Career Panel on International Exchange: Higher Ed & Beyond

Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and George Washington University on Tuesday, May 10th at 6pm for a discussion on the importance of international education, international leadership, and cross-cultural communication for students and young professionals.

The speakers from the International Institute of Education, George Washington University, and the U.S. Department of State will highlight opportunities available through nonprofits, government initiatives, and connections between academic institutions. Maya Cohen, National Director of Academic Affairs at the Embassy of Israel, will moderate the discussion.

The discussion will include ways to use exchanges, leadership programs, and educational engagement for professional development and diplomacy. There will also be emphasis on careers in international education and how to use global experience to work effectively in cross-cultural environments to become a better global citizen. The dialogue will include tips for working internationally, resources for possible challenges, and ways to engage with local communities, organizations, and governments.


About the Speakers 

Ms. Maya Cohen is the National Director of Academic Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in the United States. Ms. Cohen engages in outreach to interest groups and communities within the academic world, in order to increase visibility and improve Israel's image. She plans and oversees local and national projects with American universities and facilitates connections between Israeli and American academic institutions. Before coming to America, Ms. Cohen worked at the law firm of Hamburger Evron and Co. Prior to that, Ms. Cohen worked at the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) at the Investments Department. Ms. Cohen holds a Masters degree in business administration and a law degree, both from Hebrew University. 

Ms. Emily Volpe has been with the International Visitor Leadership Program at IIE since May 2005. As a Lead Program Manager, Ms. Volpe designs and coordinates short-term professional development programs for international professionals. Her professional interests include North African and Middle Eastern studies, economic and youth leadership development, as well as topics dealing with nonprofit strategic management. She also spearheads social media and new technology initiatives for the IVLP at IIE in Washington, including managing the @IVLPIIEDC Twitter and Facebook. Ms. Volpe holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Baldwin Wallace University, a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and is currently pursuing her MBA at The George Washington University School of Business.

Mr. Jarred Butto is the Acting Branch Chief for EducationUSA in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He manages EducationUSA’s international student advising activities worldwide and branch engagement with the U.S. and international higher education communities. Previously, Mr. Butto has served as EducationUSA Program Officer for the Southeast Asia Region and Senior Program Specialist in the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education. He holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Bucknell University and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. 

Ms. Lisa Brancheau is the Assistant Director of Global & Experiential Education at The George Washington University School of Business.  In this capacity, Ms. Brancheau manages graduate elective short-term study away programs and student exchanges with GWSB partner institutions. Prior to joining GWSB, Ms. Brancheau worked as Coordinator of International Programs for the Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) campus in Zacatecas, Mexico and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica.  She earned a Master of Arts in International Education from The George Washington University & has her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Spanish from The University of Richmond.

May 10, 2016 at 6pm - 7:30pm
George Washington University
Rome Building 801 22nd St NW
Room 459
Washington, DC 20052
United States
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