Discussion with Ambassador Prudence Bushnell

Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 4:30 pm

Ambassador Bushnell (Ret.) promotes the practice of leadership through talks, workshops and the Levitt Leadership Institute which she founded in 2012 at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. The interest began with a career in management training and grew after she joined the U.S. Foreign Service and held a series of leadership positions, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1993-1996), Ambassador to the Republics of Kenya (1996-1999) and Guatemala (1999-2002), and Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute (2002-2005). Her experiences during the Rwanda genocide (1994) and the al Qaeda attack on the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya (1998) formed many of her insights about personal and policy leadership skills. Her written works on leadership and terrorism have been published by the New York Times, the Cambridge University Press and the Foreign Service Journal. Ambassador Bushnell’s achievements have been recognized through numerous Department of State awards, the Department of Commerce Peace through Commerce Award, the Service to America Career Achievement medal and three honorary doctoral degrees. The Nairobi Mission Award for Heroism noted her community’s response to the 1998 Al Qaeda bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Glamour magazine named her one of the Top Ten Women of the Year and Vanity Fair magazine featured her in its Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2010, Ms. Bushnell was given the Rising Voice of Woman Award by the International Women’s Associates of Chicago. Sought out as a public speaker, she has frequently appeared as a guest on television and radio news programs. Born in Washington, D.C., and educated in Germany, France, Pakistan and Iran, Ambassador Bushnell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

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