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Learn More About Anne-Marie Slaughter

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.

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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.

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“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”