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In Conversation with Tina Tchen

15 February 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Tina Tchen, Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls, (2009-16)



Tina Tchen is an American lawyer who until recently was assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady of the United States and is executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. From the date of President Obama's inauguration until 5 January 2011, she was the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. 

She was previously a partner in corporate litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In that capacity, Tchen represented public agencies in state and federal class actions, including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, and the Chicago Housing Authority. 

At this event, Tina Tchen will share her thoughts on the achievements of the Obama administration towards women’s economic empowerment as well as the challenges that were encountered and the lessons learned. 

She will also explore how governments and the private sector can work together to bring cultural changes and highlight the White House’s work under President Obama on adolescent girls, such as the Let Girls Learn initiative, which aimed to deliver high quality education for girls to reduce global poverty, hunger, negative health outcomes and global instability. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.