Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver the keynote address at his 7th Annual Women’s Conference. The event, held in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton’s (CSUF) Philanthropic Foundation, will take place at CSUF’s Titan Student Union Center (800 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831) on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
“Secretary Rice is an accomplished diplomat, scholar, and business leader who is often cited as a role model for women around the world. She has lived a life dedicated to public service, and I’m honored that she will keynote the Women’s Conference this year,” said Rep. Royce. “I look forward to joining many members of our community as we gather to learn from Secretary Rice’s unique insights and life experiences.”
Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the 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.
From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th 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.
Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. 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. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Women’s Conference, which Rep. Royce has hosted every year since 2009, is a half-day seminar dedicated to giving women the tools and resources necessary to enrich their lives. Past speakers include actress Kristen Bell and former eBay Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman. In addition to the keynote speech, the conference will include breakout sessions on topics suggested by past conference attendees, such as personal finance, healthy living and career advice. Specific breakout session details will be announced in the coming weeks.
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