Leadership Insights from Women at Oracle

A Chance Meeting with Former First Lady Hillary Clinton

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All of the celebrations and events around Int'l Women's Day last week were great!  We'll have some photos and recaps later this week on our group blog!  (and thru the end of March as we continue to recognize Women's History Month.)

On a personal note, I've always been fascinated with the topic of U.S. Women's History that covers the First Ladies of the United States

I think it stems back to when I was a Girl Scout in the early 1970s and my troop would greet First Lady Patricia Nixon upon her arrival in southern Florida when she and President Nixon would vacation at their place near Miami.

Since then, I've always made it a point to visit the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History when I'm in Washington, DC.

Yesterday, I had the unexpected opportunity to meet (in person!) a former First Lady who also happens to be a 2008 candidate for president.

While meeting U.S. Presidential Candidates is not unusal for NH residents due to our role as the first in the nation primary state, no other woman of such global notoriety has been a candidate for the Oval Office.  The fact that this one has already resided in the White House for 8 years, just added to the interest in her visit!

Senator Hillary Clinton was scheduled for a campaign stop in Downtown Nashua, NH at one of my favorite shops. I heard about her pending arrival via a national cable news network ~15 min before her visit, so I headed downtown to see if I could get a glimpse of the former First Lady.

I not only caught a glimpse of her, but actually met Senator Clinton and even had the opportunity to talk with her for a few minutes.  While it was a private conversation, I can say that it was about this program and how it impacts an important issue in my community.

 It was quite a memorable day!                                       

March is  Women's History Month 

"Eleanor Roosevelt understood that every one of us every day has choices
to make about the kind of person we are and what we wish to become. You
can decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fall
prey to those who wish to divide us. You can be someone who educates
yourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and being
cynical is fashionable. You have a choice."
  Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Skrocki Sunday, March 11, 2007
    What an incredible experience Sandy! Good job on leveraging your time wisely with her -- I think I may have choked. ;-)
  • SandyB Monday, March 12, 2007
    Linda - You'd be surprised about how fast you can think on your feet when you don't overthink these things! (Plus, not knowing that I'd actually meet her was probably a good thing so that I didn't 'practice a script'!) BTW - Yes, I stumbled a little and couldn't think of the word 'environmental' and said 'ecological' instead -- but she knew what I meant! :-) -Sandy
  • DiTucci Monday, March 12, 2007
    It's great you were able to talk with her for a few minutes. Good photo! - Liz
  • Jan. Monday, March 12, 2007
    Sandy, you never cease to amaze me!
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