It’s hard not to marvel at the background of Dr. Susan E. Rice, the Obama administration’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. As the second youngest person and first black woman to hold this position, her background tells the story of a woman destined for success.
A native of Washington, D.C., Susan’s upbringing included attending an elite private girls’ school, where she was student council president, played three sports and was named valedictorian. Dinners at home often included hosting such prominent family friends as Madeleine Albright (yes, the Madeleine Albright). With a B.A. in history from Stanford University, Susan went on to pursue her graduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where she received her doctorate in International Relations.
Susan’s career resume reads like a textbook example of strategic positioning. Beginning as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, followed by a myriad of positions with the Clinton administration including assistant secretary of state for Africa, each role catapulted Susan further than the last. Other positions she’s held include Senior Advisor for National Security Affairs on the Kerry-Edwards campaign and Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy, Global Economy & Development (Brookings Institution).
It’s no surprise that Susan made such a profound success of her career given the example her parents, Lois and Emmett Rice, PhD provided for her. Her father, former Tuskegee Airman, first black fireman for Berkeley fire department and Sr. VP at the National Bank of Washington and her mother, Radcliff graduate, Senior VP for Government Affairs at Control Data Corporation and former VP of the College Board made sure that their apple didn’t fall far from the tree. One could say success was literally in Susan’s genes.
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