WGSS 50th Anniversary Celebration: Careers in Gender and Representation

GW WGSS 50th Anniversary Celebration: Careers in Gender and Representation, Thursday October 6, 7:30-8:45 pm

The GW Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program is excited to host another event featuring distinguished alums. "Careers in Gender and Representation" will feature WGSS alums Sharon Rogers (Director, Gender and Social Inclusion, at Millennium Challenge Corporation, Department of Compact Operations) and Priya Purandare (Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association).

RSVP is required.

Please write to the WGSS program at [email protected] with any questions.


About the Speakers

Sharon Rogers joined the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in 2017 as a director in the Gender and Social Inclusion Practice Group. She serves on MCC's Mongolia and Morocco country teams and leads the practice group1s development of guidelines and tools to oversee contractor compliance with MCC policies against sexual harassment and trafficking in persons. Previous work in international development included leading research in Nepal regarding barriers to girls1 and boys1 secondary school completion and adolescent girls1 empowerment, leading a gender assessment of USAID/Pakistan1s program portfolio, and serving in senior technical roles with organizations including USAID1s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, the National Democratic Institute (in Kyrgyzstan), and Oxfam Great Britain (in South Asia). In the U.S., Sharon's work involved lobbying for family planning, women's rights and civil rights.

Priya Purandare is the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the nation1s largest Asian Pacific American membership organization representing the interests of 60,000 attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. Returning to NAPABA in 2014, Priya steadily rose through the ranks and most recently served as Interim Executive Director. Priya is a highly skilled association professional and brings a passion for NAPABA1s vision to achieve optimal representation and influence of Asian American and Pacific Islander attorneys in every facet and level of the legal profession and beyond. Priya is responsible for advancing the mission of NAPABA and oversees the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization