Former Senator & Ambassador
From 1999 to 2001 she served as the United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. As a consultant to the Department of Education (1998 to 1999), she advanced the policy issue of federal financial support for the rebuilding of America's crumbling schools. From 1992 to 1998 she pioneered membership in the U.S. Senate for women and minorities, becoming the only female from Illinois and one of two African Americans elected to the Senate in the 20th century.
In the Senate, Braun was the lead sponsor of successful legislation concerning school construction, pensions, agriculture and alternative energy, historic preservation, small business development, low-income housing and transportation. Prior to her service in the Senate, Braun served as a county executive, a state representative and an assistant U.S. attorney. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, and has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in corporate and business law and political science. Braun holds 11 honorary doctorates, and has received more than 200 awards for public service. A new elementary school has been named in her honor, with its team name the Ambassadors.
Thursday, March 6th
Student Center, Grand Ballroom B
Reception: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Keynote Address: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.