Luckily, Sarah got her passport just in time to make the journey to the magical continent of Asia where she will say smart and funny things to investors of the brokerage firm CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, much like Al Gore, Bill Clinton, and Alan Greenspan before her.
"Our keynote speakers are notable luminaries who often address topics that go beyond traditional finance such as geopolitics," company spokeswoman Simone Wheeler said in a statement.
She said the conference aimed to present investors "a diversity of views that potentially influence decision-makers who help shape the markets."
"We just felt it would be a fabulous opportunity for CLSA clients to hear from Mrs. Palin," Wheeler said, adding that CLSA approached Palin with the offer.
Oooh, this is so exciting! Sarah's first commercial speaking engagement and her first trip to magic Asian land -- all rolled into one! But since it's tacky to discuss money, her speaking fees were not publicly disclosed. Betcha it's a lot, though!
The forum will also be closed to the media, and no word on the topic yet. (Please be Twitter, please be Twitter!). ]September 23rd is the big day, which means Palin's loyal spokesperson and chronic bearer of bad news Meg Stapleton has approximately until September 23rd to cancel. And pretend it never existed in the first place. The forum, not Asia, that is.