WFPG Mentoring Minutes | 2021 Mentors
From August 2nd to August 22nd, WFPG student and young professional members can sign up for a 30-minute virtual meeting with a mentor to get their questions answered! Like informational interviews or office hours, the conversation will be led by mentees and focus on their questions and career goals. Choose a mentor and schedule a session through our mentor calendar.
How to register for WFPG's Mentoring Minutes sessions:
  • Read this year's mentor bios and choose a mentor you'd like to meet with
  • In the form, use the dropdown menu to see their open sessions. All Mentoring Minutes sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis—if you don't see one of the mentors here, then all of their sessions have already been booked.
  • Select up to 3 sessions 6 sessions you'd like to register for. If we are able to accommodate additional registrations, we will let you know. Please note that if you register for more than 6 total sessions, your registration for all sessions will be cancelled.
  • Share any other information about yourself or any questions you'd like your mentor(s) to have in advance. 
  • WFPG will connect you with your mentor and send you a Zoom link for your session.
  • Read through our tips for a successful mentoring session and come prepared with questions for your mentor.
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Meet Our 2021 Mentors
Interested in a particular area of expertise? Search the bios below using 'Ctrl-F' to find a mentor prepared to answer your questions: Intelligence, Defense & Security, Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance, International Business & Government Relations, Global Health, International Law, International Trade & Finance, Journalism & Media, Peacekeeping & Conflict Resolution, Public Diplomacy & Communications, Regional Focus: Africa, Regional Focus: Asia, Regional Focus: Europe/Eurasia, Regional Focus: Latin America, Regional Focus: Middle East, US Foreign Service, International Development, Nonprofits & NGOs, Think Tanks & Academia, UN & International Organizations, US Government, and Women & Gender
Looking for particular career advice? Search the bios below using ‘Ctrl-F’ to find a mentor prepared to answer your questions on: General career advice, Applying & interviewing for jobs, Networking, Getting an advanced degree, Applying for grants and fellowships, Career transitions, Working abroad, Working in the US as a foreign citizen, Balancing family & career, Navigating my career as a woman, Navigating my career as a person of color, and LGBTQ+ workplace challenges
Gail Bindley-Taylor, Information Officer, United Nations
Gail Bindley-Taylor, now retired, was a broadcast journalist for 45 years. She worked at the United Nations for 30 years in Public Information, over 20 years as a writer/producer for radio, and for almost 4 years as the head of Public Information and Spokesperson for a peacekeeping mission in Africa, based in Ethiopia and Eritrea and with the NGO community at the UN in support of their public information advocacy. Since retirement she has been involved in mentoring mainly with kids at risk who have have a brush with the juvenile system, and with women in prison. She has also done event planning with the Association of Former International Civil Servants and is a member of an Advisory Board for an elementary school looking at issues of diversity.
Areas of expertise: Journalism & media, nonprofits & NGOs, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, regional focus: Asia, UN & international organizations, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman, navigating my career as a person of color
Gloria BrokawLead Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State
Gloria Brokaw has over 25 years of experience as a national security professional. She currently serves as a Lead Foreign Affairs Officer with the US Department of State where she helps coordinate US China policy development. She previously served as a senior intelligence analyst with US Department of Homeland Security, where she developed national security screening and vetting policy and protocols. She is a proud US Army veteran.
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, regional focus: Asia, US government 
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, navigating my career as a woman
Stephanie BurchardResearch Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses
Dr. Stephanie M. Burchard is a US national security and defense expert based in the Washington, D.C., area. Since 2012, she has been a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. From January 2015 to August 2016, she was on detail to the US Department of State, where she worked on security governance and reform issues in Africa. From August 2016 to 2017, she served as Director of Policy and Program Analysis in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of African Affairs. She has taught courses at George Washington University, Georgetown University, American University, and the University of Cape Town. Dr. Burchard earned her Ph.D. in political science from Rice University in 2012. She spent the Fall of 2009 as a visiting fellow at the University of Botswana. In 2010, she was a junior research fellow in the Democracy in Africa Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. Her book, Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Causes and Consequences, was published in 2015 by Lynne Rienner Publishers. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, regional focus: Africa, think tanks & academia, US Government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, getting an advanced degree, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Crystal Camejo-PontrelliFounder and President, Future Focus Empowerment Institute International
Crystal Camejo is the woman behind the vision that is Future Focus Empowerment Institute International, a woman not just of success but one of significance, a visionary, global impact ambassador and a humanitarian. Her commitment to empowering individuals is surpassed only by her Faith in God and dedication to her family. Ms. Camejo was, born and raised in East POS Trinidad & Tobago, is a game-changing personal growth expert, dedicated to empowering youth to unlock their potential. Through a successful nexus of work in business, education, government and community activism, Ms. Camejo delivers provocative insights and strategies that will positively advance society through her academic, personal, professional and humanitarian endeavors. As the founder and Chief Visionary of Future Focus Empowerment Institute International, a global social enterprise which seeks to transform young lives, Ms. Camejo has established herself as a well sought-after consultant on academics, personal, professional and leadership development, specializing in youth empowerment strategies. She is deliberate at creating positive change and passionate about empowering young men and women globally to take their rightful place in the world. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, regional focus: Africa, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman, navigating my career as a person of color
Anne ClaryProgram Lead, Political Violence Targeting Women, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law
Anne Clary is the lead of the Political Violence Targeting Women project and former Assistant Director at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. She is currently a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Muenster in Germany where her research focuses on gender security, domestic violent extremism, security sector reform, and democratic governance. At the university, Anne directed the Strauss Center’s U.S. Department of Defense-funded program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia, and launched the Political Violence Targeting Women data project in partnership with the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data project. Overseas, she previously worked for the U.S. Department of Defense supporting American-German security cooperation programming in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Anne is currently a working group member with CNA Corporation to develop inclusive national security strategies and serves as a mentor with the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She holds a Master of Science in International Development from the University of Bristol in England, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southwestern University. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, international law, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, international development, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, applying for grants & fellowships, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Donna Constantinople, President, KMA Communications
