Friday, October 5, 2012
The American-Swiss Foundation finishes its first Leadership Conference and Alumni Reunion today in Washington, D.C., a celebration of the legacy built by Ambassador Faith Whittlesey. Approximately 900 young leaders from the United States and Switzerland have participated in the Foundation's exchange program since 1990. Ambassador Whittlesey was honored last night by a lifetime achievement award presented to her at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Her work is also honored in a new book about her by Professor Thomas Carty, Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Springfield College in Massachusetts. The book is called "Backwards in High Heals: Faith Whittlesey, Reagan's Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing."