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Sheryl WuDunn

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Schofield Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

Topic  >  Half the Sky: Female Equality


Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. She works with entrepreneurs in new media, media technology and social enterprise at a small investment banking boutique in New York City. She also runs FullSky Capital, which focuses on socially driven investing.

WuDunn and her husband, columnist Nicholas Kristof, are the authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009). A number-one
New York Time
s Bestseller, the book focuses on the challenges facing women around the world and how Americans are building direct connections with social entrepreneurs to help create solutions for women in the developing economy. Featured on Oprah, The Colbert Report and other television shows, Half the Sky became a multi-platform digital media effort that included a four-hour PBS documentary series in 2012, mobile games and an online social media game on Facebook.

WuDunn and Kristof have written two other best-selling nonfiction studies, Thunder from the East (2000) and China Wakes (1994). They received the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989, becoming the first married couple ever to receive a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. They also received the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

A third generation Chinese-American, WuDunn grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Cornell University in 1981. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. A member of the board of trustees for Cornell University from 2002 to 2013, she was elected to Princeton University’s board of trustees for a term beginning July 1, 2014.

WuDunn was vice president in the investment management division at Goldman Sachs, and a commercial loan officer at Bankers Trust. She also is one of a handful of people who have worked at The New York Times both as an executive and journalist — in management roles in both the Strategic Planning and Circulation Sales departments; as editor for international markets, energy and industry; as the first anchor of an evening news headlines program for a digital cable TV channel, the Discovery-Times; and as a foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political and social issues.

Named one of Newsweek magazine's 150 Women Who Shake the World (2011) and Fast Company magazine's League of Extraordinary Women (2012), WuDunn was included in the 2013 PBS documentary, Makers: Women Who Make America.

WuDunn lectures on economic, political and social topics related to women in the developing world, the global economy, China and the emerging markets. She has been asked to address a wide range of audiences including the UN Secretary General, former Vice President Al Gore, the IMF and World Bank. WuDunn has discussed China and economic issues on television and radio programs such as Meet the Press, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose and NPR, and she has discussed philanthropic issues on programs such as NBC’s Dateline.


  (June 3, 2014)


$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission

A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception. The reception for this event will take place in the Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center 330. Books will be sold by the University Bookstore for signing by the speaker during the reception.

This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.

The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.