September 1st, 2009
09:21 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin to Hong Kong

Palin is headed to Hong Kong.
Palin is headed to Hong Kong.

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's first major speaking engagement after leaving office won't be in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina.

Instead, she's apparently headed to Hong Kong.

According to the Hong Kong-based brokerage firm CLSA, Palin will be the keynote speaker at their 16th annual investor's conference in September. The conference of financial heavy-hitters brings together hundreds of CEOs, CIOs and fund managers from around the world. In agreeing to speak, Palin's joining some esteemed company: past speakers at the conference have included Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Al Gore and Desmond Tutu.

The former governor's spokesman was not immediately available to confirm the speaking engagment, which was announced in a press release Monday by CLSA. Palin's team hasn't always been on the same page as event organizers who have billed her as as a headline speaker. Over the last four months, organizers at conservative events in Alaska and in Washington, D.C. have announced appearances by the GOP star, only to discover at the last minute she would not attend.


CLSA appeared firm in their plans Monday, telling reporters that Palin is making her first trip to Asia. "As the first female governor of Alaska and the youngest person ever elected governor of that state, Palin has broken new ground in U.S. politics and we are delighted that she will make her first visit to Asia to present at the CLSA Investors' Forum," CLSA chairman Jonathan Sloane said in a statement.

Since departing office in July, Palin has been busy writing her book, a memoir set to be published in spring 2010 by HarperCollins. Her father Chuck Heath told The (Spokane, Washington) Spokesman-Review Friday that his daughter "has been out of town for almost a month now" working on the draft.

"I don't know exactly where she is, but she's writing her book," Heath said. "She e-mails me quite frequently. She asks, 'Oh, what happened on June 13, 1978?' This is material for her book."

Heath said Palin asks him about "trivial things like maybe a basketball game, 'How many points did I score here?' 'When did we go to the Boston Marathon?' Mainly sports."


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