Condoleezza Rice to Speak at Abilene Global Samaritan Resources Fall Benefit

Published 04/17 2014 09:53AM

Updated 04/17 2014 10:11AM

Global Samaritan Resources is pleased to announce Condoleezza Rice will speak at our fall benefit event in Abilene.

Dr. Rice will be speaking on the topic of "How Ordinary People can make an Extraordinary Difference" on Tuesday evening November 18, 2014 at the Abilene Civic Center auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at beginning at $10 for students and members of the military.

Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to ever hold the post. Her entire bio is provided on page three of this release.

Asked why Global Samaritan invited Dr. Rice, Executive Director Danny Sims said, "Condoleezza Rice will help us have an important discussion covering a wide range of points. One is the role non-profits should have in the world. Smaller groups like Global Samaritan can have a major impact. I think Dr. Rice can address that. Huge institutions like The United Nations and governments can fail to make lasting change. One reason is they don't know people by name. They're detached. They tend to be unable to help and then followup personally. Smaller nonprofits with focus and a specific target in mind can do that, often much more effectively. I believe this is especially true of Christian humanitarian aid organizations like Global Samaritan. I'm sure Dr. Rice will also address peace and war, and how we can move forward in a world of trouble. I'd like to hear a former Secretary of State address that, particularly one who grew up in the segregated south, the daughter of a Presbyterian Pastor, and an expert in Russian history. Dr. Rice has a unique set of experiences and perspective. I am grateful she agreed to come to Abilene."

"We also wanted to provide an event that is not a dinner event, but a lecture and discussion, an event with tickets students and our military can afford. We wanted a wider range of ticket prices. We believe we have done that. Dr. Rice will speak in the auditorium of the Civic Center. And afterward the audience can submit questions she will answer on stage. Our generous underwriters have helped provide an event not just for Global Samaritan. This is for all of Abilene."

We are pleased Condoleezza Rice has agreed to come speak on behalf of Global Samaritan Resources. Please join us November 18, 2014, at the Abilene Civic Center auditorium.

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC. She will be speaking on the topic of "How Ordinary People can make an Extraordinary Difference" on behalf of Global Samaritan Resources on Tuesday evening November 18, 2014 at the Abilene Civic Center.

From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush's Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University's Provost from 1993-1999. From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H. W. Bush's National Security Council staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including two best sellers: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after---school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after school programs.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver, her master's from the University of Notre Dame, and her Ph. D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded ten honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.

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