Global Seminar Series
Connecting girls to learn & unite with each other to understand their roles in our global community.
Launched in May 2020, the Global Seminar Series aims to provide an opportunity for high school girls globally to connect, learn, and collaborate as they address relevant pressing global issues. The Global Seminar Series (GSS) prepares students to become informed and empowered to take action by exploring one global issue through an interdisciplinary lens, interacting with experts in various professions, and participating in collaborative group projects.
To date, the GSS has engaged:
Join us for Global Seminar Series #10
Sharing Global Experiences:
Shifting Perspectives & Elevating Personal Power
May 11, May 18, and May 25, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET on Zoom
Now more than ever, migration is a gender equality issue. Women make up over half of the 272 million global migrant population and face unique threats such as discrimination, gender-based violence, and sex trafficking. In this session, we will highlight the challenges that women immigrants face and create open dialogue on the ongoing crisis.
As young women, it is important for us to educate ourselves on current global challenges and center the voices of those experiencing them. The language that is used when talking about immigration is often rooted in statistics that promote stereotypes and reject the humanity of people and their experiences. Throughout this session, we will explore the narratives of migrants through art, culture, and personal experiences in order to cultivate the skills necessary to have productive conversations about immigration. We will honor and uplift migrant stories and histories while deepening our understanding of the pressing challenges that their communities face worldwide.
Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a global citizen, especially as a young woman?
Join us on a journey of connection and self-discovery as we explore the intersections of citizenship, culture, activism and empowerment in a global community of high school girls. We will be joined by a diverse group of women actively engaging and fighting to elevate their own personal power. Through sharing their stories, you will have the opportunity to engage, learn, and become inspired by their experiences as they relate to your own journey in life.
Our sessions will be centered on “Speaking”, “Listening” and “Doing” as we learn about each other’s unique stories and then dig deep into your own, asking – Who am I? Where do I come from? How does this inform my perspective? How does my culture and identity inform others’ perspectives about me? How do I view my role as a woman in this world community?
In this student-centered series, you will gain the skills needed to:
- unite with other girls, find allies, and share who you are;
- research and build consensus around a pressing issue relevant to you;
- communicate effectively across differences;
- and turn your story into an action plan.
Join us for an engaging, inspiring and action-oriented
Global Seminar Series this May!
Lee Beckwith is passionate about using computation as a tool for thinking through environmental justice issues. They have extensive experience in applied computation research ranging from developing disability-friendly pedestrian routing algorithms to utilizing machine learning techniques in climate modeling. Lee currently teaches in the Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship department as well as the Humanities Department at Miss Porter's School while simultaneously working towards their M.S.Ed. through the University of Pennsylvania. They earned their bachelor's degrees in computer science and environmental analysis from Scripps College.
Information on panelists coming soon!
Jenna Koontz is an accomplished global technology leader currently serving as the Vice President of Global Technical Support at Certinia, a San Jose, CA based software company. With a career spanning over two decades, Jenna has established herself as a driving force in transforming the way organizations provide support to their customers through the integration of cutting-edge AI technologies.
Jenna's journey began with a passion for solving complex problems and a deep-seated commitment to delivering unparalleled customer experiences. She has embarked on a mission to revolutionize technical support by harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI). Jenna envisions a future where AI augments the capabilities of support, enabling teams to deliver faster, more personalized, and data-driven solutions to customers. Beyond her role at Certinia, Jenna is an avid advocate for the adoption of AI across various industries. She actively participates in conferences, panels, and industry events, sharing her expertise and vision for the future of technology.
Ardra Manasi is a development practitioner based in New York City, with expertise in gender, labor rights, migration, and technology for development. Currently, she is the Global Program Manager at the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO), Rutgers University where she supports and leads the Transformative Global Leadership Program. From 2019-2022, she worked in different capacities as the Senior Program Coordinator and Campaign Manager for the Global 16 Days Campaign at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Rutgers University where her work spanned across digital communications, building coalitions among organizations working with informal women workers and advocacy around ILO Convention 190, the first international treaty to address violence and harassment in the world of work.
