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2012 Keynote Speaker: Sheryl WuDunn

2012 Sam and Marilyn Fox ATLAS Week Program

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Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Co-Author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide


THURSDAY, March 29th


Book Signing:  4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Keynote Address:  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.


WOOL BALLROOM IN BUSCH STUDENT CENTER on the campus of Saint Louis University, at the corner of Grand Blvd and Laclede Avenue.  For directions and parking information, please click on the University parking map (second bullet) on our SLU web page:


This event is complimentary. Reservations are not required. If you need special assistance or have questions, please email


Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, has been an executive and journalist at the New York Times and worked in finance at Goldman Sachs and Bankers Trust. With her husband Nicholas Kristof, she is co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - a passionate call to arms against the oppression of women around the globe. Through inspiring stories of extraordinary women, Kristof and WuDunn show that the most effective way to fight global poverty is to unleash the potential of women.

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism; they won for their coverage of the Tiananmen democracy movement in China as New York Times correspondents. She has also won other journalism prizes, including the George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club Awards. WuDunn was honored for Half the Sky in 2010 with the Beacon Award from the White House Project, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to advance women's leadership in all communities and sectors. And she is a judge for the US Department "Secretary's Innovation Award for Women's and Girls' Empowerment." With her husband Nicholas Kristof, she has co-authored two other best-selling books about Asia: Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia and China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power.

WuDunn graduated from Cornell University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees, has co-chaired the Academic Affairs Committee, is a former member of the university endowment's investment committee, and is a member of the Board's Finance Committee. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, where she was a member of its Advisory Council. She speaks Chinese and some Japanese and lectures around the United States and abroad on economic, political, and social topics related to women in the developing world, China, and the emerging markets. Recently, she spoke about China to Al Gore and his group of colleagues including Sir David King, the chief science advisor to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. WuDunn has discussed China economic issues on television programs, such as Fox Business News, The Colbert Report, and Charlie Rose, and she has discussed philanthropic issues on programs such as NBC's Dateline.

Currently, she is a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique serving growth companies in the middle market, including companies founded and run by women. She is also president of TripleEdge, a social investing consultancy, and - as of Fall 2011 - will be a Senior Fellow at Yale University, co-teaching a course on global affairs with a specific focus on China's economic development and its global role.

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