The Gala Weekend

Please join us in celebrating the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Centennial Anniversary with a weekend of special commemorative events. Register for the Centennial Gala Weekend here!

Schedule of Events

All events, with the exception of Saturday’s Gala celebration, are complimentary (free of charge) and open to all members of the community with advance registration. Tickets for the Gala are available for purchase via the registration link; see “Registration Information” at the bottom of this page for ticket pricing and additional details.

Stage Performance — “Remember This: Walking with Jan Karski

Friday, November 15, 2019

Global Careers & Insights for the Next 100 Years, a day of career-related events joining current students and alumni across industries and across the world.

12:00 – 2:00 PM: Open Coaching
Questions about YOUR career development? Career Coaches will be on hand for drop-in coaching sessions to talk through scaling impact of leadership skills, salary negotiations, career transition decisions, and work-life balance, etc. First come, first serve.

12:00 – 2:00 PM: Alumni Career Stories – Video Interviews
Inspired by the Jesuit value of “Women and Men for Others,” alumni are invited to give back to Georgetown by sharing their unique career journey, leadership development, and decisions along the way. As you know, this can be incredibly valuable to students looking to transition into the competitive global job market. Sessions will be video recorded and shared with current and future students. (20 min sessions)

2:00 – 3:00 PM: LinkedIn for Career Design
Are you on LinkedIn but haven’t fully tapped the networking aspect of this impressive social media tool? A guest presenter will teach you how to use the broad reach of LinkedIn to effectively network for jobs or other career related information to intentionally design your career for personal growth and social impact.

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Informational Interviews
Alumni and students are invited to participate in 1:1 informational interviews. Alumni are invited to engage directly with students and provide information on their industry, employer, job responsibilities, decision making, etc. Students are invited to prepare questions and learn from alumni that may help guide their post-graduation plans. Please sign up if you are interested in 1 or more sessions. Final arrangements based on interest will be made closer to the date. (20 min sessions)

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Alumni Career Stories – Video Interviews
Inspired by the Jesuit value of “Women and Men for Others,” alumni are invited to give back to Georgetown by sharing their unique career journey, leadership development, and decisions along the way. As you know, this can be incredibly valuable to students looking to transition into the competitive global job market. Sessions will be video recorded and shared with current and future students. (20 min sessions)

3:15 – 5:15 PM: Global Careers & Insights for the Next 100 Years
The last 100 years of work has seen dramatic changes: a shift from manufacturing to the service industry for the American workforce, significant changes in workforce demographics, and a truly global applicant pool. We can only imagine what the next 100 years will bring! Alumni are invited to lead a 45min table discussion on the career opportunities and challenges within their industry. There will be 2 rounds so you can also be a participant. Students are invited to register as attendees.

5:15 – 7:15 PM: Centennial Networking
Kick off the Centennial weekend with an informal networking session to share information about your industry, employer, career narrative, and aspirations. We invite alumni and students to make personal networking connections for your lifelong career development.

8:00 PM: Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski starring Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn

Play by Clark Young and Derek Goldman, Directed by Derek Goldman

An original world-premiere production created and presented by Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics

Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln), stars in this powerful and timely world premiere solo play which explores the legacy of Jan Karski, Polish World War II hero, Holocaust witness, and longtime beloved SFS professor. The play brings home the enduring lessons of Karski’s extraordinary life — especially his belief in humanity, even in the darkest times.

 

A photo of the 1925 Diplomatic Ball as found in the 1926 yearbook, Ye Domesday Booke.

 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM: Stubborn Problems and Ingenious Solutions – SFS Looks at the 21st Century

Prominent SFS alumni, faculty, and guests will discuss the most urgent issues facing the world—the prevention of war, climate change, forced migration, the future of democracy, diversity as a critical part of international policy-making, and much more. The day will include two plenary sessions, as well as two breakout sessions.

8:00 AM – 2:15 PM: Check-in

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM: Open Coaching
Questions about YOUR career development? Career Coaches will be on hand for coaching sessions to talk through scaling impact of leadership skills, salary negotiations, career transition decisions, and work-life balance, etc. Advance registration required. Specific registration time slots forthcoming for registrants.

9:00 – 10:40 AM: Opening Plenary

The Future Will Be Inclusive: Women in Global Affairs
SFS alumnae have been influencing international affairs through leadership roles in congress, media, diplomacy, and in their home country ever since the first full time SFS program women graduated from SFS in 1958. Join Ambassador Melanne Verveer (I’66, G’69), Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, for a conversation with SFS alumnae who are leading the way in global affairs, including: Karen Courington (MSFS’10), Head of Product Support Operations at Facebook; Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson (SFS’90, MSFS’91, P’20, P’23), CEO of POLITICO Europe
; Princess Ghida Talal (SFS’86, MSFS’86), Chairperson of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center; and Uzra Zeya (SFS’89), President and CEO of Alliance for Peacebuilding

11:00 – 12:00 PM: Morning Panels

Diplomacy Imperiled? The Future of Transnational Conversation
Less than 20 years into the new century, barriers between cultures and nations have both melted away through technology and been built up in a rising tide of nationalism and uncertainty. What is the future of diplomacy in this new environment? Former ambassadors Edward Djerejian (SFS’60, H’92) and Donald McHenry (PHD’64, H’81) discuss the transnational conversation in an uncertain time.

