2/22 Alumni Panel at Northwestern University: The Value of Foreign Languages in the Working World

Voices of Experience: The Value of Foreign Languages in the Working World

An Alumni Panel Discussion

Six Northwestern alumni will speak on how their foreign languages skills and interest in other cultures influenced their undergraduate and graduate studies and professional careers.

Voices of Experience: Our Panelists

Andrew Donaldson, FRENCH Andrew's strong affinity for French language and culture led him to study French at Northwestern, completing an honors thesis on key medical terms in cardiovascular surgery. He continues to hone his French skills during his medical training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and intends to complete a clinical rotation in France.

Robert Fojtik, RUSSIAN Robert holds a master's degree from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and a BA in Slavic languages and literature from Northwestern University. He worked worked for former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, advising defense contractors on government relations and international business development strategy, served a year term as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and worked as a public affairs manager for a Fortune 500 company.

Angela Gerel Lin, ARABIC Angela graduated in June 2017 with a degree in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS) and Middle East North African Studies. Her senior thesis focused on refugees in Jordan, and her research was foundational for obtaining an internship at the Queen Rania Foundation where she did statistical policy analysis.

Marie Silver, SPANISH Staff attorney with the Immigrant Children’s Protection Project at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), she represents unaccompanied immigrant children in immigration court and in their applications for legal relief, including applications for asylum, visas for victims of trafficking, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Mark Tomkins, GERMAN President & CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Mark has been involved in all aspects of the organization and is currently working with smaller U.S. companies to implement the German training model as a means to build a skilled workforce.

Daniel Weinberg, JAPANESE Daniel studied abroad at Waseda university in Tokyo from September 2014 to March 2015. He recently completed a year of teaching at Kids Duo in Japan where he also collaborated with other English and Japanese language teachers.

Thursday, February 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Kresge Centennial Hall Room 1515

1880 Campus Drive Room

Light Supper (Pizza and Pop) Provided

Arrive early for Pizza & Pop (Delivery scheduled for 5:45 p.m.)