Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Albright Capital Management, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th secretary of state of the United States. In May 2012, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female US secretary of state and became, at the time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the US government. As secretary, she reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, she served as the US permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of President Clinton’s cabinet. Prior to that, she served as president of the Center for National Policy; as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff; and as chief legislative assistant to US Senator Edmund S. Muskie. Dr. Albright is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. A member of the US Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, she also serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen asked her to chair a group of experts focused on developing NATO’s new “Strategic Concept.” Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times best-sellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948 (2012). She received a BA with honors from Wellesley College and master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s department of public law and government, as well as a certificate from its Russian Institute.