Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Sylvia Mathews Burwell | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Leader, President Of American University
Drive positive change within higher education and inspire innovation with Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaker, leader, and President of American University.

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Leadership Insights With Sylvia Mathews Burwell

With a career spanning both the federal government and globally recognized nonprofits, Sylvia Mathews Burwell possesses a deep understanding of what it takes for organizations to flourish at all levels. She has a keen insight into cultivating the right talent to foster accountability and drive progress. In this bespoke discussion, Sylvia Mathews Burwell will delve into various topics, including her personal leadership philosophy, which emphasizes measurable outcomes, prioritization, and building strong relationships. Additionally, she will offer valuable guidance on effectively nurturing the leaders of tomorrow, drawing from her own experiences in running a federal agency and leading international organizations.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Speaker Biography

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is a leader with a diverse background in government, philanthropy, and academia. Born in Hinton, West Virginia, she attended Harvard University and the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning degrees in Government and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics respectively. After starting her career in the public sector, she moved to the private sector, holding leadership positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walmart Foundation. In 2013, Burwell returned to government service as the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. She played a key role in managing the federal budget and navigating the aftermath of the 2013 government shutdown. Later, she served as the 22nd Secretary of Health and Human Services, leading the department responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act and responding to health crises such as the Ebola and Zika outbreaks. Since 2017, Burwell has been the President of American University, the first woman to hold this position. Under her leadership, the university has implemented initiatives to enhance student success, promote research, and foster community engagement. Despite challenges such as a significant budget shortfall and controversy over campus policies, Burwell remains committed to her role and continues to advocate for change within higher education.

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