Donna Constantinople is a founding partner of KMA Communications -strategic and management counsel to over 100 national and international corporations, industry associations, and non-profit organizations. The firm's work included executive recruitment, counsel/training for senior management, internal/external communications, audits, special events, media and public relations. She is a graduate in political science/economics from Northwestern University and has served on the boards of the Women's Foreign Policy Group, DNC's Women's Leadership Forum, Women's Campaign Fund, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation/Decatur House. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Journalism & media, public diplomacy & communications
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Mary-Gardner CoppolaStrategic Advisor to the Commandant, US Marine Corps, Department of Defense
Mary-Gardner Coppola has a dual background as a diplomat and a senior military advisor, which provides her with the relationships and analytical insight required to guide senior leaders in government and business. As Strategic Advisor to the Commandant of the US Marine Corps, she has developed and implemented an executive level strategy to help shape policy and political dialogue on military modernization in an era of strategic competition. Previously, Ms. Coppola was a US Foreign Service Officer serving in Singapore, China, Thailand, and Ecuador, as well as headquarters-based postings as Southeast Asia Country Director and UN Policy Officer. She started her career as a policy analyst at Open Society Foundations. She holds a BA and MA from GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, international business & government relations, regional focus: Asia, UN & international organizations, US foreign service, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Meghan CumpstonLieutenant Colonel, United States Army
Lieutenant Colonel Meghan Cumpston is an officer in the US Army.  She earned a Bachelor's degree from Villanova University in 2003 and a Master's degree in International Relations and Economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2013. She has had numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan during her military career, served as an Instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and spent several years in the special operations community. LTC Cumpston currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G2, for the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, TX.
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, getting an advanced degree, navigating my career as a woman
Anne DeLong, Management Officer, US Department of State
Anne DeLong has over 20 years of international development experience as program leader, project manager, trainer, and consultant. She has worked in over 30 countries and her experience spans strategic policy work, inter-agency coordination, operational and program management, environmental enforcement, and educational outreach and exchanges. Since joining the Foreign Service in 2008, Ms. DeLong has served in Nigeria, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. She has served as a management officer responsible for policy development and long range strategic planning for embassy construction. In addition to various positions at the Department of State, Ms. DeLong served as a special advisor to USAID's Earthquake Recovery Program in El Salvador, worked for the EPA, and prepared and presented a Best Practices Guide on National Environmental Action Plans for the OECD. She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire (now the DRC). | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: International development, regional focus: Africa, regional focus: Latin America, US foreign service, US government, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Carmen DemeterProject Manager/ Organizational Development, Independent Consultant
Carmen Demeter is a Certified Project Manager professional for international development with extensive experience in project management and operations, human and institutional capacity development, and learning. She has a deep knowledge of USAID’s program cycle and operational business model and is a detailed-oriented problem-solver with the ability to inspire, lead, and collaborate to tackle complex issues managing teams through uncertainties and strategic changes. Ms. Demeter is focused on results, efficiency, capacity building, and mission to provide high quality services and products for clients and beneficiaries. She is a learning champion with a history of engaging teams in activities with structured feedback loops for continuous learning and adaptation. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: International development, nonprofits & NGOs, regional focus: Africa, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, UN & international organizations, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, working abroad, working in the US as a foreign citizen, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Clara Diamond, Program Specialist, Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Clara Diamond has over four years of professional experience in program management, policy research, and community development for various UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and the US Department of State. Her areas of expertise include democracy and governance, specifically the inclusion of marginalized communities in political processes. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Human rights, regional focus: Africa, nonprofits & NGOs, US government, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman
Jennifer Dunham, Deputy Editorial Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Jennifer Dunham joined CPJ as deputy editorial director in May 2018.  Prior to CPJ, she worked for six years at Freedom House–including more than two years as the research director for the organization’s flagship Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press publications–and was a lead researcher and spokesperson for the press freedom project. Ms. Dunham holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in international relations from New York University. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Human rights, journalism & media, public diplomacy & communications, nonprofits & NGOs
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, career transitions, navigating my career as a woman
Bart Edes, Senior Associate, CSIS
Bart Édes is a policy analyst, commentator, and author of Learning From Tomorrow: Using Strategic Foresight to Prepare for the Next Big Disruption (2021). He focuses on developing Asian economies, international development, cross-border trade and investment, innovation, social policies, and transformative trends reshaping the world. Since December 2020, he has served as a non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, and was named a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in January 2021. Between 2001 and 2020, Édes held senior staff positions at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), most recently serving as the lender’s North American Representative (2017-2020). While based at ADB’s Manila headquarters, he oversaw teams responsible for policy, strategy and operational guidance on education, governance, health, inclusive business, ICT for development, knowledge management, poverty reduction, social protection and stakeholder consultation. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Human rights, humanitarian assistance, international business & government relations, global health, international trade & finance, public diplomacy & communications, regional focus: Asia, international development, nonprofits & NGOs, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, working abroad
Jessica Ernst, Program Advisor, USAID Office of Inspector General 
Jessica Ernst is an expert in international public-private partnerships, with significant experience in Africa and Southeast Asia, and a published author on careers in international development. As the Program Advisor at the USAID Office of Inspector General, Ms. Ernst leads special projects on pressing development issues. Previously, Ms. Ernst worked with USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, nonprofits, and foundations to co-design, manage, and fund public-private partnerships to increase social impact in Africa and Southeast Asia. One project she led informed a $130 million initiative by the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. Ernst independently published the book "So You Want to Save the World: A Guide to Pursuing a Career in International Development," which is available on Amazon.
