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Highlights from An Evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton

As we look back on the year that was, An Evening with Hillary Clinton certainly stands out. 
Secretary Clinton presented to sell out audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland as part of The Growth Faculty's Women World Changers series.

The evening included a 70 minute keynote address from Secretary Clinton followed by an interview with former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard in Australia and former Prime Minister, Jenny Shipley in New Zealand.

“Clear and present danger to democracy”

“When people ask me how I’m doing, I answer ‘As a person I’m okay but as an American, I’m pretty concerned’,” the former U.S. Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate told audiences in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.  

“What we’ve learned about Russian interference in the election is more than alarming. It’s a clear and present danger to democracy and it’s right out of Putin’s playbook. We know now that Russia had agents using Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, even Pinterest, to place targeted attack ads and negative stories, intended not only to hurt me, but to fan the flames of division within our society.”  


“Our world is at a crossroads”

In the speech, the first woman U.S. presidential nominee talked of the ripple effect.

“So where do we go from here? I don’t have all the answers. I believe our world is at a crossroads, and what we do next not only as governments, but as business leaders, members of the media, influencers and ordinary citizens matters enormously... We can see this authoritarian movement rippling out from the Kremlin reaching out across Europe and beyond, emboldening right wing nationalist and separatists, racists and even neo Nazis.”


Standing ovation

Secretary Clinton received a standing ovation for her speech, which drew heavily from her bestselling autobiography What Happened.

The loudest applause came when she shared personal reflections on the aftermath of what she called “the first reality TV election in American history.”   

“Everyone gets knocked down in life. What matters is whether you get back up and keep going. (It’s a) lesson drilled in from an early age by my mother. It’s served me well and it’s universal. When asked how did I manage to get out of bed…there were times when I was tempted to pull the covers over my head and stay in bed. I spent time with friends and family, especially my grandchildren and I read a lot – I like mystery novels because the bad guy usually gets it in the end.”


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