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

9:50 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Introduction (Co-chairs Pooja Chandra Pama and Eunice Reddick)

10:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker TBC

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)

Kathleen Kuehnast, Director, Gender Policy and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace

B: Protecting Human Rights and Creating Equity

Arbana Xharra, International Woman of Courage 2015, Kosovo

Hadeil Ali, Director, 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)

C: Educating Leaders for Global Challenges

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

Megan Murphy, Global Education Director, International Coalition of Girls Schools


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

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Plenary Panel Topic:  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


12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks from Co-Chairs

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

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