Over the course of eight years, Valerie Jarrett had a front row seat to the Obama presidency and as a trusted adviser to the president and Mrs. Obama she had their ear. Jarrett oversaw major initiatives spanning from equality for women and girls to advancing civil rights and reforming our nation’s criminal justice system.
The Jarrett – Obama connection began in the early ‘90s when Jarrett interviewed a young Michelle Robinson for a job in Chicago’s government. Jarrett’s memoir “Finding My Voice” received rave reviews upon its release last year and captures many of the interactions that made their relationship special.
“Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades… the world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us,” noted Michelle Obama.
Valerie Jarrett will join the HBS Club for an exclusive conversation about the issues of the day – join us for this can’t miss webinar on Zoom.
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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 a senior distinguished fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.
Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact
Chitra Nawbatt is a highly accomplished executive with a track record of leading, innovating and transforming organizations to achieve growth. Ms. Nawbatt has spent most of her career as a strategic multidisciplinary change agent with the mandate to build teams, processes and systems to reinvent culture, market strategy to execution, growth and risk management.
Currently, Chitra is the Global Head of Market Solutions at Genpact, a leading lean digital, artificial intelligence, analytics and design thinking consulting firm. She delivers strategic solutions to clients focused on revenue discovery and business performance transformation using digital, artificial intelligence and data analytics.
Previously, Chitra was the New York based Anchor for Reuters International TV where her broadcasts were seen by millions of households across the world including Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. C-level executives, politicians and world leaders had differentiated interviews with her because of her prior track record from Wall Street.
Before her media career, Chitra was a C-level executive at Deutsche Bank, as well as held leadership roles in the areas of Global Banking and Regional Management. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Nawbatt established risk management functions at CIBC, and before that started her career at EY in Advisory and Assurance. Chitra has her Certified Public Accountant designation and was educated at Harvard Business School, Harvard University and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
You can reach her on twitter @chitranawbatt.
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