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!):
Charlotte, NC (regional): Paula Broadwell
Chicago, IL: Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar
Cincinnati, OH: Andrea Blinkhorn
Denver, CO: Amy Rosenband
Philadelphia, PA: Bernie Munley
San Francisco, CA: Emily Terwelp
San Diego, CA: Tara Jeyaratnam
Beijing, China: Chen Zheng
Bogotá, Colombia: Carolina Urrutia
Brussels, Belgium: Mayra Souza
Cairo, Egypt: Sahar Albazar
Central America (regional): Anna Lucia Alfaro
Copenhagen, Denmark (regional): Mayra Salazar
Johannesburg, South Africa: Devon Maylie
Lausanne, Switzerland (regional): Nadine B. Hack
Madrid, Spain: Paloma Baena Olabe
Manila, Philippines: Mai Mislang
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.