Ardra holds a Master of Arts (MA) in International Affairs from The New School, New York City, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India. Her writings on global development have appeared in The World Bank Blogs, Global Observatory, Scroll.in, Agenda for International Development (A-id), The News Minute, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Her co-authored papers and chapters have appeared in peer-reviewed books and journals such as ‘Human Technology,’ ‘Gender, Technology and Development,’ ‘Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research’ and ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Migration’ (Routledge India). In 2022, she was the lead author for the commentary “Mirroring the Bias: Gender and Artificial Intelligence,” published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Gender, Technology and Development (GTD).’
Pippa Tubman Armerding '86
Pippa Tubman Armerding is a lawyer and business professional with 20 years’ experience operating across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas in multi-cultural, global environments and providing sophisticated strategic and legal advice to multinational corporations and academic institutions. Ms. Tubman Armerding has significant experience in developing targeted solutions, implementing business strategies, conducting in-depth research and writing business case studies. She is passionate about Africa and contributing to the development of the continent and making a difference in the lives of its people. She is currently the Executive Director of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Africa Research Center, an Independent Director of Godrej Consumer Products Limited, a member of the Advisory Board of the African Legal Support Facility and a Director of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Ms. Tubman Armerding is an alumna of Miss Porter’s School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor degree in international law from New York University School of Law. She is a member of the Bar of the State of New York.
Josselyn Navas is an analyst in the Global Markets division of Goldman Sachs. She is responsible for providing trading execution services to large institutional clients. Josselyn is a first-generation college student and graduated magma cum laude with a major in economics and a minor in data science from the University of Chicago. Josselyn is originally from Ecuador but grew up in Queens, NY. During her free time, she enjoys going on runs, writing for her personal finance blog, and dancing salsa.
Addie Gundry '05
Pluie founder and CEO, Addie spent most of her career in the kitchen. She studied with Christian Etienne in a Michelin starred restaurant and honed her skills in kitchens in California and New York. She appeared on The Food Network, wrote for Martha Stewart Living, and designed food and beverage products at a Chicago innovation agency. Addie is the author of several cookbooks, making elegant recipes easy and approachable for any cook. Three years ago, she had a son, and after that, a daughter. As a mom, Addie quickly realized how horrific public changing tables are so she put down her knives and left the kitchen! She founded Pluie and with the help of a talented team Addie set out to change the table.
Renée C. Triay '86
Glam2Go founder, Renée C. Triay started her career in sales and business development for the television and entertainment industry at Univision Networks in Miami, FL (1991-1996). She worked for Oppenheimer Ltd in Bermuda as Director of client services for an emerging markets fund (1997-1999) and In 2000 moved back to Miami. Since 2004 Renée has lived in Mexico City focusing on new technologies and growth opportunities within the Mexican and Latin America for US companies (Vonage, One Command). She graduated with a BS in Communication from Boston University in 1991 and from Miss Porter’s School in 1986.
Our past Global Seminar Series:
- The Pandemic: A Call to Action (Spring 2020)
- The State of Democracy and the Global Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election (Fall 2020)
- Social Media 360: The Unsung Hero or the Insidious Villain? (Winter 2021)
- Sharing our Global Stories: Making the Invisible Visible (Spring 2021)
- Global Political Polarization – The Hidden Pandemic (Fall, 2021)
- The Climate Crisis: From Acknowledgement to Activism (Spring, 2022)
- Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights: Advancing the Global Conversation Among Youth (Fall 2022)
- The Economics of Being Female: The Wealth Gap, The Wage Gap, and What To Do About It (Spring 2023)
Empowering Tomorrow’s Innovators: Navigating the AI Frontier -(Title generated by ChatGPT) (Fall 2023)