Donna Brazile, Political Strategist and Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, New York Times, to Speak on Campus in March

CEW is bringing two high profile women leaders to campus this March: Donna Brazile, political strategist and media contributor, will be the keynote speaker at the WCTF Conference on March 8th at Hill Auditorium, at 8:30 am, and Jill Abramson, the first female executive director of the New York Times is scheduled to speak on March 19th at 4:30 p.m. at the BSRB, Kahn Auditorium. Both lectures will be free and open to the public.

To register for Donna Brazile

To register for Jill Abramson


Donna Brazile, Political Strategist, Sydicated Columnist 
from the Donna Brazile web site:

Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans, Ms. Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. 

She first got involved at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Ms. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign.

Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Ms. Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Uclick, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and O, the Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN, and ABC, where she regularly appears on ABC’s This Week. 


Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, New York Times

from the New York Times:
Jill Abramson is the executive editor of The New York Times. She succeeded Bill Keller on September 6, 2011, becoming the first woman to hold that position.

Ms. Abramson was previously the managing editor, a position she held since 2003. As managing editor, Ms. Abramson has been one of Mr. Keller’s two top deputies overseeing the entire newsroom.  

Ms. Abramson said that as a born-and-raised New Yorker, she considered being named editor of The Times to be like “ascending to Valhalla.”

“In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion,” she said. “If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”

She came to The Times in 1997 from The Wall Street Journal, where she was a deputy bureau chief and an investigative reporter for nine years. She rose quickly at The Times, becoming Washington editor in 1999 and then bureau chief in 2000.