Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics

Wedge the Door Open: More Women in Leadership is Good Business and Smart Politics...

October 28, 2008


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Featured Guest Speaker: Linda Tarr-Whelan

Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow

Fmr. Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Linda Tarr-WhelanLadies Home Journal named her "One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Washington." She has been a managing director with Tarr-Whelan & Associates, Inc. since 2000. With extensive policy and management experience at the state, national and international level in non-profits and government., Linda is a communicator, strategist, facilitator and management expert.

As CEO and President, she built the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) into the leading state progressive policy and leadership center over fourteen years. She initiated and led CPA national policy campaigns and Leadership Institutes for elected leaders and created a decade-long bi-partisan and multi-cultural research and communications initiative, "Women's Voices", and two economic summits regarding the role of women and the economy with the White House in 1997 and at 11 Downing Street Summit in London in 1999.

She was appointed as Ambassador by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1997 as the US Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She led international negotiations for the US on women and globalization, development, entrepreneurship, economic and political participation and human rights and served on the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Linda was Deputy Assistant to President Jimmy Carter in the White House, director of government relations and chief lobbyist for the National Education Association, the Administrative Director of the New York State Department of Labor, Director of AFSCME - NY and created the AFSCME Public Policy Department.

She has served on numerous boards and commissions, spoken national and internationally and is frequently quoted in the press. She began her career as a nurse and holds a BSN from Johns Hopkins University, an MS from the University of Maryland and an honorary PhD in Public Service from Chatham College.

Linda Tarr-Whelan is currently writing a book on the topic of more women in leadership. Demos is a network for ideas and action based in New York City. Ms. Tarr-Whelan has had a varied career as a nurse, management consultant, advocate, nonprofit leader, communicator, union negotiator and government official at the state, national and international levels.

Sponsored by:

Rutland Institute for Ethics
The Clemson University Renaissance Center
The South Carolina Women's Connection