2017 Forum Speakers

Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor
United States of America
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From January 2005-2009, Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th U.S. Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s assistant to the president for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position. She is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC. Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military. From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family; Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era  with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army. In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula and has since expanded to local chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta and Dallas. Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. She serves on the board of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. She also is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice served on the boards of KiOR Inc., Chevron Corporation, Charles Schwab Corporation, Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, University of Notre Dame, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates.