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A Conversation with Former Chiefs of Staff to the First Lady

  • 16 Sep 2013
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • HVC 215
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Jackie Norris (former COS to First Lady Michelle Obama) and Anita McBride (COS to former First Lady Laura Bush)
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Women’s Congressional Staff Association is honored to welcome Anita McBride and Jackie Norris for a conversation about their experiences serving the First Lady of the United States. Each will discuss how their respective bosses developed their own initiatives, their experience in the East Wing, and how their career paths led them to the Office of the First Lady. Please join us for a reception afterwards.


 Jackie Norris, Executive Director, The Corporate Institute. Jackie is the Executive Director of the Points of Light Corporate Institute and leads the corporate strategy and employee engagement programs. Prior to that, Jackie served as the Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Corporation for National and Community Service and as Assistant to President Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. Jackie helped to develop a strategic plan to address the issues the First Lady is involved with including healthy eating, national service, military family and women in the workplace. Jackie has served as a trusted advisor to various political candidates and most recently led Iowa to an Obama victory in the 2008 presidential campaign as the Iowa State Director. Jackie has a bachelor’s degress from SUNY College at Geneseo and a Masters in Political Science from Iowa State University. She serves on the Leadership Council for the Impact Center and is a member of the U.s. Commission on Presidential Scholars.

 Anita McBride, Executive in Residence, Department of Government, American University. Anita McBride is Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. McBride previously served as assistant to President George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush from 2005 to 2009, directing the staff’s work on the wide variety of domestic and global initiatives in which Mrs. Bush was involved. McBride's White House service spans two decades and three presidential administrations, including as Director of White House Personnel under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush; and as Director of the U.S. Speaker's Bureau at the United States Information Agency. Also under President George W. Bush, Mrs. McBride served as a special assistant for White House Management; as senior advisor in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Organizations and as the State Department's White House liaison. McBride is a senior advisor to the George W. Bush Institute as well as a strategic consultant to global non-profit organizations

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