International Women of Elliott

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In October 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted a landmark resolution affirming the need for women to participate fully in society and global affairs. Across the map, the resolution declares, women must be empowered if we are to establish a more peaceful, secure, and just world. 

In accord with this resolution, the Elliott School has launched a leadership group committed to women's advancement in international affairs. I/WE – the GW International Women of Elliott – is designed to raise the global visibility and connectivity of women's leadership in the Elliott community. I/WE brings together alumni committed to women's leadership for robust dialogue on the unique opportunities and challenges to this goal. In addition, I/WE members champion Elliott students focused on women's leadership to ensure those who choose to lead have the resources and tools to do so. To that end, all gifts to I/WE are dedicated to support graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships for Elliott students committed to the advancement of women in international affairs.

The I/WE network is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in international affairs by creating opportunities for students and alumni of all backgrounds to become global leaders.


Julie Monaco headshot

"My Elliott School education is why I have succeeded in a career in global banking. My international affairs degree gave me the foundation of understanding and instilled a passion to continue explore and learn about all the political and economic challenges my clients in 150+ countries face every day. Throughout my career, I had fantastic mentors and teachers, both men and women, who helped me grow and contribute in a way that would not be possible without them.  I look forward to being part of this initiative and providing more young women the vast opportunities that an Elliott School education will provide them."

Co-chair Julie Monaco, BA ’85
Senior Executive, Citi

"I look forward with tremendous enthusiasm about leading the GW International Women of Elliott with my fellow alumnae leaders.  Our goal with the creation of I/WE is to celebrate the many and significant successes of the Elliott School's diverse alumnae across industries, as well as to establish a powerful and influential global network of Elliott women: alumnae, parents, industry leaders, and students. I/WE supports scholarships and fellowships for female students at Elliott, inspires future leaders through mentorship, and helps them launch their careers."

Co-chair Susan Stautberg, MA ’70
Governance Advisor, Atlantic Street Capital

Susan Stautberg
Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

"I am excited to join the GW International Women of Elliott. I/WE's mission to support female scholarships and female graduate fellowships and diversity in I/WE membership and programs is 'mission critical' in helping to attract the best and brightest students to Elliott who will be future leaders in business, public policy, government, and international affairs. As a former Ambassador, I know that ensuring women participate fully in society and in international affairs, as the UN resolution on women declares, is essential to a more peaceful world."

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, BA ’80, Executive Circle Member
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, U.S. Department of State

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Upcoming & Past Events

November 16, 2022

Read GW Today article: Wenger Family Lecture: The Future of Global Markets, cosponsored by I/WE

March 31, 2022

Read GW Today article: Cracks in the Glass Ceiling: The Future of Women’s Leadership in International Affairs with GW Alumnae Leaders

April 28, 2021

View recording: Celebrating 60 Years of the Peace Corps with Acting Director Carol Spahn, ESIA MA '00

March 8, 2021

View recording: I/WE presents Meeting the Moment with Google's Brooke Pearson, ESIA MIPP '16

December 10, 2020

View recording: Meeting the Moment with Alexandra Garcia, ESIA MIPP '14, of World Central Kitchen

November 16, 2020

View recording of inaugural I/WE event: "Closing the Gender Gap" with Anita Bhatia of UN Women


Executive Circle Members

The I/WE Executive Circle plays a key leadership role in the network and engages with the Elliott School through philanthropic support for student scholarships, participation in annual meetings and events, and the development of programming. Executive Circle members commit to a three-year membership term at this level with an annual gift of $5,000 for three years.

  • Co-Chair: Julie A. Monaco, BA ’85, Chair, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Managing Director and Global Head, Public Sector Group, Corporate and Investment Banking Division, Citi (New York)
  • Co-Chair: Susan Stautberg, MA ’70, Governance Advisor, Atlantic Street Capital; CEO, Belizean Grove (Palm Beach)
  • Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, BA ’80, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, U.S. Department of State; U.S. Ambassador to Malta, 2012-2016 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Alia Marwah Eyres, BA ’01, Chair Emeritus, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Chief Executive Officer, Mother’s Choice (Hong Kong)
  • Alexandra Garcia, MIPP ’14, Chief Program Officer, World Central Kitchen (Washington, D.C.)
  • Lindsay Gardner, BA ’72, Senior Director, Corporate Business Development, Trimble (Denver)
  • Julia P. Gregory, BA ’74, Executive Chair, Cavion Inc.; Chairman and CEO, Isometry Advisors, Inc. (New York)
  • Ana M. Guevara, BA ’85, President and Strategy Consultant, Aventi Associates (Miami)
  • Joanne Hill, MA ’75, Chief Advisor for Research and Strategy, Cboe Vest (Washington, D.C.)
  • Priscilla Hoffman-Stowe, MA ’79, Senior Level Management Consultant, The Kenjya Group, consulting with the U.S. State Department (Washington, D.C.)
  • Kathy John, MIPP ’09, President, 2KJohn Associates (Washington, D.C.)
  • Emily Kuvin, Elliott School Parent, Founder and Creative Director, Emily Kuvin Jewelry (New York)
  • Daryle Elizabeth Lademan, MA ’95, Vice President of Strategy and Planning, BAE Systems, Electronic Systems (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jacqueline Magid, BA ’87, Founder and President, Inviato Travel LLC (New York)
  • Samia Melhem, MS ’88, MBA ’05, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Lead Policy Officer, Transport and ICT Global Practice, The World Bank (Washington, D.C.)
  • Joetta Miller, MA ’71, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Honorary Lifetime Member of I/WE; Analyst (retired), Central Intelligence Agency (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jessica Panchatha, BA ’01, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State (Indonesia)
  • Wellesley Parker, BA ’07, Senior Trade Compliance Program Manager, Amazon (Seattle)
  • Brooke Pearson, MIPP ’16, Staff Program Manager, Privacy Sandbox, Google (London)
  • Maria Proestou, BA ’92, President, Defense Engineering and Sustainment, VT Group (Washington, D.C.)
  • Milagros Resto, BA ’92, Director, Market Executive, Corporate Banking - Florida, HSBC Bank N.A. (Miami)
  • Alison Rou, BA ’95, Founder, Anchor Media Strategy (Los Angeles)
  • Jenna Segal, BA ’98, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Founder, CEO, and Executive Producer, Segal NYC Productions (New York)
  • Jennifer A. Shore, MA ’96, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, Democrats Abroad Switzerland; former Vice President, Citigroup (Geneva)
  • Rebecca B. Thompson, MA ’91, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Foreign Service Officer (retired), U.S. State Department (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Tiffany Townsend, BA ’01, Senior Advisor, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (Washington, D.C.)
  • Laura Wais, BA ’71, Underwater Photographer, Laura Wais Underwater Imaging (San Francisco)
Leadership Circle Members

