Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as Secretary of State of the United States, passed away Wednesday, March 23. Secretary Albright played an important role advising Mayo Clinic in how to successfully expand its global presence. In July 2020, she addressed Mayo Clinic staff virtually, sharing lessons from her life as a trailblazing diplomat..
Below is a statement from Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO:
We are greatly saddened by the news of Secretary Albright's passing and offer our deepest condolences to her family. She was truly in a category of one. As a health care organization, we were inspired by her unparalleled skill in conveying some of the most challenging global issues — issues that touched us all — in ways that anybody could easily understand.
Secretary Albright was also instrumental as we established our global presence, Mayo Clinic International. She advised us on navigating the intricacies of global expansion, and it was an honor and a privilege to learn from her. We will continue to recall her lessons in diplomacy, integrity and honoring our responsibilities to the global community.