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Please join us as we continue the recognition of Women's History Month with someone who epitomizes those ideals. CCW Life Member Louise Shelley '72 is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She is also the director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), which she founded when she came to Mason in 2007. Shelley has written 6 books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her mainstream outreach efforts extend the social impact of her scholarship and inform those who can influence policy or carry out reform efforts. Shelley routinely advises congressional members and staff, as well as international organizations such as NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank. After she published A Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening our Future, prominent environmental groups approached her to lead public outreach efforts on the security risks caused by transnational environmental crime. She also founded the Anti-Corruption Advocacy Network (ACAN), which fosters communication among academics, government and multinational bodies on the issue of financial corruption. This group contributed to the successful passage of the Corporate Transparency Act and the National Defense Authorization Act. Last year she was awarded George Mason’s Earle C. Williams Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Social Impact. So we are delighted to have Professor Shelley share her story with us.
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