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Growing Up Biden: Family Lessons on Leadership

It’s said that leaders are made, not born. That’s certainly true of the Biden family. Although Joe Biden is in the spotlight as the 46th President of the United States, his three siblings are all leaders in their own right, too. And Joe’s sister Valerie Biden Owens says that forging of strong leadership began in childhood with deep family values.

Valerie joins host Maureen Metcalf to discuss her book, Growing Up Biden. She shares the challenges she faced breaking gender barriers, the importance (and elusiveness) of confidence, and growing women as leaders. She'll also dive into the ingrained lessons and expectations that have been the guiding principles of the Biden’s close-knit, Irish American, Catholic family. These stories and insights speak deeply to the impact of family and generational leadership on political and personal ethos.

It's a revealing conversation unfolding the many ways our parents’ guidance shape us as leaders of our own families, organizations…and nations.

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Ms. Biden Owens serves as the Vice Chair for the Biden Institute, Biden Foundation and Beau Biden Foundation. She is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign as well as a Presidential campaign. She previously served as U.S. Senior Advisor to the United Nations 71st General Assembly. While at the UN, she represented the United States government when she delivered three interventions from the podium to the General Assembly on topics including the International Court of Justice and human rights, as well as delivering remarks to designated committees of the UN as the U.S. delegate. From 1997 to 2016, Ms. Biden Owens served as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White and Company, a media consulting firm in the United States.