Areas of expertise: International development, regional focus: Africa, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, navigating my career as a woman
Sarah Farnsworth
Sarah Farnsworth has been a mid-level leader at the US Agency for International Development (Balkans, Burma and the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance), the Department of State Office of the Special Coordinator for Haiti Response (Governance Officer), and a Special Assistant for the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia, Department of Defense. She is a strategic team builder and networker, developing trust and building lines of communication throughout the interagency as well as with non-profit organizations to build coalitions and consensus on policies.
Areas of expertise: Humanitarian assistance, international development
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Gina Fiore, Principal Associate - Maritime Security & Governance, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Gina Fiore currently works for The Pew Charitable Trusts as a Principal Associate on their Ending Illegal Fishing Campaign. In her role at Pew, she is the lead for their work on convergence crimes, maritime security and governance. Prior to Pew, Ms. Fiore worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Consultant, supporting offices within the Navy and the Army. She also spent five years working in the Department of Defense, deploying to Afghanistan to facilitate private sector investment. She has also interned in the House of Representatives and has worked in the private sector. Ms. Fiore has a Masters in Historical Studies and Political Science from the New School University as well as two Bachelor degrees from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, nonprofits & NGOs, think tanks & academia, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, navigating my career as a woman
Carmelita Francois, WASH Advisor, USAID
Carmelita Francois is an attorney with 10 years of professional experience in international development in UNICEF. She has professional experience across many countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and in the Pacific and holds a Master's degree in International Affairs. She now works as an advisor for USAID in Washington, DC. Ms. Francois offers career advising tailored to individuals from the Caribbean and Pacific Island Countries and Territories, and veterans pursuing careers in non-profit, international development and/or government and aims to help people assess their professional capabilities. She is also able to help people strengthen tools such as their resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter, and provide interview preparation.
Areas of expertise: Humanitarian assistance, global health, international development, nonprofits & NGOs, UN & international organizations, US government, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman, navigating my career as a person of color
Marci Hodge, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of State
Marci Hodge has been a public servant for the US Government for over 15 years. She began her public service career working with sexual assault survivors as a civilian at the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Office, Air National Guard as the Program Manager, Outreach lead for the Department of the Army and as a Victim Advocate in her Army Reserve capacity both stateside and overseas. She started her civilian career at Federal Emergency Management Agency as a contractor in Washington, DC after Hurricane Katrina in the Emergency Housing Unit and started working at the State Department in 2014. She is currently using what she learned during her eight years doing the SAPR work to inform foreign policy and programming to assist survivors of ISIS and other related gender-based violence issues in the Middle East and North Africa region. In 2018, Marci was selected as a Council Member on the Sexual Assault Advisory Council for the Peace Corps and in 2021 was asked to join the Board for Minority Veterans of America. Marci holds a Political Science Degree from Morgan State University and a Master’s of Science Cum Laude in International Relations from Troy State University. She is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer with multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait to Defeat ISIS.
Areas of expertise: Human rights, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, regional focus: Middle East, US government, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman, navigating my career as a person of color
Tinatin Japaridze, Director of Policy & Strategy, The Critical Mass
Tinatin Japaridze serves as The Critical Mass's Director of Policy and Strategy and brings over 15 years of international relations, media, communications, and security experience. She previously worked for the City of New York on various strategic civil society and media initiatives and also served as the United Nations Bureau Chief for Eastern European media. She is an accomplished journalist and author and is fluent in four languages including English, Russian, Georgian, and French, and proficient in Ukrainian. In 2019, she became a Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Ambassador on Cyber Ethics and Digital Leadership. Ms. Japaridze is also a mentor at Girl Security, a non-profit that aims to close the gender gap in the security sector, focusing on female empowerment in national security and information security-related matters. She is a graduate of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University with an M.A. in Russian Regional Studies with focus on cybersecurity and hybrid warfare. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, career transitions, working in the US as a foreign citizen
Rebecca Johnson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Marine Corps University
Dr. Rebecca J. Johnson is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marine Corps University, a position she has held since February 2019. Previously, Dr. Johnson served as Dean of Academics and Deputy Director of the Marine Corps War College from November 2015 to February 2019. She served on the faculty at the Command and Staff College from 2009 to 2015 and as chair of the University’s Faculty Council from 2012 to 2015. Before coming to MCU, Dr. Johnson taught at The Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University and from 2004 to 2008 was an Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Johnson served as the Academic Director for the South Carolina Washington Fellows Program at the University of South Carolina. Additionally, she has lectured on Balkan history for US police officers preparing to deploy to the international policing mission in Kosovo through Civilian Police International and has taught undergraduate international ethics at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, ROK. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, think tanks & academia
Can offer advice on: General career advice, getting an advanced degree, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Tugba Kalafatoglu, Founder, VOTE Women In Politics
Dr. Tugba Kalafatoglu is an award-winning international entrepreneur, a global business consultant, a mentor, a public speaker, and seminar leader. She speaks and consults on various business topics, including branding, start-ups, corporate strategy, international entrepreneurship, women empowerment, international business, cross-cultural management, local entrepreneurship, leadership, organizational structure, and presentation skills. She has traveled to 111 countries around the globe, where she serves as a keynote speaker as well as an adviser to governments, multinational companies, and academia. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: International business & government relations, international development, nonprofits & NGOs, think tanks & academia, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman
Nicole Kauss, COO, Strategic Leaders Academy
Nicole Kauss joined SLA as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2019. She previously worked for the Department of Defense for 15 years, where she most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of the South and Central Asia mission. She is a former Intelligence Community leader who has deployed numerous times and excels in high pressure situations in challenging environments. She is excited to bring her dedication, drive, and empathy to SLA. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A in International Security from The George Washington University. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, regional focus: Asia, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Anne Knight, Director, Human Capital, OSD Policy
