The Harvard Women in Foreign Policy Conference was a one day event on March 5th, 2022 bringing together over 200 students in the Cambridge/Boston area (Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, BU, etc) on the common interest of empowering women in foreign policy. The conference was gender-inclusive and welcomed university students of all backgrounds--males are welcome as allies. The event featured keynotes, workshops and mentorship events focused on professional development and substantive policy discussions with policy experts and Harvard professors. 

The Harvard Undergraduate Women in Foreign Policy Conference was started by 2022 HUFPI President Sama Kubba. Inquires regarding the 2023 Conference can be directed to empowerment@harvardforeignpolicy.org

HUFPI wanted to especially thank the Harvard Kennedy School's Women in Defense, Diplomacy and Development (W3D) for their incredible support and hard work to make this event possible. 

Opening Remarks

Antony Blinken

71st U.S. Secretary of State

Expert Speakers
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Michèle Flournoy

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense



11th Assistant to the President for Homeland Security


Jen Easterly

Director of the U.S. Cyber Infrastructure and Security Agency


Bonnie Jenkins

Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs


Laura Rosenberger

National Security Council Senior Director for China and Taiwan


H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa

73rd President of the United Nations General Assembly


Ambassador Melanne Verveer

First U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues


RDML Heidi Berg

Director of Plans and Policy (J5) at U.S. Cyber Command


Jessica Adelman

Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Head of Global Communications at Mars 


Tracy Walder

Former Staff Operations Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency

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Camille Stewart

(Now Former) Global Head of Product Security Strategy at Google


Karen Feldstein

Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations for NASA


Suzanne Spaulding

Former Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security

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Candice Frost

Commander of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center at U.S. Cyber Command

Program Schedule

All participants attended the conference in-person. With Zoom speakers, it was a hybrid classroom set-up. Attendees chose one workshop speaker per session to attend. Participants were given stipends and paired with mentors for one meal. Everyone will received a free tote bag and books signed by Harvard Kennedy School Professors were raffled off at the closing ceremony.


The location was Emerson Hall in Harvard Yard. 

9:00 - 10:00 am - Opening Ceremony

  • Recorded Remarks by Secretary of State Antony Blinken (virtual)

  • Keynote #1 - Dr. Sherwood-Randall (virtual)

10:15-11:15 am - Workshop Session #1

  • Her Excellency María Fernanda Espinosa (virtual)

  • Camille Stewart (virtual)

11:30 - 12:30 pm - Workshop Session #2

  • Laura Rosenberger (virtual)

  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer (virtual)

  • Suzanne Spaulding (virtual)

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Mentorship Lunches (with Harvard Faculty)

2:00 - 3:00 pm - Keynote #2 - Michele Flournoy (virtual)

3:15 - 4:15 pm - Workshop Session #3

  • RDML Heidi Berg (in-person)

  • Karen Feldstein (virtual)

  • Tracy Walder (virtual)

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Workshop Session #4

  • Col. Candice Frost (virtual)

  • Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins (virtual)

  • Jessica Adelman (in-person)

6:00 - 7:00 pm - Keynote #3 - Jen Easterly (virtual)

7:00 - 8:00 pm - Mentorship Dinners (with Harvard Faculty)