Twenty years ago, 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 exclusively for women. I/WE – the GW International Women of Elliott – is designed to raise the global visibility and connectivity of female leaders in the Elliott community. I/WE will bring together women in leadership positions for robust dialogue on the unique opportunities and challenges they face. In addition, I/WE members will champion the female students of Elliott to ensure those who choose to lead have the resources and tools to do so. The I/WE network is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in international affairs by creating opportunities for women of all backgrounds to become global leaders.
"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
"I am excited to join the GW International Women of Elliott, as Vice Chair. 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, Vice Chair
Co-chair and Founder, The Leadership Council for Women in National Security
The I/WE Executive Circle plays a key leadership role in the network and engages with the Elliott School through philanthropic support for women’s 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.
The I/WE Leadership Circle engages with the Elliott School through philanthropic support for women’s 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 alumnae who have graduated within ten years from the Elliott School will receive special consideration to join the Leadership Circle. Alumnae 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. Alumnae 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.
Elliott School alumnae may join I/WE at the general membership level, which requires an annual gift of at least $50. All donations will benefit women's student scholarships at the Elliott School. General members will be invited to participate in I/WE events and programming.
Joining the co-chairs on I/WE’s executive team are Interim Dean Ilana Feldman and Joe Strodel, AVP for development and alumni relations at Elliott.
"I support every aspect of I/WE's mission. One element that has deep personal meaning for me, as a professor and now as interim 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."
Interim Dean, Elliott School