Mona Sutphen '89 to Speak on U.S. Leadership February 9

Mona K. Sutphen '89, a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Intelligence Board and former White House deputy chief of staff for policy, will speak at Mount Holyoke College on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 pm in Mary Woolley Hall’s Chapin Auditorium. Her lecture is sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts.

In her address, “The Age of Insecurity: American Leadership in an Era of Change,” Sutphen will discuss ongoing global economic and political turmoil and identify the role of the United States as the world continues to change. The lecture is free and open to the public.

As deputy chief of staff for President Obama, Sutphen advised the president on a range of issues, including regulatory matters, economic policy, and strategic plans. She also served as a foreign policy advisor during the 2008 presidential campaign and in the Obama-Biden transition.

From 2001 to 2008, Sutphen was managing director at Stonebridge International, a global strategy consulting firm advising multinational corporations, financial institutions, and other organizations on challenges and opportunities worldwide. Prior to that, she was a foreign service officer (1991-2000), serving in the Clinton administration on the staff of the National Security Council, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo, and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.

Sutphen is currently a managing director at UBS, the Swiss global financial services company, where she handles geopolitical and policy risk matters. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a coauthor of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2008). She earned her A.B. in international relations in 1989 from Mount Holyoke College and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

For more information, contact the Weissman Center at 413-538-3071.