Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nancy Pelosi on Power -- Personal and Professional

(photo by John Zipperer)

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the third person in the line of succession in the federal government, spoke to The Commonwealth Club of California this afternoon about appreciating and using power in one's personal and professional lives.

Pelosi, in conversation with Commonwealth Club President and CEO Dr. Gloria Duffy (at right in photo above), discussed her steady rise to political prominence from a San Francisco housewife and mother to the leader of her party in Congress (and the highest-ranking woman in American politics). She said she wrote her book, Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters, partly to get out of having to explain her history to everyone who asks but also to encourage more women to get involved in leadership positions, and of course to inspire girls to aim high when making life plans.

Pelosi concluded the discussion by praising her interviewer, noting the prominent role in American policy and public thought that Duffy has played, both at The Commonwealth Club and earlier at the Defense Department.

In 2007, Duffy wrote about getting to know Pelosi back in 1985 when the two of them were part of a bipartisan fact-finding mission to Nicaragua, where they met with Sandinistas and Contras and others. You can read a PDF of the article, "Dedicated Woman" (January 2007) here.


Anonymous said...

What a joke this lady is. Why is she the least trusted person in washington D.C.? The budget these people are passing is projected to put us 10 trillion dollars in debt ove the next decade. Her since of openess is democrats do all the talking and making of decisions.She alright lied about not knowing about waterboarding, mabe she needs to testify under oath so we could make her resign after they prove her a liar. She is the worst speaker in the history of the house. You didn't ask her how much it will cost us to let govt run health care. Ask the V.A. how they like govt run health care.They have ruined everything they have touched starting with social security and soon they will want to run our lives. Free enterprise must prevail. They think the consitution is something you wipe with. How long until she wants our guns. I hope we can make it while these people are in charge. I am for freedom and less govt. thank -you

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