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Donna Shalala

President & CEO, The Clinton Foundation

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Donna Shalala talks about her role as an educator, a leader in health care, and a university president.
As both an educator and political advocate, Donna Shalala's résumé is impressive.   Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1941, Shalala grew up with an intense curiosity about the world — and in particular, the Middle East. Her experience serving in the Peace Corps in Iran in the 1960s was instrumental in influencing her outlook on both education and policy-making.   Shalala's work in academic administration began in 1980 when she served as the tenth president of Hunter College. From there, she was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then served as University of Miami's fifth president for 14 years.   In September 2014, the former Health and Human Services Secretary announced she would step down from her role as University of Miami president to move to New York to head the Clinton Foundation.  

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Iran Was an Extraordinary Experience
Shalala talks about the importance of experiencing other cultures, whether it's through a study abroad program or other cultural organization.

Our Community Is Very Proud of Us
Shalala talks about the University of Miami, where she has served as president since 2001.

It Must Be Nice to Be So Well Liked
Shalala talks about the leaders of the women's movement.

You Don't Understand Poverty
Shalala shares one of the most important lessons in policy-making.

It Was a Much More Complex World
Shalala describes the culture of Iran during her Peace Corps experience in the Middle East.

The Daughter of a Great Sheikh
Shalala shares her adventures in the Middle East when she joined the Peace Corps in Iran.

I Could Write Better Than Any of Them
Shalala discusses her experience being an editor for her student newspapers during junior high school and high school.

The Best Short Stop I Ever Had
Shalala talks about her participation in sports growing up.

The Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995
Shalala talks about the importance of international women's conferences.