By: Mike Fox, Master of Science student in the School of Foreign Service, Class of 2016
Here at Georgetown, there is no shortage of opportunities to hear incredible, world famous leaders speak on a regular basis. However, the chance to talk informally with these leaders in an intimate, small group setting is a less common occurrence. Such is the goal of Beeck Unplugged – a fireside chat series designed and implemented by the Beeck Center’s student-run Impact Board. This past month, Beeck Unplugged was lucky enough to host Mary Ellen Iskendarian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB). A Georgetown graduate, Iskenderian’s talk was a unique opportunity to hear a first-hand account of the importance of leveraging diverse, cross-sector experience to achieve meaningful outcomes. Her presentation was a deep dive on WWB’s successful practices as well as Mary Ellen’s life experience.
Before an intimate group of around 20 students, Iskenderian provided an overview of WWB’s key successes and its point of view, as well as promising practices for the field. She also took questions from students about her career path and outlook on success, and emphasized the critical importance of embracing personal passions.