Condoleezza Rice

Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow
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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 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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Removing Statues Would Censor City's History

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Richmond Times-Dispatch
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Though this may not be perfect, there is a recent quote attributed to Condoleezza Rice: “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you’ and so I don’t want to rename things that were named for the slave owners. I want us to have to look at those names, and realize what they did.’” Richmond was founded in 1737. London is more than 2,000 years old, as is Paris; Rome was founded in 753 B.C. European cities are beautiful and worthy of visiting because of their history and beautiful monuments. 

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Title IX At SMU: Growing Female Sports

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia SMU Daily
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

There are no doubts women are on the rise with the greatest number of female candidates elected to office in the last midterm elections. Yet, when we look to sports, the lineup is still overwhelmingly male. In 1972, Title IX was passed at the collegiate level to address this issue.

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Two Community-Building Programs

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia The Islands' Weekly
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Lopez Island Library is partnering with the Lopez Island Family Resource Center to offer two consecutive programs intended to bring islanders together. The first program “Civil Conversation in an Angry Age” will be on Friday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. This will be an interactive presentation by visiting philosopher and religious studies scholar David E. Smith.

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Rice, Kerry To Speak March 19 At Notre Dame About Finding Consensus On U.S. Foreign Policy

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia South Bend Tribune (IN)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and John Kerry will make a joint appearance at 7 p.m. March 19 at the University of Notre Dame to speak on the topic of “Finding Common Ground on America’s Role in the World,” the university announced Tuesday morning.

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Nyack Library Looks At America's 'Creed,' With Help From Condoleezza Rice

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Lohud
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

From now till August, Nyack Public Library will be taking a long look at what it means to be an American, courtesy of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the American Library Association.

Analysis and Commentary

The Women's Global Development And Prosperity Initiative

by Condoleezza Ricevia Facebook
Thursday, February 7, 2019

I have often said that if I could wave a magic wand and do one thing, I would empower women. Not just because it is the 'right' thing to do -- though it is the right thing to do -- but because it would solve so many other problems.

In the News

Ivanka Trump Is Leading A Global Women’s Initiative — Here's What To Know

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Bustle
Thursday, February 7, 2019

On Thursday, the Trump administration will officially launch a massive new project meant to increase economic security for women in developing countries. Called the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, it will be organized in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by the first daughter. Ivanka Trump's women's initiative aims to help economically empower 50 million people worldwide by 2025.

Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity

by Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegartvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The world is changing fast. Political risk-the probability that a political action could significantly impact a company's business-is affecting more businesses in more ways than ever before. A generation ago, political risk mostly involved a handful of industries dealing with governments in a few frontier markets. Today, political risk stems from a widening array of actors, including Twitter users, local officials, activists, terrorists, hackers, and more. 

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Managing 21st-Century Political Risk

by Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegartvia Harvard Business Review
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In 2010, Gabriela Cowperthwaite read a news article that changed her life. It described how an orca whale had killed a trainer during a show at SeaWorld in Orlando.

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Condoleezza Rice On The 10 Days Still Shaking The World

by Condoleezza Ricevia The New York Times
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“This is where it happened,” my Russian guide declared. It was 1979 and I was a graduate student in Moscow for the summer. A side trip to Leningrad was a must for me, a first time traveler to the country. “Czar Alexander II was riding down this road when the assassins struck,” she said. Almost under her breath, she added, “He was a reformer.” Any hope for the liberalization of Russia seemed to die with the czar who had freed the serfs and attempted to modernize the country.

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