On November 14, 2019, the PPIA Washington, DC Alumni Chapter held a networking event in partnership with Open Society Foundations on best practices for building a career in public policy and international affairs, as well as harnessing your identity in the workplace.

Panelists included Victoria Brown, Enterprise Community Partners; Sue Hahn Gutierrez, U.S. Department of Labor; Caroline Nguyen, Millennium Challenge Corporations; and Gretchen Rohr, Open Society Foundations.

Read on for a recap from PPIA alumnus Samuel Cervantes (Berkeley JSI 2018):

Last week, the PPIA DC Alumni Chapter, thanks to the generosity of Open Society Foundations, held a networking and panel night focused on building a career on public policy and international affairs. The panel gave incredible insight to our alumni of how to maneuver around obstacles, build confidence at the workplace, and balance one’s life and work time. I left the event energized to tackle any challenge, and I know others did as well.

When we think of the next generations of leaders, leaders that reflect the diversity and backgrounds in our country, it is crucial to think of how we are going to cultivate an environment that allows young professionals, eager to make change, to grow and find opportunities to enable them to do just that. To do this, we must build a network of leaders that help each other along the way. After the event, many alumni connected with the panelists, OFS staff, and other attendees. Building these connections are essential to make the change we want to see in our communities, our country, and the world.

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