New School President Bob Kerrey moderates a distinguished panel exploring how highly accomplished, powerful women -- from ancient times to the modern era -- have grappled with the critical decisions, personal and professional crises, and public and private conflicts that come with feminine power and authority.
Through a discussion of their careers and the insights they have gained through their work, the speakers explore the obstacles to achievement that women continue to overcome and necessary steps for ensuring that women's voices are heard.
The panel features:
Hon. Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge, New York State Court of Appeals; of counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, writer; cofounding editor, Ms. Magazine; cofounder, National Women’s Political Caucus; former president, Authors Guild
Brooksley E. Born, retired partner, Arnold & Porter LLP; former chair, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Bevis Longstreth, New School trustee; author, Return of the Shade, a first-person retelling of the story of Parysatis, queen of the ancient Persian Empire; former commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission; former senior partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; former adjunct professor, Columbia Law School
Lisa Dierbeck, author, One Pill Makes You Smaller, an incisive portrait of a girl's hard road to adulthood; contributor to The Boston Globe, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Time Out New York.
Brooksley E. Born
Brooksley E. Born is a retired partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and a former chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Lisa Dierbeck is the author of One Pill Makes You Smaller, an incisive portrait of a girl's hard road to adulthood. She is also a contributor to The Boston Globe, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Time Out New York.
Judith S. Kaye is chief judge of the State of New York and the first woman to occupy the state judiciary's highest office.
In 1983, she became the first woman to serve on New York State's highest court when she was appointed associate judge of the Court of Appeals.
Her current posts also include chair of the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, founding member and honorary chair of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, and member of the board of editors for the New York State.
She has served as president of the Conference of Chief Justices and has chaired the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts.
She is the author of many articles dealing with legal process, state constitutional law, women in law, and professional ethics.
January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
Bevis Longstreth (www.bevislongstreth.com) is a New School trustee; the author of Return of the Shade, a first-person retelling of the story of Parysatis, queen of the ancient Persian Empire; former commissioner of Securities and Exchange Commission; former senior partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; and former adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a writer, co-founding editor of Ms. Magazine, co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, and former president of the Authors Guild.