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Posts Tagged ‘Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’

Kris Balderston Moves from State Department to Fleishman-Hillard

Fleishman Hillard In another sign of the very close proximity of PR to politics, international communications firm Fleishman-Hillard just announced the appointment of State Department official Kris Balderston to the role of senior partner and general manager of the company’s Washington, D.C. office.

Balderston most recently worked within the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; during his time there, he “conceptualized and led” the Global Partnership Initiative, a program designed to “strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world” and address international humanitarian challenges by pairing government organizations with private businesses and non-profit groups.

Balderston has held a number of roles in government over the past 30+ years; he worked as deputy secretary to the cabinet and deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton and served as legislative director and deputy chief of staff for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The firm’s release did not elaborate on the specifics of Balderston’s new role beyond president and senior partner Martha Boudreau’s assertion that his experience leaves him “uniquely able to help lead our global public affairs practice in a time of globalization, great change and innovation.”

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Hillary Clinton Can’t Stand Holden Caulfield

Today in (Fake) Media Scandals: You may have heard of a controversial article published in The Atlantic this summer in which columnist and former State Department director of policy planning Anne-Marie Slaughter lamented the fact that many modern women cannot possibly live up to the superhuman expectations they face as both mothers and professionals.

(We’re sure it was a great piece; please don’t tell our friends we haven’t read it yet.)

Fast forward to this week, when Marie Claire published an extensive “farewell” interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Interviewer Ayelet Waldman asked Clinton about Slaughter’s piece and the SoS seemed to agree with her thesis, noting that while “Some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work at in these jobs”, others can juggle multiple children and demanding careers without “break[ing] a sweat.” Different strokes…

The next paragraph moved into a discussion about “whiners”, a class of people for whom Clinton has little patience. She wasn’t afraid to make a forceful point: “I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into…You live in a time when there are endless choices…Do Something!”

Sounds like Hillary might have been referring to the women in Slaughter’s article who find themselves paralyzed by the unreasonable demands of modern life, doesn’t it?

That’s what the scoop-hungry bloggers at Politico, Jezebel and The Huffington Post thought. We can see why—in emails to journalists, Marie Claire’s PR people hyped the story by implying that the quote referred directly to Slaughter’s article. But the subsequent headlines about Hillary knocking on women who whine about “having it all” weren’t quite accurate; the Secretary said so herself. Here’s the missing section of the interview:  Read more

For Foreign Diplomats, Social Media’s Benefits Outweigh Its Risks

“Social media is about taking smart risks,” observed Victoria Esser, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy at the U.S. State Department. Unfortunately, the recent tragedy in Libya has reminded us that being stationed overseas can be a very dangerous occupation.

Esser appeared on a panel at the Social Good Summit on Saturday along with other foreign diplomats in order to provide attendees with a snapshot of their digital media experiences. The three-day conference takes place at New York’s 92nd Street Y during UN Week and concludes today.

The State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has embraced internal and external digital platforms as tools to interact with employees and the public. As Esser said, “nothing replaces face-to-face diplomacy, but social media cuts away time barriers.” She noted that the State Department had recently hosted a “Google hangout in Persian to engage in dialogue with Iran, where the U.S. doesn’t have an on-the-ground presence.” They invited a few journalists to join in.

Charles Ray, former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, pointed to another well-documented advantage of using social platforms. “Social media is not a magic wand, but it’s an effective tool to have ongoing conversations with people who are hard to reach with other methods.” He was referring to those who are under 30 years old; in developing countries, members of this demographic primarily use cell phones since they have only limited access to the internet.

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‘Texts With Hillary’ Is Gone, Madam Secretary is Still Cool

It was only yesterday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added her two cents to the “Texts With Hillary” meme that took off over the past week. But all good things must come to an end. The Tumblr’s creators, Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe, have announced that they’re getting out while the getting’s good.

“Is it really possible to top a submission from the Secretary herself? No. But then when you get to text with her in real life – it’s just over. At least for us,” the final TTYL post reads.

But even if the blog is gone, the boost for Madam Secretary will stick around.

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