On Monday, September 17, 2018, Rt. Hon. Liz Truss, Chief Secretary of the Treasury, the United Kingdom was the keynote speaker at “Business, Money & Power and the economic empowerment of women.” The conversation was moderated by Morgan Ortagus, foreign policy analyst and former U.S. Treasury official
Business, Money, and Power was co-hosted by RightNOW, the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Independent Women’s Voice, a 501(c)(3) organization.
An economist by background, the Right Honorable Elizabeth Truss was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury in June 2017 by Prime Minister Theresa May. Her role gives her responsibility for overseeing U.K. public expenditure labor market policy and welfare reform. A member of the Conservative Party, she was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2010 and has held several important government roles, including Education Minister, Environment Secretary, and Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
The Right Honorable Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary of the UK Treasury:
The Right Honorable Elizabeth “Liz” Truss was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury in June 2017 by Prime Minister Theresa May. Her role gives her responsibility for overseeing U.K. public expenditure labor market policy and welfare reform. A member of the Conservative Party, she was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2010 and has held several important government roles, including Education Minister, Environment Secretary, and Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
As self-styled ‘Disruptor-in-Chief’, Liz is not afraid to speak her mind and believes liberating people to start and grow businesses without burdensome red tape is the key to our economic future. She has argued strongly against the Big State policies of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, which she believes will damage choice, innovation, and prosperity.
She is tasked with keeping a watchful eye on the public finances and driving productivity in public services, so taxpayers get the most for every pound spent. She has recently traveled to Japan, South Korea, Brazil, and Chile to see how countries around the globe are turbocharging economic growth, controlling public finances and delivering world-class public services.
Born in Leeds to left-wing parents, Liz broke the mold and started her career as an economist and accountant with a Conservative membership card. She currently lives with her husband and two daughters, dividing her time between Norfolk and London.
A prolific tweeter, Liz is among the most followed U.K. government ministers on social media. You can keep up with Liz’s activity by following her on Twitter (@trussliz), Instagram (elizabeth.truss.mp) or LinkedIn. Read her full bio at https://www.elizabethtruss.com/liz-truss
Morgan Ortagus, Moderator:
Morgan Ortagus is the co-founder of Global Opportunity (GO) Advisory. She has worked her entire career in the emerging markets in roles in financial services, consulting, and diplomacy. She is also an active U.S. Naval Reserve Officer. Prior to founding GO Advisory, Ms. Ortagus helped found EY’s Geostrategic Business Group. Previously, she was a Global Relationship Manager at Standard Chartered Bank in the Public Sector Group covering clients in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
From 2008-2010, Ms. Ortagus was an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Treasury in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis where she worked to publicly designate individual terrorists on the United Nations 1267 list. Ms. Ortagus began her government service as a public affairs officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where in 2007 she spent several months in Baghdad, Iraq and worked with GO Advisory co-founder, Samantha Vinograd.
After serving in Iraq, Ms. Ortagus was assigned to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2010 as the Deputy U.S. Treasury Attaché to the Kingdom. In this role, Ms. Ortagus focused on working with the Saudi Arabian government to curb the illicit financial flows to and from the Kingdom. Ms. Ortagus was the principal liaison from the U.S. Treasury to the banking sector in Saudi Arabia.
Ms. Ortagus is a Johns Hopkins University Leadership Fellow; a member of the CNAS Council and Future of Sanctions Task Force; a member of the Institute for the Study of War’s Advancement Committee; the National Co-Chair of Maverick PAC; a board member to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation; and a board member to the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan. Additionally, Ms. Ortagus serves as an Advisor to Concordia, where she contributes to the strategic direction and development of the organization’s Diplomacy and Defense programming.
Morgan earned an honors thesis at Johns Hopkins University for her research on counterinsurgency. She graduated from Johns Hopkins in May 2013 with a dual Masters of Business Administration/Masters of Arts in Government. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science, cum laude, from Florida Southern College.
Sponsored by RightNOW, women’s empowerment 501(C)(4) nonprofit organization, the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network, a 501(c)(3) organization, and
the Independent Women’s Voice, a 501(c)(3) organization, with support from CTIA, American Trucking Association, BNSF Railway, The Herald Group, and Independent Women’s Voice.