Meet Our Fellow: Waverly Swinton
Why did you join the Fellows program?
I had two main reasons for applying for the program. First, I wanted to keep my international affairs knowledge current. While I have a Master’s degree in International Affairs and had lived abroad for several years prior to starting the program, I increasingly felt like something was missing in terms of my recent education and growth. Second, I wanted to network with other internationally-minded professionals in the Seattle area. The program exceeded my expectations in both areas.
What did you gain from the experience?
1) Lifelong relationships with professionals in the Seattle area; 2) Enhanced set of knowledge on international affairs from top leaders and experts; and 3) Exposure to new ideas and points of view on international issues from a diverse cohort of fellows.
What was a program highlight for you?
My favorite speaker was Farah Pandith, who was the first-ever special representative to Muslim communities, serving under both Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. I loved how she discussed the role of both government and the private sector in driving societal change.
What would you say to incoming applicants?
Really take the time to get to know your Fellows cohort, as well as the staff at the World Affairs Council. And don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Why is it worth staying engaged with the World Affairs Council?
What keeps me engaged is what initially attracted me to the program! I continue to meet accomplished and engaged leaders through Fellows alumni activities, as well as keep my international affairs knowledge current by engaging with World Affairs Council events.