Learn More About Anne-Marie Slaughter
Twentieth century business schools had no way to prepare organizational leaders for the challenges they are facing today. There was simply no playbook. Qualities like resilience, accountability, inclusiveness, humility, empathy and an ability to lead in any other way than from the front were never formally taught. Yet such attributes are now prerequisites for doing business in a rapidly transforming era of economic, political and cultural change. Few people know this better than renowned foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and trailblazing CEO of New America.
A sought-after Board member, executive educator and speaker, Slaughter’s recent personal journey demanded that she examine her own leadership style, as well as the workings of the globally respected think tank she has led since 2013. She recounts that journey in her latest book, “Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics” (Princeton University Press, September 2021), in which she shares valuable lessons that leaders in any sector of business or government can appreciate. Just reading the introduction is enough to draw the reader in as she reveals how her organization was blindsided by accusations that imperiled the institution’s reputation. Her full-hearted response, which included taking responsibility rather than laying blame or shying away, will inspire people in any organization – especially leaders – to look inward to bring about their own renewal, as well as find a renewed vision of what their organization can look like.
“One of the most valuable pieces of advice I got during that tough period was ‘run toward the criticism, seek it out! Be willing to listen to what other people have to say about you and your organization. Even if you think they’re only 2% right,’” explains Slaughter, who is the author of five books including “Women Men Work Family” (2015), “A New World Order” (2004) and “The Idea That is America” (2007). “I heeded my brilliant colleague’s advice, and the experience was transformative. I have always believed that as an organization or as a nation, we must face who we are with radical honesty before we can transform and build something new and better. That personal moment reaffirmed my belief. I have since become a more resilient, adaptable and inclusive leader who shares responsibility, listens more authentically and pivots in the face of change with a greater level of courage and certainty. The book was inspired by my own renewal, and now, when I teach leaders how to lead from the center in a networked world, I focus on leading from both the center and the edge.”
Former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and a recognized authority on foreign policy, leadership and gender equality, Slaughter has spent decades educating decision makers on ways to move business and government forward. At New America, she oversees teams focused on preparing our political, economic, employment care and education systems for the future with an emphasis on racial and gender equity, an open and secure internet that protects user privacy, cybersecurity and women’s leadership.
In her wildly popular 2012 article, “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” Slaughter argued that the slow progress of women in traditionally male careers was not the fault of individual women, but rather of antiquated employment systems and social attitudes. She later broadened her thinking to include the vital importance of raising the economic and social value of caregiving – traditional women’s work – and expecting both men and women to share it equally. Her related 2014 TED Talk struck a chord with audiences across the world and has been viewed more than 2 million times.
When addressing concerns about the U.S. becoming too multicultural, Slaughter emphasizes that countries whose citizenship reflects the global population will uncover more opportunities for international trade and investment, collaboration and business partnerships. Plurality, she says, will be any nation’s greatest asset.
Shifting Priorities: Moving from Geopolitical Competition to Global Problem Solving
In recent years, Slaughter has been hyper-focused on getting corporations, governments, and civic organizations around the world to embrace a new people-centered model of global politics. She explains how shifts in the economy, due to a combination of technology and “human work,” are creating new opportunities in an emerging “care plus economy,” – part of an economic sector valued at $648 billion – and how these changes are poised to impact the future of work. She acknowledges the continuing reality of great power competition, but argues that it blinds us to the necessity of cooperating to address existential crises like climate change and pandemics, which threaten the survival of everyone – businesses, people and the planet.
Her core mission is to help countries – and the businesses and civic groups that operate in those countries – acknowledge their interdependence and learn to see the world in a human and planet-centered way.
“It is time to break free of 20th century thinking,” wrote Slaughter in a November 2021 op-ed for The New York Times. “The frameworks, paradigms and doctrines of that era, of any kind, are simply insufficient to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Bolder thinking is required, thinking that shifts away from states, whether great powers or lesser powers, democracies or autocracies. It is time to put people first, to see the world first as a planet of eight billion people rather than as an artificially constructed system of 195 countries and to measure all state actions in terms of their impact on people.”
Slaughter continues to teach leaders across the globe how they can effectively make that shift in ways that benefit their organization as well as the people and resources that keep it viable.
