BELLEVUE, WA—Although she was known as a “shrewd negotiator” during her time as the first female secretary of state in US history, Dr. Madeleine Albright was warm, witty and candid as the keynote luncheon speaker for CREW Network’s 2015 convention, which wrapped up Saturday in Bellevue, WA.

Wearing her red shoes and a brooch given to her by the Bellevue Arts Museum just blocks from the convention venue, Albright kept the audience inspired, cheering and rolling in laughter as she took on topics ranging from her “unlikely rise to her position of power,” to the need for greater economic and political empowerment for women, to the lack of collaboration that’s underlining many of the complex problems facing the world today.

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