2018 Advance Born Global Salon: Sydney
In partnership with the New York Times and ClemengerBBDO, Advance was thrilled to host an evening with the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd. Maureen was interviewed by renowned journalist, and close friend, Julia Baird. Julia opened the evening reminiscing about her first encounter with Maureen in Vegas which cemented their long friendship.
As an opinion columnist for The New York Times since 1983, Maureen has covered nine presidential elections, including Reagan in 1984; both Bushes (H. in 1988, W. in 2000); the Clinton family (Bill in 1992, Hillary in 2016); and now Donald Trump. Safe to say, she is one of the most respected and listened to commentators on politics, pop culture and women’s issues!
The conversation was held in Sydney at the Workclub, a beautifully designed global co–working space, which is home to Advance’s Sydney office. The night brought together an army of passionate Maureen fans, the likes of corporate Australia, Advance Corporate members and fellow NYT journalists, who were all keen to get the inside scoop on Trumpland and the unpredictable state of American politics. And Maureen did not disappoint!
Straight off a plane, Maureen’s delivery was compelling but deceptively casual – it was full of riveting insights and stories into the recent and current politic scene in the US, saying what many journalists are afraid to say. In particular when she compared Barack Obama to Luke Skywalker: “He had the force, he just didn’t always use it,” she said. A minute later, she explained that many voters never warmed to Hillary Clinton because “they wanted a Rottweiler to bite the face off of Washington.”
The night was so interesting, it even made the New York Times! See here
A huge thank you to WorkClub for hosting the event at their venue, and The New York Times and ClememngerBBDO for supporting the evening.