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Announcing Season 2 of The Bridge: Advice from Africa’s First Female President

March 8, 2019  • Aspen Global Innovators Group

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became president of Liberia in 2006, she took charge of a country in healing. Less than a decade after a devastating civil war, the nation was in need of strong leadership. On this episode of The Bridge podcast, President Sirleaf discusses her more than 12 years as president and the change she was able to enact as the first female head of state on the African continent.

“Women don’t go to war, women find compromises,” President Sirleaf said at a live conversation in New York City. Throughout the discussion, Sirleaf shared her thoughts on the role of women as global leaders, lessons she learned as president, and what other countries can learn from Liberia’s example.

President Sirleaf spoke with Peggy Clark, executive director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group and host of The Bridge podcast, at an event recognizing Sirleaf as the 2018 Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Honoree for her leadership and breakthrough thinking on issues of international development and human rights.

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