Alisha Guffey, 2016, United States

Alisha Guffey

On community and collaboration at Fletcher: Fletcher's qualifications speak for themselves, and naturally they sparked my attention and drew me in. But I choose Fletcher because of how I felt the moment I stepped onto campus for the first time. Everyone says the Fletcher community is everything, but you can't really grasp what they are talking about until you experience it. I've traveled the world and spend many nights in strange or distant places in the military, so I am use to feeling far from home or out of place. I expected that same out of place feeling when starting graduate school, but life at Fletcher is nothing like that. It's like finding a home that you never knew you had. The first the moment I walked onto campus and stepped into the Hall of Flags, I was greeted by a warm smile and an admissions counselor who knew my name. I couldn't believe that they actually knew my name and remembered my background. I continued to meet amazing people who were so happy and ready to collaborate and face some of the most challenging global problems together as a team. You can feel this sense of community every day as you walk through the halls, heading to class, or to one of the many amazing activities or speakers.

How I chose Fletcher’s MIB program: My journey into the MIB Program honestly was a bit unexpected and surprisingly rewarding. It's a true Fletcher story how I ended up here. A Fletcher alumnus who I had  recruited into the US Army had stayed in touch with me during my time working in civil-military relations with the US Army.  He knew I had always been interested in international relations and Fletcher, so we regularly emailed and discussed life at Fletcher. As I began applying for graduate school, he offered to fill me in on what Fletcher really had to offer. He was a MALD student, but he shared lots of information about the MIB, which merged the worlds of the private and public sectors. It really opened my eyes to the reality that there was truly a school that could combined my interests in international relations and business.  It was a natural fit for me to come to the MIB. After years of doing development and security work with the US Military, I knew that I wanted to enter the private sector in way that I could make a change, offer something more to the world. The one place that could bring the top notch education with the drive to tackle real world challenges head on was Fletcher.

Favorite magazine

Runner's World

Favorite newspaper

Le Monde

Favorite movie

Footloose

Favorite musician

Tori Amos

Most memorable international experience

Swimming with whale sharks in the Gulf of Tadjoura

Fields of Study

  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Business Club
  • Fletcher Finance Club
  • Fletcher Energy and Environment Club
  • Fletcher Veterans

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, French, Indiana University of Indianapolis
  • Graduate Certificate, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs - Indianapolis
  • BA, Telecommunications and Studio Art, Business Minor, Indiana University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Vocational and Community Rehabilitation Program Intern, Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis Veterans Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Civil Affairs - Future Plans and Operations Officer, US Army Africa Command, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
  • Sub-District Civil Military Specialist, US Army, Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, Camp Nathan Smith, Kandahar City, Afghanistan

Languages

  • French
  • Japanese
  • English