Madeleine K. Albright has devoted her life to public service, not only on behalf of the citizens of the United States but the world. From 1993–1997, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN. In 1997, she was named the first female U.S. Secretary of State. In that role she reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad. Albright has also held (and holds) positions with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board and chaired a group of experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept. In 2012 President Obama awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom to Dr. Albright — the nation’s highest civilian honor — citing the inspiration her life is to all and that her scholarship and insight continue to make the world a better, more peaceful place. She is also the author of five New York Times best-sellers.