I came to Fletcher thinking I would be changing careers, and hoped to take lessons learned in the military and apply them to other career fields not specifically focused on national security. I was able to accomplish just this by completing an internship at Bank of America in Diversity & Inclusion through their Human Resources Development Program (which I learned about through a Fletcher grad!). However, after all the coursework I've done here, the connections I've made, and the opportunity to reflect, I've come to the realization that the work I truly love is in that national security milieu—it's just completely different than what I did before. I had not heard of security sector reform, or the Women, Peace, and Security agenda before coming to Fletcher. I now work on gender in the military, both as a Reservist and through my research and publishing. Furthermore, the broad flexibility of the curriculum and the engagement of the faculty has allowed me to work as a reserve NATO Gender Advisor while being a student—both my coursework and military duty feed one another. Fletcher is directly responsible for showing me an entire world within the national security space where I feel like I am making an impact, and love what I do.
How Fletcher has broadened your global perspective
At my last job in the Navy, I was a troop commander within the Special Operations community, and had a role in integrating women into previously all-male units. Since I came to Fletcher, I realized very quickly that my existing knowledge and skills on gender integration were acquired and applied in a relatively homogenous group, and that there are a wide variety of factors that I would need to consider in order to be relevant in other environments. I hope to use my time at Fletcher to develop a functional specialty in gender equality consulting that can be employed across sectors, from increasing political participation of marginalized populations, to getting more women on corporate boards.
Activities involved in at Fletcher
- Fletcher Veterans
- The Gender Initiative
- Service2Schools (Volunteer)
Education before Fletcher
- Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Chicago
Experience before Fletcher
- Intelligence Officer, US Navy, San Diego, CA
- Senior Columnist, Task & Purpose, New York, NY
- Elementary School Teacher, Vidya, New Delhi, India
- Intern, Bank of America, Diversity & Inclusion Office, New York, NY