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Stephanie Murphy

Businesswoman, Policy Expert, Former U.S. Congresswoman

The first Vietnamese American woman ever to be elected to the US House of Representatives, Stephanie Murphy provides incisive examination and unique insights on how politics, national security and business intersect at a time of profound global change. She is known for being a pragmatic moderate with a significant bipartisan legislative record of achievement informed by prior experiences in strategy consulting, investment management, defense policy and academia. As a testament to her results-oriented approach, she is widely credited for the establishment of the Employee Retention Credit which was a key support for businesses and workers during the pandemic, the passage of gun safety law in a Republican-controlled Washington, and historic investments in infrastructure and energy independence.

As a refugee escaping communism, rescued at sea by the US Navy and given a chance at the American Dream, her journey from poverty to policymaking was both improbable and inspiring. Her remarkably self-made life story in the American immigrant tradition put her on a journey that led from the boardroom to the classroom, from the halls of the Pentagon to the corridors of Congress. She has educated, defended, advised, and led – granting her a multi-lensed perspective and a penchant for creative problem-solving, at once unique and invaluable to organizations across the country. Candid, insightful and infused with humor she inspires, informs, and entertains her audiences with authenticity, lived experience, and insider Washington stories.

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Throughout her career Stephanie has been on both sides of the policy table – those making the policies and those affected by them.  She can translate the policy machinations in DC into real world impact for any organization or individual.  She can explain in easily understandable ways the interconnectivity of both foreign and domestic policy.  With the expanded use of export controls, sanctions, and industrial policy, she draws on her foreign policy, national security and global business experience to identify opportunities and challenges for any organization or industry.

Known as one of the most effective and bipartisan members of Congress, Stephanie Murphy was able to build an impressive legislative record in a polarized Washington over her three terms in the House of Representatives. Weaving in insider perspectives with legislative experience, Murphy takes audiences behind the scenes to see how things get done on The Hill – providing her take on the current environment and what to expect from the current Congress and Administration. She shares an insider’s perspective on the dynamics of politics today, and her vision for how to unite a nation divided behind the core ideals of what makes America great.

Stephanie Murphy is a dynamic speaker with an inspiring personal life story and an exceptional career in the trifecta of public, private and academic worlds. She knows what it takes to secure a seat at the table as a woman of color and to thrive as a powerful woman inside male-dominated environments.  Her commitment to American ideals of democracy and democratic capitalism as the best ways to promote security, justice and prosperity comes from her experience as an immigrant who saw her native country disfigured by authoritarianism. She encourages others to public service because she recognizes nothing is inevitable about the success or survival of American democracy, it must be preserved and protected by patriots of all political stripes, generation after generation.  She will leave audiences touched and inspired to be trailblazer Americans.

As a refugee of communism, rescued by the US Navy and given sanctuary in America, she loves the United States and deplores those who threaten her security or violate her values – be they foreign or domestic. Drawing on her experience at the Department of Defense and in Congress, she speaks to the importance of America united against threats to undermine its prosperity and preeminence on the global stage. She speaks clearly about the range of threats and lays out practical strategies to address challenges and opportunities.

Biography

Stephanie Murphy is a businesswoman, policy expert, and former U.S. Congresswoman.

In strategy and investment roles, Murphy worked with businesses across a range of industries. As an executive at an investment firm, she evaluated business opportunities and worked with management teams to navigate regulatory and business risk. She provided strategic advice to senior executives at multinational companies while at Deloitte Consulting. In addition, she was an instructor of finance at Rollins College and helped launch the social entrepreneurship program on campus.

Murphy was a national security specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she received numerous awards for her service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She helped to shape U.S. policy in the Asia Pacific by fostering cooperation in capacity building, disaster preparedness, special operations, and counterterrorism. Murphy led the effort to set the Defense Department’s strategic direction and priorities for security cooperation and contingency planning. She also worked on budget and acquisitions for the U.S. Navy.

In Congress, Murphy was known as an effective legislator cutting through partisan gridlock to establish an exceptional record of legislative success. Murphy was consistently named one of the most effective and bipartisan members of Congress during her three terms (from 2017 to 2023). She led the bipartisan effort to lift the federal gun violence research ban and created the tax benefit that enabled businesses to retain and rehire workers during the pandemic. Murphy was a key player in delivering historic infrastructure and climate investments. She also carved out a role as a leading Congressional voice on trade and national security policy.

Murphy served as co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of House Democrats focused on fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense, and a principled and pragmatic approach to legislating. She also served as a Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. In these roles, Murphy helped to shape the House policy agenda. In addition to her leadership roles, Murphy served on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, Small Business Committee, and the historic Select Committee to Investigate the Jan 6th Attack on the Capitol.

When Murphy was a baby, her family fled Vietnam by boat to escape persecution by the country’s communist government. After their boat ran out of fuel at sea, they were rescued by the U.S. Navy, who gave them the supplies they needed to make it to a Malaysian refugee camp. A Lutheran Church in Virginia then sponsored the family’s passage to the United States, where Murphy and her family became naturalized American citizens. Murphy was the first Vietnamese-American woman ever elected to the United States House of Representatives.

Murphy earned a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. In 2022, Murphy received honorary doctorate degrees from her alma mater, William and Mary, and from Gettysburg College.

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