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Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman

Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2011–2015); Founding Partner and Senior Counselor, The Albright Stonebridge Group; Member, Council on Foreign Relations; and Harvard Professor

Travels From:
District Of Columbia
Fee Range:
$25,000 - $35,000

A sought-after advisor on international risk management, Wendy Sherman guides organizations through the pros and cons of today’s ever-changing geopolitical landscape and helps them mitigate exposure to potential problems that parlays into sound business decisions.

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Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman brings to every opportunity over three decades of experience in business, international affairs and politics. Now a senior fellow at both Harvard’s Institute of Politics and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Sherman recently stepped down as under secretary of state for political affairs after four years overseeing every region of the world, dealing with every major opportunity and crisis, and leading the U.S. negotiating team to a successful conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal. In recognition of her many diplomatic accomplishments, she was recently awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.

Prior to her position as under secretary, Sherman spent a decade in the private sector, first as a founding partner of The Albright Group, and then as vice chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a successful global business consulting firm. During that time, she also served as a member of the investment committee of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Currently, she serves as senior counselor of the Albright Stonebridge Group.

Sherman served as counselor of the Department of State from 1997–2001, as well as special advisor to President Bill Clinton and policy coordinator on North Korea. From 1993–1996, under Secretary Warren Christopher, she was assistant secretary for legislative affairs.

Prior to her long career in national security, foreign affairs and business, Sherman was engaged in a variety of political roles, including managing Senator Barbara Mikulski’s first successful campaign for the U.S. Senate, directing Campaign ’88 with the Democratic National Committee, as executive director of EMILY’s List and as a partner in a campaign media firm. Early in her professional career, she worked in the field of child welfare, serving as the first director and then as special secretary for children and youth in the state of Maryland.

She has also served as chair of the board of Oxfam America and was also on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the secretary of defense with independent, informed advice. In addition, Sherman has been a long-standing member with the Council on Foreign Relations and numerous national security groups. In 2008, she was appointed by bipartisan congressional leadership to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism.

Sherman has written op-eds and conference papers, and delivered speeches throughout the world. She is a frequent commentator on every major radio and television network and cable outlet.

Speech Topics

Wendy Sherman, the successful lead negotiator for the multilateral, complex deal with Iran, reveals strategies and tactics from her years of high-level international diplomacy that can help you achieve successful outcomes in business negotiations in a global economy and marketplace.

As U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, Ambassador Wendy Sherman became responsible for overseeing the United States’ diplomacy in every region of the world during her time at the State Department from 2011–2015. Sherman is able to offer a unique insider’s view of where the world is headed in the years ahead and how that will affect global business.

In her experience, not only as U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs but also as the owner of a successful global business consulting firm, Ambassador Wendy Sherman is in a unique position to offer advice about a myriad of topics that affect the world business scene today. Having sat on the investment committee of a boutique emerging markets fund, Sherman offers an insider’s guide to investment risk wherever you are in the world.

Throughout her career, Wendy Sherman has demonstrated a knack for shattering both glass ceilings and stereotypes. She had a front row seat working on the campaign for Barbara Mikulski, the first Democratic female elected to the Senate, and helped secure and advise Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state. Having started her own business as well as having a successful family life, Sherman looks to speak to the leaders of tomorrow to help inspire and motivate you with the secrets to her successes, both personal and professional.

Ambassador Wendy Sherman, lead negotiator on the recently reached Iran deal, and named by The Jerusalem Post as the fourth most influential Jew in the world, sizes up the U.S. relationship with Israel, Iran and the Middle East in a point/counterpoint with another panelist.

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