Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Understanding the Workforce Dropouts

Understanding the Workforce Dropouts

More From Sheryl

In this video

Tagged as

WuDunn reflects on why Harvard MBAs may decide to stay home with kids, and the value of maintaining a career.

Sheryl's Biography

 
 
Childhood ambition: To be a doctor or a broadcast journalist. A long-time childhood role model was Connie Chung.
Proudest Accomplishment: Raising her children
Advice on Raising Children:  “To really empathize with them.  If you empathize with them, you’ll be flexible, you’ll be understanding, and you’ll I think be a better guide.”
Charity of Choice: Half the Sky Movement
 

Sheryl WuDunn is a business executive, best-selling author, journalist, and international women’s rights advocate. In 1989, she became the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her in-depth reporting on the Tiananmen Square protests. She has co-written three bestselling books with her husband, New York Times columnist, Nicolas Kristof.
 
A third generation Chinese-American, WuDunn grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and graduated from Cornell University in 1981. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987 and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton in 1994.
 
In 1989. WuDunn joined the Times’ Beijing bureau, where she and Kristof covered the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre and several other major stories in China and Southeast Asia. Their reporting was recognized with the Pulitzer Prize and spurred three best-selling books: China Wakes, Thunder From the East, and Half the Sky, the last of which chronicles the oppression of women worldwide and the practical solutions for their advancement which spur development. WuDunn also helped develop the Half the Sky movement multimedia movement, which includes a PBS documentary series.
WuDunn became one of the few people to move between the editorial side and the business side of the New York Times when, in 2000, she became executive director of Times’s Circulation NexGen project. Over the next several years she went on to hold several other business executive positions at the Times, before leaving to become a Vice President of Asset Management at Goldman Sachs. Since 2009, she has been managing director at the boutique investment firm Mid-Market Solutions. In addition to their Pulitzer, the first awarded to a married couple, WuDunn and Kristof received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement. WuDunn has also been honored with the George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club Awards and White House Project EPIC Award.

Related Videos

Sandra Day O'Connor
Sandra Day O'Connor
First Female Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court

Sandra Day O’Connor is the daughter of ranchers—and, equally, of the land on the New Mexico-Arizona border that she and her family worked during the Great Depression. S...

Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg
Iconic Fashion Designer

Diane Halfin, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, was just out of school and already working when she married into the House of Furstenberg in 1969. Not content to idle as Prince...

Christy Haubegger
Christy Haubegger
Founder, Latina Magazine

Christy Haubegger is the founder of Latina magazine, the first of its kind. Born to a Mexican-American mother and adopted by a "tall blond family" at a very small age, Ha...

Bonnie Schaefer
Bonnie Schaefer
CEO & Philanthropist

Bonnie Schaefer is the former co-CEO and co-Chairman of the Board of Claire’s Stores, Inc., the leading international costume jewelry and accessories retailer for tweens, tee...