The I/WE Leadership Circle engages with the Elliott School through philanthropic support for student scholarships and participation in events and programming, including opportunities for intimate gatherings with women leaders and speakers. Leadership Circle members commit to a two-year membership term at this level with an annual gift of $2,500 for two years.

Young alumni who have graduated within ten years from the Elliott School will receive special consideration to join the Leadership Circle. Alumni who graduated in the past five years commit to a two-year membership term at this level with an annual gift of $250 for two years. Alumni who graduated six to ten years out commit to a two-year membership term at this level with an annual gift of $500 for two years. 

  • Yan Bennett, MA ’99, Deputy Director, Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • Captain Danielle DeFant, MIPP ’06, Global Force Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (Washington, D.C.)
  • Kristy Densmore, MA ’17, Cyber Risk Analyst, Dell Technologies (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jeanette Gass, MA ’13, Senior Manager, Global Programs, International Association for the Study of Pain (Washington, D.C.)
  • Carrie Hull, BA ’06, Executive Director, Great Meadow Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
  • Sarah Nugent, MA ’20, Program Officer, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), On Demand Division, U.S. Department of State (Washington, D.C.)
  • Maria Filipa Seara e Pereira, MIPP ’18, Research Assistant, The World Bank (Washington, D.C.)
  • Grace Robinson, BA ’20, Analyst, Rios Partners (Washington, D.C.)
General Membership

General membership is open to all Elliott School alumni and students. An annual gift is encouraged but not required for participation. All donations benefit Elliott students committed to the advancement of women in international affairs. General members will be invited to participate in I/WE events and programming.

Faculty & Staff Affiliate Members
  • Amy Aldrich, Associate Director of Development Communications and Stewardship
  • Paula Alonso, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
  • Carese Bates, Program Manager, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Nicole Campbell, Director of Graduate Admissions
  • Yvonne Captain, MIPP ’04, Associate Professor of Latin American Film and Literature and International Affairs
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, CCAS PhD ’11, Associate Professor of International Affairs; Director, Humanitarian Assistance Initiative
  • Christina Fink, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs
  • Margaret Fitzgerald, Associate Director of Development
  • Elaine Garbe, MA ’08, Director of Constituent Engagement and Annual Giving
  • Shirley Graham, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Director, Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs
  • Alexa Alice Joubin, Professor of English; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Theatre; International Affairs; and East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Robin Khan, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Kathryn Kleppinger, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies and International Affairs
  • Elizabeth Lusk, Academic Advisor, Graduate Student Services
  • Judy Mannix, Special Assistant to the Dean
  • Abigail Nelson-Miller, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Deepa Ollapally, Research Professor and Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
  • Tashi Ragbey, Research Professor and Director, Tibet Governance Lab, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
  • Tara Sinclair, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs
  • Laila Sorurbakhsh, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Associate Director, Master of International Policy and Practice Program; Acting Director, Online Education
  • Judy Teng, Senior Instructional Designer
  • Megan Wurm, Career and Academic Advisor, Graduate Student Services
  • Linda Yarr, Research Professor and Director, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Joining the co-chairs on I/WE’s executive team are Professor Ilana Feldman and Joe Strodel, AVP for development and alumni relations at Elliott.

Ilana Feldman

"I support every aspect of I/WE's mission. One element that has deep personal meaning for me, as a professor and former vice dean, is increasing access to high-quality education, and creating new opportunities for professional growth and success, for a diverse and multicultural student body. Over the years, in the classroom and in the dean's suite, I have become ever more aware that scholarships and fellowships lead directly to opportunity. As a woman who leads, I aspire to help other women attain their leadership goals. With great enthusiasm, I look forward to working with this terrific group."

Ilana Feldman
Professor of Anthropology, History and International Affairs, Elliott School