PGC & PWG Host International Women’s Day Event Series

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Pardee Graduate Council (PGC) collaborated with the Pardee Women’s Group (PWG) to host a series of events on March 8, 2021.

The day’s events began with an alumnae panel, moderated by Flavia Roscini (MAIA ’22), featuring five Pardee School graduates: Julia Kim Clarke (BA ’91), member of the Pardee School’s Dean’s Advisory Board and CFO, Etan Tolling Technologies and Idc Global, Inc; Gabby Cudney (BA ’13), Manager of Field Visits, UNICEF USA; Ana Pantelic (MA ’08), Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF Uganda; Bethany Saul (BA ’14), Associate Attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; and Catriona Taylor (BA ’02), CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. During the panel, alumnae described their career journeys and offered advice to attendees, including: make your voices heard; take risks, as they can lead us to new and unexpected opportunities; stand up for yourself, try new things, and continually challenge yourself; believe in yourself; and pursue your passion with courage.

The alumnae’s overarching message to attendees was to advocate for themselves in life and remember to be kind to themselves.

The second event of the day was a virtual lunch panel, moderated by Georgina Mroczynski (MAIA, ’22), with five Pardee School professors: Rachel Brule, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy; Susan Eckstein, Professor of International Relations and Sociology; Manjari Chatterjee Miller, Associate Professor of International Relations; Pratistha Joshi Rajkarnikar, Lecturer; and Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science. Each professor shared the story of how they decided to pursue a career in academia and, after showcasing their recently published books, encouraged attendees to publish our own work. The main takeaway was the importance of surrounding yourself with a strong network of women and supporting each other in all endeavors.

The day ended with a student trivia night, which included questions about BU alumnae, influential feminists, and famous quotes from women throughout history.

For more information on PGC, PWG, and the opportunities they create, visit their respective pages on the Pardee School website.