GW Alumni Blog

Stories from Our Community

GW alumni are change makers, creators, and leaders in virtually every industry. Through their stories, we see the transformative impact of a GW education.


GW President Wrighton sits down with GW alumni in congress.

Congressional Alumni Get Firsthand Briefing on GW’s Innovative Research

GW leadership updated alumni elected to Congress on research at the university and explored ways to expand their working relationships.
Heather Sonya Üner headshot.

Alumna’s Humanitarian Work Placed Her at the Epicenter of the Latest Natural Disaster

Heather Sonya Üner, MA ’15, credits the Elliott School for preparing her to handle the challenges of working in the earthquake zone in Türkiye.
Congrautulations Doug Karkin, CMO Pearle Vision, EssilorLuxottica

Alumnus Named Chief Marketing Officer Gamechanger by Entrepreneur

Doug Zarkin, BBA '92, is the chief marketing officer of the Pearle Vision brand of EssilorLuxottica.
Headshot of Chief Judge Toddrick Barnette

Anacostia Native Finds Belonging then Pressure of Being a ‘First’

Toddrick Barnette, BA ’88 is the first person of color to be elected to chief judge on a Minnesota state court, prioritizes diversity and inclusion within the justice system.
Tenisha "Ava" Williams stands at a podium.

Approaching Equity like an Engineer

Consultant, CEO and “equity warrior” Tenisha “Ava” Williams, BS ’13, discussed her multidisciplinary approach to building a better world at GW Engineering’s Frank Howard Lecture.



GW Alumni in Focus

Whether it’s volunteering in their communities, running for office, or excelling at professional endeavors, GW alumni are carving their own paths and building a greater world.

Alumni in Focus: Imani Ross, BA ‘19

December 21, 2022

Imani Ross, BA ‘19, draws on her core values of helping others and working hard to guide her path forward.

GW Alumni in Focus: Barbie Hunley, BBA '10

November 18, 2022

Alumna Barbie Hunley, BBA ‘10, has always been a team player. From her time as the head manager of GW Women’s Basketball to now serving on the delivery team at

GW Alumni in Focus: Dr. Monica P. Band

July 20, 2022

Dr. Monica P. Band, MA ’13, is on a mission to destigmatize mental health care and spread the message that “self-care is collective care.”