Women Rising:

Navigating World Challenges

Presented by American Women for International Understanding

Program Schedule

Thursday, October 6, 2022
International Student House
1825 R Street NW, Washington, D.C.

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • 9:30 - 9:50 a.m.

    Welcome by AWIU President Maggie Sabbag

  • 9:50 - 10 a.m.

    Welcome: Co-chairs Pooja Chandra Pama and
    Ambassador Eunice Reddick

  • 10:05 - 10:30 a.m.

    Keynote Speaker:
    Katrina Fotovat,
    Senior Official in the Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

  • 10:30 - 10:40 a.m.
    Coffee/Tea Break
  • 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
    Breakout Sessions:

“How I Overcame Challenges to Bring Change to my Community”
Interview with Fadia Najib Thabet, International Woman of Courage 2017
Main Room

Panel Discussion:Strengthening Diversity in IR Careers “
Rachel Thomas, Senior Advisor to Under Secretary Bonnie Jenkins on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, U.S. Department of State
Bunmi Akinnusotu, Assistant Director for State Department Fellowship Programs, Howard University

Panel Discussion: “Navigating Global Issues in Non-Government and Business”
Ambassador (ret) Makila James, U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) Senior Advisor
Leslie M. Schweitzer, Founder and Chair, Friends of American University of Afghanistan (FAUAF)

  • 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    Panel discussion:  “How to Succeed in IR Careers”
    Carmen Iezzi Mezzera, Executive Director, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
    Elizabeth Boesen, Assistant Director for Public Service Initiatives, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

    ModeratorSherry Lee Mueller, Ph.D. , Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, School of International Service, American University
    Main Room               

  • 12:45 -1 p.m.
     Closing remarks from co-chairs
  • 1 - 3 p.m.
    Lunch, networking, individual meetings with recruiters