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Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist


The first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, Sheryl Wudunn has spent her career transforming the lives of others. One of the leading voices against the oppression of women worldwide, Sheryl uses her immense talent as a writer, speaker, activist and thought leader to advocate for those without the resources to advocate for themselves. Selected as one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World,” Wudunn works to combat some of the humanity’s most devastating crimes, including sex trafficking and genocide. A highly successful business executive and best-selling author, she currently works with entrepreneurs in new media, technology and social enterprise at Mid-Market Securities, a small investment banking boutique in NYC. She also runs FullSky Capital, which focuses on socially driven investing.

Wudunn is a champion for women around the world. In her inspirational best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide – written with her husband, Nicholas Kristof – Wudunn goes beyond simply exposing the devastating daily reality for so many of the world’s women, and uses the powerful book as an call to action for justice. The book had an immense impact on exposing the plight of oppressed peoples around the globe, sparking activism and a new sense of awareness worldwide. Thanks to the book’s popularity and global impact, it soon grew into a multi-platform digital media effort that now includes a highly popular documentary series on PBS, mobile games and an online social media game on Facebook.

Previously a vice president at Goldman Sachs, Wudunn has an adept understanding of macro and micro economic trends. Winning the Pulitzer Prize with Kristof for their coverage of China, Wudunn is an expert on the Chinese economy. She frequently discusses Chinese economic issues on major television and radio programs such as Fox Business News and NPR. She also was an esteemed guest at President Obama's State Dinner at the White House for Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Thoughtful, engaging and clever, Sheryl WuDunn delivers her important message of leadership, activism and hope to audiences worldwide. With her extensive global experience, Wudunn has unique insight on human rights and equality, taking audiences on a remarkable journey and giving them first-hand accounts of lives that are rarely seen. A commanding speaker, she is frequently called upon by senior officials both in the U.S. and abroad to speak on economic, political and social topics related to women in the developing world, the global economy, China and other emerging markets. Sharing the important stories that often go untold, Sheryl Wudunn shows audiences not only what needs to change, but how to take action to make ideas become reality.


  • 2013: Included as one of the leading "women who make America" in the PBS documentary "The Makers."
  • 2012: Selected as one of 60 notable members of the League of Extraordinary Women by Fast Company magazine.
  • 2011: Senior Fellow at Yale University
  • 2009- Present: Senior Managing Director at Mid-Market Securities
  • 2009: Received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007-2008: Vice President at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • 2001-2007: Strategic Planning Project Director then Editor for Energy, Alternative Energy, Global Industry and Technology at The New York Times
  • 1990-2000: Correspondent for the New York Times
  • 1990: Won Pulitzer Prize
  • Education : B.A. from Cornell University, M.B.a from Harvard Business Scholl and M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this stirring speech by WuDunn is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them.

With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, WuDunn investigates the art and science of giving by determining the current most successful local and global aid initiatives, evaluating the efficiency and impact of specific approaches and charities, as well as fund-raising. She offers practical advice to audiences on how best each of us can give and what we can personally derive from doing so. Soon to be the basis of a PBS four-hour series.

The China Challenge

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Why Students Should Care About the World - & Change It

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