguía came to campus on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, and spoke on “Latinos and the American Future.
The inspirational examples of two other women with connections to these Colleges were also featured in the issue:
• Shirley Franklin, mayor of Atlanta, Ga., describes her college days volunteering in the office of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives. Chisholm spoke on campus in 1969, 1973 and 1986.
• Liz Cheney, an attorney and Middle East specialist, writes about the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who spoke at the inaugural President’s Forum program in January 2000, when she was the nation’s first lady.
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