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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host SAIS Women Lead Conference, “Advancing Women’s Leadership in Peace and Security,” November 15 in Washington DC

SAIS Women Lead’s first annual conference, “Advancing Women’s Leadership in Peace and Security,” will be hosted at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on November 15. SAIS Women Lead is a global women’s leadership development program and initiative that partners the school’s faculty, students, and alumni with public and private organizations to raise the political and economic status of communities through the empowerment of women.
The half-day conference will feature practitioners and scholars affiliated with leading institutions, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, Harvard University, George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. Discussions during the conference will focus on the inclusion of women’s voices in the field of security and post-conflict reconstruction.

  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. Opening remarks


  • 9:30-10:00 a.m. Keynote – Anne A. Witkowsky, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense


  • 10:00-10:55 a.m. Fireside chat with Amb. Laura Holgate, former U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the UN and International Atomic Energy Agency.


  • 11:00-11:30 a.m. Open mic


  • 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch


  • 12:00-1:25 p.m. Panel discussion with Julianne Smith, former Deputy National Security Advisor in Obama Administration and Acting National Security Advisor to VP Joseph Biden, along with Honorable Amb. Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow at Harvard University JFK Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs and Dr. Mary Ellsberg, Founding Director of the Global Women's Institute at George Washington University.


  • 1:30-1:35 p.m. Concluding remarks

Additional information is available within the full agenda listed here.
Time and Date
9:00 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The conference is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can RSVP to cover the conference by contacting Communications Manager Jason Lucas via email at Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Please note: Interviews with participants and attendees may only be conducted in Kenney Herter Auditorium.
Media Contacts
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
office: +1 (202) 663-5620
mobile: +1 (202) 422-2652
About SAIS Women Lead
SAIS Women Lead's mission is to increase and amplify women’s leadership around the world to inspire balanced, sound policy decision-making. Its interdisciplinary courses and practicum program, Global Women in Leadership (GWL) (student-led organization), and SAIS Women’s Alumni Network (SWAN) provide students and alumni with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and collaborate on action-oriented projects that advance women. These programs, courses, and networks support students, faculty and alumni to integrate the study of women’s contributions to the field of international relations and promote the understanding that women’s empowerment is central to sustainable peace, economic growth, and transformational leadership.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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Monday, November 11, 2019