Without being preachy, she emphasized how she, an African-American female, could work hard, gain higher education, and ultimately be involved in world politics - Secretary of State (2005-2009). That is the promise in America. She also talked about leadership and how she learned to delegate, how she gathered people to tell her the truth on issues, and how awaking with a positive attitude helps all those around you. She emphasized optimism in tackling problems.
Key global issues that are still defining us - September 11th 2001, Economic Turmoil from 2008, and the Arab Spring. She also discussed how the Founding Fathers had no idea of the pace at which we get information now. The government they created was based on a slower life, but fortunately the United States system adapts and evolves without uprising and upheaval.
Her closing words were geared toward students, but applicable to all of us. She recommended challenging oneself with something new; learn and fail - it's okay, but then try again; read and talk with different people and sources - get out of your confined world and actually listen to other viewpoints; travel and learn about other cultures; emphasize education - it is the groundwork for all.
I came away impressed with her presence and her thought provoking views. UNT did a great job as host to Dr. Condoleezza Rice. (And she gave an emphatic NO - she does not plan to run for President...Not ever, Never. )