Sheryl WuDunn speaks Sept. 24, 7pm, Langford Auditorium
Co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Sheryl WuDunn will present the sixth annual Lawson Lecture at Vanderbilt on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7pm in Langford Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. She has special expertise in Asia, entrepreneurship, global women’s issues, and philanthropy. As an investment banker, she currently helps growth companies, including those operating in the fields of new media technology, entertainment, social media, healthcare, and the emerging markets, in particular, China.
WuDunn is co-author of three best-selling books. The most recent is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, about the challenges facing women around the globe and co-authored with her husband Nicholas Kristof. It has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Colbert Report, and other network television shows. WuDunn helped launch the development of the Half the Sky multimedia effort, creating a thoughtful, effective philanthropic strategy that includes an online social game for Facebook, a PBS documentary series, and outreach with many NGOs.
WuDunn lectures to a wide range of American and global audiences and has been invited to speak to the secretary general of the United Nations, former vice president Al Gore, and other senior officials on economic, political, and social topics related to women in the developing world, the global economy, China, and the emerging markets. WuDunn, who was a guest at President Obama’s State Dinner at the White House for Chinese President Hu Jintao, has frequently discussed Chinese economic issues on television and radio programs such as Fox Business News, The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose, and NPR. She has discussed philanthropic issues on programs such as NBC’s Dateline.