Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Ambassador Susan Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. She will join us with stories from Tough Love, a powerful recollection of the experiences that taught her how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few.
In conversation with Erin Pelton, founder of Puerto Rico Live, Rice will share personal stories of juggling parenting with high-profile jobs, of caring for aging parents while being responsible for the nation’s security, and how to accept offers of “tough love” and see them as the gifts that they are. Rice will offer an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades – from “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia, to a secret channel to Iran, the Ebola epidemic, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years.
She will reveal previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration. Along the way she will share the hard-won lessons she’s learned – lessons that will resonate with anyone who wants to compete and thrive in unforgiving environments and get back up again if they’ve been knocked down.