Meet Our D.C. Co-Hosts
On March 5, Women in the World convenes an array of Washington women who have made their mark on D.C.—and beyond. Take a look inside the White House as Valerie Jarrett discusses the recent passion projects of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright briefs us on the challenges in Ukraine. Plus, hear the story of collaboration between Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and activist Humaira Bachal. We'll also talk with Catherine Russell, the newly named ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, and learn what 2014 has in store for her—and also reveal Toyota’s next Mothers of Invention honoree. But first, meet the powerhouse women who are co-hosting along with Tina Brown.
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Who: Anita Dunn
What she's known for: As a leading political strategist, Dunn served as the White House Communications Director during Obama's first term. She is now a senior partner at SKDKnickerbocker and contributor for NBC News.
Why we admire her: Dunn was integral in prepping the president for his 2012 debates and increasing his presence with women voters. After they won, the skilled political operative gave an unfiltered view of the playing field: “Transparency and authenticity are not optional for candidates in an age where people expect both as a matter of course.”
And there's more: Dunn and her husband Robert Bauer, who serves as personal counsel to Obama, were named a D.C. "power couple" by Newsweek in 2008.
Who: Maria Teresa Kumar
What she's known for: Kumar is the founding president and CEO of Voto Latino, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering Latino youth through media, celebrity voices, and technology. And it works: they’ve registered 225,000 new voters. She's also an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC.
Why we admire her: Kumar is outspoken about issues that reverberate long after elections are over, including immigration reform. “I think that there’s a lens of looking at immigration reform as a human rights issue,” she said. “These individuals could be anyone from coworkers to the people sitting next to us in church, and they have lives that they want to contribute to America.”
And there's more: Voto Latino's telenovela spoof aimed at getting young Latinos out to the polls proved both hilarious and successful—the 2008 elections saw a 5% increase in Latino voter participation.
Who: Sophie L'Hélias Delattre
What she's known for: L'Hélias is a corporate governance guru and co-founded the International Corporate Governance Network, which has an investor membership of assets exceeding $10 trillion.
Why we admire her: She honed her skills as in the male-dominated hedge-fund industry in New York, and she’s now part of the Steering Committee of the Women in Governance Initiative, bringing together directors of Fortune 500 companies and women portfolio investment managers.
And there's more: Delattre is admitted to practice law in Paris and New York, and is married to French Ambassador François Delattre.
Who: Melanne Verveer
What she's known for: Putting the lives of women and girls around the globe on the forefront of Washington’s mind. As the first-ever ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, she visited more than 60 countries in her mission to increase access and education for women worldwide. She’s now the executive director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University.
Why we admire her: Verveer co-founded Vital Voices Global Partnership to empower emerging women leaders in building vibrant communities and participating economies. Part of the proceeds from the Women in the World summit support this vital mission.
And there's more: In 2013, Hillary Clinton honored Verveer, her long-time partner is women's issues, for her dedicated service to advancing women's progress.
Who: Cheryl Mills
What she's known for: She’s worked for the Clintons for over two decades—including most recently as chief of staff to Hillary Clinton in the State Department—and has a sterling reputation among colleagues.
Why we admire her: Mills helped expand benefits for the State Department’s LGBT employees and was instrumental in spearheading efforts to help Haiti rebuild following the 2010 earthquake. Plus, as we learned in a 1999 New York Times profile, the screen saver on her computer read, ''It's the lioness that hunts...''
And there's more: Obama’s camp are fans, too. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said of Mills, “There is no one who cares more about the people she works with and who is more dedicated to public service.”
Who: Andrea Mitchell
What she's known for: A familiar face to any viewer of cable news, Mitchell is the esteemed foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News.
Why we admire her: She's not afraid to ask the tough questions. After getting direct with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir about the Darfur genocide, she was shoved out of the press room. Her response, "It is our job to ask. They can always say 'no comment'… but to drag a reporter out just for asking is inexcusable behavior."
And there's more: She's the first to defend proper coverage of foreign affairs. Her advice to budding journalists: "Your biggest job is not to break a story," she said, "it's to stop an inaccurate story from getting out."
Who: Elizabeth Thorp
What she's known for: Being wired to Washington conversation. Last year Thorp was named editor-in-chief of Capitol File, the luxury lifestyle magazine featuring the best of D.C. culture, society, and political players.
Why we admire her: She’s bringing her two-plus decades of D.C. knowledge to the magazine, which runs the gamut from an article about how ambassadors entertain at home to another penned by Jake Tapper—not to mention a stunning spring cover with House of Cards headliner Robin Wright.
And there's more: She’s a savior to traveling moms everywhere. Thorp founded the blog Poshbrood, an upscale family travel website that chronicles her wisdom on traveling with her daughters.