Anne Knight is the Director of Human Capital in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD Policy). Within OSD Policy, she has served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary, Colombia Country Director, and co-chair of the Action Officer Council, among other positions. Ms. Knight also worked in strategic communication at US Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. She began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department. From 1999 to 2002, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. Ms. Knight is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, among other awards. She holds an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security,US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Sara Kutchesfahani, Director, N Square DC Hub
Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani is the Director of the N Square DC Hub. N Square is a funders collaborative created in 2014 to introduce innovation and creative thinking into the nuclear risk reduction space. She is also a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dr. Kutchesfahani has over 17 years of professional and academic experience in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security, holding research, analysis, teaching, and managerial positions at a national nuclear weapons laboratory, an NGO, a university, and at various think tanks around the world. She has a PhD in Political Science from University College London and is the author of Global Nuclear Order (Routledge: 2019) and Politics and the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements (Routledge: 2014), as well as numerous scholarly and policy articles. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, nonprofits & NGOs, think tanks & academia
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, getting an advanced degree, working abroad, working in the US as a foreign citizen, navigating my career as a woman
Min Kyriannis, Co-Chair, WIIS-NY
Min Kyriannis has 25+ years in converged, global, information technology, cybersecurity, physical security, as well as risk management across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. She has been cited in many professional publications and is widely recognized as a leader in the Security Technology industry. She currently serves as the cybersecurity and business development lead at Jaros, Baum & Bolles where she focuses on promoting cybersecurity, physical security, and technology as an integral part of all building technology systems. She currently serves as Chair of SIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of SIA’s New Product Showcase Committee, the Advisory Board for SecuritySpecifiers, as well as Co-President of Women In International Security – NY Chapter. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, networking, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman, navigating my career as a person of color 
Stephen Lande, President, Manchester Trade
Stephen Lande is a long-serving member of the trade community with 56 years of experience. He began his career at State with postings in Greece and Luxembourg. He spent the next ten years at USTR where he was the chief US negotiator for bilateral agreements with experience on Japan, Taiwan (no relations with China until after he left the government), the European Communities, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, and Egypt. Mr. Lande is the President of Manchester Trade Limited Inc, the longest existing Washington firm focusing on trade and investment policy.
Areas of expertise: International trade & finance, regional focus: Africa, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, regional focus: Middle East
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree
Barb Lauer, Senior Training Advisor, USAID
Barb Lauer is an adaptive and innovative leader, team builder, trainer, and facilitator. She has over two decades of senior leadership experience in international governance and peace building programs for government, non-profit, corporate and advocacy organizations. Ms. Lauer has managed, implemented, and evaluated programs that encourage the use of democratic principles prior to, during, and immediately after political crisis. Critical aspects of these programs have been to encourage meaningful ties between governments and their constituents, engage and strengthen civil society organizations, magnify the benefits of negotiated peace processes, re-establish norms and conditions after natural or human-derived disasters, and reintegrate and protect the rights vulnerable populations. She is also a trainer and facilitator; conducting workshops, strategic program sessions, and teambuilding events for government, corporate, and program staff in field and headquarter's offices.Ms. Lauer has senior-level international programming experience in 24 locations including Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Eritrea, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Montenegro, Myanmar/Burma, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, and Ukraine. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Human rights, international development, nonprofits & NGOs, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman
Melissa Liles, Founding Director, Institute for Developing Across Differences
Melissa Liles has spent two decades leading efforts to help people and organizations improve how they communicate and connect across differences. As Founding Director of the Institute for Developing Across Differences (IDD), a new interdisciplinary training center and global learning community, she works closely with education authorities, practitioners and academic experts worldwide to advance intercultural education and public diplomacy. Ms. Liles is formerly the Executive Director of the Center for Intercultural Learning & Global Competence Education and Chief Global Engagement Officer for global nonprofit AFS Intercultural Programs, an organization with operations in over 60 countries. During her 17 years there, among other accomplishments, she repositioned AFS worldwide to become widely recognized as a leading 21st-century education provider and led the re-establishment and expansion of operations in India and China respectively. Her passion for all things intercultural and international stems from her own experiences living and studying abroad in France, Tunisia, Austria, and the Netherlands. Today, in addition to leading the IDD, she advises Israeli-US educational services startup MindState, and serves as a Critical Friend to the Erasmus+ Global Competence in Teacher Education initiative. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Public diplomacy & communications, nonprofits & NGOs
Can offer advice on: General career advice, career transitions, navigating my career as a woman
Valerie Lincy, Executive Director, The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control
Valerie Lincy is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. She leads the organization’s research on weapons of mass destruction supply networks, which is used by governments to support sanctions and counterproliferation actions. Valerie is Editor of Iran Watch, a website she created in 2003 to track and analyze Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and international efforts to counter these programs. She also oversees the Wisconsin Project’s Risk Report, a comprehensive database of entities suspected of involvement in WMD proliferation. She leads outreach efforts in some 40 countries to support effective strategic trade controls, including through use of the Risk Report. Prior to joining the Wisconsin Project, Valerie worked as a researcher in several Washington D.C. think tanks and at the New York Times and Newsweek in France. She earned an M.S. at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. from Smith College. Ms. Lincy is a Gender Champion in Nuclear Policy. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, nonprofits & NGOs
Can offer advice on: General career advice, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman, LGBTQ+ workplace challenges
Nancy Lubin, President, JNA Associates, Inc.
