K. Riva Levinson - Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa's First Woman President
As president and CEO of KRL International LLC, a Washington communications and government relations firm that serves as the consultancy of record for Liberia, Levinson has worked closely with Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and this political biography of the first woman elected to lead an African nation is an insightful tribute to a remarkable individual. Sirleaf was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, and the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 2012. Her victory in the 2005 Liberian presidential election closed the long period of uncertainty and turmoil both she and her nation had suffered following the coup of 1980, when she lost her position as finance minister and spent many years working outside her country. Levinson’s chronicle of Sirleaf’s dedication to building a democratic Liberia is also a valuable inside look at the roles played by both foreign policy and public relations in turning a country around.
Joining K. Riva Levinson for the event will be President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.