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Anne-Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Foreign Policy Expert 
 CEO, New America
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Described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world. A Princeton University foreign policy expert, a former top official at the U.S. State Department, and a Work-Life leader, Dr. Slaughter confronts a range of topics — from geopolitics and global challenges to gender equality and leadership — with a unique and powerful voice. She writes a monthly column for The Financial Times.

As President and CEO of New America, a public policy institute and idea incubator, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists, and political and economic thinkers in Washington, DC and New York City. Winner of the 2015 and 2017 Best U.S. Social Policy Think Tank" Award for Prospect Magazine, New America’s cutting-edge solutions address public problems in such areas as national security, healthcare, technology policy, and education.  Slaughter is co-chair of Shift: The Commission on Work, Workers and Technology, formed by New America and Bloomberg to study the future of work in America.

Slaughter headed the U.S. State Department’s internal think tank and advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As the first female Director of Policy Planning, she oversaw a major review of America’s diplomatic and development priorities.

In her latest book, The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Slaughter uses network science to develop a new way of thinking about strategy in business and politics at a time of accelerated change and disruption. Publishers Weekly called it a "paradigm-changing book."

Her 2012 article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” an in-depth and controversial look into the extreme work-life balance of today’s professional women, quickly became one of the most-read articles in The Atlantic’s 100-year history. Named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR and The Economist, Slaughter’s latest, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, focuses on the future of the workplace. The Financial Times featured her in its special issue, “Women of 2015."

She is the Bert G. Kerstetter University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton. The first female Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, Slaughter rebuilt the school's international relations faculty and programs. A contributing editor to the Financial Times, Slaughter also writes a column for Project Syndicate. She is the author and editor of seven books, including A New World Order.

Slaughter received her doctorate in International Relations from Oxford and her law degree from Harvard before teaching at University of Chicago and Harvard Law Schools. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, on the board of Abt Associates, and, along with Ben Bernanke and Gordon Brown, is one of the five members of the PIMCO International Advisory Board.

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  • Grand Strategy for the Digital Age (2017
  • Hot Spots and Blind Spots
  • TEDGlobal: Can we have it all (2013)
  • Yale U. Interview: “The Chessboard and the Web” (2015)
  • Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit (2015)
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter on the world rebalancing (2012)
  • Slaughter debates intervention in Syria on Fareed Zakaria GPS (2013)
  • Slaughter Womenetics Keynote: Why Women Can't Have It All (2013)
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Speaking Topics
Global Hot Spots and Blind Spots

North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas, Iran. What’s happening in the world’s hot spots and where are things headed? What are people missing? 
Dr. Slaughter begins with a conventional geopolitical analysis of what’s at stake. She then explains what we are not seeing — the many factors and trends, which are critical in causing or resolving the crises, that are being ignored or distorted.
Providing an overarching framework — the chessboard and the web — Dr. Slaughter describes the elements of a geopolitical analysis and the elements of a networks and flows analysis focusing on people, trade, energy, climate, and information technology. Political analysts tend to operate entirely on the chessboard while economic analysts tend toward the web. Both frameworks are necessary, she argues, when assessing global risks.

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Strategies of Connection: Making Networks Work

Who is connected, how they are connected, and whether those connections are properly cultivated and managed are vital to success in business and politics. 

In this speech, Slaughter presents a new way of thinking about strategy at a time of accelerated change and disruption. She distills a broad range of network theory from multiple disciplines into 10 basic principles to create networks designed for resilience, replication, innovation, and collaboration – with examples drawn from foreign policy, business, civic activism, and education. She also lays out the nature of power in networks – from ­power over to power with – and discusses the 5 components of network leadership.

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Big Ideas for a New America

Americans want each generation to live better than the last. To do that, we need to invest in the future.
Since 1999, New America Foundation has taken a venture capital approach to finding the best solutions for public problems. They provide cutting-edge thinking and doing in education, economic policy, counter terrorism, and technology policy. Their team of technologists, scientists, and political and economic thinkers incubate ideas, scout talent, develop new technology, and actively solve problems. 
New America Foundation President and CEO Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter takes you through several groundbreaking ideas and policies. The speech can be customized, allowing  the sponsor to select three, five, or seven ideas or areas of policy that are of the most interest. They include: big ideas on the future of education, healthcare, civic enterprise, manufacturing, media, the Americas, leisure and productivity, the Internet of Things, big data, the future of warfare, and political reform. In this talk, Dr. Slaughter brings audiences up to speed and gives them a look at what’s ahead. 

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Reinventing the Workplace

While it’s still early in the digital revolution, we are already living at a time of extraordinary change. Just as the industrial revolution moved workers from farms and cottages to offices and factories, the digital revolution is increasingly making work – manufacturing as well as services — possible wherever we are. But as we become a genuinely digital economy, we must break out of the mold of the industrial workplace. That will require much more than simply learning to work on line.. We must transform gender roles for men and women and build a national infrastructure of care to support the on-demand economy. We must reinvent the workplace. In this talk, Anne-Marie Slaughter shows what real innovation looks like, not for women, but for all employees. She identifies a set of specific policies that improve not only the quality of life for employees, but also company performance and productivity. 

