On October 14, 2018 at 2 p.m., the JCC of Greater New Haven will kick off its 2018-19 Jewish Author Series with Ambassador Wendy Sherman, author of “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence.” Sherman’s talk will take place in the Beckerman Lender building’s Vine Family Auditorium at 360 Amity Road in Woodbridge. Tickets are $5 for JCC members and $10 for the general public, available at jccnh.org/cultural-arts.
Few people have sat across the negotiating table with the Iranians and the North Koreans. Sherman has done both. Sherman’s long list of accomplishments include the four years she spent negotiating with Iran and world leaders on the nuclear accord of 2015, and serving Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the Clinton administration’s North Korea policy team.
“Not for the Faint of Heart” delivers an honest account of the personal and professional challenges associated with being a woman in power today, and ultimately how she learned to embrace it. She writes, “When you are sitting across the negotiating table, you are not Wendy Sherman, you are not a woman, you are not in my case an American Jew, you are the United States of America – and that is a pretty damn extraordinary power.”
In recent interviews with CNN, CBS, the Washington Post, and more, Sherman calls attention to the human component of successful negotiation, and the ways in which courage, power, and persistence contribute to diplomacy as an art form. “Not for the Faint of Heart” demonstrates the ways in which authenticity, acceptance of change, and commitment to the team can lead to overcoming challenges in our own lives.
A short Q & A and book sales/signings will follow Ambassador Sherman’s talk. Tickets are on sale now at jccnh.org/cultural-arts.