Speaker - Susan Polgar

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Ms. Susan Polgar is a World and Olympiad Chess Champion, and one of the greatest female players in history. In 1984, at age 15, she became the #1 ranked woman player in the world, and remained in the top 3 for nearly 25 years.

In 1991, Ms. Polgar became the first woman in history to earn the Grandmaster title in regular competition. She won a total of 4 World Championships and 10 Olympiad medals (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze). She is the only World Champion in history (male or female) to win the triple-crown (Blitz, Rapid and Classical World Championships).

In 2003, Susan became the first and only woman to win the honor of "Grandmaster of the Year". In that same year, she became the first woman to win the US Open Blitz Championship, and repeated in 2005 and 2006.

In 2011, Susan became the first woman in history to coach a men's division I team, Texas Tech, to win the National Championship. They won the Final Four again in 2012.

In June 2012, Susan Polgar accepted the position as Director of SPICE at Webster University in St. Louis. All members of the Division I team who started the Fall of 2011 at Texas Tech joined her and transferred to Webster. In August 2012, she became the first woman to coach the #1 ranked men's division I team in the U.S.

She once held 5 world records, of which two are still unbroken. More information about Susan can be found at

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Education - Priorities for the Next Decade

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