[Melanne Verveer] Working for women

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Lillian Cunningham – Washington Post – Monday, 28 April 2014 (originally published 21 Apr)

Melanne Verveer’s career has long been intertwined with that of Hillary Clinton. She served as chief of staff to Clinton while first lady, they founded the global women’s organization Vital Voices together, and she held the inaugural position of U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues while Clinton was secretary of state. Verveer is known as the force behind many of Clinton’s gender and human rights initiatives, and now serves as the executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

In this interview, which is part of our “On Leadership” video series, Verveer talks about the experiences that shaped her work and her leadership perspective. Watch her video story above, or read the longer Q&A below. The conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Over time I’ve come to recognize what others bring to the table and I’ve developed a much more team-based approach. There’s the saying that there is no end to what one can achieve, if one doesn’t have to take the credit for what was achieved. To have many people be part of what you hoped to accomplish is really the essence of leadership. Leadership is not about being an out-front, recognizable actor . . .

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