Faith as an International Force for Justice
Thirty years ago today, on 16 November 1989, six Jesuit priests and two laywomen were murdered by government forces at the University of Central America in El Salvador. Their work for justice during their lives, and the horror of their deaths sparked concern around the globe, and ultimately contributed to the end of that nation’s civil war. How do religious actors today contribute to efforts for justice and peace? Given Georgetown’s Catholic, Jesuit identity and deep commitment to inter-religious dialogue, how is its approach to global affairs different from that of other institutions? What are the opportunities and challenges that come from engaging religion seriously in international relations?

Financing the Future: Business Leadership in a New Global Age
The School of Foreign Service was founded in significant part to educate young people to more fully participate in international commerce. A century later, business is even more thoroughly global, and the private sector has become ever more critical in defining transnational relationships and prosperity. Kai Ryssdal (SSP’93, P’20), the host of public radio’s Marketplace, will moderate a conversation among leading SFS alumni entrepreneurs including: Dexter Goei (SFS’93), CEO of Altice USA; Katrina O’Connell (SFS’90), CFO at Old Navy; Adam Norwitt (SFS’91), CEO of Amphenol; Tom Purcell (SFS’93), President of Lake Trail Capital; Marcus Wallenberg (SFS’80), Chairman of Patricia Industries.

Reporting the World: Media on the Front Lines
With a news cycle that turns faster than ever and technology of unforeseen immediacy, the role of journalists and the media has never been more critical or scrutinized. In a conversation led by Stephane Dujarric (SFS’88), the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General, Lulu Garcia-Navarro (SFS’94), Host of NPR Sunday Weekend Edition, and Alexander Marquardt (SFS’04), CNN Senior National Correspondent, will discuss the challenges of reporting from state houses, war zones, and more.

The Future of Conflict: From Nuclear War to Cyberwar
Increasingly, domestic, regional, and international conflicts are extending beyond traditional borders and traditional weaponry. How do states allocate or reallocate their resources to confront conflicts on the ground, in the air, and in the network? Moderator Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson (SFS’90, MSFS’90, P’20, P’23), CEO of POLITICO’s European operation, will explore this question with Ernest Herold (MSFS’92), Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO, and Joseph Cirincione (MSFS’83), President of Ploughshares Fund.

The World in a Cloud: New Tech Transforms Us
Artificial intelligence and social media are but two examples of emerging technology that is reshaping global affairs as well as daily life. In this conversation, Jason Matheny, Director of the new SFS Center of Security and Emerging Technology, will join other experts in the field to look to how tech is changing the relationships between nations and the state of the global economy. What may be the most overhyped impact of tech? What effects are underappreciated? What do you need to know to be more prepared?

 

12:20 – 2:00 PM: Lunch Panels

American Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations
For most of the twentieth century, the United States and western Europe were linked by intense cultural, political, and economic exchange and cooperation. Especially during the Cold War, transatlantic trade and security blossomed, becoming highly enmeshed and institutionalized. However, since 1989/90 the alliance has lurched from one crisis to another, and in recent years has even begun to fray as the broader international order shifts toward multipolarity and growing isolationism. Panelists will discuss what if any lessons can be drawn from the past, as well as the threats and opportunities that arise from current tensions in the transatlantic relationship.

Panelists: Spencer Boyer specializes in transatlantic security relations and European affairs, director of Washington office of Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of law, adjunct professor at BMW Center for German and European Studies;
Jeffrey Anderson, CGES and Government, specializes in comparative political economy and European integration, co-editor of The End of the West? (2008) and From Bonn to the Berlin Republic (2010).

Facing Climate Change in the 21st Century: The Role of Science, Technology and Diplomacy
Climate change is widely regarded as one of the most acute dangers to human existence. Despite scientific consensus, political agreement on how to solve this truly transnational problem is more difficult to reach. What will be the future of climate diplomacy? What is truly at stake?

Global Impact Pitch Competition
The second-annual SFS “Global Impact Pitch Competition” encourages students to identify and pursue financially self-sustainable solutions to international challenges they are passionate about. This entrepreneurship initiative is open to all Georgetown University students, with mentoring and judging opportunities for interested alumni beginning in late-August. Applying lean startup methods, we aim to nurture and guide budding entrepreneurs (both commercial and social) who want to implement ideas that address a problem or issue, with a revenue-generating business model. Students proceed through a series of application and preliminary judging rounds, with the final student pitches and judging (for which we are seeking $20,000 in prize-money) on Saturday, November 16. One of the top prizes is for “Audience Choice,” so come and vote!

