Author Talk: Alyssa Mastromonaco

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7 - 8pm

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Alyssa Mastromonaco

Alyssa Mastromonaco served as President Obama's director of scheduling and advance at the White House from 2009 to 2011 and as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House from 2011 to 2014. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? (with Lauren Oyler} and a contributor to Crooked Media.

Join Alyssa as she sits down with Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, for a conversation all about her new book, Here's the Thing: Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older and Trusting Your Gut.  In it, she brings a sharp eye and sense of humor to the myriad issues facing women the world over, both in and out of the workplace. Along with Alyssa's personal experiences and hard-won life lessons the book interviews with women like Monica Lewinsky, Susan Rice, and Chelsea Handler.

This event is sponsored by The Strand and requires paid admission. Book + Admission tickets are $35. Admission Only tickets are $20. The $20 Admission Only ticket does not come with a copy of So Here's the Thing.


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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.