Past Events



How to Conquer Career Change (May 2017)

WIIS hosted an interactive workshop on how to successfully navigate career transitions. The objective of this workshop was to provide guidance on the best practices for switching career paths or moving into new roles within the same sector. Participants gained expert advice and resources to pursue their career transition in a more strategic and effective manner. This workshop, led by Andrea Grant Wright of Lee Hechy Harrison and Stephenie Foster of Smash Strategies, served as a wonderful learning opportunity for WIIS members in pursuit of personal and professional development!


Pure Power Self-Defense! (May 2017)

Women in International Security and N-FLUX partnered up to provide members with an opportunity to attend Pure Power Self-Defense! Learning self-defense is a great way to be safe, enhance your confidence, and improve physical and mental strength. N-FLUX taught Krav Maga, an empowering class where members were able to learn the hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Force. This dynamic class was followed by an informal brunch where members were welcome to share a meal, wind-down, and get to know one another. 


Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Academia (April 2017)

WIIS-DC, WIIS-GWU, and WIIS Global hosted a panel discussion on “Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed in Academia.” Participants learned how to navigate both real and perceived career obstacles in the academic field! During this engaging panel discussion, participants gained first-hand career advice from experienced and successful women. The panel featured 45 minutes of moderated discussion, followed by an audience question and answer session.

Learn to Lead through Public Speaking! (April 2017)

WIIS and LcHoesGroup hosted an interactive public speaking workshop. Understanding that effective presentation tools are essential in enabling women to become influential leaders, this engaging discussion introduced useful techniques to enhance approachability, adaptability, and confidence-building in the workplace.


Pure Power Self-Defense! (March 2017)

Women in International Security and N-FLUX partnered up to provide members with an opportunity to attend Pure Power Self-Defense! Learning self-defense is a great way to be safe, enhance your confidence, and improve physical and mental strength. N-FLUX taught Krav Maga, an empowering class where members were able to learn the hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Force. This was an exciting opportunity to learn new skills while meeting fellow WIIS members!

Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed at the State Department (October 2016)

WIIS-DC and WIIS Global hosted a discussion on "Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed at the State Department." This panel was the second event in the "Navigating Your Career" series. It served as a great opportunity for those interested in a career at the State Department to gain first-hand advice from experienced and successful women.

Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed on Capitol Hill (May 2016)

WIIS invited members to participate in an informative panel discussion on "Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed on Capitol Hill." This event kicked off a series of panel discussions on how to successfully navigate a career across different sectors. Panelists from both sides of the aisle shared their experience working as personal and committee staff, and provided advice for young professionals. This was a great opportunity for those interested in a career on Capitol Hill or in the security sector to gain first-hand career advice from experienced professionals through an informal and engaging discussion.

How to Brand and Market Yourself for Success (May 2016)

One of the nation’s most experienced PR professionals Jennefer Witter, the CEO/Founder of The Boreland Group Inc., discussed what personal branding is, why it is especially important for women, and how to develop an effective one. She also addressed unconscious bias and why you need to know how it influences and shapes your brand. Jennefer presented a fascinating case study featuring a billion-dollar real estate broker based in Manhattan who uses her past military service in Israel's armed services as a keystone of her personal brand.


RSIS Seminar by Dr Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, RSIS Visiting Senior Fellow; and President, Women in International Security (April 2016)

Over 58 countries and many regional organizations (including military organizations such as NATO) have adopted action plans to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 at a national or regional level. These plans detail how they advance gender equality and integrate a gender perspective within their foreign and security policies. During this seminar, Chantal de Jonge Oudraat examined the relevance of gender and the WPS agenda to peace and security challenges in the 21st century. She assessed the implementation of the WPS agenda, including approaches to conflict related sexual violence, and outline future directions for the WPS agenda. Learn more about the RSIS Seminar here.  

Salary Negotiation Seminar (November 2015)

Members of Women in International Security (WIIS) and the Women’s Mentor Network (WMN) invited members to participate in a seminar on salary negotiation. Participants learned techniques and tips for salary negotiation, and had the opportunity to practice newly learned negotiation skills in two exercises. This salary negotiation seminar was taught by Dr. Margaret New, founder and CEO of The Middleburg Group, LLC, a career coaching consultancy. In addition to 30 years of experience helping women one-on-one with job search skills and salary negotiation, Dr. New provides workshops and consults with the Foreign Service Institute.

