When Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the first woman to serve as director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department (2009-2011), came to Tesoro Viejo to talk about work, balance and family life, another pioneering woman kicked things off. Tesoro Viejo Development vice president Karen McCaffrey introduced Dr. Slaughter, noting, “Tesoro Viejo is perhaps just the right backdrop to have this discussion here today. This community is all about making connections and learning from each other.”
The early November Winspire event presented by Moss Adams, a network of women leaders in the Central Valley, included breakfast while guests listened to Dr. Slaughter’s insights on the difference in gender expectations. The author, lawyer and policymaker has been a groundbreaker throughout her career. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School. She’s the current president and CEO of New America—a think and action tank dedicated to renewing America in the digital age. And she has written or edited eight books, including Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work Family.
“We were thrilled to welcome Winspire and the community to listen and exchange ideas—this is exactly what we had in mind when we envisioned our Town Center,” McCaffrey says.
Founded in 2017 by Moss Adams, Winspire is a local network of women leaders in the Central Valley who inspire in business, community and public service. McCaffrey has been a member of the organization since the beginning, and the business and community members gathered at the November event represented a who’s-who of local leadership. The morning conversation was moderated by Ashley Swearengin, the former mayor of the City of Fresno who is now president and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation, and Madera County Supervisor Brett Frazier presented a proclamation to Dr. Slaughter on behalf of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, recognizing her achievements and welcoming her to Madera County.
“This is just one of many events we hope to host at Tesoro Viejo,” says McCaffrey. “We envision Tesoro Viejo as a hub not just for its residents, but for the entire region.”