Anne-Marie Slaughter

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Global Authority on Foreign Affairs, Leadership, and Gender Equality; CEO of New America; University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State

Biography

While there were warning signs before the pandemic, its ongoing impact has highlighted the urgent need for a new and different kind of leadership at every level of society – from corporations, non-profits and small businesses to governments, NGOs and institutions. Developing such future forward leaders is at the center of former Princeton University Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter’s work as CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing the promise of America by holding the country to its highest ideals.

Slaughter, a renowned authority on global affairs, leadership, and gender equality, continues to teach classes around the world on leadership, particularly on the contrast between leading from the top and leading from the center in a networked world. At New America, she oversees teams focused on the sweeping changes necessary to renew the promise of America: an overhaul of our political, economic, employment and education systems, a new understanding of national and natural security, a relentless focus on racial and gender equity, and an open and secure Internet that protects digital rights as human rights.

Slaughter emphasizes that as the United States approaches the 250th Anniversary of its founding as a nation in 2026, we are becoming a plural country rather than a white majority country. If we are to stay true to our values, we must go beyond mere reform but stop short of revolution, facing the many inequities and injustices of our past and present while also celebrating the progress we have made and the many innovations that are working across the country. Getting there, however, requires businesses, governments and society to address much-needed changes – particularly as they relate to race and gender roles and support systems.

“Renewing America’s original vows of equality, inclusion and a commitment to serving the people gets us closer to our nation’s highest ideals,” says Slaughter. “Unless we come to grips with what our history has meant for all of us, we can’t go forward as a plural nation. The kind of leadership we need to accomplish that must be horizontal, collective, open and participatory at every level of society and government. This cannot be solved by Washington.”

American renewal will be the primary focus of Slaughter’s work throughout the next decade and the core theme of her upcoming book. It follows in the footsteps of her 2007 book, “The Idea That Is America, ” which explored the values of liberty, democracy, equality, justice, tolerance, humility and faith – and weaves together personal and national narratives of reckoning, risk, resilience and renewal.

“The United States has made progress over several centuries through a combination of radical honesty about our failures and renewed commitment to our founding ideals,” says Slaughter. “Today we are once again facing our past and present with a new awareness of how many Americans are systematically denied their equal rights to life, liberty and opportunity. Successful future leaders will be those who can skillfully and courageously navigate a course correction to build a more just, diverse and culturally rich nation.”

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Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (formerly the Woodrow Wilson School) from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

Dr. Slaughter has written or edited eight​ books, including ​“The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World” (2017)​, “Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family” (2015), “The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World” (2007)​, and “​A New World Order (2004), ​as well as over 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most-read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Dr. Slaughter is a contributing editor to the Financial Times and writes a bi-monthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 140,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. She received a B.A. from Princeton and M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard.

Anne-Marie Slaughter is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Books & Research

The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

(Yale University Press, March 2017)

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family

(Random House, September 2015)

A New World Order

(Princeton University Press, February 2009)

The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith With Our Values in a Dangerous World

(Basic Books, August 2007)

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Anne-Marie Slaughter's Project Syndicate Column

Tech Market Has Many Opportunities for Smaller Companies, Says New America

July 1, 2020

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New America's Anne-Marie Slaughter says Countries Around World are Deciding Not to Trust US; All Eyes on New York as City Begins Phased Reopening

June 8, 2020

The Geopolitics of COVID-19: What Kind of World Should We Expect After the Crisis? (Audio)

May 14, 2020

Coronavirus Will Likely Change the Nature of U.S. Political Debate (Audio)

April 21, 2020

Forget the Trump Administration. America Will Save America

March 21, 2020

The Right to Be Seen

November 19, 2019

How Older Women are Trying to Change the World

November 7, 2019

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Anne-Marie Slaughter on Gender Equality, Transparency, and the Importance of Data (Audio)

October 11, 2019

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We're Watching UK Self-Destruct (Video)

March 17, 2019

How an Article in The Atlantic "Transformed" Anne-Marie Slaughter's Life Trajectory

June 20, 2017

It's Critical to "Find Your Own Style" if You Want to Lead Successfully as a Woman, Says Anne-Marie Slaughter

June 19, 2017

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The Broken Promise of Higher Education

May 17, 2017

Why We Need Fewer "Tribes" and More Networks (Audio)

April 6, 2017

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7 Questions with Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America

March 16, 2017

Anne-Marie Slaughter on Family, Career and What She Tells 25-Year-Olds

September 23, 2016

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She Famously Said that Women Can't Have It All. Now She Realizes that No One Can

August 26, 2016

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The Work that Makes Work Possible

March 23, 2016

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The Failure of the Phrase "Work-Life Balance"

December 16, 2015

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The U.S. Economy Does Not Value Caregivers

January 9, 2014

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Anne-Marie Slaughter on the New America Foundation, Obligations and Bipartisanship

April 7, 2013

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Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

July/August 2012

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Slaughter, Anne-Marie

Biography

While there were warning signs before the pandemic, its ongoing impact has highlighted the urgent need for a new and different kind of leadership at every level of society – from corporations, non-profits and small businesses to governments, NGOs and institutions. Developing such future forward leaders is at the center of former Princeton University Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter’s work as CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing the promise of America by holding the country to its highest ideals.

