• Leadership | Community | Impact

    SAIS WOMEN'S ALUMNI NETWORK

  • About SWAN

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

    OUR STORY

    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, documentary film forums, mentorship and networking opportunities. We also have 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 2018. 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

     

    Global Chair, SAIS Women’s Alumni Network

    New York SWAN Hub Leader

     

  • 2018 SWAN Events

    Upcoming and Recent Initiatives with the SAIS Women's Alumni Network

    Mar 1, 5:30pm | Washington D.C.

    International Women's Day Happy Hour

    Join SWAN DC with a happy hour in honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day! In addition to networking, catching up with fellow SWAN members, and learning about SWAN DC's upcoming events, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to expand SWAN's impact across the globe. Syga Thomas, '08, Chairman of the Thomas Foundation, will discuss the foundation's work on girls' education, particularly Education For All Morocco, which provides a secondary education to girls from rural Morocco. Come join us to socialize, network, and celebrate the education of women and girls at home and abroad! RSVP here.

     

    Mar 13, 6:00pm | Washington D.C.

    Skills Workshop: Body Language

    The SAIS Women’s Alumni Network (SWAN) is pleased to invite you to a dynamic Body Language Workshop and Panel with Irvine Nugent, Ph.D. We will learn how to master simple body language techniques and become more aware of how we communicate in our personal and professional interactions. RSVP today and don't miss this opportunity to build your career skills in 2018!

    Mar 19, 6:30pm | New York

    Alumni-Student Happy Hour at Lily's Bar

    Join SWAN and the SAIS New York Alumni Club for a special evening of cocktails and conversation with students from the SAIS Women Lead and International Law academic programs after their visit to the United Nations. This event will take place at Lily's Bar in the Roger Smith Hotel (501 Lexington Avenue). RSVP here.

    Mar 29 8:30-5:30pm | Washington D.C.

    2018 SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference

    Marching Into an Equal Future

    The SAIS Global Women in Leadership invite you to their  the annual conference, Marching into an Equal Future. This year's event will tackle key challenges in gender relations across the politics, peacebuilding and civil society sectors at this pivotal moment in history. Join the discussion alongside a tremendous line-up of panelists and speakers. For details and to register for the event, visit saiswomenlead.org.

    Recent SWAN Events

    Nov 30, 6:00pm | Washington, DC

    SWAN Annual Event

    Join SAIS alumni for SWAN's major event of the year. A wine and cheese networking reception 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. Email swandchub@gmail.com with questions and to register.

    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 SWAN and the New York Film Academy for a dynamic evening of cross-sector discussion and a film screening on development in Afghanistan. Sarah Sewall, Speyer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and former Undersecretary to the Obama Administration, will provide her expert insights into the country. Beth Murphy, award-winning filmmaker from the Ground Truth Project, will then provide first-hand reflections following a screening from her latest documentary, What Tomorrow Brings. Click here for more information and to register.

    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, the National Security institutions and the new Administration, and its impact on foreign policy decision making. The discussion will feature 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.
     
    To support SAIS Women Lead, click here or visit https://www.sais-jhu.edu/swl.
    For more information about SWAN, email swanglobalevents@gmail.com.
  • PODCAST

    Want to hear from extraordinary SAIS Alumnae? Listen to SWAN's "Lessons from Leaders" podcast.

    The featured podcast of the month is below. Click the SoundCloud link to hear the entire series.

  • MEET THE SWAN HUB LEADERS

    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 Alumnae

    Are you looking to hire SAIS alumnae for their international expertise and quantitative skills? Let us know about your opportunity! We will distribute it to our email list.

  • CONNECT WITH US

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