MSFS Alumni Lunch

Resurgent Russia
In his two decades in power, Vladimir Putin has returned Russia to the world stage, often acting as a disruptor of Western interests. Yet Russia has a GDP the size of that of Italy, a declining population and depends on hydrocarbon exports for much of its national budget. Is Russia indeed resurgent? And how should the West deal with Russia going forward? With both the European Union and the transatlantic alliance under strain, can the West still work together on dealing with Russia?

Panelists: Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland (1995-2005) former Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership at Georgetown University;
Julia Smith Gurganus (MAERES’94), former National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia, Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment;
Angela Stent, Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Professor of Government and Foreign Service

The Asian Century: 1919-2019
Since the founding of SFS in 1919, no part of the world has seen as much transformation as Asia. In this conversation, the political, economic, and cultural changes in the region will be placed in the context of 2019, as Asian nations stand poised to play a leading role in global affairs.

The Future of Democracy: Dealing with the New Authoritarianism
As the Cold War concluded, there was much discussion about the global victory of liberal democracy. Barely two decades later, the world is witnessing a revival of authoritarianism on every continent. Former US Representative on the Council of NATO Ivo Daalder (MSFS’82) will join others to discuss the causes of this phenomenon and the prospects for democracy in the 21st century.

The Human Emergency: Forced Migration in a New Century
Migration has always been a fact of human existence. Today, there is increased forced migration caused by armed conflict, climate change, and political change. In this conversation, Susan Martin, former Executive Director of the US Commission on Immigration Reform, will join leading practitioners and experts will dissect the refugee and migration emergencies faced in so many regions of today’s world.

The Western Hemisphere in a New Century
In 1919, Father Walsh saw increased trade and investment in the Western Hemisphere as a central component in the emerging postwar global order. In many ways, the early SFS curriculum was built to promote positive, lasting commerce; peace; and the embrace of democracy across the Americas. To what extent has that vision been realized, and how have SFS graduates shaped the course of political, economic, and social development in the region? And what are the prospects for the region in the coming century, especially given ongoing difficulties in promoting economic growth and inclusion and a rise in nationalism in many countries? This panel brings together diplomats and industry leaders who have — and are shaping — the region, and the United States engagement with it, for a vibrant discussion of challenges and opportunities today.

Panelists: Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis (SFS’76), Former US Charge d’Affaires to Cuba (2015-2017)
Jana Nelson (CLAS’09), Government Affairs and Corporate Responsibility Director, Latin America & Caribbean at Bacardi
Arturo Valenzuela (P’00), Former Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the United States Department of State (2009-2011)
Matthew Carnes, S.J., Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, SFS

 

2:15 – 3:30 PM: Closing Plenary

The Diplomatic Toolkit in the 21st Century
Now more than ever, diplomats need a full range of tools to advance the interests of their nation in conversation across borders. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (P’87, P’94, H’99) not only created the toolbox, but she has been teaching it to SFS students for decades. She will discuss diplomacy in the 21st century with former CIA Director George Tenet (SFS’76, H’03, P’10) and General George Casey (SFS’70).

6:30PM: Centennial Gala Dinner

The National Building Museum
401 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This extraordinary event and elegant dinner will feature a conversation about the future of international affairs featuring President Bill Clinton (SFS’68), and a performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silkroad ensemble.

 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Religious services and gatherings.

 

Registration Information

Tickets for the gala are now available through the registration link.

  • Individual tickets cost $400.
  • Students and recent alumni tickets cost $200 (from the Class of 2015 or later).
  • Tables seating ten are available for purchase for $15,000. Tables will receive preferred placement and recognition in the printed program and event video screens.

After September 2nd, ticket prices increase:

  • Individual tickets cost $500.
  • Students and recent alumni tickets cost $250 (from the Class of 2015 or later).

 

Logistics

Hotel Information

 

Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
Cut off date: October 15, 2019
800 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20057, 202-687-3200
Reserve Your Room Code: 245198 Room type and rate: Double or King, $189.00/night
Note: Complimentary chartered bus transportation will be provided to/from the hotel to the National Building Museum for the Gala Dinner on Saturday, November 16.

Key Bridge Marriott
Cut off date: October 15, 2019
1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209, 703-524-6400
Reserve Your Room Room type and rate: Standard King: $175.00/night Standard Double: $180.00/night
Note: Complimentary chartered bus transportation will be provided to/from the hotel to the National Building Museum for the Gala Dinner on Saturday, November 16.

Kimpton Glover Park Hotel
Cut off date: October 15, 2019
2505 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-337-9700
Reserve Your Room Code: G14 Room type and rate: King Deluxe: $179.00/night

The Four Seasons
Cut off date: October 17, 2019
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-337-9700
Reserve Your Room Promo Code: CI1119SFS ( C – I – the number 1- the number 1 – the number 1- the number 9 – S – F – S )
Room rate: $375.00/night

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Centennial Gala Weekend, please email sfsevents@georgetown.edu.