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Linda Tarr-Whelan

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Featured in Chapter Four: Power
Former Ambassador Linda Tarr-Whelan is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, a national progressive think tank based in New York City.  The author of the award-winning Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping up to Leadership and Changing the World (Berrett-Koehler, 2009, 2011), Linda was Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in the Clinton Administration and Deputy Assistant to President Jimmy Carter for Women’s Concerns in the White House.

Named as one of the 50 most powerful women in Washington by Ladies Home Journal, her leadership on the importance of gender balance and women’s empowerment has included national unions, New York state government, CEO of a think tank and as managing partner of a successful international management consultancy with her husband as her business partner as well as national and international government experience. A frequent speaker and writer she has edited three books and appeared in numerous publications and on air in the United States, Europe and Asia.  She blogs for Huffington Post and MomsRising.  Linda chairs the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group and the Pax World Resources Women’s Advisory Council, co-chairs the national advisory group for the CEDAW Education Initiative and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide. 

She began her career as a nurse and holds a BSN from Johns Hopkins, an MS from the University of Maryland, and honorary PhDs from Chatham and Plymouth State Universities. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.  Linda and her husband live on St. Helena Island, SC and in Burlington, VT.  They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Professional website: www.lindatarrwhelan.com
Favorite Charities: Women’s Leadership Councils of the United Way, Vermont Works for Women, & Penn Center