Date: November 17, 2020
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. Pacific/4:00–5:00 p.m. Central/5:00–6:00 p.m. Eastern
Location: ZOOM Virtual Presentation
Join us for a new installment of NP’s Let’s Talk series on Tuesday, November 17, featuring U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. We’re thrilled to sit down with Senator Duckworth to hear about the groundbreaking ways she built her career and the life experiences that led her to where she is today.
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who was among the first handful of Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the reserve forces for 23 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2014. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.
In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. On November 12, 2004, her helicopter was hit by an RPG, and she lost her legs and partial use of her right arm. Senator Duckworth spent the next year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she quickly became an advocate for her fellow soldiers.
In 2018, after Duckworth became the first senator to give birth while serving in office, she sent a message to working families across the country about the value of family-friendly policies by securing a historic rules change that allows senators to bring their infant children onto the Senate floor.
Duckworth is fluent in Thai and Indonesian. She attended college at the University of Hawaii and earned a master of arts in international affairs from George Washington University. Following graduation, Duckworth moved to Illinois and began pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at Northern Illinois University and later worked for Rotary International. Senator Duckworth and her husband Bryan are the proud parents of two daughters, Abigail and Maile.
NP’s “Let’s Talk!” series showcases dynamic female leaders across all industries by inviting them to speak about their career journey and path to leadership—their ups and downs and key moments that made an impact on their lives and careers.
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