Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is an Advisor of Shield AI. Gayle is the New York Times best-selling author of two books about the post-9/11 wars, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley's War, and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Following a decade covering politics at the ABC News Political Unit, Gayle pursued her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about entrepreneurship in conflict and post-conflict zones. This work from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Liberia, Bosnia and beyond, has been published by the World Bank, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and CNN, among others. Gayle is a frequent speaker on national security topics, including at the Aspen Security Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, and TED forums. She has given talks at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, Army War College, and the National Infantry Museum. From 2006 to 2010 she served as a vice president at the global investment firm PIMCO, where she led public policy analysis during the global financial crisis. A Fulbright Scholar and Robert Bosch Fellow, she is conversant in Spanish, German, French and Farsi. Gayle earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her Bachelor's of Journalism from University of Missouri.
Meet Our Leaders: A Conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
You’ve curated a career of bringing forward stories that might otherwise go untold. How did you become so passionate about storytelling? Stories are how we connect to our world. They take away the “other” and make things that matter deeply personal to us. I have had the privilege of meeting moms and dads and little ones in some of the toughest places, and of telling stories that help readers and viewers see their strength and courage and heart. They are not different from folks in the U.S., but their circumstances and challenges are.