October 11, 2018

Wait Just a Minute: Time's Up Leader Tina Tchen

Our web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, Time's Up leader and former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen, shares her favorite thing about working with the former First Lady, the challenges of building Time's Up, and advice for young women starting their careers.

Wait Just a Minute: Tina Tchen


Best thing about working with Michelle Obama?

So, it's hard to isolate one thing that I enjoyed the most about working with Mrs. Obama, but I think, you know, we had a great team. I think the thing that both of us treasure from our time in the White House, and also on the campaigns, was the spirit of a team that came together to support a cause.

Biggest challenge in building Time's Up?

I think the biggest challenge in building Time's Up has just been to keep up with the momentum. I think we were all surprised by the outpouring of support, and, quite frankly, the outpouring of people needing help. So, just keeping up with that over the course of the last year has been a challenge. 

When do you think women will "get there"?

This is a longtime struggle, when I talk about women's rights I often say, you know, gender discrimination is something that has been with us for a millennia. It has transcended time, and religion, and culture, geography, age... it has been with us since the beginning of time, so it's going to take a while to overcome.

Advice for young women starting their careers?

The most important thing is to believe in yourself, believe in your own capabilities, believe in your voice, and then use it.

About

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices and conduct independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. The Council is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization. All statements of fact and expressions of opinion in blog posts are the sole responsibility of the individual author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council.

Archive





| By David Scheffer

Grandstanding in the Situation Room

It is not possible for the president to make well-considered decisions without the detail and knowledge of seasoned officials, including unpopular and dissenting views revealed in the memoranda that emerge from the Sit Room. 


| By Brian Hanson, Robert S. Ford, Tamara Cofman Wittes

Deep Dish: The New US-Syria Policy

President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria will have wide-ranging consequences for US policy in Syria. 





| By Madeleine Nicholson

Fragile States and Pandemics: Why Preparedness Cannot Happen in a Vacuum

The second largest Ebola outbreak in history is raging on in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and international response has been comparatively quiet. Given the DRC’s recent historical similarities to Sierra Leone, the country that suffered the most cases and deaths during the 2014 outbreak, it is imperative that the world take notice and provide a rapid and holistic response.


Wait Just a Minute: Karen Donfried

German Marshall Fund president and former member of the National Security Council, Karen Donfried answers questions on a post-Merkel Germany, if Russia can be contained without the United States, and why Americans should care about European affairs.




| By Brian Hanson, Lesley Carhart, Adam Segal

Deep Dish: Chinese Cyber Attacks and Industrial Espionage

The massive Marriott records breach was the latest in a series of economic espionage cases attributed to China. Top cybersecurity experts Lesley Carhart and Adam Segal join this week's Deep Dish podcast to discuss the evolving tactical and policy challenges involved in managing international cyber space.


Wait Just a Minute: David Sanger

David Sanger, national security correspondent and senior writer for the New York Times, answers questions on cyberattacks: why they've become the new weapon of choice for foreign adversaries, the most likely suspects behind the next cyberattack, and who he'd most like to interview on the subject.