Martha Goldberg Aronson '89, Corporate Director; former Executive Vice President and President of Global Healthcare at Ecolab encouraged Fellows to consider some examples of businesses that have missions beyond increasing shareholder value and how to build a professional career in line with your personal values.
Victoria White '91, Senior Vice President and Head, Global Advisory Solutions, Accion, discussed the potential for digital solutions to bring access to financial management tools to poor, rural and disenfranchised populations.
Nergis Mavalvala '90, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discussed the history and significance of the search for gravitational waves and her own role on the LIGO project -- an international project to detect these waves.
Mfoniso Udofia '06, Artist and Educator, NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival shared her personal experiences trying to “create authentic nuanced literature and roles for Africans within the American [United States] theater”.
Panelists George Papaconstantinou, Ph.D., Chairman, GSP Advisory; Greek Finance Minister (2009-2011), Ioana Petrescu '03, Ph.D., International Consultant, Romanian Finance Minister (2014) and Akila Weerapana, Associate Professor of Economics, Wellesley College shared their insights into the past, present and future of the euro currency.
Gazmend Kapllani, Ph.D., Author - Teaching, Creative Writing and European History, Emerson College, discussed his personal experience as a person navigating across international borders and the impact that borders have on our perception of the world and ourselves.
Bob Kitchen, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, International Rescue Committee presented information on the scale and scope of the international refugee crisis and what the IRC is doing to address this pressing concern.
Heather West '07, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla discussed some of the challenges (moral and practical) that face those that want to regulate the internet and shared some cases where policy makers can and should take action.
Harry Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences encouraged Fellows to wrestle with the question of how to balance the benefits and drawbacks of internet anonymity.
James Turner, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Wellesley College, shared information on the science behind climate change and discussed the impact that policy decisions may have on carbon emissions.
Robbin Chapman, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity & Inclusion, and Lecturer of Education, Wellesley College and Julie Norem, Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology, Wellesley College, discussed ways to consciously examine your motivations and thought processes in order to reduce unconscious biases and increase your effectiveness as an interlocutor and colleague.
Joseph Joyce, M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations; Professor of Economics, Wellesley College, discussed how the unequal distribution of benefits from globalization have impacted politics, particularly in the U.S., and started a conversation with Fellows about how inequalities can be reduced through government policy.
Jennifer Leaning, Ph.D., Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health shared with Fellows information regarding the factors fueling the global refugee crisis, as well as the scale of the crisis, with a particular emphasis on the case of Syria.
Deborah Amos, International Correspondent, NPR News, shared her experiences reporting on the refugee crisis and discussed why sharing personal experiences is important to changing minds and inspiring people to take action.
Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College, encouraged Fellows to involve grassroots women in conversations when designing programs and policies that affect them.
Joanne Murray ‘81, Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, and P. Takis Metaxas, Professor of Computer Science, Wellesley College and Faculty Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, share their thoughts and encouragement for 2017 Albright Fellows on the first day of Wintersession 2017.