WIIS-DC Team

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Past Events

2020

Navigating Your (European) Career: How to Succeed at an Embassy

October 22, 2020

In partnership with the Georgetown University chapter of European Horizons, WIIS-DC co-hosted a virtual event, “Navigating Your (European) Career: How to Succeed at an Embassy.” It was the twelfth event in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured three DC-based European embassy officials: Kadri Peeters of the Estonian Embassy; Ricardo Añino Vazquez of the Spanish Embassy; and Beth Wilson of the British Embassy.

 

International Security with a Latin American Focus

August 24, 2020

 WIIS-DC hosted the first virtual event of the Regional Mentorship Series, "International Security with a Latin American Focus." The event was hosted via Zoom and featured three professionals currently working in the DC region: Marcela Calle, Program Coordinator in the security department of a recognized international organization; Julia Yansura, Program Manager, LAC at Global Financial Integrity; and Leslie Solis, Program Manager at the World Justice Project. Via breakout groups, participants were able to interact directly with the panelists.

 

Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in the Human Rights field

August 11, 2020

WIIS-DC hosted a virtual event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in the Human Rights field.” It was the eleventh in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured Dr. Gloria Yayra A. Ayee, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University; Professor Melissa Stewart, Dash-Muse Teaching Fellow at the Georgetown Human Rights Institute; Professor Macarena Sáez, Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University; and Professor Susan Deller Ross, who teaches International and Comparative Law on Women’s Human Rights and is Director of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic.

 

How to Publish Your First Book: Tips from an Author and Her Editor.

July 23, 2020

WIIS-DC hosted a virtual book talk, “How to Publish Your First Book: Tips from an Author and Her Editor.” It featured author Elizabeth Shackelford and her editor Colleen Lawrie on how Elizabeth took her book idea and made it a reality, "The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age."

 

2019

End of Year Toast

December 18, 2019

WIIS-DC hosted an end of year toast at Eighteenth Street Lounge. The gathering was an opportunity for WIIS-DC members to reflect on the events organized during 2019, meet and network with others, and plan events for the next year.

Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in International and Domestic Humanitarianism

November 21, 2019:

In partnership with SAIS Global Women In Leadership, WIIS-DC co-hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in International and Domestic Humanitarianism.” It was the tenth in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured Dr. Jane Stromseth of Georgetown Law; Dr. Felice M. Apter of Georgetown Medical School; Ruth Greenspan Bell of the Wilson Center; and Professor E. Christi Cunningham of Howard University School of Law, with opening remarks by Professor Tanvi Nagpal of SAIS’ International Development Program.

Latin American Women in Diplomacy

October 22, 2019

In collaboration with WIIS-GWU, WIIS-DC hosted an event,"Latin American Women in Diplomacy." This was the fourth event of the "Embassy After Hours" series and featured Georgina Barquet from Mexico and Beatriz De la Fuente from Chile, diplomats who lead their Embassy's work on security and political affairs, respectively

“Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Maritime Security.”

September 25, 2019

In partnership with the SAIS International Law Society, WIIS-DC hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Maritime Security.” It was the ninth in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured the Council on Foreign Relations’ Lori Murray, the Hudson Institute’s Liselotte Odgaard, and the Defense Department’s Cristina Garafola.

"Diversity in International Security: How to Broaden your Network."

August 28, 2019

In partnership with the Truman National Security Project, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS)WIIS GlobalDiversity in National Security Network (DINSN)#NatSecGirlSquadGLIFAA, and Truman's TruDiversity initiative, WIIS-DC hosted an event, "Diversity in International Security: How to Broaden your Network." Attendees also had the opportunity to interact with representatives from these organizations. 

“Africa Women’s Foreign Policy and Defense Mixer."

August 26, 2019

In partnership with Women’s Foreign Policy Network, WIIS-DC hosted its second “Africa Women’s Foreign Policy and Defense Mixer.” It brought together over 60 women who work in African affairs to connect and share ideas. 

“Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in International Law.”

August 7, 2019

 In partnership with Pay Our Interns, WIIS-DC hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in International Law.” It was the eighth in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured Dinah Shelton and Burrus Carnahan, both of the George Washington University.

Career Event

May 1, 2019

 In partnership with the SAIS International Law Society, WIIS-DC hosted a career event on international institutions and organizations. The event featured New York University’s Anna di Lellio, SAIS’ Ruth Wedgwood, and Georgetown University’s Shareen Joshi.

"Africa Women’s Foreign Policy and Defense Mixer.”

March 11, 2019

In partnership with Women’s Foreign Policy Network, WIIS-DC hosted an “Africa Women’s Foreign Policy and Defense Mixer.” It brought together over 60 women who work in African affairs to connect and share ideas.

Networking Happy Hour for Women's History Month

March 27, 2019

 In partnership with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, WIIS-DC hosted a networking happy hour to celebrate Women's History Month.

"The Heart of War Book Talk: an Evening with Dr. Kathleen McInnis"

February 7, 2019

WIIS-DC hosted an event, "The Heart of War Book Talk: an Evening with Dr. Kathleen McInnis." It featured the Congressional Research Service's Kathleen McInniswho discussed key themes from her new novel, "The Heart of War: Misadventures in the Pentagon."

2018

Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Middle Eastern Security.”

December 7, 2017

WIIS-DC hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Middle Eastern Security.” It was the fifth in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured the Brookings Institution’s Tamara Cofman Wittes, the Institute for the Study of War’s Jennifer Cafarella, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Dana Stroul.

