May 26, 2010
|Place||The Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto
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May 27, 2010
Woodrow Wilson Awards Dinner Honored
Condoleezza Rice and Thomas M. Siebel
WASHINGTON—The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution presented the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship to Thomas M. Siebel at a dinner held on May 26, 2010 at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, California. Patricia House, vice chairman & senior vice president of strategy at C3 served as dinner chair with Anja Manuel of The RiceHadley Group, Charlotte M. Shultz, and John S. Watson serving as dinner co-chairs.
“These two leaders personify the attributes we seek to honor at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Their contributions have been numerous and significant, and it gives me great pleasure that the Board of Trustees has chosen to recognize such worthy honorees,” said Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has led a distinguished career as a civil servant, acclaimed scholar, and devoted educator. As a public servant, she played vital roles in advancing American interests and expanding democracy around the world, serving as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush and as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, before being confirmed as the 66th U.S. Secretary of State in 2005. The first African-American woman to hold this post, Secretary Rice reinvigorated the U.S. Department of State. She implemented Transformational Diplomacy with the mission of building and sustaining democratic, well-governed states around the world and in the Middle East and created a high-level position to defragment U.S. foreign aid. Prior to entering public service, Rice spent 12 years teaching at Stanford University before being named the University’s first African-American and first female Provost. She has returned to Stanford, where she has resumed teaching as a professor of political science and the Thomas and Barbra Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.
Thomas Siebel was founder, chairman, and CEO of Siebel Systems, one of the world’s leading business software companies, with 4,500 customers and more than $2 billion in revenues when it merged with Oracle Corporation in 2006. Prior to founding Siebel Systems, he served as CEO of Gain Technology and led the multimedia company to a successful merger with Sybase Corporation. In addition to his success in business, Siebel has also been a generous humanitarian. He is the founder and chairman of two philanthropic foundations: The Siebel Foundation and The Meth Project Foundation. The Siebel Foundation was established in 1996 to support projects and organizations that improve the quality of life, environment, and education of the community, including programs advancing research and education and serving the homeless and underprivileged. The Meth Project Foundation is a prevention-focused campaign aimed at reducing teen methamphetamine use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. In 2006 The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recognized the project as the Most Influential Drug Program. Barron’s ranked Siebel among the world’s Top 25 Philanthropists in 2009, and Business Week named Siebel one of the Top 50 Most Generous Philanthropists in the United States in 2007 and 2008.
The Woodrow Wilson Awards recognize leaders in government, business, science, the arts, and beyond who have embraced openness, dialogue, and service in confronting the issues of their day on the local, national, and international levels. Since their inception more than ten years ago, the Awards have been presented in major cities across the United States and around the world.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, established by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the living, national memorial to the United States’ 28th president. The Wilson Center is one of three American institutions (along with the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) created by congressional statute to perform a national mission within the Smithsonian Institution and is governed by its own independent Board of Trustees appointed by the U.S. President.
A nonpartisan institution supported by public and private funds, the Center explores national and global issues through free, open, and informed dialogue. The Honorable Joseph B. Gildenhorn is chairman of the Board of Trustees, and previously served as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland (1983–1993). Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center, served as a member of Congress for 34 years and provided service as vice chairman of the independent 9/11 Commission. He also served as co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group with former Secretary of State James Baker.
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