Spotlight: Susan Rice – KolorBlind UN Ambassador

Susan Rice is known to all as the 27th United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Dr. Rice’ background showed all indications of her current career choice as a young child. You see, the Dr. Rice’s father was a Cornell University Economics Professor and the second black Governor of the Federal Reserve System. Her mother is Education Policy Scholar Lois Dickson Fitt, currently with the Brookings Institution.

With a background like that, it’s no wonder Rice has been able to attain the heights she’s obtained in life. This goes back to my theory of “an apple does not fall far from the tree”.

Rice attended Stanford University, where she received a Truman Scholarship, and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1986. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. One thing all great trendsetters have in common among other things is EDUCATION. Passion and drive are other virtues that propel them forward.  Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Rice attended New College, Oxford, where she earned a M.Phil. in 1988 and D.Phil. in 1990.

Although most people do not aspire to become a U.S. Senator as a child, Rice dreamed about becoming one at a very young age. She is quoted as saying:

“I dreamed of becoming the first U.S. Senator from the District of Columbia as a little girl.”

Her many accomplishments include:

  • Foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential election. She was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm, in the early 1990s

Dr. Rice also served in the Clinton administration in various capacities:

  • National Security Council from 1993 to 1997
  • Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping from 1993 to 1995
  • Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs from 1995 to 1997
  • Managing director and Principal at Intellibridge from 2001 to 2002 In 2002, she joined the Brookings Institution as senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development program. At Brookings, she focused on U.S. foreign policy, weak and failing states, the implications of global poverty, and transnational threats to security.
  • During the 2004 presidential campaign, Rice served as a foreign policy adviser to John Kerry.
  • On December 1, 2008, Rice was nominated by President-elect Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a position which he also upgraded to cabinet level. Rice is the second youngest and first African American woman US Representative to the UN.

Dr. Rice (who is pictured with her husband, President Obama, her two children and parents to the right) has accomplished all of this and more at the tender age of 47. You would think she were 100 years old with her long resume of accomplishments. Not only is she a leader in our current generation, but she is also a wife and mother. Her father inspired her to become the woman she is today. She is quoted as as saying: ”

“My father believed segregation had constrained him from being all he could be, The psychological hangover of that took him decades to overcome. His most fervent wish was that we not have that psychological baggage.” This was after her father passed away.

This KolorBlind queen married British Columbia born ABC News Producer Ian Cameron and they’ve been married for 20 years with two children. How does she juggle affairs of the State and matrimony? This is one question I would love to ask. She seems to balance it all so well. This is one woman we can all learn a thing or two from. This is why her peers describe her as:

“young, brilliant, and ambitious” 

Dr. Rice, thank you for all you have contributed to the security of the United States, for your efforts in the American foreign policies and for your efforts to integrate Africa into the global economy. You are a shining example of what it is to be KolorBlind, ambitious, focused and a leader for our current generation. You have accomplished so much without compromising the woman you are. It is wonderful to see women leaders like yourself who do not sell their bodies to mainstream in order to achieve their dreams. Thank you again.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s spotlight: Susan Rice – KolorBlind UN Ambassador.


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