Slaughter, a renowned authority on global affairs, leadership, and gender equality, continues to teach classes around the world on leadership, particularly on the contrast between leading from the top and leading from the center in a networked world. At New America, she oversees teams focused on the sweeping changes necessary to renew the promise of America: an overhaul of our political, economic, employment and education systems, a new understanding of national and natural security, a relentless focus on racial and gender equity, and an open and secure Internet that protects digital rights as human rights.

Slaughter emphasizes that as the United States approaches the 250th Anniversary of its founding as a nation in 2026, we are becoming a plural country rather than a white majority country. If we are to stay true to our values, we must go beyond mere reform but stop short of revolution, facing the many inequities and injustices of our past and present while also celebrating the progress we have made and the many innovations that are working across the country. Getting there, however, requires businesses, governments and society to address much-needed changes – particularly as they relate to race and gender roles and support systems.

“Renewing America’s original vows of equality, inclusion and a commitment to serving the people gets us closer to our nation’s highest ideals,” says Slaughter. “Unless we come to grips with what our history has meant for all of us, we can’t go forward as a plural nation. The kind of leadership we need to accomplish that must be horizontal, collective, open and participatory at every level of society and government. This cannot be solved by Washington.”

American renewal will be the primary focus of Slaughter’s work throughout the next decade and the core theme of her upcoming book. It follows in the footsteps of her 2007 book, “The Idea That Is America, ” which explored the values of liberty, democracy, equality, justice, tolerance, humility and faith – and weaves together personal and national narratives of reckoning, risk, resilience and renewal.

“The United States has made progress over several centuries through a combination of radical honesty about our failures and renewed commitment to our founding ideals,” says Slaughter. “Today we are once again facing our past and present with a new awareness of how many Americans are systematically denied their equal rights to life, liberty and opportunity. Successful future leaders will be those who can skillfully and courageously navigate a course correction to build a more just, diverse and culturally rich nation.”

 # # #

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (formerly the Woodrow Wilson School) from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

Dr. Slaughter has written or edited eight​ books, including ​“The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World” (2017)​, “Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family” (2015), “The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World” (2007)​, and “​A New World Order (2004), ​as well as over 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most-read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Dr. Slaughter is a contributing editor to the Financial Times and writes a bi-monthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 140,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. She received a B.A. from Princeton and M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard.

Anne-Marie Slaughter is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

Building a Stronger Future by Renewing the Promise of America

The social and economic upheaval brought on by the pandemic, racial protests and divisive politics has highlighted the urgent need for a more effective kind of leadership at every level of society. As CEO of New America, Anne-Marie Slaughter is committed to building a stronger and more robust future by teaching a new way of leading within businesses, governments and communities. Drawing on seven American values – liberty, democracy, equality, justice, tolerance, humility and faith – Slaughter lays out an achievable vision for what the country can look like by 2026, and outlines a leadership framework for getting us there.

Leading From the Center: Fostering Innovation Through Horizontal Leadership

As the pandemic took hold in America, many people felt it was a bad sign when state and local authorities had to figure out ways to contain the virus on their own without federal guidance. Anne-Marie Slaughter, however, viewed it as a great example of when and why horizontal leadership works. In this presentation, Slaughter teaches the five C’s of horizontal leadership – Clarification, Curation, Connection, Cultivation, Catalyzation – and outlines why such an open and collaborative system fosters more innovation, experimentation and resilience than closed, top-down systems.

Strengthening Our Economy by Investing in Others: Inclusion, Collaboration, Participation

Biases and exclusion only serve to weaken societies, economies and businesses, and America is suffering the worst effects of that now. Anne-Marie Slaughter’s American Renewal plan aims to strengthen the country and economy by shaping a more fair and equitable future, one that squares America’s past with its present while fulfilling the ideals upon which it was founded. During this presentation, Slaughter outlines how the core part of our future economy will be made of people who invest in others. She explains why we must think differently about care and connection within our communities and how we can build infrastructures to support an expanded system of care that reaches beyond elder care and childcare.

Weathering Changes in Global Trade

Even before the pandemic, political and regulatory issues were negatively impacting global trade. The pandemic has exacerbated those issues, interrupting supply chains, changing consumer needs, and making it difficult for firms to compete or even stay in business. As a longtime foreign affairs scholar, Anne-Marie Slaughter has deep knowledge and experience in this area. During this talk, she explains ways to better navigate an ever-changing global trade landscape and offers insights into what likely lies ahead so stake holders can be better prepared.

 

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