Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to address the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan April 30 2009

BENTON HARBOR, MICH. — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will address The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan April 30. The member-only meeting will be at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center for Arts and Technology, Benton Township, Mich.

Rice is considered one of the most influential and powerful people in the world. As the 66th Secretary of State of the United States (2005 to 2009) and President George W. Bush’s national security advisor (2001 to 2005), Rice pioneered a policy of transformational diplomacy. Her international relationships helped form new global governments based on democratic principles.

Prior to her prominent role in worldwide affairs, Rice taught at Stanford University and the Hoover Institution. She gained the respect of faculty and students as an expert in Soviet and Eastern European affairs. Her commitment to education led to her receiving two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Today she serves as the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and as a professor of political science at Stanford University. Rice, who earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, is not a stranger to our area. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975.

The Club is honored to bring Rice back to our region to share the compelling stories of her experiences with global leaders and the tumultuous events that have shaped our political landscape.

Member reservations and cancellations will be accepted online at or by phone at (269) 982-6010 until noon April 27.  Attendance at the Speakers Series is limited to The Economic Club members only. Please visit for information about upcoming speakers, memberships or to add your name to the waiting list for the 2009-2010 series.

You and your staff are invited to cover the meeting using pen and paper only.

No recording devices will be permitted, including, but not limited to, television cameras, recording microphones and tape recorders.

You may take still photos (no flash) during the first three minutes of Secretary Rice’s main presentation.

Secretary Rice will not take questions from the floor. Questions will be chosen from those submitted in advance. Pre-submit your questions for Secretary Rice by April 27 to or Perry Ballard Incorporated, P.O. Box 240, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

We have appreciated our local media’s respect for our guests’ wishes in the past and know that you will graciously honor hers as well.

To make reservations for the April 30 Condoleezza Rice meeting:
Please call (269) 982-6010 by noon, April 27, 2009.
Dinner:  6:15 p.m. (EDT)    Speaker introduction: 7:20 p.m. (EDT)

Upton Hall
Mendel Center for the Arts & Technology
Lake Michigan College

2755 East Napier Avenue (I-94 Exit 30)
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
(Please park on north side, accessible from Yore Ave., and use the Grand Upton Hall entrance.)

The Economic Club of SW Michigan
Contact: Matt Harlow (269) 983-0611,
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