Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. Currently, she works at a small banking boutique helping growth companies, including those operating in the emerging markets. She raises capital for a variety of clients: men and women entrepreneurs in new media, media technology and social enterprise. She also co-founded FullSky Capital, a social enterprise advisory firm, and advises several growth companies. Read More >
Speech at the 2010 Global Dinner
Fox Business News Interview
Half the Sky Book Trailer
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. Read More >
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. Read Less ^
"Sheryl WuDunn was absolutely phenomenal and her message during the event was tied into a very powerful voice to take action and awareness of the importance of the development and empowerment of women as well as the business relevance globally. This is a very important topic to our company and one that many associates are inspired to take action on. We have received a LOT of great feedback regarding Sheryl's presence and presentation at the event. We are also excited to report that we had a record participation and attendance from all of our regional, NWA offices, and international offices."
"We are getting nothing but rave reviews for yesterday’s luncheon. Overall Sheryl was terrific, very easy to work with, and very willing to do whatever we asked of her (she graciously did a couple of press interviews that I wasn’t even aware were going to happen until the last minute). I very much appreciate her good-natured cooperation."
"Every person should own this book…every woman you know should absolutely have a copy of this book…Until I read this book, I had the overwhelming sense that nothing would change…The most incredible story I’ve ever heard."
"On behalf of the Women’s Opportunity Network (WON) and Opportunity International, we thank you for your participation in our Fall Microfinance Conference and for your gracious acceptance of our annual International Women’s Leadership Award. We are thrilled to see the Half the Sky movement gaining momentum in support of justice and economic empowerment for women in the developing world. As you may have noted, our “Case for Support: Why Women? Why Opportunity? Why Now?” prospectus highlights your findings on the impact of microfinance and education on women and girls. Your book was chosen earlier this year as our organization-wide book club selection, leading to many insight-filled discussions and blogposts, and increased awareness by our staff and supporters on the situation of women in our world. Once again, many thanks for the time you spent to educate and inspire our supporters at the Fall Microfinance Conference."
"Thank you so much for speaking out our Top 10 College Women Luncheon. Your inspirational anecdotes and advice resonated with our winners – who were delighted to meet you – and with everyone else in the room. I am such a fan of your work and your message about the importance of education for girls across the globe in Half the Sky. As a huge supporter of the book, it was especially thrilling to hear you speak about your experiences. Many Thanks."
"We had a great time during Sheryl’s visit! We appreciated her willingness to be interviewed on Utah Public Radio, and her personable interactions with students, faculty, and community. The campus loved her presentation; it did what we wanted it to do. One of the many things we appreciated was how approachable and warm she is. Our students were absolutely enchanted. Two of our students participated in her public radio interview and several came to dinner that evening. They were thrilled with the opportunity to talk to her and commented over and over that she felt like their new best friend!"
"It was a wonderfully successful event! We had one of the largest crowds we have ever had for this annual lecture series, around 300 people. We made programs for 200, so this far exceeded what we hoped for. Ms. WuDunn is a great speaker, with a very clear presentation. She was also such a gracious guest. But what really impressed me with her stay her was her interactions with students. Those of us who attended the afternoon seminar with students were so impressed with her conversation with them. For me, though, what most struck me was that at the end of her big lecture, where students were only about 1/3 of the total audience, most of the questions came from students. This tells me that students were engaged by what she said and felt engaged and empowered enough to ask questions. While that might not be so surprising for those of you in New York, I can tell you that this is not the usual demeanor of Minnesota students! So I was quite pleased that she made such a profound connection with our students."
"You gave a wonderful presentation last night. I am inspired by your example as a leader, mother, and advocate and was thrilled to be able to hear more of your perspectives. Every story you tell raises awareness and transforms hearts and institutions."
"Sheryl was really well received by the attendees and I heard a lot of really great feedback about her keynote. She received a standing ovation yesterday, and the anecdotal thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks so much your engagement and partnership in securing Sheryl for our event."