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; Author, “Renewal” (September 2021)

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 latest book, “Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics” (Princeton University Press, September 2021). 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 & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Books & Research

Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics

(Princeton University Press, September 2021)

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

How to Counter Cyber Threats in 2022? The Top 5 Questions CEO's Should Ask

October 21, 2021

Want to Work Less? Why This CEO Says YES!

October 4, 2021

Think Tankers Are Skirting Congress’s New Conflict of Interest Rules

October 4, 2021

CNN logo

On GPS: What Next After AUKUS? (Video)

October 3, 2021

‘Renewal’ At All Levels — The Personal To The Global. An Urgent Conversation With Two Leaders Of The Movement

September 23, 2021

The Atlantic logo

We Need a New Economic Category

September 23, 2021

Renewal Is for Leaders, Organizations and Countries

September 21, 2021

Anne-Marie Slaughter On Renewal (Audio)

September 21, 2021

A New Age of American Innovation

September 20, 2021

At The UN, Biden Should Champion A New People-Centered Global Order

September 19, 2021

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Anne-Marie Slaughter On Why America's Diversity Is Its Strength

August 24, 2021

Networked Planetary Governance

August 20, 2021

Hiring and Retention Are Key to Modernizing the State Department, Experts Testify

July 21, 2021

Anne-Marie Slaughter Talks Care Feminism and Portfolio Careers (Audio)

July 15, 2021

Is the United States Still a “New” Democracy?

July 6, 2021

Foreign Policy magazine logo

Three Years Is Too Long to Wait for a Global Vaccine Rollout

June 21, 2021

GZERO Discussion Examines How US Foreign Policy Impacts All Americans (Video)

June 15, 2021

Power and Nations (Audio)

June 9, 2021

Transcript: All In With Chris Hayes

June 2, 2021

Foreign Policy magazine logo

The Biden 100-Day Progress Report

April 23, 2021

Rosie Could Be a Riveter Only Because of a Care Economy. Where Is Ours?

April 16, 2021

How The Biden Administration Could Handle Foreign Policy, Technology (Audio)

February 15, 2021

America's Political Meltdown

January 14, 2021

America Constrained: What Prospect Is There For A Return To Global Leadership?

January 7, 2021

Climate Is Clearly Biden's Top Priority

December 26, 2020

CQ Future: Working Mothers (Audio)

December 18, 2020

These Top Cabinet Positions Have Been 'The Inner Sanctum of Male Power.' Women Are Finally Breaking Through.

November 24, 2020

How a "President Biden" Could Reshape US Foreign Policy

October 26, 2020

Top Experts Help Firms Prepare for the Future

October 20, 2020

CNN logo

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Explores How The World Sees America in new Primetime Special

October 9, 2020

CNN logo

Are We Emerging From The Era Of Lockdowns? (Video)

September 13, 2020

New America CEO Speaks to the Challenges Facing Us

September 11, 2020

China Rising in Global Business, Politics, and Foreign Policy

August 29, 2020

Design With people (Audio)

August 2020

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

No Turning Back (Episode 2): Anne-Marie Slaughter

May 5, 2020

The Road to Reopening

May 1, 2020

Future of US Foreign Policy

April 24, 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 Future of Women, Wealth and Work: Insights from a Conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter

March 11, 2021

The Right to Be Seen

November 19, 2019

How Older Women are Trying to Change the World

November 7, 2019

Chronicle of Philanthropy logo

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

October 11, 2019

CNN logo

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

The Atlantic logo

The Broken Promise of Higher Education

May 17, 2017

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

April 6, 2017

TIME Magazine logo

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

Washington Post logo

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

August 26, 2016

The Atlantic logo

The Work that Makes Work Possible

March 23, 2016

The Atlantic logo

The Failure of the Phrase "Work-Life Balance"

December 16, 2015

The Atlantic logo

The U.S. Economy Does Not Value Caregivers

January 9, 2014

Washington Post logo

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

April 7, 2013

The Atlantic logo

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 latest book, “Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics” (Princeton University Press, September 2021). 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 & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

Renewal is for Leaders, Organizations and Countries

Like much of the world, America is deeply divided over identity, equality and history. The promise of the Declaration of Independence has been hollow for so many for so long. Recognizing this is our first step toward renewal, says Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America and Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. After a personal and professional crisis triggered a series of changes in the way she lives and leads, and in a time of enormous national and global upheaval, she shares her vision for how America can confront its past and build a brighter future in her ninth book, “Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics.” In this presentation based on the book, she describes how her own journey opened the door to an important new understanding of how people can move backward and forward at the same time, facing the past while embracing a new future. The lessons here are not just for America, and Slaughter shows how renewal is possible for any organization, government or individual who is willing to look at themselves through a new lens.

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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Praise for “Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics”

“At a time of painful societal division, ‘Renewal’ offers a way forward that combines necessary historical reckoning with hope, pride, and an inspiring vision for a fairer and more productive America. It’s also a powerful story of leadership and transformation, with lessons for making significant positive impact on the world.”

― Reid Hoffman, cofounder of Linkedin and coauthor of “Blitzscaling”

“Slaughter offers a brilliant vision of a twenty-first-century American patriotism grounded in an allegiance to our founding principles of equality and liberty while celebrating the place in our national culture for a plurality of voices.”

― US Congressman Ro Khanna

“’Renewal’ delivers a luminous call to action, aspiration, and accountability. Anne-Marie Slaughter argues, as only she can, that to build a better America, we must examine ourselves―and her personal, introspective storytelling offers hope for a path forward.”

― Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation

“Anne-Marie Slaughter knows there is no easy answer to the question of where we go from here. Instead, by interrogating her own failures and rejections, alongside the difference between intention and action, Slaughter offers a timely meditation on the power of embracing critique as a catalyst for personal and societal change.”

― Alicia Menendez, MSNBC anchor and author of “The Likeability Trap”

“Slaughter is absolutely unmatched when it comes to articulating a new vision for America. At once honest and hopeful ― and grounded in a people-centered approach ― this book shows how we can renew the American dream, and ensure we all share in it.”

― Mariana Mazzucato, author of “Mission Economy”

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