This panel discussion focused on the role of the First Lady of the United States.
Panelists discussed the contributions, both individually and collectively, that our First Ladies made while living in the White House and how their legacies continue long after a presidential administration.
Key takeaway messages :
- The shared roles as White House Social Secretaries placed them in that special nexus coordinating both the First Lady and the President’s public events at the executive mansion.
- They each served in different times and under unique circumstances but there are no doubt experiences that are relatable.
Moderator: Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Social Secretary for the Clinton Administration
- Bess Abell, Social Secretary for the Johnson Administration;
- Maria Downs, Social Secretary for the Ford Administration;
- Julianna Smoot, Social Secretary for the Obama Administration;
- Ann Stock, Social Secretary for the Clinton Administration;
- Amy Zantzinger, Social Secretary for the George W. Bush Administration
Other information, resources:
- History of the Office of the White House Social Secretary – White House Social Secretary’s Oral History Project
- Watch a video presentation of the session