Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn is a business executive and best-selling author. The first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, she is co-founder of FullSky Partners, a consulting firm focusing on double-bottom line ventures in new media, technology and healthcare services. She is also a venture partner at Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, which invests in growth companies in the United States.

Ms. WuDunn and her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity (2014). Her keynote speech will cover the book’s topic of altruism and how to bring about societal change using evidence-based strategies. A Path Appears was turned into a three-part PBS documentary and was featured on many network television shows.

Ms. WuDunn and Mr. Kristof also co-wrote Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009), a No. 1 New York Times best-seller about the challenges facing women around the globe. Their new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope (2020), follows the different struggles facing working-class America. Ms. WuDunn has also co-written two books about Asia: Thunder from the East and China Wakes.

One of just a few people who has worked at The New York Times as both an executive and journalist, Ms. WuDunn has held management roles in the company’s strategic planning and circulation sales departments and has also worked as an editor, The Times’s first anchor of an evening news headlines program for a digital TV cable channel, and a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing.

Ms. WuDunn and her husband won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China, along with the Dayton Literacy Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Her other journalism prizes include the George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club awards. Ms. WuDunn has also won a White House Project EPIC award, the Asia Women in Business Corporate Leadership Award, the Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year Award, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize. Additionally, she has been a judge for the State Department Secretary’s Innovation Award for Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment.