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Madeleine K. Albright

"The first step to success for women and girls is to learn how to interrupt. In the classroom or workplace, a woman who is afraid to interrupt may never be heard, and only by being heard can we make a difference."

How She Empowers Others

Madeleine K. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Serving from 1997 until 2001, she was the first woman to hold that position, which she assumed after four years as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.  During her tenure, Dr. Albright was known for her strong commitment to democracy, arms control, human rights and peace in the Middle East, Africa and other regions of conflict.  She played a lead role in forging America's successful response to terror and ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, and was a forceful advocate of bringing war criminals to justice.
Since leaving office, Dr. Albright has authored four New York Times bestsellers. Her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, was published in 2003. A second book, The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs, entered bookstores in 2006.  Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership was published in 2008. Her latest book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box was published in 2009.
Currently, Albright serves as a Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair and Principal of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory company focused on emerging markets.  She is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and is president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Albright co-chairs the UNDP's Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute and the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security.

Portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders


  • Please speak up for my 90 year old mother. She raised a family. Saved her money. And is very sharp and strong despite discovering she has coon cancer.
    Because a sibling has challenged her compotency because they are afraid she cut them from her will, she is being railroaded in court. She hired an attorney, but the court refuses to recognize him. She is sane and can make her own decisions, but the court process is forcing her to pay all court costs to prove she is sane. She has lost all her savings of $45,000 in just 1.5 months. They are going after her home now.She is devestated, but is being denied her rights. They told her if she does not go along, she will be wiped out financially.I beg you to contact me. Speak to the powers that be that this is going on in our courts everyday and there is no recourse to stop the process.It's a crime. A sin against all mother's. My mother. They will be coming at her within the next to weeks to finalize it and put her away. HELP HER PLEASE. Her name is Margaret Randazzo
    Her birthday is coming this November 20th. She will be 91.

    Posted by Darrell, 8 October 2009.

  • Dr. Albright,

    Looking forward to hearing you speak. Hope you will have a little time afterward to talk.

    Astrid Sheil
    G.U., SFS '77

    Posted by Astrid Sheil, PhD, 27 August 2009.