A Weekend of Cultural Exchange and Exploration
On 5-8 November, Georgetown crossed hemispheres for its second International Alumni Weekend. A city of vast economic, political and international influence, Hong Kong served as an ideal setting for a weekend of cultural exchange and exploration.
Over 250 attendees took part in the weekend including members of the Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Board of Regents, Georgetown faculty, and, of course, alumni – some local to Hong Kong, some traveling from as far as the East Coast.
The idea for International Alumni Weekend was spearheaded by the Georgetown University Alumni Association in 2013.
“More than two years ago, we at the Alumni Association set aside money and voted to take Georgetown to Asia. We were thrilled when the university and the Board of Directors decided to partner with us on this extraordinary effort,” said Alumni Association President George Peacock (C’84, Parent’16).
Great minds from East and West participated in discussions on U.S. political and economic relations in the Asia-Pacific region, international real estate, green technology in China, and women leaders in Asia.
Notable speakers included Ellen Carberry (C’82), managing director of Climate Change & Air Quality Program; The Honorable Franklin Lavin (F’79, G’85, Parent’06,‘14), founder and global CEO of Export Now, former U.S. ambassador to Singapore, and former Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade; Joel Hellman, Ph.D., dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Handel Lee (L’88), partner at King & Wood Mallesons; and Paul Tagliabue (C'62), former chair of the Board of Directors and former commissioner of the National Football League.
In addition to insightful panel discussions, weekend participants were able to see the city through a selection of cultural tours. John Mulcahy (F’77, Parent’18) facilitated a tour of a container shipyard, while Mary Barker (C’80) led a group to Victoria Peak, a mountain overlooking the picturesque skyline of Hong Kong.
The weekend concluded with a gala event at the Island Shangri-La, where guests heard remarks by keynote speaker The Honorable George J. Mitchell (L'61, H'89) and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia on the future of Georgetown as a global institution.
Paul Liguori (B'84, L'87), member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, shared his thoughts on the weekend. “The gala dinner was a spectacular showing of Georgetown alumni in Hong Kong,” he said. “Our keynote speaker, Senator George Mitchell, was a highlight of the evening and his commitment to Georgetown alumni in Asia was visible.”
“As a global university with a significant and growing base in Asia, I look forward to continuing to build our programs and our network of alumni, parents, and students in this important political and economic region of the world,” said fellow Board of Governors member Mary Machado Schammel (C'80, MBA'15, Parent'17).
View the photos from this exciting weekend here.