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“Ashley’s War” author GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON to headline Foundation Gala

January 12, 2018

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Photo credit Jack Guy

As part of her research into her national best seller Ashley’s War, author GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON spent a considerable time in Columbus conducting research at Ft. Benning.

Now Ms. Lemmon returns to town, this time as the headlining author for the annual Muscogee County Library Foundation gala.

In addition to her appearance at the annual dinner for the Foundation, she will offer a free public conversation about her work on Ashley’s War and the team of women soldiers she interviewed who fought on the Special Ops battlefield.

That conversation will take place on Sunday, February 11 at 2:00pm in the Columbus Public Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road. Admission is free, and no advance tickets are needed. Ms. Lemmon will autograph copies of her book after the presentation; books will be on sale at the event.

Ashley’s War tells the story of CST-2, one the U.S. Army’s “Cultural Support Teams.” This pilot program was created in 2010 to put women on the battlefield alongside Army Rangers, Green Berets, Nave SEALS and other special operations teams on sensitive missions in Afghanistan. Through exhaustive firsthand reporting, the reader is introduced to First Lieutenant Ashley White and other team members to learn how they earned the respect of the special operations warriors while acknowledging the human stakes of their battlefield successes.

Patrons interested in more information about the Gala to be held on Saturday February 10 should contact the Muscogee County Library Foundation at 706.243.2786 or by e-mail mclibraryfoundation@gmail.com.

For additional information please call the Columbus Public Library at 706.243.2669.

ABOUT GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON (from gaylelemon.com): Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributor at CNN. Most recently, she is the author of the New York Times bestseller Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (2015); as well as the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (2011), about a young entrepreneur who supported her community under the Taliban.

Lemmon began her career as a journalist in Washington. From 1997 to 2004, she covered presidential politics and public policy issues for the ABC News Political Unit and served as an editorial producer during the first year of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. In 2004, she left ABC News to pursue her interest in international development and began MBA study at Harvard. It was during this time that she began reporting from conflict regions.

Following her graduation from Harvard Business School, Lemmon served as a Vice President at the global investment firm PIMCO. At the firm, she served in the Executive Office, where she tracked Washington policy for the Investment Committee and credit team. She also served as an Emerging Markets Product Manager and focused on the firm’s Central Bank and Sovereign Wealth Fund clients.

She has reported on Afghanistan since 2005, when she made her first trip to the country. She has written about the country’s politics and economy, the evolving roles of Afghan women and the small but important class of young entrepreneurs for publications including The New York TimesThe Financial TimesFast Company, The Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek Daily Beast.

Writing regularly on entrepreneurship, with a focus on fragile states and developing economies, Gayle has consulted for the World Bank and penned working papers for the Council on Foreign Relations arguing for comprehensive, long-term, collaborative approaches to help entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict countries overcome challenges in accessing capital, markets, networks and business-skills training.

In 2011, Harper published The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. The former reporter spent years on the ground reporting the story of Kamila Sidiqi and the dressmaking business she started in her living room, which went on to create jobs and hope for 100 women in her Kabul neighborhood.

In addition to her work on foreign policy and the fight to end child marriage, Gayle has written a number of pieces about women and girls for The Atlantic, including “We Need to Tell Girls They Can Have It All (Even If They Can’t),” which is mentioned in Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

Lemmon is a contributor to The Atlantic’s Defense One site, writing regularly on national security and foreign policy issues. She regularly appears on a number of broadcast networks, including PBS, MSNBC, CNN and National Public Radio, to discuss foreign policy issues. Her TED Talk on Ashley’s War and its all-women Special Ops team this past May has received more than one million views, following on her 2011 TED Talk on the importance of investing in global entrepreneurs.

Lemmon graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She received an MBA from Harvard, as well as the 2006 Dean’s Award for her work on women’s entrepreneurship. She served as a Fulbright scholar in Spain and a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow in Germany. She speaks Spanish, German and French, and is conversant in Dari. She serves on the boards of Mercy Corps and the International Center for Research on Women and is a member of The Bretton Woods Committee.

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