<p>The Doherty-Granoff Forum on Women Leaders presents remarks by Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.</p>

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, will deliver remarks presented by the Doherty-Granoff Forum on Women Leaders on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Her address begins at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium. Doors will open to ticket holders at 2:30 p.m. and close at 3:30 p.m.

This is a ticketed event open to the Brown community and invited members of the public. Persons with active Brown IDs may reserve tickets beginning Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 8 a.m. For more information, contact the Office of University Events and Conference Services at 401-863-3100 or visit www.brown.edu/web/jarrett/.

Valerie B. Jarrett

Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to President Barack Obama. She chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls and oversees the Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs; Public Engagement; Urban Affairs; and Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, she was chief executive officer of the Habitat Company. She also served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden presidential transition team, and senior advisor to the Obama presidential campaign.

Prior to that, Jarrett held positions in both the public and private sectors, including chair of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley, and deputy corporation counsel for finance and development. She also practiced law with two private law firms.

Jarrett has also served as a director of corporate and not-for-profit boards, including board chair of the Chicago Stock Exchange, director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, chair of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and vice chair of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. She was a director of the Local Initiative Support Corporation and the Joyce Foundation, and at rustee of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

The Doherty-Granoff Forum on Women Leaders

Michael and Ellen Granoff inaugurated the annual Doherty-Granoff Forum on Women Leaders with the vision of developing leadership skills among women at Brown University. The forum aims to provide strong role models, networks, and positive leadership examples to support Brown as an incubator for the next generation of women leaders. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the inaugural lecture in 2006.

Editors: Credentials are required for this event. To arrange for press credentials, contact Deborah Baum at Deborah_Baum@brown.edu or 401-863-2478 by April 25.