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  • About SWAN

    The alumni pillar of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Women Lead (SWL) Initiative


    The Johns Hopkins SAIS Women's Alumni Network (SWAN) was launched in 2014 to position SAIS alumnae as leaders in international relations and related fields. The alumni group quickly expanded with the launch of leadership hubs in Washington D.C., New York, London and Brussels to bridge a global community of active and engaged SAIS alumni. Throughout the year, SWAN hosts a diverse line-up of programming in professional and career development, roundtable discussions, film forums, mentorship and networking opportunities. It also has a dynamic online community via LinkedIn and Facebook.


    SWAN is a key pillar of the broader SAIS Women Lead (SWL) initiative. SWL brings together alumni, students, faculty, policymakers and market experts to promote women in leadership. It is a program to educate and train leaders, assess impact, leverage SAIS technical expertise, drive discussion and build community. In addition to alumni engagement via SWAN, SWL includes the Global Women in Leadership student organization, the Women Who Inspire lecture series and the recently launched academic curriculum, SAIS Global Women’s Leadership Development Program.


    We look forward to another exciting year in 2017. SWAN will facilitate a series of professional skills workshops across multiple cities, host small dinners with distinguished alumna guest speakers, spark discussion in a series of panels and bring awareness to global development issues with the SWAN Documentary Film Forum.


    Most importantly, SWAN will continue to grow its professional community by actively involving alumni, developing external partnerships and tapping the professional expertise of SAIS graduates from around the globe.


    Thank you for your support and see you at the next event!


    Emily Howells Matson B’07, DC’08


    Chair, Global SAIS Women’s Alumni Network

    New York SWAN Hub Leader

  • SWAN Events for Fall 2017

    Nov 30, 6:00pm | Washington, DC

    SWAN Annual Event

    Join SAIS alumni on November 30th for SWAN's major event of the year. A wine and cheese networking reception at 6:00 pm will be followed by a panel discussion featuring prominent SAIS women on today's foreign policy challenges, including Russia, North Korea, Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, humanitarian crises, civilian security, and more! Stay tuned for an email with details on the location of the event and how to register. If you are not on our email distribution list, sign up here. Email swandchub@gmail.com with any questions.

    Oct 21, 11am-2:15pm | Washington D.C.

    Workshop: Urban Farming and Food Waste Policy

    SWAN DC invites you to a special opportunity to learn about sustainable agricultural practices and experience ECO-City Farm, a thriving urban farm. The event will include a guided tour of the main farm, a hands on vermi (worm) culture demonstration and a catered "zero waste lunch," featuring a panel discussion with food waste policy and composting experts, including PG County Sierra Club Chair, Martha Ainsworth (SAIS '81), moderated by Sarah Colon (SAIS '00). Register here.

    Oct 17, 6:30-9pm | New York

    2nd Annual SWAN

    Documentary Film Forum

    Afghanistan and 'What Tomorrow Brings'

    Join the SAIS Women's Alumni Network (SWAN) for a special evening focused on one complex country, Afghanistan, from two distinct perspectives. Sarah Sewall, Speyer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, will provide expert insights about the thorny national security questions facing foreign governments and international NGOs. Beth Murphy, award-winning filmmaker from the Ground Truth Project, will provide first-hand reflections from her latest documentary, What Tomorrow Brings, which tells an incredible story of a girl’s school in rural Afghanistan and the lives that it touches. This event takes places at The New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place in New York. Register here.

    Sept 11, 6:30pm | New York

    Understanding the US National Security and Intelligence Landscape and What Lies Ahead

    The SAIS Women's Alumni Network (SWAN) in conjunction with the SAIS New York Alumni Club and the alumni of the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs, are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion analyzing the evolving relationship between the Intelligence Community and National Security institutions and the new Administration, and what effect this has on our foreign policy decision making. The discussion featuring panelists: John E. McLaughlin B’66, ’66, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS; Yaël Eisenstat ’99, Adjunct Professor, New York University and Founder, Kilele Global; Alexandra Rogan, Senior Vice President, Teneo Intelligence; and Patricia Sabga ’95, Special Correspondent, PBS NewsHour Weekend.


  • Take Action with the

    SAIS Women's Alumni Network

    Join an active community of SAIS alumni and make an impact in women's leadership and professional development.

    SWAN Connect: Join the SWAN community. Receive our global email newsletter or be part of the conversation on LinkedIn or Facebook.
    SWAN Leadership: Sign up to be on the SWAN Speaker Bureau as a panelist, moderator or facilitator for an event or for the SWAN Documentary Film Forum.
    SWAN Professional Development: Take initiative and facilitate a professional skills workshop or speak on a career panel in your city.
    SWAN Partnership: Ready to join forces with SWAN on a new initiative? SWAN partners with corporations, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations on a diversity of projects and events.
    SWAN Action: Get involved. Learn how to become a professional resource for women Syrian scholars studying in the US and Canada.
    For more information, email swanglobalevents@gmail.com.

    Give to the SAIS Women Lead Initiative


    Emily Howells

    SWAN Global Chair & SWAN NYC Hub Chair

    Reach Emily Howells (B'07, DC '08) at swannychub@gmail.com.

    Rachel Dunsmoor

    SWAN DC Hub Co-Chair

    Reach Rachel Dunsmoor (B'08) at swandchub@gmail.com.

    Dara Iserson

    SWAN DC Hub Co-Chair

    Reach Dara Iserson ('09) at swandchub@gmail.com.

    Alison Evans

    SWAN London Hub Chair

    Reach Alison Evans (B'12, DC 13) at swanlondonhub@gmail.com.

    Allison Hart

    SWAN Brussels Hub Chair

    Reach Allison Hart (B'10, DC '11) at swanbrusselshub@gmail.com.

  • Hire SAIS Alumni

    Are you looking to hire SAIS alumni for their international expertise and sharp quantitative skills? Let us know about your opportunity! We'll post it on our website and distribute it to our email list. 


    Want to hear from awesome SAIS Women Alumni? Listen to SWAN's "Lessons from Leaders" podcast.


    Have ideas? Want to partner with SWAN in your city? Let's talk.


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