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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, 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.
Anne-Marie Slaughter has written or edited eight books, including “Renewal” (2021) “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 more than 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.
Anne-Marie 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 160,000 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.
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Understand How the Russia Ukraine Conflict Will Impact Economic and Political Stability Across the World
What does Russia’s attack on Ukraine mean for the US, the EU, Russia, China, India and the Middle East, and what role can corporate and government leaders play in protecting democratic ways of governing and doing business? In this talk, New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter – a global authority on foreign policy and leadership and former dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs – looks at the invasion of Ukraine through traditional geopolitical lenses, explaining how shifting power dynamics will impact economic and political stability across the world. She then shifts to a global lens, analyzing how the conflict will impact our ability to collectively fight climate change, cooperate on pandemic preparedness and infrastructure, and create a healthy and credible information environment. Participants gain an understanding of how they can empower their organization to move business and government forward while also addressing big societal problems.
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.
How to See the World Differently: Leading and Leveraging Opportunities in Global Networks
The idea that organizations and governments can operate independently is outdated. In today’s economy, striving to be the #1 player, in whatever sector, will effectively box you in or leave you stranded going forward, says renowned foreign policy expert and network theorist Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and trailblazing CEO of New America. In this talk, she explains why corporations, governments and individuals must collectively define success by leveraging networks and sharing resources. She examines opportunities and risks that accompany such interdependence and teaches decision makers how they can develop ideas and solutions that serve more stakeholders by leading from the center instead of from the top.
Risk, Resilience, and Renewal: A Personal and Organizational Leadership Journey
What does it take to successfully scale and manage an organization today, especially in an era of rapidly shifting values? In this talk, based on her most recent book, “Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics” (2021), renowned leadership and foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and current CEO of New America, describes her own leadership journey, which includes more than two decades in academia, government, and the nonprofit sector. She discusses the challenges she faced in past roles and in her current role running a largely millennial and Gen Z organization where workplace norms are changing. She highlights the lessons she learned when her own leadership was called into question and the process of transformation that followed – lessons about risk and resilience that can benefit any leader, especially in times of crisis. She then offers up a valuable framework for thinking horizontally as well as vertically and leading from the center so that power can be shared, ultimately fostering a more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace culture.
The Future of Work in the Care Plus Economy
Shifts in the economy, due to a combination of technology and “human work,” are creating new opportunities in an emerging “care plus economy,” part of an economic sector valued at $648 billion – larger than the pharmaceutical industry. Renowned leadership and foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and trailblazing CEO of New America, has been studying and writing about care and the care economy for almost a decade. In this talk, she explains the foundations of this economy, how it intersects with artificial intelligence and other big data tools, and why those intersections are key to understanding the future of work.
Leadership and Policymaking: Cultivating an Ability to See the World in Stereo
Mobilizing big teams and getting them to successfully collaborate and achieve goals requires a specific kind of leadership, the kind renowned foreign policy and leadership expert Anne-Marie Slaughter has been practicing for more than two decades. In this talk, the former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and current CEO of New America, offers up a new view of the world, one that brings together the high politics of foreign policy with the problem-solving perspectives of business and civic leaders. Based on her courses at the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the European University Institute’s School of Transnational Governance, she teaches participants how to “see the world in stereo,” a structured way of analyzing risks, opportunities, and challenges. She also shares collaborative leadership strategies, explains the importance of risk taking in innovation processes, and encourages businesses and governments to act boldly to find solutions to big problems, not only on a global and national level, but also in cities and states.
Can Men and Women Have It All?
A decade after she published her viral Atlantic article “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” Slaughter has rethought both the role of women and what “having it all” should actually mean. Building on her 2014 TED Talk, which struck a chord with audiences across the world and has been viewed more than 2.2 million times, she rejects the idea that it is up to women to make the change we need. Gender pay gaps and unequal access to leadership opportunities persist, as does the unequal distribution of household and care tasks so sharply highlighted by the pandemic. But the solution requires the embrace of a culture of care for men just as much as for women and a sea-change in how men and women define and value masculinity. In this dynamic presentation, Anne-Marie Slaughter – former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, former director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State (the first woman to serve in that role) and current CEO of New America – shares firsthand accounts of her own journey as a female leader and examines the choices men and women must make if they want rewarding careers, equal relationships, and flourishing families.
