Pulitzer Prize Winner Sheryl WuDunn to Speak at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 8, 2017—Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and business executive, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in room 3 of Griffin Hall. Her talk, “Making a Difference: A Conversation with Sheryl WuDunn,” will be a moderated discussion and Q&A focusing on the most effective ways to make the world a better place. The event is free and open to the public.

Her most recent best-selling books, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women World Wide (Knopf, 2009) and A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity (Knopf, 2014), co-written by her husband New York Times reporter and columnist Nicholas Kristof, present the challenges individuals face across the globe, in the U.S. and in the developing world, and the ways to surmount those challenges.

WuDunn began her career as a journalist and foreign correspondent covering both business and news with The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times in Tokyo. She was the first Asian-American journalist hired at The New York Times. She also reported from North Korea, Burma, and the Philippines. In 1990, she and Kristof won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. WuDunn became the first Asian-American journalist to win a Pulitzer, and she and Kristof became the first married couple to win the prize as well.

She has worked extensively as a business executive at The New York Times, as a senior banker at Goldman Sachs, and now as the senior managing director at Mid-Market Strategies, a boutique investment banking firm. She has lectured at Yale, the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

WuDunn received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an M.P.A. from Princeton. She served for a decade on the Cornell University board of trustees, and in 2013 was elected by alumni to the Princeton University board of trustees.

This event is being presented by The Williams Forum and Effective Altruism, and co-sponsored by Leadership Studies, the Lecture Committee and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.


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