Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Condoleezza Rice

Ms. Condoleezza Rice, current U.S. Secretary of State and former National Security Adviser & Chief Foreign Policy Adviser.

A letter to Ms Condoleezza Rice:

Dear Ms Rice,

I open this letter with a heartfelt gratitude for your drive, determination & achievements in life which has so inspired me personally.

Your story of discipline & success instills a fighting adrenalin within me to achieve beyond myself as I see you have. Battling racial and gender discrimination, you have excelled and achieved where many have failed or dare not even try.

I wish to fight through my obstacles courses to find myself in a place of fulfilment for the hands and legs I put to the pursuit of my dreams.

I am writing with no other agendas, but only with the humblest view to acknowledge & thank you for faithfully displaying the very traits that you have been bestowed with.

May you venture forth to greater heights with confidence & triumph. As Alexander the Great rightly puts it, "Fortune favors the bold", may God bless & prosper your endeavors.

Determined to succeed,


Below is a detailed biography of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, from the official web page of the US White House during her swearing in as the 66th Secretary of State on January 28, 2005. May you catch on the fervor towards this great lady as I do:

Dr. Condoleezza Rice became the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor, on January 22, 2001.

In June 1999, she completed a six year tenure as Stanford University's Provost, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students.

As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors - the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

At Stanford, she was a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control from 1981-1986 (currently the Center for International Security And Cooperation), a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions.

From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender - Integrated Training in the Military.

She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco.

Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004. She resides in Washington, D.C.

1 comment:

Jason Ong said...

My 5 verses to live by:

1. Gen 1:26
And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness...

2. Gen 1:28
And God blessed them. And God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it...

3. Psa 139:14
I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...

4. Phi 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

5. Heb 12:2
looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith..