Madeleine Albright to speak at Kansas City Women’s Foundation lunch

05/19/2014 5:43 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

A heightened focus on public policy has prompted the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City to tap Madeleine K. Albright to speak at its annual luncheon.

The former U.S. secretary of state, who was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom in 2012, is to appear in Kansas City at the foundation’s Dec. 5 luncheon. Tickets went on sale Monday.

Wendy Doyle, foundation president and chief executive, said she expected Albright to “connect her life and work experiences with her passion for promoting systemic change” — which aligns with the foundation’s initiatives.

The foundation in recent months has moved “to provide more relevant research highlighting issues facing women and families that will impact public policy initiatives in Missouri and Kansas,” Doyle said.

Albright, appointed in 1997 by President Bill Clinton as the nation’s 64th secretary of state, now leads the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She also is a professor of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and has written five New York Times best-sellers.

The women’s foundation, founded in 1991, exists to invest in women and girls through grants, advocacy, education, research and other networking and leadership efforts. In April the foundation along with Kansas City Mayor Sly James, the Central Exchange and the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduced a city government plan to hire, promote and empower women.

For event information, go to www.wfgkc.com, send email to cat@wfgkc.com or call 913-831-0711, ext. 23.

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