Dr. Nancy Lubin is President, JNA Associates, Inc, a research and consulting firm on the former USSR, especially the Caucasus/ Central Asia. She has consulted for over 80 private foundations, international organizations, US government agencies/contractors, TV and film productions, the media, NGOs, and corporations, donors, and legal counsel in the US, Europe and Japan. For 25 years, Dr. Lubin has also conducted salary negotiation/ career seminars and one-on-one career advising for JNA, AAUW and others. Previously, she worked for seven years on Capitol Hill; several years as professor (Carnegie Mellon) and adjunct (Georgetown); and several years as a research scholar, including one of the first women Wilson Center Fellows. She holds a PhD, Oxford University; BA, Harvard; and studied in Moscow, Leningrad and Tashkent. She is a member, Council on Foreign Relations; author of four books and numerous scholarly and popular articles; and has served on several boards. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: International business & government relations, international development, nonprofits & NGOs, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, getting an advanced degree, applying for grants & fellowships, career transitions, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman,
Amanda Moodie, Research Fellow, National Defense University
Amanda Moodie is the Director of the Program for Emerging Leaders and a Policy Fellow at the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Center) in Washington, DC. Her policy support at the Center focuses on the international legal regimes that regulate the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons. She regularly serves as a member of the U.S. delegation to meetings of the states parties of the Biological Weapons Convention. In 2016, she completed a detail with the Biological Policy Staff at the Department of State. Other research interests include the history of biological and chemical warfare, the relationship between nonproliferation treaties and norms, and compliance and enforcement of chemical and biological weapons law. Ms. Moodie joined the WMD Center in 2014. Prior to joining NDU, she worked as a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, where she supported the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program. She holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and B.A. degrees in Political Science and English from Duke University.
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, global health, international law, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, getting an advanced degree, applying for grants & fellowships, navigating my career as a woman
Michael Moodie, Distinguished Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center
Michael Moodie recently retired after a long career focused on international security and foreign policy in government, the policy research community, and academia. In government, he served as Assistant Director for Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade at the Congressional Research Service, Assistant Director for Multilateral Affairs at the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and Special Assistant to the Ambassador and Assistant for Special Projects at the US Mission to NATO, among other positions. Mr. Moodie was co-founder and President of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, and he served twice at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he was Senior Advisor to the President. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and George Mason University. He is currently an Associate Fellow at the London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and is Secretary and Member of the Board of the Wilton Park US Foundation.
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, public diplomacy & communications, regional focus: Asia, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, regional focus: Middle East, nonprofits & NGOs, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, applying for grants & fellowships, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career
Simone Peloquin, Program Manager, impl. project
Simone Peloquin is a Program Manager at impl. project, a NGO specializing in data collection and targeted programing in non-permissive and conflict-affected environments. During her time at impl. project, she has worked in Benghazi, Libya, Azerbaijan, and Chicago on behalf of public and private sector clients. Ms. Peloquin has also worked at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), supporting United States government democracy programming in Nigeria. At NDI, she worked on electoral strengthening and launched an election observation mission for Nigeria's 2015 presidential elections. Prior to her time at NDI, Simone interned on Capitol Hill for US Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and US Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE). Ms. Peloquin holds a MA in Politics from New York University, and a dual BA in Political Science and Journalism from the University of St. Thomas. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: International development, journalism & media, nonprofits & NGOs, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, regional focus: Africa
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, navigating my career as a woman
Panthea Pourmalek, SDG Policy Assistant, BCCIC
Panthea Pourmalek is based in Vancouver, Canada and is currently working as an SDG Policy Assistant for a Canadian CSO, interning at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders in New York, and pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy. Ms. Panthea's academic background is focused on non-international armed conflicts and the role of non-state armed groups in civil governance. Her professional work covers various dimensions of the Women, Peace, and Security and the Youth, Peace, and Security agendas. Her work also covers equitable and gender sensitive accelerated development under the Agenda 2030 framework and facilitating the meaningful inclusion of BIPOC communities at relevant high-level political fora. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: International law, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, UN & international organizations, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman, navigating my career as a person of color
Sumati Rajput, Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
Sumati Rajput is a Financial Sector Specialist in the Crisis and Disaster Risk Finance team at the World Bank Group. She co-manages the Global Risk Financing Facility (GRiF), a $280m program that supports developing countries to prearrange financial solutions in advance of climate shocks, disasters and other crises. As part of her operational focus, she works in the Africa and Asia regions to embed financial solutions for macro-fiscal shocks across sectors, particularly through World Bank projects focused on disaster risk management, financial planning, and social protection. In her previous role, she spent five years at the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and worked on preparing disaster risk management projects in the Africa and the Caribbean regions. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked as an Economist at AECOM on a diverse set of projects in various geographies within the realm of urban development. Some of these include working on developing a detailed report regarding global best practices in sustainable development, a redevelopment strategy for the city of Miyako in Japan for economic recovery post the 2011 Tsunami, and economic planning for a free zone in Qatar.Sumati holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University and a Post-Graduate Degree in Development Economics from Yale University. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: regional focus: Africa, regional focus: Asia, international development
