Condoleezza Rice

2017 Speaker

CONDOLEEZZA RICE 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 a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC. 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. 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. As a professor Rice has won two of the highest teaching honors, the 1984 “Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching” and the 1993 “School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.” She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two best sellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010).  She also wrote Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

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. Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox, C3, and Makena Capital. In addition, she 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. In 2013, she was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee (CFPC), formerly the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). In 2015, The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame named Rice the 2015 recipient of the organization’s highest and most prestigious honor, the “NFF Gold Medal.” Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates.

Subscribe to e-News