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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Keynote AAP General Annual Meeting, March 19

Washington, DC; February 28, 2014 — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will give the keynote speech at the 2014 Association of American Publishers General Annual Meeting, March 19 in New York City, it was announced today.

Secretary Clinton will address representatives from the 425 member organizations of the largest national trade association for the US book and journal publishing industry.

“Hillary Clinton’s unprecedented public service has been marked by tireless commitment to improving learning, quality of life and opportunities for people worldwide. These are priorities shared by our member publishers and reflected in the high-quality works they produce,” said Tom Allen, President and CEO, AAP. “We are proud to have her address our community at our signature annual event.”

A new memoir reflecting her experiences as Secretary of State and her thoughts about navigating the challenges of the 21st century will be published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster. She is the author of four previous books including Living History and It Takes a Village.

This year’s AAP event, “The Next Chapter in Protecting IP: Policy, Disruption, Innovation and Sustainability,” will explore critical policy, business and societal issues facing the publishing industry. The day’s other speakers, recognized as original voices and influencers in the dialogue around content and technology, are:

Rep. Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler (D-NY) - the new ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. He will discuss Congress’s first comprehensive review of US Copyright law since 1976, now underway.

James McQuivey, Ph.D. — Vice President and Principal Media Analyst, Forrester Research; author, Digital Disruption. He will address how innovators are successfully maximizing new digital channels and platforms to drive radical change.

Jaron Lanier — author, Who Owns the Future? and a thought leader in the juncture of technology, economics and culture. He will share his premise that the rise of digital network and the concept of “free” threaten to destroy sustainability of creative content, jobs, middle class stability and future innovation.

The General Annual Meeting is produced by AAP for its member organizations. Space is limited for non-members.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton Biography

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady and Senator.

As First Lady, Hillary Clinton advocated for universal affordable, quality health care and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy and establish both the Children's Health Insurance Program and Early Head Start, which provides support for children in the crucial first three years of life. She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of our country, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society and opportunities for women and girls around the world.

In 2000, Ms. Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate. She worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves. After September 11, 2001, she helped secure more than $20 billion for the rebuilding of New York and fought for the health needs of first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero.

In 2007 and 2008, Ms. Clinton made her historic campaign for President, winning 18 million votes and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.

In her four years as Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century — with new tools, technologies and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world. As America's chief diplomat and the President's principal foreign policy adviser, Ms. Clinton spearheaded progress on many of our greatest national security challenges, from reasserting the United States as a Pacific power and imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. She pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to the security, stability and prosperity of all nations.

Today, Ms. Clinton continues to build on the nonprofit work she began nearly four decades ago through the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among businesses, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens.


The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Find us online at www.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.