Can offer advice on: General career advice, getting an advanced degree, working abroad
Sharon Riggle, Chief of Staff, United Nations OSRSG for Children and Armed Conflict
Sharon Riggle, a national of the United States, is currently the Chief of Office/Chief of the Advocacy and Outreach Unit for the OSRSG CAAC. A main focus of her work currently is the Global Coalition for the Reintegration of Child Soldiers, co-chaired by UNICEF. She has a wide range of regional expertise from Africa, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Prior to the CAAC office, she was Director of the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Riggle recently has served as a senior officer at both the UN World Food Programme and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan. Previously, she served several years as the Director of the Centre for European Security and Disarmament in Brussels, as well as the Head of the Strategic Development Unit for the OSCE Mission to Serbia and Montenegro working on police reform. She is an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College in New York teaching Child Rights. She earned a dual BA in Psychology and Spanish from Michigan State University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent (UK) and is a PhD candidate in post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation at the University of York (UK). | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Human rights, humanitarian assistance, intelligence, defense & security, international development, journalism & media, nonprofits & NGOs, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, public diplomacy & communications, regional focus: Asia, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman
Tania Rion, Deputy Head of the Political Affairs Section, Embassy of Mexico
Tania Rion has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service for 16 years. She was in charge of the Documentation Department at the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque, NM. For 6 years, she worked at its headquarters in Mexico, as deputy director for security affairs with North America. She has been working at the Mexican Embassy to the United States, first in the Press Office and now as a Political Affairs officer. She also holds a masters degree in Hemispheric Defense and Security from the Inter-American Defense College. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, journalism & media, regional focus: Latin America
Can offer advice on: Working abroad, navigating my career as a woman
Miriam Roday, Research Associate, Institute for Defense Analyses
Miriam Roday is a Research Associate at the Institute for Defense Analyses and Editor for the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy program in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked at the German Marshall Fund of the United States studying Transatlantic relations with a focus on Russia, cybersecurity, and disinformation. She also interned for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University analyzing a range of national security-related issues. She was first introduced to the field of IR during a gap year in Israel where she studied, volunteered, and completed basic training in the Israeli Defense Forces. She received her bachelor's degree in Global and International Studies in 2018 from Bard College. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, journalism & media, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, nonprofits & NGOs, think tanks & academia, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, applying for grants & fellowships, navigating my career as a woman
Carlos Scartascini, Head, Development Research Group, Inter-American Development Bank
Carlos Scartascini is Head of the Development Research Group at the Research Department and Leader of the Behavioral Economics Group of the Inter-American Development Bank. He has published eight books and more than 50 articles in edited volumes and academic journals. He is a member of the Executive Committee of IDB's Gender and Diversity Lab, Associate Editor of the academic journal Economía, and Founding Member of LACEA's BRAIN (Behavioral Insights Network). A native of Argentina, Dr. Scartascini holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: regional focus: Latin America, UN & international organizations
Can offer advice on: General career advice, getting an advanced degree
Laura Schulz, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, USAID
Laura Schulz is the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation. An international development professional with over 25 years of experience, she has extensive experience working both in government and for nongovernmental organizations. Ms. Schulz served for two years as Director of Global Engagement at the National Security Council, where she led interagency policy processes on civil society and freedom of association, religious leader engagement, and young leaders. She also managed the MENA portfolio at the Congressional Research Service, and spent nearly 15 years supporting civil society programs in the Middle East including with the Department of State, NED, and NDI, where she was based in the West Bank. She has degrees from Brown and Georgetown Universities and speaks Arabic and French.
Areas of expertise: Human rights, international development, nonprofits & NGOs, regional focus: Middle East, US government, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad
Linda Senat, Director of International Relations, NY Chapter, American Jewish Committee (Retired)
Now retired, Linda Senat has had an unusual and interesting career. With a US law degree she began practicing as a US attorney in London, England. Specializing in international tax and working with blue chip companies and consultancies led her to working in Russia and Kazakhstan as the Soviet Union was disintegrating. She helped these countries, and later Vietnam, transition from command to market economies. She then became a Business Development Manager for Deloitte and Touche in NY working with companies expanding internationally. She later joined the American Jewish Committee as Director of International Relations. She worked with top NY-based diplomats to further AJC's mission of strengthening pluralism around the world as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. She values economic development in emerging economies as a vehicle for expanded educational and democratic opportunities particularly for girls and women.
