Currently the Communications Director for the National Math and Science Initiative, Ms. Pederson was part of a group of  14 American women mentoring 18 Egyptian business women   Sponsored by the Bush Center’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship, the program seeks to empower women to strengthen civil societies in developing countries with a special emphasis on improving education, health and family services.

 The Egyptian women had visited their US hosts in Washington, D.C., New York, Dallas and Silicon Valley during the spring. Now, it was the Egyptian’s turn to host the Americans. Ten of the American mentors from the law, media, politics, business, education and health fields traveled to Egypt in the fall. While some social activities outside the hotel were curtailed by the unrest, the week-long conference continued to discuss developing leadership skills, networking, becoming more assertive and creating business plans to fulfill life goals.

 After leaving The Dallas Morning News, Ms. Pederson was senior advisor for strategic communications for the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. She assumed her current position in 2009. The author of three books – all focusing on women – serves on the boards of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, SMU’s Tate Lecture Series and the Tower Center for Political Studies.