Valerie Jarrett presents Finding My Voice
Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Julia Ideson Building
550 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77002
Note: Doors will open at 6 pm for this event. The event will begin at 6:30 pm.
Admission is free. Seating is limited. Registrants will receive priority seating.
Register here - https://conta.cc/2HnMJwK
Hosted by Brazos Bookstore and Houston Public Library
Join us for a conversation with Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Obama. This conversation will be moderated by Beth White, President and CEO of the Houston Parks Board. Valerie Jarrett will be speaking about and signing her new book Finding My Voice: My Journey To The West Wing And The Path Forward. Copies of her book are available for purchase below; additional copies will be available at the Ideson building the evening of the event.
This event will be held at the Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson building downtown. Admission is free; however, we ask that you RSVP on the library’s website.
Born in Iran (where her father, a doctor, sought a better job than he could find in segregated America), Jarrett grew up in Chicago in the 60s as racial and gender barriers were being challenged. A single mother stagnating in corporate law, she found her voice in Harold Washington’s historic administration, where she began a remarkable journey, ultimately becoming one of the most visible and influential African-American women of the twenty-first century.
From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to the real stories behind some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the twenty-first century, inspiring readers to lift their own voices.
Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before joining the White House, she served as the chief executive officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of Planning and Development, and deputy chief of staff for Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley. Jarrett has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including Time’s “100 Most Influential People.” She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. She is currently a senior adviser to the Obama Foundation and Attn and a senior distinguished fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.