Areas of expertise: International business & government relations, international law, international development, UN & international organizations
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Susan Shultz, Gender and Social Equity Advocate, Department of State Senior Foreign Service (Retired)
Susan Shultz is a former US diplomat with global experience contributing skills and experience as a voice and resource for organizations working in the fields of social and gender equity. She has expertise in building public and institutional relationships and leading teams and new initiatives across government, NGOs, and the private sectors. Over a 20-plus year diplomatic career, Ms. Shultz served in US Embassies in Turkey, Kenya, India, Slovenia, Australia, and Indonesia, as well as in Washington, DC. Prior to her State Department tenure, Ms. Shultz worked in senior-level management in manufacturing and the private sector, as well as in public relations for the NGO sector. Ms. Shultz is originally from the Chicago area and attended Stanford University. She speaks, to varying degrees, Italian, Turkish, Slovenian, and Bahasa Indonesia. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Journalism & media, public diplomacy & communications, regional focus: Asia, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, US foreign service, nonprofits & NGOs, US government, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman
Katie Spence, Owner and Principal Consultant, EastSideWest Consulting
Katie Spence is the founder and principal consultant at EastSideWest Consulting in Tokyo, Japan. She is an experienced open source analyst with a subject matter expertise in open source analysis, nuclear safeguards, non-proliferation, and the nuclear fuel cycle. Previously, Ms. Spence worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the Department of Safeguards in Vienna, Austria. She is a graduate of The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University with a Master's in International Affairs with a concentration in nuclear security and non-proliferation. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Intelligence, defense & security, UN & international organizations
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Kay Spencer, Program Officer, USIP
Kay Spencer is a Program Officer with the US Institute of Peace's Burma Program. She built her 10-year peacebuilding career at USIP, joining first as a Research Assistant while working towards her Master's in Peace Operations from George Mason University. She then joined the Rule of Law Center of Innovation where she helped establish the Burma Program in 2012. In 2015, USIP reorganized, and the Burma Program shifted to the newly created Asia Center. Her team now includes staff based in a field office in Yangon. Her main programmatic areas of focus are environment and conflict and community security.
Areas of expertise: Peacekeeping & conflict resolution, regional focus: Asia
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, career transitions, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Tiana Spruill, Program Analyst (Department of State Contractor), H4 Enterprises
Tiana Spruill has been a government contractor at the US Department of State since 2015. She is currently a Program Analyst for the Exchange Visitor Program at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Tiana’s portfolio includes over 175 universities and research institutions that sponsor exchange visitors throughout Puerto Rico, and the Midwestern and Southeastern regions of the US. She ensures that sponsors meet regulatory requirements in order to successfully implement exchange programs. She analyzes various applications and reports, assesses programmatic or visa-related issues, and provides guidance. Her sponsors rely on her knowledge and expertise in order to assist exchange visitors. Tiana earned a Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Human Security from the University of Baltimore. She has a certificate in TEFL and previously taught English online to kids from China. Tiana serves on the Board of Directors for yPIE DC (Young Professionals in International Education). | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, navigating my career as a woman, navigating my career as a person of color
Yvonne Thayer, Consultant, Department of State
Yvonne Thayer has more than 30 years of experience as a diplomat, journalist, and program consultant. A retired Foreign Service Officer, she served in Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Mozambique, Italy, and the Vatican, specializing in politics, refugees, human rights, democracy, and anti-narcotics issues. Since retiring from the Foreign Service, she continues to work on refugee issues for the State Department, including in Lebanon, Jordan, Havana, and Baghdad. She also monitors refugee resettlement agencies throughout the United States. Ms. Thayer was Newsweek correspondent in Brazil. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and some French.
Areas of expertise: Humanitarian assistance, US foreign service, nonprofits & NGOs
Can offer advice on: General career advice, working abroad, balancing family & career
Nick Tiernan, Lead Program Officer, Department of State
Nick Tiernan is a Public Diplomacy expert with extensive experience in partnership building with the private sector, and particularly with the international exchange community. His work history includes 15 years of experience in the civil service at the U.S. State Department, and 15-years in public private partnership with the international exchange industry. Mr. Tiernan has over nine years of professional supervision and practical leadership experience. He has directed, motivated, coordinated, and integrated the work of others at the Department of State. Currently, he leads a team in managing the au pair, summer work travel,  and camp counselor programs. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Public diplomacy & communications, nonprofits & NGOs, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, balancing family & career
Conrad TribbleDeputy Chief of Mission, Embassy Madrid, Department of State
Conrad Tribble has served as an FSO long enough to have seen Pinochet voted out in a Chilean election on his first tour and to have fond memories of Bonn as Germany's capital. He currently serves as the charge d'affaires in Madrid, and was previous Deputy Assisstant Secretary for Western Europe, Deputy Chief of Mission in Havana, Principal Officer in Munich, and several other posts. His focus throughout his career has been on Europe and Latin America. He and his partner have been a tandem FSO couple since 2000, and he has four children. He is also an amateur musician. | LinkedIn | Twitter
Areas of expertise: Human rights, journalism & media, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, public diplomacy & communications, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, regional focus: Latin America, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations, US foreign service, US government
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, working abroad, balancing family & career
Ileana Valle, International Programs, Infrastructure, and Training Lead, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security