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Leading From the Center

There are two predominant leadership styles vying for power in the world today. Hierarchical organizations, like the US military, use an authoritative style, relying on command and control, agenda-setting, and preference-shaping to structure their members. Other organizations, such as Wikipedia, network members, promoting their most effective tool, collaboration, to create an empowering work environment. While these two models seem inherently different, most organizations are usually compounds of the two. 
What is the best way to lead? It’s a difficult question to answer. Throughout her career, Anne-Marie Slaughter has worked for organizations that have a variety of structures in place. At the US State Department, she observed bureaucrats spending a great deal of time keeping things in order — a hierarchy that required all of its components to run effectively. But as Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson school, she encountered a horizontal system where tenured professors would not take orders. Now, as the President of the New America Foundation, a decentralized think tank and solutions platform, she mixes these tools and styles to develop a new type of organization.
Discover what leadership style works best and when and how to effectively lead from the center.

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Back to the Future: The Geopolitical Landscape

In the north, political, demographic, and economic forces are driving us back to the geopolitical landscape of the 1950s. China is turning inward. The United States will once again become a central manufacturing platform for exports to both Europe and Asia. Russia will be the U.S. and Europe’s principal adversary on global issues. Iran and Saudi Arabia will be the twin pillars of U.S. Middle East policy. The growth and excitement will be more in the southern hemisphere: South America, Africa, India, and the ASEAN countries. North-south economic and human flows will be much stronger than in the 20th century, tying the Americas, the Mediterranean community, and North and South Asia much closer together. But south-south economic ties and political groupings, designed explicitly to challenge traditional Western clubs, will start to re-write the rules of the international game.

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Unfinished Business: Right the Balance — Women, Men, Work, Family

Anne-Marie Slaughter argues that as long as work and family are considered women’s issues, women and men will never be equal and employers will continue to hemorrhage great female talent. The job of caregiver for children, families, and the elderly can no longer fall on women any more than the job of breadwinner can fall only on men. Understanding and implementing this larger cultural shift is the key to hiring and retaining the best millennial talent and to increasing productivity both at home and in the officeCompanies should be making extended coverage plans for all workers just as they make succession plans, anticipating that all employees – parents, children, spouses, siblings – will need to make room for care. 

In “Unfinished Business,” Anne-Marie Slaughter takes audiences through the future of work and family. By making room for self-care, care for loved ones, and investing in communities, society can reinvent the workplace to focus on results, customized careers, and on-demand provisions of everything. “Unfinished Business” answers why businesses and families alike must recognize “care” as an integral part of life. With practical individual solutions and a broad outline for change, Anne-Marie Slaughter presents a future in which all of us, men and women alike, can finally have fulfilling careers along with the rewards of family life.

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A Longitudinal View of the World

For all the emphasis on the rise of Asia and the potential of both trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trade agreements, an enormous amount of growth, development, and economic integration will be taking place in vertical slices around the world: Northeast and Southeast Asia; North America, Central America, and South America; and Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa. Flows of money, goods, people, energy, and culture are increasingly vertical in direction, reflecting above all the direction of migration and resulting demographic change. To take just one example, the U.S. exports 45% of its goods to Canada (19%), Mexico (14%), and Central/South America (12%). As people knit continents together, economic activity follows: remittances first, but then trade and growing investment. Equally important, North and South Asia, Euro-Africa, and the Americas all combine the following: growing demand from developing countries with mature consumer goods export economies and natural resource exporters; deepening regional savings pools to finance bond and equity markets; and a mix of aging societies with pools of much younger and increasingly skilled labor.  

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Books & Other Works
  • The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World
  • Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family
  • The Atlantic Cover Story: Why Women Still Can't Have It All
  • The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World
  • A New World Order
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“Dr. Slaughter’s presentation 'Hot Spots and Blind Spots' delving into the nuances and subtleties of geopolitical risk and analysis stood out as among the best in Secular Forum history. She was able to entertain, inform, and persuade a sophisticated audience. Simply put, she is dazzling.”
“Ms. Slaughter was outstanding, among the best we’ve had. Her thoughts on how we should seek to understand evolving world events provided me, and I’m sure others, a useful framework for assimilating and attempting to understand what appears to be never ending crisis and potential chaos around the world. ”
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville
“One of the best speakers I have seen. What an incredible person she is.”
The Art of Productions, Inc.
“Anne-Marie Slaughter is the rare speaker who can light up a room. Her participation definitely met and exceeded our definition of success.”
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
“Anne-Marie was a HUGE hit here. I've heard from several people about how her comments affected them personally. Everyone appreciated what she had to say and they are grateful that she came to speak.”
University of South Carolina
“Anne-Marie Slaughter was great. Her public presentation was well attended by students, which we love to see, and her pre and post talk events with faculty and students went very well. It was a pleasure to have her here.”
Dartmouth College
“Her speech and comments for the panel discussion, including the advantages for Japan in a more energy-efficient and energy-independent world, was indeed inspiring and persuasive.”
Asahi Shimbun
“[Her] wise and cogent remarks and splendid presence helped to make this day a very special one for Lafayette and for me personally. Her address stands in my memory as the best I have heard in a long career of commencements.”
Lafayette College
“The conference left attendees engaged and energized, and we appreciate Dr. Slaughter's contribution to the success of the event. Her session was one of the highest rated. We look forward to working with her again in the future.”
HR People + Strategy
““Dr. Slaughter was clearly interested in getting to know the Baldwin Scholars and made us feel comfortable with her immediately. It was great to see such a successful professional woman invested in young women embarking on their professional journeys.

Her talk was accessible and interesting to all-from policy buffs to science majors. We left with a nuanced framework for understanding how to think and talk about global hot spots and foreign policy.””
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