The HKS Women's Network follows a decentralized structure that allows all alumnae, no matter where they live, to become a HKS Women's Network City Ambassador. If you are committed to furthering the work of other HKS women in your community, read on.
Ambassadors are point-people for managing, gathering and growing the local HKS women community in their respective city or region. This might include:
- Hosting visiting HKS professors for small group discussions, breakfasts or lunches;
- Collaborating on an op-ed around a public policy issue;
- Welcoming new HKS alumnae to the city or region;
- Meeting with prospective HKS students;
- Planning informal group gatherings such as happy hours or books clubs;
- Anything else relevant and timely within the local community.
Ambassadors have considerable creative freedom in planning events or managing projects. If there is not a representative for your city or region, consider becoming one.
Find Your Local Ambassador
Thank you to the amazing alumnae who have stepped up to lead HKSWN Chapters through the City Ambassador Program.
These Chapters will be launching in late September 2017 / October 2017 and are currently brainstorming 1-2 events, as well as a local communication platform (such as a Google Group, Facebook Group, Whatsapp Group, or Slack) for alumnae to join.
Please reach out to any one of these individuals directly to get more involved in your local City Ambassador Program, and please remember that each group is just getting started (emails coming soon!):
- Boston, MA: Tamara Tilleman, Theo Skeadas, Yasmin Padamsee, Gayatri Sarkar
- Charlotte, NC (regional): Paula Broadwell
- Chicago, IL: Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar
- Denver, CO: Amy Rosenband
- Los Angeles, CA: Andrea Capachietti, Effie-Michelle Metallidis
- New York City, NY: Carol Tan, Katherine Holland-Ortiz, Sarah Boyce Borzilleri, Nidhi Badaya, Xevion Baptiste, Kendra Bradner
- Philadelphia, PA: Bernie Munley, Jane Zhu
- Phoenix, AZ: Michelle Dorsey, Genevieve Siri, Sapna Gupta
- San Francisco, CA: Melissa Sandgren
- Washington DC: Andrea Blinkhorn, Marta Caminas Mora, Melissa Cohen, Shira Epstien
- Beijing, China: Chen Zheng
- Bogotá, Colombia: Carolina Urrutia
- Cairo, Egypt: Sahar Albazar
- Central America (regional): Anna Lucia Alfaro
- Hanoi, Vietnam: Giang Hoang
- Israel: Gali Levi, Limor Ofaz-Ratson
- Johannesburg, South Africa: Devon Maylie
- Lausanne, Switzerland (regional): Nadine B. Hack
- Madrid, Spain: Paloma Baena Olabe
- Mexico City, Mexico: Alexandra Aguilar Bellamy, Almudena Suarez, Karla Breceda
- Manila, Philippines: Mai Mislang
- Nairobi, Kenya: Roopal Thaker
- Paris, France: Valentine de Lasteyrie
- Seoul, South Korea: Christel Adam
- Singapore: Sonu Chhina
If your city or region is not listed, email Executive Board Member Theodora (Theo) Skeadas for more information on becoming a HKSWN Ambassador.
It's recommended that City Ambassadors:
- Attend two quarterly conference calls a year to share best practices, ideas and feedback about the program across regions; and
- Organize two events in their city or region annually.
Ambassadors are also invited to join a separate Google Group to help facilitate learnings across the community and provide real-time feedback to the Executive Board.
This is a new program launched in tandem with the formation of the HKS Women's Network. As with all new programs, we expect hiccups along the way. However, we strongly believe that individuals know what is best for their local communities and that autonomy breeds creativity, ownership and success. We look forward to receiving meaningful and constructive feedback, and we plan to iterate on the process as we move forward.