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 awards are open to students of all genders.

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 people who share the I/WE mission with the vast opportunities that an Elliott School education will provide them."

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

"Our goal with the creation of I/WE is to celebrate the many and significant successes of the Elliott School's diverse alumni across industries, as well as to establish a powerful and influential global network of Elliott alumni, parents, industry leaders, and students who are dedicated to I/WE’s mission. I/WE supports scholarships and fellowships for students of all genders. The awards also inspire future leaders through mentorship and help in launching their careers."

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

Susan Stautberg
Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

"I/WE's mission to support undergraduate scholarships and 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
President, Middle East Policy Council

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Upcoming & Past Events

November 30, 2023

SAVE THE DATE: International Women of Elliott panel discussion (more details coming soon)

April 20, 2023

GW New York Reception and Discussion with Elliott School Dean Alyssa Ayres, cosponsored by I/WE

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. 

  • Co-Chair: Julie A. Monaco, BA ’85, Chair Emeritus, 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, President, Middle East Policy Council; U.S. Ambassador to Malta, 2012-2016 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Alia Marwah Eyres, BA ’01, Chief Executive Officer, Mother’s Choice (Hong Kong)
  • Alexandra Garcia, MIPP ’14, former Chief Program Officer, World Central Kitchen (Washington, D.C.)
  • Lindsay Gardner, BA ’72, Executive Consultant, Mergers and Acquisitions, LG Associates (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, Inc. (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 (Laos)
  • Wellesley Parker, BA ’07, Elliott School Board of Advisors; former Senior Trade Compliance Program Manager, Amazon (Seattle)
  • Brooke Pearson, MIPP ’16, Lead Program Manager, Google Chrome Trust & Safety, Google (London)
  • Maria Proestou, BA ’92, Strategic Acquisition Advisor, Research, Development and Acquisition, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (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; 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, Executive Vice President, Global Communications, NYC Tourism (New York)
  • Laura Wais, BA ’71, Underwater Photographer, Laura Wais Underwater Imaging (San Francisco)


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