Tower Center Student Forum | Special Meeting with Ambassador Karen Hughes

Thursday, October 10, 2013 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
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Ambassador Karen Hughes

Counselor to the President, 2001-2002
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, 2005-2007
Global Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller

Karen Hughes is a trusted counselor to corporate, nonprofit and political leaders providing strategic communications, corporate positioning and messaging advice. Since joining Burson-Marsteller in 2008, she has brought to the business world her unique expertise honed over more than 30 years of public policy, communications and political experience, from helping lead winning presidential campaigns to serving at the highest levels of government. At Burson, she has worked with clients as diverse as AVON Products, Inc., Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, LIVESTRONG and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Hughes reached out on behalf of the United States to audiences across the world as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2005-2007. Hughes dramatically reshaped the State Department’s communications efforts, rebuilt an agency demoralized by years of budget cuts, launched a new focus on America’s “diplomacy of deeds” and made public diplomacy central in the development of foreign policy.


Tower Center Student Forum invites SMU students to a special meeting with Ambassador Karen Hughes. Seating is limited and preference will be given to students interested in politics.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to tower@smu.edu.