ESIA Alumni Gather in NYC for Evening with Dean Brown

Left to right: ESIA Dean Michael Brown, GW Trustee Dr. David A. Nadler, GWAA President Steve Frenkil (CCAS BA '74) and GWAA Vice President for Awards James Quinlan at the Westin Times square on Jan. 28. (Photo: Ben Soloman)

Left to right: ESIA Dean Michael Brown, GW Trustee Dr. David A. Nadler, GWAA President Steve Frenkil and GWAA Vice President for Awards James Quinlan at the Westin Times Square on Jan. 28. (Photo: Will Schneekloth)

On Tuesday, January 28, more than 80 members of the alumni community gathered in the heart of New York City at the Westin Times Square Hotel for a special evening to hear from Elliott School of International Affairs Dean Michael Brown and celebrate the achievements of fellow alumnus Dr. David A. Nadler, ESIA BA ’70.

The night kicked off with an award ceremony honoring Dr. Nadler, a GW Trustee, who received GW’s Alumni Outstanding Service Award. The award is given each year by the GW Alumni Association to honor alumni who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer contributions to the university and the broader GW community.

GW Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Michael Morsberger read a hand-written note from GW President Steven Knapp congratulating Dr. Nadler on the award and thanking him for his service.

Dean Brown commented on Dr. Nadler’s dedicated service to the GW Board of Trustees and his invaluable leadership in advancing the strategic goals of the Elliott School and the University as a whole.

Left to right: GW Senior Associate VP of Development B.J. Davisson chats with alumnae Erin Collins and Adriana de Riva.  (Photo: Ben Soloman)

Left to right: GW Senior Associate VP of Development B.J. Davisson chats with alumnae Erin Collins and Adriana de Riva. (Photo: Will Schneekloth)

After the award ceremony, Dean Brown launched into the evening’s topic, “U.S. Foreign Policy: International and Domestic Challenges.” The conversation was especially timely, as it occurred just an hour before President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Before and after Dean Brown’s remarks, alumni gathered to network and mingle in the Westin’s beautiful atrium.

“GW’s alumni events always provide a fantastic opportunity to remind myself how I started a journey to find my purpose in life,” says Shoko Sekiguchi, ESIA MA ’99, founder of the NYC-based sustainability consulting firm Ampleen Inc.

“I was lucky to have studied at Elliott School, surrounded by like-minded people,” she adds. “I cherish these events because I am able to reconnect with my purpose—continuous learning and serving my communities—and feel humble.”

–Elaine Garbe

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