Project management, operations, and global development professional Ileana Valle brings over a decade of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She is a committed and authentic leader dedicated to women's empowerment, education, and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Ms. Valle serves as the International Engagements, Infrastructure, and Training Lead at the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). She previously served as Vice President and COO of Equanimity Foundation (EQF), a US-based nonprofit organization committed to inclusive, sustainable, and transformative global development; Senior Program Officer at Creative Associates International leading citizen security interventions in Central America; and International Program Manager at Witness for Peace, leading the Nicaragua and Hondurans programs on-the-ground. Ms. Valle brings considerable in-country experience, leading locally-driven and contextualized interventions throughout the Latin American region. Ms. Valle has lived and worked in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, and Italy. Ms. Valle holds a master's degree in international relations and a bachelor's degree in business administration. She has bilingual fluency in English and Spanish with professional proficiency in Portuguese. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Regional focus: Latin America, international development, nonprofits & NGOs, women & gender
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, getting an advanced degree, applying for grants & fellowships, career transitions, working abroad, navigating my career as a woman, navigating my career as a person of color
Christina Walker, Ph.D. Student, Purdue University
Christina Walker is a Ph.D. student studying International Relations and Advanced Methodologies at Purdue University. Her research focus is on African stabilization. She currently works with the Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization - Africa. Her most recent publications are featured in PS: Political Science & Politics, The Journal of the Middle East and Africa, and Harvard's Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: regional focus: Africa, think tanks & academia
Can offer advice on: General career advice, networking, getting an advanced degree, applying for grants & fellowships, navigating my career as a woman
Ellen Wasylina, Founding Partner, Trocadéro Forum : A Center for Sustainable Diplomacy
Ellen Wasylina is a respected European Affairs Executive in Strategy, Leadership and Sustainable Governance with more than 20 years of experience in business, academia and in the non-profit sector in France. Currently CEO of the Transatlantic Global Advisory, she is the former President and Founder of a Paris-based think-tank (2011-2018), IGMO (International Geostrategic Maritime Observatory) and Editor in Chief of the bi-annual flagship publication in English, the Geostrategic Maritime Review; Senior Expert to the European Union, former director of Environment and Sustainable development of a French city of 20,000 inhabitants, Adjunct professor in several Parisian business schools since 2011 (notably Ecole Polytechnique Feminine, CELSA, Paris-Sorbonne IV, PSB, ISG, ISCOM, IESA);  speaker at conferences in Eastern and Southern Europe, commentator and analyst in the French and international media, TV and radio, and author of four books, notably "Ukraine : prémices de guerre froide en Europe” ; "La défense européenne face aux menaces : l'Europe est-elle prête pour son 11 septembre”; "Sustainability Governance in a post-globalized world"; "Securing the periphery of Europe post 9/11". Back in Paris, France, she is the Founding Partner of the Trocadéro Forum : A Center for Sustainable Diplomacy. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: International business & government relations, international trade & finance, journalism & media, peacekeeping & conflict resolution, public diplomacy & communications, regional focus: Europe/Eurasia, international development, nonprofits & NGOs, think tanks & academia, UN & international organizations
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, getting an advanced degree, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman
Stacy Whittle, CEO, Front Page Live
Stacy Whittle is CEO and Co-Founder of Front Page Live, a simple, skimmable website of viral news and actions campaigns. She is also an award-winning stage actor based in DC. Stacy spent much of her early career working in international development as a creative communicator, most recently as the Communications Director for SERVIR, a joint NASA/USAID project focused on climate change. She serves on the advisory boards of the Virtual World Society and the Conrad Challenge. | LinkedIn
Areas of expertise: Human rights, humanitarian assistance, international business & government relations, international development, journalism & media, nonprofits & NGOs, public diplomacy & communications, regional focus: Africa, regional focus: Asia, regional focus: Latin America, regional focus: Middle East
Can offer advice on: General career advice, applying & interviewing for jobs, networking, career transitions, working abroad, balancing family & career, navigating my career as a woman

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Mentoring Minutes are what you make of them!
This is your meeting—be prepared to lead it. Mentors are volunteering their time and it is up to you to be prepared with your questions so that the discussion is meaningful and helpful for you. What are your goals for the meeting? Do you want to know what it’s like to work in a particular field? How to get your foot in the door? Are you hoping that this conversation will help you reach a decision about your next steps? Be sure to review your mentor’s bio so that you can ask specific questions.
Tips for success:
  • Be on time (or early!) and be ready to introduce yourself and ask your questions.
  • Before the meeting, check that your camera, mic and wifi are working well!
  • You want to project a professional image. You don’t need to be in a full suit, but business casual is recommended.
  • Do not ask for a job. Remember your goal is to learn more information to help you in your career exploration.
  • Show your interest and enthusiasm—and don’t forget to say thank you. Make this is a thoughtful note that highlights some top points you took away from the conversation, and how they helped you.
  • Be respectful of your mentor’s time and try to end the meeting on time.
  • After your interview, take a few moments to jot down notes about what you learned. Are you still interested in this career? What advice was most helpful? What questions do you still have? Take some time to reflect.
Sample Questions:
  • Career Path
    • Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently in terms of career and graduate school choices after graduation?
    • What advice do you have for someone just getting started?
  • Your Job
    • What are the specific responsibilities of your role?  What is your day-to-day?
    • What are the toughest issues that you deal with?
    • What is most rewarding about your job?
    • How does this organization’s culture differ from other places you’ve worked?
    • What opportunities for professional development does your organization/agency offer?
  • Connecting and Getting in the Door
    • What do you look for in a new hire? What skills/experience are most essential in x?
    • How do I find out about internships/job openings in this field? Are there any strategies that work best?
    • Do I need a graduate degree? What kind of training or education is necessary?
    • Are there any networks, listservs, or other professional groups that you are a part of?
  • Advancement
    • Do people normally move to another organization or do they move up internally?
    • If you went to graduate school, how did you navigate that decision? How has it helped you in your career?
    • How rapidly is the present career field growing?
  • Other
    • What have I not asked you about today that I should have?
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