Our Next Program is on Thursday, March 21: Ambassador Wendy Ruth Sherman, Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and also Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a conversation about her book: “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence”

Date:  Thursday, March 21, 2019

Time:  Membership Social at 7:30 p.m.  Program at 8:00 p.m.


Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators, and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Program Note:  This month’s program format will differ from recent programs.  At the request of Ambassador Sherman, SCWA will use a seated interview format in which board member and past president Roger Smith will pose questions prompted by Ambassador Sherman’s book “Not for the Faint of Heart”.  Opportunity for audience questions will be offered, as always, in the closing portion of the program.

Ambassador Wendy Sherman profile

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman

Biography:  Wendy R. Sherman is Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.  In January 2019, Ambassador Sherman joined Harvard Kennedy School as a Professor of the Practice in Public Leadership and Director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership.  She serves on the boards of the International Crisis Group and the Atlantic Council and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.  Ambassador Sherman led the U.S. negotiating team that reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran for which, among other diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama.

Prior to her service at the Department of State, she was Vice Chair and founding partner of the Albright Stonebridge Group, Counselor of the Department of State under Secretary Madeleine Albright and Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea, and Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs under Secretary Warren Christopher.   Early in her career, she managed Senator Barbara Mikulski’s successful campaign for the U.S Senate and served as Director of EMILY’S list.  She served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, was Chair of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America and served on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board and Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism.

Ambassador Wendy Sherman Book

“Not for the Faint of Heart” takes readers inside the world of international diplomacy and into the mind of one of our most effective negotiators – often the only woman in the room. She shows why good work in her field is so hard to do, and how we can learn to apply core skills of diplomacy to the challenges in our own lives.

Members, Sponsors, and Partners are the lifeblood of the Savannah Council on World Affairs. For the March Program, SCWA recognizes & appreciates the strong and ongoing contributions by our partner,  The Learning Center, a program of Senior Citizens, Inc.

Healthy aging includes life-long learning! The Learning Center provides intellectually engaging, humanities-based educational programs. Classes range from one-hour lectures to nine-week courses on a variety of topics. Conversation circles, discussion groups, and skill-building classes such as watercolor painting, writing and yoga are also a part of the ongoing curriculum.  TLC and SCWA currently are jointly sponsoring a Great Decisions program, and Roger Smith, Director of TLC, will be the moderator of our March 21 program.  Click here to see the newest offerings in TLC’s Spring Catalog!

The Savannah Council on World Affairs is grateful to The Learning Center for its support.

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Thursday, April 25: Christopher Bolan, U.S. Army War College, Professor of Middle East Security Studies “US Strategy in the Middle East: Confronting an Uncertain Future.”

Thursday, May 9: Michael Oxman, Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business; Professor of the Practice, Sustainable Business, Georgia Institute of Technology “Selected Trends in Global Corporate Sustainability.”