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Susan Rice Recounts Making Policy at the Highest Levels
Oct. 10, 2019 | The New York Times | By Abby D. Phillip.

TOUGH LOVE
My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
By Susan Rice
Illustrated. 531 pp. Simon & Schuster. $30.

Tough Love is Susan Rice's memoir. Susan Rice doesn't allow herself to be defined by the events of September 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, after which she was demonized by the right-wingers in the U.S. ....Rice’s personal story is rooted partly in slavery in America and partly in economic migration to the United States.....Rice benefitted from privilege that gave her access to well-heeled private schooling, elite advanced degrees (i.e. Stanford University, and later was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford) and membership in the even more elite Washington society. Rice’s unflagging work ethic and drive stems from her family's belief that, "The only constraints we faced were our own ambition, effort and skill.” ......Early in her career at the National Security Council, Rice navigated some of the most difficult foreign policy challenges the country has faced in recent history, and in a pattern that continued into the Obama years her fate seemed constantly intertwined with Africa. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda provided an object lesson in the moral failures of inaction. Later, she dealt with another major crisis that would reverberate later in her career. The 1998 Nairobi embassy and Dar es Salaam embassy bombings.
Rice is clinical in her retelling of the foreign policy decisions of the Clinton and Obama administrations. And there is no attempt to neatly sew together an overarching narrative about her approach to foreign policy challenges based on her years of experience in government. In fact, that may be the lesson of her tale of “tough love.” Public policy, Rice argues, is pragmatic, and sometimes a little dark: “We did fail, we will fail. Our aim must be to minimize the frequency and the price of failure.”.....Rice's “assertiveness and relentlessness” has cost her reputation within the State Department as a difficult boss. Rice has considered--and ruled out--pursuit of elected office, preferring the comfort of policy-focused, behind-the-scenes roles.
African-Americans  APNSA  assertiveness  Benghazi  books  book_reviews  cost_of_inaction  failure  memoirs  NSC  Obama  policymaking  public_policy  relentlessness  Rhodes  Stanford  Susan_Rice  tough_love  U.S.foreign_policy  U.S._State_Department  women  work_ethic 
october 2019 by jerryking
Private equity firm offers farmers relief
Joelle Faulkner may have grown up on a dairy farm, but she never thought that she would end up in the agriculture business.She studied at Oxford, Stanford and the University of Western Ontario. She
private_equity  Rhodes  farming  women  agriculture  Oxford  UWO  venture_capital  Joelle_Faulkner 
april 2016 by jerryking
Schwarzman Scholars Announces Inaugural Class to Study in China - The New York Times
By ALESSANDRA STANLEY JAN. 10, 2016

On Monday, the program will announce the first 111 scholarship winners. Mr. Schwarzman, chairman and co-founder of the Blackstone Group, the private equity and investment giant, started the program with a goal of identifying, as he put it, “your best guess as future leaders of the world.”

Some of the recipients, selected from a pool of 3,000 applicants, already seem well on their way.

Lt. Daniel Glenn, 28, is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He did his scholarship interview via Skype from a secret location in Iraq, where he is the officer in charge of a Navy special operations platoon that defuses bombs and underwater explosives. Lieutenant Glenn has also founded two philanthropic organizations, and he broke a Guinness World Record for running a mile in an 80-pound bomb suit (8 minutes and 30 seconds). He told his interviewers that he intended to eventually run for the Senate.

Other winners include Rugsit Kanan, 22, a Harvard student from Thailand who writes poetry in English, Thai and Mandarin and plays on the Thai national chess team; Wang Zhe, 26, an economics major from Tsinghua University who was secretary of the Communist Youth League at the school of architecture and taught math and science in Kenya; and Jacob Gaba, 22, a computer science major at Dartmouth College who made a video of himself called “Guy Dances Across China in 100 Days” that went viral.

At his Manhattan office on Thursday, Mr. Schwarzman said that he had modeled his fully funded master’s program on the Rhodes scholarship, but that his was “global with a bit of a U.S. twist.”

His goal is to establish a $450 million endowment that would fund up to 200 students every year: 45 percent from the United States, 20 percent from China and 35 percent from other countries.
financiers  moguls  passions  China  Colleges_&_Universities  elitism  Stephen_Schwarzman  scholarships  Rhodes  Tsinghua  philanthropy 
january 2016 by jerryking
Google’s secret: hire people for what they don’t know yet - The Globe and Mail
HARVEY SCHACHTER
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 25 2014

One year, after speaking before a group of Rhodes Scholars, senior Google executive Jonathan Rosenberg was trying to decide who from that exceptional group to invite to formal interviews when he ran into company founder Sergey Brin in a hallway and explained the problem. "Why decide at all?" his boss said. "Offer them all jobs." It seemed crazy but after second thought he realized it made sense to grab the best talent you can and deploy them effectively. Many went on to be very successful at the company.......The authors stress that hiring is the most important thing executives do. "The higher up you go in most organizations, the more detached the executives get from the hiring process. The inverse should be true," they declare. That means not leaving the decision to the hiring manager, who may not be the individual's boss for long and may be edgy about hiring individuals more talented than he is.
Google  hiring  Rhodes  talent  Harvey_Schachter  talent_acquisition 
november 2014 by jerryking
Real estate titan in search of the next Brazil
September 14, 2013 | G&M | TARA PERKINS
Daniel Fournier, chief executive of Ivanhoe Cambridge
commercial_real_estate  real_estate  Ivanhoe  CEOs  Oxford  Rhodes 
september 2013 by jerryking
Why the U.S. is the player with all the right cards | Business without Borders
June 6th, 2013 | Business Without Borders | by Susan Bourette.

(1) Similarly, harnessing the promise of “big data” could yield productivity gains across many sectors. The United States is uniquely positioned to capture the opportunity given that it has led technological development and owns a disproportionate share of the world’s data assets, the report states.

To put this into perspective, McKinsey has analyzed big data’s potential in four large and markedly different sectors: retail, manufacturing, health care and government services. “In these sample sectors alone, we estimate that the widespread use of big data analytics could produce up to $635 billion in productivity gains and cost savings, resulting in an incremental increase of at least $265 billion in annual GDP by 2020,” the report says.

(2)Canada has a unique opportunity to capitalize on its reputation as a global food superpower, Mr. Barton says, giving a much-needed boost to the industry, which has seen its ranking fall to the seventh-largest global producer from third in recent years.
McKinsey  opportunities  U.S.  Dominic_Barton  cost_savings  productivity  Rhodes  agribusiness  massive_data_sets  food 
june 2013 by jerryking
Three African American Women Win Rhodes Scholarships
November 19, 2012 | The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education |
Rhodes  Colleges_&_Universities 
february 2013 by jerryking
Cory Booker: The mayor Oprah calls a 'genius' - The Globe and Mail
JOANNA SLATER

NEWARK, N.J. — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jun. 03 2011
African-Americans  Corey_Booker  New_Jersey  Newark  politicians  Rhodes 
july 2012 by jerryking
Canadian builds global ad empire
March 14, 2005 | Globe & Mail | by RICHARD BLACKWELL. Trader Classified Media publications, websites take in $670-million annually
entrepreneur  websites  advertising  HBS  John_MacBain  Rhodes 
may 2012 by jerryking
Zimbabwe’s first black Rhodes scholar - FT.com
March 23, 2012 7:48 pm
Zimbabwe’s first black Rhodes scholar

By Jonathan Waters
Zimbabwe  obituaries  investment_banking  Rhodes  scholars 
april 2012 by jerryking

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