Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2014 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Mini Conference and Induction ceremony. The event will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel from 1 pm to 7 pm.
“We are thrilled to have Ms. Brazile as our special guest at Women of Excellence,” said Cathy Nedd, chief operating officer at the Michigan Chronicle and organizer of the event. “Having worked on every presidential campaign form 1976 through 2000 when she became the first African American to manage a presidential campaign, she is a role model to so many women and has so much knowledge and wisdom to share with our audience.”
Involved in politics since the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited.
Today, her passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Since 2000, she has lectured at more than 125 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics,” “Race Relations in the Age of Obama,” “Why Diversity Matters” and “Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet?
Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Uclick, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and O, the Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, where she regularly appears on ABC’s This Week.
Her passion is acting; she has made two cameo appearances on CBS’s The Good Wife. Most recently, she has appeared on Netflix’s new series House of Cards. Ask her and she’ll tell you that acting, after all, is the key to success in politics.
Brazile is the vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights institute. She is currently on the board of the National Democratic Institute, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund, Inc.
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