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American Women for International Understanding

Seventh Annual AWIU Career Opportunities in International Relations Symposium

Women Leading: Building Bridges of Peace, Security, and Equity

Friday, October 20, 2023
Location: International Student House
1825 R Street NW, Washington, DC


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration/Check-in

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Host Opening - AWIU Past President Ambassador (ret.) Tatiana Gfoeller

9:40 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Welcome - AWIU President Maggie Sabbag

9:50 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Program Introduction – Symposium co-chair Ambassador (ret.) Eunice Reddick

10:05 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Katrina Fotovat, Principal Deputy Director Office of Global Women’s Issues

10:30 a.m.  - 10:40 a.m. Coffee/Tea Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions:

A: Building Civil Society Coalitions to Achieve Peace and Security

Jennifer Hawkins, Senior Advisor for Women, Peace, and Security, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Megan E. Corrado, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Ambassador (ret.) Makila James, Senior Advisor, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

Moderator: Nancy Annick, AWIU Treasurer and member of the Pacific Council on International Policy

B: Protecting Human Rights and Creating Equity

Arbana Xharra, International Woman of Courage 2015, Kosovo

Hadeil Ali, Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Linda Robinson, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Moderator: Ambassador (reti.) Piper Campbell, Senior Lecturer, American University, School of International Service

C: Educating Leaders for Global Challenges

Dr. Jasmine Yarish, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of the District of Columbia

Megan Murphy, Global Executive Director, International Coalition of Girls' Schools

Dineo Brinson, Fulbright Program Officer, U.S. Department of State

Moderator: Ann Diederich, AWIU member and Co director of the Global Initiatives Program and world languages and history faculty member, Polytechnic School, Pasadena, California

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Strategies for Successful Women Leaders

Jill Dougherty, CNN Contributor and Adjunct Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Prof. Sherry Mueller, Co-President of Public Diplomacy Council of America and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, School of International Service, American University

Patricia Scroggs, Director of Diplomatic Fellowships, Howard University

Moderator: Miranda Cohen, Founder, Change Wave Consulting

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks from Symposium Co-Chair Pooja Chandra Pama

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch, Networking, Individual meetings with recruiters

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