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Marguerite Kondracke: Take Time to Smell the Flowers

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Marguerite W. Kondracke is President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance, founded by Gen. Colin L. Powell to make children and youth a national priority. Prior to joining the Alliance, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, as well as Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. She also served as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for then Tennessee Governor Alexander. Previously, Mrs. Kondracke was co-founder and CEO of Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Mrs. Kondracke has been named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures and one of the “Top 50 People of Power and Influence” by The Non-Profit Times . She is an alumna and trustee of Duke University, and holds a master’s degree in psychology from Austin Peay State University. She is married to award-winning journalist Morton Kondracke; they enjoy golf, travel, and spending time with their four children and three grandchildren.

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