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Women Rising to Leadership.” Wendy Cai Lee (DC ‘96) interviews Susan Chira (pictured), Senior Correspondent of The New York Times

Saturday, March 31 2018 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Location: Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center

Douglass Alumna Wendy Cai-Lee discusses opportunities and barriers to women in top leadership positions with Susan Chira, Senior Correspondent and Editor, Gender Issues at The New York Times.

Susan Deborah Chira, born May 18, 1958 in Manhattan, New York City is an American journalist. She is currently a senior editor and correspondent for gender of The New York Times. From September 2014 until September 2017, she was a deputy executive editor of the newspaper and oversaw its entire news report. She was previously the assistant managing editor for news, and was the Times 's foreign news editor from 2004 to 2011.

She was raised in Rye, New York and attended Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1976. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1980, graduating summa cum laude.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  While at Harvard, Chira was the president of the Harvard Crimson.

Chira joined The New York Times in 1981. She was the Times's correspondent and then bureau chief in Tokyo from 1984 to 1989.  She has also been the metropolitan reporter at bureaus in Albany, New York and Stamford, Connecticut, national education correspondent, deputy editor of the Foreign desk, editor of The Week in Review, and editorial director of book development

Wendy Cai-Lee is a Partner at Oenus Capital, a firm that provides tailored private equity, private real estate and private credit investment solutions.  Prior to Oenus Capital, she was the Executive Vice President at East West Bank, responsible for Consumer and Commercial Businesses for the Bank’s U.S. market, managing 70% of the Bank’s $36 billion assets and responsible for nearly 1,500 associates.  Before that, she was a Managing Director at Deloitte, where she managed its U.S./China Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions team.

Wendy graduated Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Arts and completed the Harvard Executive Program.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) since [2007] and served as its chairperson for seven years. She is a member of the Rutgers University’s Board of Overseers and the Dean’s Advisory Board at Douglass College. She is a Board Trustee and a member of the Corporate Council at Asia Society Texas Center and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Queens Museum in New York City. In addition, she is an active member of numerous China-related trade organizations.