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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 in Fall 2017

    Sept 11, 6-8pm | New York

    Panel: Understanding the U.S. National Security & Intelligence Landscape

    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.

    Sept 14: 5:30-7:30pm | Washington DC

    SWAN DC Kick-Off Fall Happy Hour

    Welcome Class of 2017!

    Join the SAIS Women's Alumni Network (SWAN) DC Hub as it kicks off the 2017/2018 year with a joint happy hour with SAIS's Global Women in Leadership group at Sauf Haus, 1216-B 18th Street, NW. Whether you are a current SWAN member or are interested in joining, we invite you to come meet our team and learn about our exciting plans for this year! We extend a special invitation to the Class of 2017 to join us! Register here.


    For more information, contact swandchub@gmail.com.

    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.

    Nov 14, | New York

    Skills Workshop: The Art of Risk Taking

    With Special Guest Caitie Whelan

    The SAIS Women's Alumni Network (SWAN) New York hub invites you to join a leadership workshop on the art of risk-taking. Caitie Whelan, Founder/Noter-in-Chief of The Lightning Notes, will facilitate a high-energy discussion and workshop with fellow SAIS alums on how to take calculated risks professionally. Acquire the skills to handle criticism, fear, failure, and rejection so you can excel as a leader in the workplace. This event will take place at the New York Film Academy at 17 Battery Place in New York. There is a $25 registration fee. Register here 

  • 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.

    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. 

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