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Once again, Hillary has been named among the most influential by Time Magazine.  Her entry was penned by Malala Yousafzai who also was named and celebrated by Gabrielle Giffords.

 

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton TIME 100
Larry Marano—Getty Images

The advocate for women leaders

Hillary Clinton is a symbol of strength for women across the world. It was she who famously said, “Women’s rights are human rights.” She not only spoke those words, but also dedicated her life to empowering women around the world through politics and philanthropy. She has been a source of strength for many women leaders, including myself, my family and those who stood by me after I was attacked. “Continue your mission, be strong, we believe in you” is what she said to me, my father and the rest of the Malala Fund team when we met her last year at the Clinton Global Initiative awards. Her life and leadership show women what we can achieve if we believe in our own strength and if we channel our inner creativity, compassion and determination. A world with more women leaders will be a better world, and Hillary Clinton is helping make that possible.

Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist who defied the Taliban to attend school and is a co-founder of the Malala Fund

Chelsea Clinton wrote the entry about her friend Jason Collins who was named to the list.

 

Jason Collins

Jason Collins TIME 100
Paola Kudacki for TIME

The NBA player who went first

I met Jason Collins when we were freshmen at Stanford. Not surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was his height. The second thing I noticed was his kindness off the court — and his fierceness on it. Kindness to his friends, his family and fans. Fierceness in his drive to win. Jason has always been focused on others, on what’s right for those he loves, and on helping those whose jersey is the same as his.

When Jason called to talk about his forthcoming Sports Illustrated cover story, “The Gay Athlete,” I realized at some point that I wasn’t surprised we were having the conversation we were. Not because I knew what we were going to talk about when I answered the phone. Rather, because it made eminent sense that it would be Jason becoming the first openly gay, still active pro athlete in a major U.S. sports league.

Jason’s kindness and fierceness alike derive from that word too often bandied about and too rarely true: integrity. Jason has always maintained he’s first a basketball player. He is. But he’s also a leader and an inspiration. For Michael Sam, Derrick Gordon and others whose names we may never know. And also for those of us lucky enough to be fans — or to call him our friend.

Hillary wrote the tribute for her successor at the State Department, John Kerry.

 

John Kerry

John Kerry TIME 100
The Secretary of State visiting Riyadh in January to discuss the conflict in Syria. Brendan Smialowski—The New York Times/Redux

The relentless negotiator

Diplomacy is in John Kerry’s blood. As the son of a foreign-service officer, he grew up understanding that America’s destiny is entwined with that of the wider world.

Diplomacy takes stamina, passion and perspective, and John embodies these traits. He is relentless in the face of the most persistent obstacles — keeping alive the dream of peace in the Middle East, standing up to Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, negotiating the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and signing an interim nuclear deal with Iran. And his work on climate change exemplifies these qualities. Addressing the dangers posed by global warming has long been a personal commitment for him. I know from experience just how hard this is. There’s nobody better suited to carry the cause forward than John Kerry. The people of the United States can be proud he’s representing America and its interests abroad. I know I am.

Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State

 

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McCain Institute To Host Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at The Sedona Forum 2014

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2014) – The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University announced today that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will participate in a conversation with U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at the McCain Institute’s annual Sedona Forum on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Sedona, Arizona.

“I am very pleased to have my friend Secretary Clinton join this year’s Sedona Forum,” said Senator McCain. “From her years of service as first lady, in the U.S. Senate and at the State Department, one would be hard-pressed to find a leader with Secretary Clinton’s informed perspective on the many challenges facing America across the globe.”

The Sedona Forum is the McCain Institute’s annual gathering of national and international thought-leaders, decision-makers, business leaders, philanthropists, activists, and experts to discuss approaches and solutions to real-world problems—all from the starting assumption of character-driven leadership and core democratic values.

“We are delighted to have former Secretary Clinton join us in Sedona,” said ASU President Dr. Michael M. Crow. “The McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum continues to grow and attract the best minds from government, business, academia and civil society to Arizona for stimulating discussion and recommendations for action on a wide range of global issues.”

The Sedona Forum 2014 will focus on “Crisis in the Middle East: Values, Strategy and Options,” and will also include sessions on Russia and Ukraine and on combating human trafficking.

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Unless you gave up March Madness for Lent this year, you saw that one school took home both the men and women’s championships.    Speaking at the University of Connecticut’s Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum yesterday, Hillary was delighted to accept a couple of Huskies onesies for her grandchild-to-be from university president Susan Herbst.

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Hillary Clinton speaks at UConn

Telling her audience that sometimes as secretary of state she was treated as an honorary man, Hillary Clinton charmed her audience at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston today with advice, personal insights, and her signature humor.

Revisiting her 2008 primary campaign she reminisced about those who wanted not just to knock her down but to knock her out and advised the “iron my shirt” guys to iron it themselves.  Crediting her parents and her participation in sports for helping her to build resilience, she advised young, perfectionist women to dare to compete and to choose “done” over “perfect.”

She closed to a standing ovation – as we could have predicted.

A few choice quotes and twitpics follow.

“Always surprising to me how many women think they have to be perfect. I rarely meet a young man who doesnt think he already is”

“Sometimes your critics can be your best advisors. Reflect with an open mind & don’t take [it] personally -grow”

“There’s an army of women and frankly, a very large group of older women who could make a real difference to America’s corporations, businesses, academia, politics — you name it,”

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Note to Jimmy Fallon:  If this is a man’s pantsuit, please wear this one on your show.  The fringy pink tweed Chanel collar would give you a break from the ties and look just peachy on you!

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Hillary is up in New England honoring university speaking engagements today.  Meanwhile, here is a really nice shout-out from David Freedlander to those of us who, one way or another, devote large portions of our days and weeks celebrating and promoting Hillary’s hard work.  Thank you, David!

 

Inside the World of Hillary Superfans

They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Politics

One sees them whenever Hillary Clinton arrives in town. Without the means to afford the often hefty ticket price to see her speak, they stand outside with homemade signs, chanting, “Hil-Lar-Ree!” They have replaced the background photograph on their Twitter profile to a simple picture of the former first lady; their bio lists Hillary Clinton alongside their favorite sports teams. For seven years, they have tracked her every move on social media. And the moment Hillary Clinton shoots the starter pistol on the 2016 campaign, they will leave behind jobs, families, and responsibilities, and go where she needs them.
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Here are some of the speaking engagements on Hillary’s schedule for this week.

 

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04/23/14
Boston MA
Seaport World Trade Center
Keynote: Simmons Leadership Conference
04/23/14
Storrs CT
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
The Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum
04/26/14
Louisville KY
Kentucky International Convention Center
Keynote at United Methodist Women’s Assembly

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to Hillary and family and to all who visit here!

 

Chelsea Clinton Marries Marc Mezvinsky In Rhinebeck, New York

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