Fletcher Women's Leadership Award

The Fletcher Women's Leadership Award (FWLA) was established in 2014 by the Board of Advisors of The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the School's executive leadership to honor outstanding women graduates who are making a meaningful impact in the private, public and NGO sectors. By focusing on nominees who are excelling in their fields, but who have not yet reached the pinnacle of their careers, the FWLA serves to highlight the leadership capacity of the alumna and provides a valuable credential to her list of accomplishments.

In 2018, The Fletcher School will honor Elizabeth Vazquez (F96) with the award. Elizabeth is a world leader in women's economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion. She is currently President, CEO, and Co-Founder of WeConnect International, a corporate led-nonprofit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. In launching WeConnect, Elizabeth recognized and understood the need of an underrepresented and undeserved group within a global and geopolitical context and found a solution to bridge a gap that brings large businesses and small business entrepreneurs together.

Elizabeth will be honored at The Fletcher School on Monday, March 5, 2018, at 5:00 PM in the ASEAN Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Hall of Flags. If you are able to join us as we welcome Elizabeth back to campus, please register here.

The 2017 FWLA was given to Maria Kristensen (F02). Maria received this award for her significant humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees and displaced persons. In recent years, Maria has led humanitarian missions in Afghanistan, Western Sahara (SADR,) Sudan, South Sudan, Russia's North Caucasus, Northern Uganda, Sri Lanka, and Ukraine. For most of her career, she has been on the ground working on the planning, negotiation and execution of life saving and preserving efforts such as the construction of villages to relocate forgotten refugees, psychological and physical community rehabilitation, air dropped food aid, the safe removal of mines and other explosive remnants of war, and local weapons security and stockpile management. For more information on Maria, click here.

In 2016, The Fletcher School was proud to honor Nahid Bhadelia (J99, F05, M05) with the Fletcher Women's Leadership Award. Dr. Nahid Bhadelia is an infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center and the Director of Infection Control at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory.  Recently, she worked to advocate and support the local health care workers who were instrumental in containing the Ebola outbreak last year. She holds three degrees from Tufts, including a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, a MALD from The Fletcher School, and a Doctor of Medicine from Tufts Medical. You can read about Nahid's journey and experiences here.

The 2015 Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award recognized Amanda Judge, who received her MALD from The Fletcher School in 2009. Amanda is the founder of Faire Collection, a New York-based artisanal jewelry company. You can read about Amanda’s journey and experiences here.

In 2014, the inaugural award recipient was Cornelia (Connie) Schneider. Connie received her MALD from The Fletcher School in 2006, in recognition of her work on justice issues in conflict areas in affiliation with the United Nations, the European Union’s Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL), and with the School of Leadership in Afghanistan (SOLA). You can read about Connie’s journey and experiences here.