Now more than ever, we need to ask how we can promote inclusion in the diplomacy, security, and private sectors through gender-sensitive, intersectional leadership. The Conference on Gender and International Affairs will be taking over Fletcher Friday, December 2 through Saturday, December 3. Fletcher students from Global Women and the Gender Initiative have been hard at work making this conference a powerful experience for exploring issues of gender, inclusion, and leadership. Like last year, we’re bringing experts from a wide range of disciplines to discuss how masculinity, femininity, and everything in between impacts how people lead in their field. This year, we’ve added some exciting new events to the schedule that you won’t want to miss:
First Things First – The Theme: In the second year of the conference, we’ve chosen to dig deeper into questions and analysis on how gender impacts leadership through the theme Gender-Sensitive Leadership: Putting Theory into Practice. Feminist activism has done a lot to increase the opportunities open to women around the world. Despite these advances, women and sexual minorities are still underrepresented in leadership positions in just about every field. This conference will analyze how gender and power impacts decision-making at the top levels in international business, foreign policy, and the security sector. Sessions will move beyond theory to provide attendees with practical ways to respond to gendered needs and increase inclusion in their own fields.
Friday afternoon – Career Roundtable: Before we kick off the conference, we’re inviting a small group of Fletcher students to join us for an intimate discussion on gender, leadership, and the work place. Meet the people making a career out of gender analysis, and learn more about what comes next for gender after Fletcher.
Friday Night – DRAG SHOW: After the opening sessions, we’re celebrating the conference with Fletcher’s first ever Drag Show. Emceed by Tufts’ very own leading lady of drag LaHore Vagistan, this performance will be a fun, sexy, and subversive take on global gender politics.
Saturday – Gender Lounge Breakout Sessions: Following lunch on Saturday, attendees are invited to join us for the Gender Lounge – a series of small-group breakout sessions for in-depth conversation on a wide range of gender topics. Confirmed sessions include: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women, LGBT Legislation, Gender Analysis 101, and Cultivating Your Personal Brand.
All Day – Art Gallery: This year’s conference offers many creative ways to engage with gender and leadership. We’re soliciting submissions for art, poetry, and photography to display in the Art Gallery to explore conference themes from an artistic perspective. In addition, Fletcher students and conference attendees will have the opportunity to express themselves through a PostSecret-style exhibit. Anyone can create a postcard with their secret about gender, sexuality, leadership, and/or the workplace.
Join us Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 for all of the exciting panels, sessions, and artistic expression at the Second Annual Conference on Gender and International Affairs. Get detailed session information and learn more about the speakers on our website, and don’t forget to register! We hope to see you there!