Condoleezza Rice Speaks to Sell-Out Crowd at The Executives' Club Luncheon

May 18, 2012, 13:36 ET from The Executives' Club of Chicago

CHICAGO, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received a standing ovation following her address to a sold-out crowd of nearly 1,800 at a luncheon hosted by The Executives' Club of Chicago.


Dr. Rice spoke about international events -- including the Arab Spring, recent elections in Europe and the future of the euro -- as well as US foreign policy and her own career.

"Secretary Rice is one of the most respected voices in American foreign policy and The Executives' Club is proud to welcome her to Chicago, especially at a time when our city will be at the center of international policy discussions", said Melissa Bean, The Executives' Club President and CEO.

When asked what advice she would give young people thinking of going into politics, she said, "find your passion and follow it. Don't focus on what will get you elected."

Another member of the audience asked Dr. Rice what she was reading. "I love biographies" she said. "The one I'm reading now is of Steve Jobs by my friend Walter Isaacson."

Motorola Solutions and KPMG were platinum-level sponsors for the event. 

A Partner at RiceHadleyGates LLC, Condoleezza Rice also holds several positions at Stanford University including professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of Political Science.

Human potential was another theme of Dr. Rice's presentation. Reflecting on her own story, she said, "Many times I've seen what appeared to be impossible, seems inevitable in retrospect."

About The Executives' Club of Chicago
The Executives' Club of Chicago is a forum for business, civic, and academic leaders to exchange best practices. Founded in 1911, the Club is one of the oldest and most respected business organizations in the country. The Club serves the community by providing resources needed to establish effective global partnerships, enhance intellectual exchange, develop future diverse business leaders and promote Chicago as a world class business center.

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