Networking Happy Hour

October 23, 2018

In partnership with Cultural VistasWomen’s Foreign Policy GroupYoung Professionals in Foreign Policy, and WIIS Global, WIIS-DC hosted a networking happy hour with international affairs professionals to learn more about early- and mid-career fellowship opportunities.

The Gender Gap in 2018: Supporting Women in the International Security Community

September 24, 2018

 In partnership with the Nuclear Threat InitiativeWomen in DefenseWomen's Foreign Policy GroupWomen's Foreign Policy Network, and WIIS Global, WIIS-DC hosted an event, "The Gender Gap in 2018: Supporting Women in the International Security Community." Panelists discussed the status of the gender gap in the international security field.

Networking Happy Hours

August 16, 2018

WIIS-DC hosted a networking Happy Hour at the Italian Dupon Kitchen. Members of WIIS DC met members of their chapter and planned for the next year of events.

"Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed at the Department of Defense”

May 8, 2018

WIIS-DC will hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed at the Department of Defense.” It is the seventh in the “Navigating Your Career” series and feature the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Melissa Dalton and Alice Friend, as well as the Center for a New American Security’s Kelley Sayler.

"So You Want to be a DASD"

March 12, 2018

WIIS-DC hosted an event, “So You Want to be a DASD.” It featured a panel of three former Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense: Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Rebecca Chavez, Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia’s Evelyn Farkas, and Strategy and Force Development’s Mara Karlin.

“Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed at the National Security Council”

March 1, 2018

 WIIS-DC hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed at the National Security Council.” It was the sixth in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured the Atlantic Council’s Elisa Catalano Ewers, the Center for a New American Security’s Loren DeJonge Schulman, and JPMorgan Chase’s Lisa Sawyer Samp.

2017

"Embassy After Hours”

October 24, 2017

WIIS-DC hosted the third event in its “Embassy After Hours” series at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. During this private event, panelists discussed the U.S.-EU and EU-NATO relationships, as well as the EU’s defense initiatives.

Networking Happy Hour

September 5, 2017

In partnership with Harvard University’s Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D), WIIS-DC hosted a networking happy hour.

“Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Foreign Policy”

July 10, 2017

In partnership with The German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Young Transatlantic Network, WIIS-DC hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Foreign Policy.” It was the fourth in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured the GMF’s Derek Chollet and the Center for a New American Security’s Julianne Smith.

"Embassy After Hours”

June 29, 2017

WIIS-DC hosted the second event in its “Embassy After Hours” series at the German Embassy. During this private event, panelists discussed the U.S.-German relationship, Germany’s role in the EU and NATO, and the upcoming German federal elections, as well as how to succeed in the international security field.

“Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Academia”

April 26, 2017

WIIS-DC hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Academia.” It was the third in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured American University’s Karin Johnston, Georgetown University’s Oriana Skylar Mastro, the George Washington University’s Joanna Spear, and the National Defense University’s Eva Jenkins.

Networking Happy Hour for International Women's Day

March 15, 2017

In partnership with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Women’s Foreign Policy Group, WIIS-DC hosted a networking happy hour to celebrate International Women’s Day.

2016

Holiday Party

December 16, 2016

In partnership with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, WIIS-DC hosted a holiday party.

"Embassy After Hours"

November 14, 2016

WIIS-DC hosted the first event in its “Embassy After Hours” series at the British Embassy. During this private event, panelists discussed the U.S.-UK special relationship and women in combat.

"Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed at the State Department”

October 20, 2016

WIIS-DC hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed at the State Department.” It was the second in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured both foreign service officers and civil servants.

Networking Happy Hour

September 19, 2016

In partnership with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Women’s Foreign Policy Group, WIIS-DC hosted a networking happy hour.

"Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed on Capitol Hill”

May 3, 2016

WIIS-DC hosted an event, “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed on Capitol Hill.” It was the first in the “Navigating Your Career” series and featured both personal and professional staffers.

Networking Event

March 2, 2016

Women In International Security hosted a collaborative networking event to kick off 2016. This was a great opportunity to have candid conversations and form both personal and professional relationships with established practitioners in the security and international affairs field.

Participants represented professionals from organizations, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH)
  • Brookings Institution
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)
  • Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS)
  • International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
  • International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
  • The Institute for Inclusive Security (IIS)
  • US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of State
  • US Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Women for Women International (WfWI)
  • Women in Defense
  • Women in International Security (WIIS)
  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)

2014 & 2015

Networking Happy Hour

December 16, 2015

WIIS-DC hosted a Holiday Happy Hour, which included International security professionals from WIIS, Women in Defense, the Women's Mentoring Network of Brookings Institute, and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy met for a networking happy hour. Participants got into the holiday spirit as they met, mingled, and networked across organizations.

Networking Happy Hour

October 5, 2015

WIIS-DC hosted an October happy hour, kicking off a series of new events for area professionals. Individuals new to Washington and long time residents alike gathered to meet and mingle with other men and women interested in international security, peace, and development.

Monthly Mentoring Circle

March 4, 2015

WIIS DC hosted their Monthly Mentoring Circle featuring Dr. Craig Zelizer. Dr. Zelizer shared his expertise in conflict resolution. In addition, as Founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN), he shared insider tips on how to use this amazing global networking and job search tool for peace builders and change agents. The event was held on the GWU campus.

Talk with Dr. Nora Bensahel

January 22, 2015

Dr. Nora Bensahel shared her range of experiences and advice working national security issues across the think tank community in D.C.  Come prepared to offer your own questions and observations to help enrich the discussion.

Talk with Anne Witkowsky

April 22, 2014

Anne Witkowsky shared her range of experiences working at the National Security Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the State Department, and her current role leading the Defense Department's Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations office.

Contact

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