NEXTGEN LEADERSHIP: Ethics and Practice

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This free, virtual conference will highlight the practical skills necessary for success in a public service career at home and abroad, while also emphasizing ethical decision making.

Program at a Glance

This virtual conference, hosted by George Washington University's (GW) Elliott School of International Affairs and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, will offer opportunities for you to learn from and network with leading scholars and policy experts in the field of domestic and international affairs. Through this interactive program, you will work in small teams to develop policy recommendations, while receiving coaching from Elliott School Professor Christopher Kojm. You will also learn more about careers in public policy and international affairs and learn more about the opportunities for graduate education at GW.

Featured Speakers

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie Winstanley


Mr. Spencer P Boyer



Ethical Leadership Talk Speaker

Mr. Spencer P. Boyer

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy

Key Topics

  • Careers in Public Service
  • Applying and Financing Graduate School
  • Writing for Policy Makers
  • Ethical Decision Making

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Rising junior or senior undergraduate.
  • Priority will be given to historically underrepresented students.
  • Strongly interested in pursuing graduate school or a career in public policy and/or international affairs.



Jonathan Walker speaking at 2019 public service weekend


student group photo from 2019 public service weekend


group of students from 2018 public service weekend


Public Service Weekend Staff

Denee Bottoms

Denee Bottoms

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

Ashley Cedeno

Ashley Cedeno

Operations Lead, (Leadership, Ethics and Practice Initiative; Student Services, Diversity and Inclusion), The Elliott School of International Affairs

Kylie Stamm

Kylie Stamm

Diversity Program Manager, The Elliott School of International Affairs

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Jonathan Walker

Assistant Dean of Student Services, Diversity, and Inclusion, The Elliott School of International Affairs



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Professor Chris Kojm

Christopher A. Kojm is a Public Service Weekend Faculty Advisor and serves as the Director of the Elliott School's Leadership, Ethics and Practice Initiative. He re-joined the School as a Professor of Practice in International Affairs after serving as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 2009 to 2014.

In government, Chris served as a staffer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1984-98 under Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, as a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1998-2003), and as deputy director of the 9/11 Commission (2003-04). He was also president of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, the Commission’s follow-on public education organization (2004-05). He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Iraq Study Group (2006).