A Business Case for Inclusion: Why Multiculturalism Will Be Any Nation’s Greatest Asset
What does it mean for business and government if America’s population becomes “minority white” by the year 2045, as Census Bureau surveys indicate? According to renowned foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and trailblazing CEO of New America, countries whose citizenship reflects the global population will uncover new opportunities for international trade and investment, collaboration, innovation and business partnerships, and as a result, stronger economic growth. In this talk, she reviews the upsides of a multiculturalism and explains why plurality will be any nation’s – or organization’s – greatest asset.
Who Is Part of the Free World?
February 3, 2023
‘Having it All’ Was Always a Poor Measure of Success ($)
January 27, 2023
What We’ve Learned From the War in Ukraine
January 10, 2023
Lessons for the Next War: Put an End to Brinkmanship
January 5, 2023
Not Infallible: Russia, China, and US Democracy (Audio)
December 17, 2022
Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, Dean Dolan Talk Women and Leadership
November 29, 2022
Defending Democracies' Information Infrastructure
November 20, 2022
What Do the Midterms Mean?
November 10, 2022
Some Awkward Truths About AUKUS
October 21, 2022
America Must Be Serious About Cross-Border Challenges
October 20, 2022
Fortify Your Organization's Cybersecurity Defenses
September 29, 2022
After Dobbs: Does ‘Big Tent’ Feminism Exist? Should It? (Audio)
September 14, 2022
The Power of Crisis (Video)
September 2, 2022
Expanding Nato Will Deepen East-West Fissure
May 5, 2022
What's in an Emoji?
April 30, 2022
On GPS: The Long Game in Ukraine (Video)
April 24, 2022
On Sparrows and the War in Ukraine
April 3, 2022
U.S. Grand Strategy After Ukraine
March 28, 2022
The Digital Government Agenda North America Needs
March 24, 2022
America Can — and Should — Vaccinate the World
March 19, 2022
Resolve to Think Bigger in 2022 ($)
January 3, 2022
Books Driving Change: Anne-Marie Slaughter and Renewal (Audio)
December 23, 2021
Renewing American Democracy
December 7, 2021
It’s Time to Get Honest About the Biden Doctrine
November 12, 2021
Want to Work Less? Why This CEO Says YES!
October 4, 2021
On GPS: What Next After AUKUS? (Video)
October 3, 2021
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
Networked Planetary Governance
August 20, 2021
Is the United States Still a “New” Democracy?
July 6, 2021
Power and Nations (Audio)
June 9, 2021
Transcript: All In With Chris Hayes
June 2, 2021
The Biden 100-Day Progress Report
April 23, 2021
America's Political Meltdown (Audio)
January 14, 2021
Climate Is Clearly Biden's Top Priority
December 26, 2020
CQ Future: Working Mothers (Audio)
December 18, 2020
How a "President Biden" Could Reshape US Foreign Policy
October 26, 2020
Top Experts Help Firms Prepare for the Future
October 20, 2020
Are We Emerging From The Era Of Lockdowns? (Video)
September 13, 2020
New America CEO Speaks to the Challenges Facing Us
September 11, 2020
Design With People (Audio)
The Road to Reopening (Audio)
May 1, 2020
Future of US Foreign Policy (Video)
April 24, 2020
The Right to Be Seen
November 19, 2019
How Older Women are Trying to Change the World
November 7, 2019
We're Watching UK Self-Destruct (Video)
March 17, 2019
The Broken Promise of Higher Education
May 17, 2017
Why We Need Fewer "Tribes" and More Networks (Audio)
April 6, 2017
Anne-Marie Slaughter on Family, Career and What She Tells 25-Year-Olds
September 23, 2016
The Work that Makes Work Possible
March 23, 2016
The Failure of the Phrase "Work-Life Balance"
December 16, 2015
The U.S. Economy Does Not Value Caregivers
January 9, 2014
Why Women Still Can’t Have It All
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)
Toward a Declaration on Future Generations
(Blavatnik School of Government - University of Oxford, January 2023)
Praise for “Renewal"
“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.”
“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.”
“’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.”
“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.”
“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.”