Essential Management Skills Seminar (October 2015)

WIIS hosted  a seminar on essential management skills. Essential management skills covered in this skill-building seminar included: how to establish and achieve a results driven work environment (lower managers); and essential components for strategic thinking and execution (top level management).

Seminar on Presentation and Communication Skills (October 2015)

WIIS hosted a seminar on presentation and communication skills that provided members with the tools needed to strengthen and enhance their communication techniques. Presentation and communication skills discussed include: basics for public speaking and best practices in interpersonal communication; how to sell yourself and capabilities without being abrasive; how to make yourself memorable, etc.






Book Launch - Dr. J. Ann Tickner, A Feminist Voyage Through International Relations (October 2014)

The School of International Service at American University hosted the launch of Dr. J. Ann Tickner's book, A Feminist Voyage Through International Relations. Her book explores the methodological and epistemological story of feminist interventions in International Relations. Panelists included:


Dr. Robert Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Executive Director of SIPRI North America

Dr. Elisabeth Prügl, Professor of International Affairs, Graduate Institute Geneva

Dr. Christine Chin, (Moderator), Professor, School of International Service


US Priorities in South Asia Beyond 2014: Challenges and Opportunities (October 2014)

Women In International Security, in collaboration with Georgetown University, hosted a panel discussion on the precarious regional stability of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India and its implications for U.S. foreign policy. How did the political developments  in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India affect stability in the region generally and what are their impacts on U.S. interests in particular? Panelists discussed these important regional developments and explored future interests and strategies. Panelists included:


Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, (Moderator), President, Women In International Security

Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation

Dr. Christine Fair, Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University


NATO’s Balancing Act (May 2014)

Russia’s invasion of Crimea posed an urgent and serious challenge for the venerable Atlantic Alliance. Some argued that in response NATO needed to prioritize collective defense, its original mission, and deemphasize the crisis management and cooperative security roles that involved the Alliance in conflicts from Afghanistan to Libya. What is the role of individual NATO members, and to what extent are they willing to invest in new capabilities? These questions were at the forefront of the September 2014 NATO Summit in South Wales. The U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a discussion exploring the Alliance’s future with four world-renowned NATO experts. Panelists included:


Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President, WIIS and former Associate Vice President of the USIP Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program

Michael Brown, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University

Catherine Kelleher, (Moderator), Senior Fellow, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and President Emirita of WIIS

Gale Mattox, Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy, and American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

David S. Yost, Professor of International Relations, Naval Postgraduate School and author of NATO’s Balancing Act


Missing Peace Young Scholars' Contributions to the UK Global Summit (May 2014)

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Women in International Security (WIIS), the Human Rights Center at University of California-Berkley and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) hosted the Missing Peace Initiative Young Scholars for a panel event on May 23, 2014 at USIP. The Young Scholars Network is an extension of the Missing Peace Initiative, and brings together a global community of scholars currently researching innovative methodologies to address the prevention of sexual violence in conflict. The panel offered an opportunity for international policy and academic communities to identify challenges and gaps in preventing and mitigating sexual and gender-based violence worldwide. The outcomes of the two-day workshop and public event were forwarded to the co-chairs of the London Summit, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Ms. Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.


Women in Combat Units: Experiences of Partner Nations (May 2014)

On January 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Defense announced its decision to eliminate the ground combat exclusion policy and begin the process of opening 238,000 direct ground combat positions to women. With this historic development, the U.S. joins a small but growing list of countries in which all military positions are open to women on an equal basis to men. Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Sweden all permit women in all combat units. France, Israel, and the Netherlands permit women in combat positions but they are barred from some units. Brazil is currently looking at how to include women in combat positions, and Australia is already phasing women in. Many other countries including the UK send women to the front line in non-combat roles, or permit women to be fighter pilots. In May 2014, WIIS hosted this conference with the purpose of bringing together a large community of practice in a single event to share the expertise of partner nations who have already fully integrated their militaries. More information on this event can be found here.

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