Women Rising:

Navigating World Challenges

A Symposium

AWIU’s Sixth Annual
Career Opportunities in International Relations
A Symposium

“Our goal is to connect the next generation of women with diplomats, business leaders, academics and policy makers to nurture their interests in global issues. We are thrilled to be collaborating with International Women of Courage and the Department of State on this symposium.”

October 6, 2022

International Student House, Washington, D.C.

1825 R Street NW, Washington, D.C.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Network with prominent female diplomats, career State Department and international organization experts, and representatives of non-profits dedicated to urgent global issues.
Learn about careers in international affairs.
Engage with women leaders in the field.
Speak with recruiters for international affairs positions.


Keynote speaker Katrina “Kat” Fotovat is the Senior Official in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. She leads a team of gender experts promoting gender equity and equality through support for women, peace and security, countering violent extremism, promoting women’s economic empowerment, and combatting gender-based violence.


“How to Succeed in International Relations Careers” is the topic of a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Sherry Mueller, Senior Adjunct Professor and Lecturer, School of International Service, American University, with panelists Carmen Iezzi Mezzera and Elizabeth Boesen.

Discussion Groups

International Woman of Courage (IWOC) 2017 awardee Fadia Najib Thabet will discuss bringing change to a community, in her case, war-torn Yemen.  Two other discussion groups will focus on bringing diversity to international relations careers, and global Issues effecting non-government and business careers.


COIR: Women Rising is the perfect environment to network and build your contacts in the international relations, non-profit, advocacy, law, and government sectors. Come meet an exciting group of female leaders, U.S. ambassadors, State Department and business executives, all sharing your passion for IR.


Lunch is gratis, courtesy of American Women for International Understanding. Enjoy meeting young women who share your interests, as well as seasoned professionals in diplomacy, advocacy and leadership positions.

Meet with Recruiters

COIR will feature recruiters representing government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations that are looking for women pursuing careers in international relations. The period after lunch is your time to meet with them and discuss your career path.