When President Bill Clinton visited Northern Ireland in November 1995, Vinca LaFleur helped him find the words to inspire new hope for peace.
The Financial Times described the president’s speeches as “Ciceronian”; the Times of London called his Belfast keynote address “one of the finest” of his presidency; and The Guardian advised the British prime minister to “hire that man’s speechwriter.”
Working at the White House combined two of Vinca’s passions: writing and international relations. During her three years as a foreign policy speechwriter and special assistant for national security affairs, she accompanied President Clinton to Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Previously, she served as a speechwriter for the Secretary of State, and before that as a human rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
After Vinca left public service, more leaders got their opportunity to take The Guardian’s advice. From 1998–2008, she ran her own speechwriting consultancy, serving clients across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Today, as a partner at West Wing Writers, Vinca helps CEOs, senior government officials, philanthropists, and other prominent public figures to shape ideas and drive conversations in fields from global development to public health, women’s empowerment, hospitality, manufacturing, and many more.
In addition, as a leader of West Wing Writers’ workshop practice, Vinca teaches writing, speechwriting, and storytelling seminars both in the United States and internationally, helping business, government, and nonprofit communicators to unlock and hone their own talents.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Vinca has been published under her own name in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Politico, Elle, the New York Observer, and elsewhere; appeared on television at home and abroad; addressed university audiences from Yale University to BI Norwegian Business School; and served as a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Vinca graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and holds a Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She and her husband, scientist David LaFleur, live in Washington with their two children.