Condoleezza Rice

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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 also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the sixty-sixth 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 adviser) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during time which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and an 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, serving as director; senior director of Soviet and East European 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 of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and 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 coauthored 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 To Build a Better World (2019) with Philip Zelikow; Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity (2018) with Amy Zegart; Democracy: Stories From the Long Road to Freedom (2017); 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. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after- school programs. 

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley and former secretary of defense Robert M. Gates.

Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. 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. Previously, Rice served on various additional boards, including those of KiOR, Inc.; the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the Hewlett-Packard Company; the University of Notre Dame; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master's from the University of Notre Dame; and her PhD 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 eleven honorary doctorates.  She currently resides in Stanford, California.

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Government Wants India To Emerge As A Trading Hub

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia The Free Press Journal
Monday, October 21, 2019

An Indo-US forum held in New Delhi on Monday witnessed an unusual war of words between BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after the former asserted that India is in a better relationship with China as compared to the US.

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'There Is So Much More We Can Do': Condoleezza Rice Pitches For US-India Trade Deal

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Sify News
Monday, October 21, 2019

"There is so much more we can do for our economies. My advice to the trade negotiators is -- get a deal soon," Rice said during a conversation with USISPF (US-India Strategic Partnership Forum) board member Purna Saggurti at the second Annual India Leadership Summit.

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7 Influential Birmingham Women That Left Their Mark On The World, Including Mary Anderson

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Bham Now
Monday, October 14, 2019

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Former Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice Talks Foreign Policy

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Observer
Friday, October 11, 2019
Former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke Thursday evening about global affairs and America’s role in the world at a lecture co-hosted by the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC).
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5 Things Condoleezza Rice Told Mitch Daniels On Her Visit To Purdue

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Journal & Courier
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice caught up with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, another member of President George W. Bush's administration, during a conversation at Elliott Hall of Music.

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Former Sec. Of State Condoleezza Rice Talks Career Path And Foreign Policy At Rackham

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Michigan Daily
Sunday, October 6, 2019

Hundreds of students, faculty and local community members gathered in Rackham Auditorium Friday to hear former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discuss life, career and her reflections on several specific points of policy.

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Condoleezza Rice Speaks At PSU

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Morning Sun
Friday, October 4, 2019

Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor during the George W. Bush administration, appeared Thursday at Pittsburg State University as part of the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series: An Examination of American Life, which has previously featured other high-profile political players including Bill Clinton and Mitt Romney.

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Condoleezza Rice's Advice To Trump: 'Don't Always Try To Be Your Own Best Adviser'

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Detroit News
Friday, October 4, 2019

During a visit to the University of Michigan on Friday, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered a piece of advice to President Donald Trump. "Mr. President, don't always try to be your own best adviser," Rice said. "That's why you have advisers."

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Democracy And America's Foreign Policy Identity

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Friday, October 4, 2019

A Master Class With Former U.S. Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice, Hosted By John Ciorciari, Director Of The Weiser Diplomacy Center.

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66th Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice To Speak At U-M

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Michigan News
Friday, October 4, 2019

A conversation with Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, moderated by Michael Barr, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She is expected to discuss a number of topics, including her career in public service and the current state of foreign affairs.

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