Long before Hillary Rodham Clinton proved to be the consummate team player as our Secretary of State, she had proved her mettle in my eyes as the loyalist we all want in our lives—fully focused on big picture objectives.
At a Renaissance Weekend in South Carolina, the 25th anniversary of this intellectual retreat, I had my first encounter with her.
At this private and protected enclave, leaders from a multitude of industries and disciplines let their hair down, sharing information as well as their dreams and hopes. She was inspirational on the stage and even more mesmerizing during our initial tete a tete. She is a role model for women who are unstoppable in their drive to excel.