In the inaugural DemWorks podcast, Derek Mitchell, NDI president, talks to the incomparable Madeleine K. Albright about her role as a risk-taking woman leader, the state of democracy and her role as chairman of NDI from its founding in 1983.
This month, NDI is honoring risk-taking women. So today, it makes extra sense that I am joined by NDI’s Chairman, my boss, the wonderful Madeleine K. Albright. And the person for whom the term “Madam Secretary” was first coined.
Secretary Albright needs little introduction. Born in Czechoslovakia into a diplomatic family, she and her family emigrated to the United States in 1948. She received a Ph.D. from Columbia, worked on Capitol Hill, in the NSC, and as ambassador to the United Nations before becoming America’s 64th Secretary of State in 1997. She is a long-time professor of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and co-founder of the Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington D.C., where we are taping this podcast. She is the author of four New York Times best-sellers, including her latest book, Fascism: A Warning.
Suffice to say, Secretary Albright is a global icon for strong trail-blazing, risk-taking women, which makes Madeleine Albright a fitting first guest for this podcast.