Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak at the NACS Show’s closing session.
Clinton, also a former Secretary of State and U.S. senator from New York, will speak Oct. 15. The 2013 NACS Show is being held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Oct. 12-15.
“Secretary Clinton is one of the most recognized and significant leaders in the world today. She has played an integral role in shaping our collective future, both within the United States and on the world stage,” said NACS Vice Chairman of Convention Pat Lewis, partner of Oasis Stop ’N Go LLC, headquartered in Twin Falls, Idaho. “Her presentation continues our long-standing tradition of having the world’s top leaders share their insights and insider’s perspective at the NACS Show.”
Clinton has spent nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, first lady and senator. She served as the 67th Secretary of State of the U.S. from Jan. 21, 2009-Feb. 1, 2013.
As First Lady, Clinton advocated for healthcare reform and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy and provide healthcare to millions of children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program. She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of the U.S., winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society and opportunities for women and girls around the world. In 2000, Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate. She is the first and only first lady to serve in the U.S. Senate, holding office from 2001-2009. Clinton worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable healthcare, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, she was a strong advocate for funding the rebuilding of New York and the health needs of the first responders who risked their lives working at Ground Zero.
In 2007 and 2008, Clinton again made history with her historic campaign for president, winning 18 million votes and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.
In her four years as Secretary of State, Clinton was America’s chief diplomat and the president’s principal foreign policy advisor. Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century — with new tools, technologies and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world. Clinton spearheaded progress on many national security challenges, from reasserting the U.S. as a Pacific power to imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening to negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. She also pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to security, stability and prosperity.
The NACS Show will feature three days of general sessions and 53 educational sessions. Reflecting the growing international scope of the NACS Show, the general sessions again will be translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and select educational sessions will be translated into Portuguese and Spanish.
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