Contemporary Conversations: Ambassador Connie Morella Oct. 14

| September 23, 2014
Ambassador Connie Morella

Ambassador Connie Morella

President Beth Stroble and Provost Julian Schuster invite the Webster University community to a talk by Ambassador Constance A. (Connie) Morella, the first speaker in the Contemporary Conversations for a Connected World series for the 2014-15 academic year. Ambassador Morella will speak on “OECD Offspring of the Marshall Plan: the Gift that Keeps on Giving,” on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the East Academic Building, room 253/262,

The Contemporary Conversations for a Connected World series celebrates Webster’s great heritage of bringing to campus thought leaders who are progressive, bold, entrepreneurial, provocative and inclusive.

“OECD Offspring of the Marshall Plan: the Gift that Keeps on Giving”
with Ambassador Constance A. (Connie) Morella
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.
East Academic Building, Room 253/262
Parking is available in the Garden Park Plaza

RSVP to Nancy Higgins at 314-968-6959 or

About Ambassador Morella

Constance A. Morella served as ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2003 until 2007. She is the first U.S. Ambassador to the OECD ever to have served in U.S. Congress. From 1987 until 2003, Morella represented Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives where she developed a national reputation as a leading advocate for women, children, and families. Previously, she served in the Maryland House of Delegates and is the only woman member of the Maryland General Assembly to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

During her 16 years in the House of Representatives, Ambassador Morella was a leader in efforts to promote economic growth through science and technology, serving as a member of the House Committee on Science and chairing the subcommittee on Technology. Ambassador Morella spearheaded the enactment of the landmark legislation promoting technology transfer from federal labs to private industry.  She was a leading advocate of biotechnology and advanced scientific research.

Ambassador Morella was a member of the Committee on Government Reform on which she chaired the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia.

A strong supporter of economic growth through free trade, Ambassador Morella was in the forefront in the Congress on matters of trade and foreign policy. She advocated liberalized trade rules and heightened international engagement. She chaired the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, advancing efforts to promote access to micro-enterprise capital among women in developing countries. She was Co-Chair of the Congressional Delegation to the U.N. Women’s Conference in Beijing.

On her watch as Ambassador to OECD, she was a key participant in the negotiations and agreements leading to a strategy of enlargement to include five potential country members: Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia, and Slovenia. She also advanced the program to engage with the rapidly developing countries of Brazil, India, Indonesia, China, and South Africa as well as the Southeast Asia region. Ambassador Morella actively participated in the successful revisions and updates of the Principles of Corporate Governance and worked to strengthen  the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

For her many efforts, Ambassador Morella has received numerous  awards and recognitions including induction into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, outstanding  public service awards from the American Medical Association, the American Bar Association, and the Hubert  H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership  Conference on Civil Rights “for selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality.” The Republic of Italy awarded her the Medal of the Legion of Merit.

She is a member of the Comptroller General’s Advisory Board, U.S. Government Accountability Office,  and the Cafritz Foundation Advisory Board. She is Vice-Chair of the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange and serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Representative Government and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. She is Treasurer of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Ambassador Morella was appointed by the President in 2010 to the American Battle Monuments Commission

Prior to her service in the U. S. Congress and the Maryland House of Delegates, Ambassador Morella was a Professor of English at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland from 1970 until 1985. In 2008, she was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics. In 2009, she was appointed Ambassador in Residence at American University School of Public Affairs where she teaches “Women, Politics, and Public Policy.”  Ambassador Morella holds a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. from American University and 12 honorary degrees.



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