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Signature '18

Join National Restaurant Association President & CEO Dawn Sweeney for a conversation with 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reflecting on topics of U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and national security.

Condoleezza Rice will talk about insights gained from her illustrious career in public service and business consulting. After Dr. Rice's remarks, Dawn Sweeney will lead a question and answer session, giving the audience a chance to explore how the Secretary's insights affect business and the restaurant industry. You won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime event.

2018 Speakers

Condoleezza Rice

The 66th Secretary of State brings a unique perspective to her approach to business strategy, honed by years of public service and strategy consulting. From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position. Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer.

Dawn Sweeney

As president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association, Dawn Sweeney has been instrumental in focusing the mission of the Association through a unique, multi-year strategic plan, highlighting key areas of opportunity within the restaurant industry.

Sweeney has been named one of the perennial top association CEOs in the country for the past several years. She serves on the boards the U.S. Travel Association and the Women’s Foodservice Forum and is an active member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100, the International Women’s Forum and the Committee of 200, an international network of female executives. She is also a charter member of Child Obesity 180, an initiative of private, public, non-profit, and academic leaders committed to helping prevent childhood obesity through evidence-based initiatives.