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Former WH press secretary Sean Spicer to speak at SHU

October 2, 2018

FAIRFIELD - Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will speak at Sacred Heart University on Nov. 28 as part of its Distinguished Leaders Series.

The talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. in SHU’s Martire atrium. The public is invited and copies of Spicer’s book, “The Briefing,” will be available for sale. Spicer will sign purchased copies following his talk.

The Distinguished Leaders Series features leaders from a variety of sectors who have made significant business and public service contributions. It is presented and hosted by SHU Trustee Katie Burke, who serves as senior strategist and global chief of staff at Edelman.

In announcing the talk. SHU said in a release, “Everybody knows Sean Spicer. At least polls show that they know his name and his trademark style behind the White House podium. But before the former White House press secretary made his mark as one of the most recognized staffers in the Trump administration, he built a decades-long career in Republican politics. This included witnessing and shaping the inner workings of Washington, D.C., from every vantage point — as a House of Representatives communicator, assistant U.S. trade representative, chief strategist of the Republican National Committee, top adviser to presidential campaigns and, of course, White House spokesman.

“Few in Washington are as well-equipped as Spicer to pull back the curtain and dissect what’s really happening in the nation’s capital. He is the founder and president of RigWil LLC, a strategic consulting firm that provides insights to C-suite corporate and association executives. Since leaving the White House, he has traveled the world addressing groups, corporations, forums, schools and associations as an exclusive speaker of the Worldwide Speakers Group. He is a council member of the Gerson Lehrman Group and served as a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.”

His book, “The Briefing,” sheds light on the headline-grabbing Trump administration’s first year as well as the 2016 campaign and his time in Washington. Spicer also serves as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and is currently assigned to the Joint Staff.

A Rhode Island native and Connecticut College graduate, Spicer also holds a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He has been active in a number of causes supporting veterans, adoption and cancer research.

A husband and father of two, he resides in Virginia but remains a fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

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