Webinar Explores the Value of Humanities Backgrounds in Careers

One common way that humanities programs make the case for their importance is by pointing to the work they do to equip students with key skills, such as critical thinking, textual and visual analysis, and cultural competence, which will help them to succeed in a variety of careers after graduation. But how exactly does careful study of the humanities translate into better leadership practices? How transferable are the skills, habits, and wisdom gained from a humanities education to life in non-academic sectors? 

On October 21, Georgetown Humanities in partnership with Kallion Leadership, Inc, offered answers to these questions in “Leadership Through the Humanities: Professional Perspectives”. A panel of professionals from intelligence, medicine, and the civic sector discussed the impact that their humanities education and specific humanities artifacts (literary texts, art, performances) have had on their leadership journeys in the workplace and in their lives. Guest speakers were Andrew Gilmour (Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship, the Catholic University of America),  Dr. Nadia Hashimi (Pediatrician and novelist),  Dr. Jeffrey Katra (C ’05; DO, MA Virginia Medical Center), Ashley Robison (Associate Director, Global Programs in Alumni Relations, Tulane University), and Susannah Wellford (Founder and President, Running Start)

Mallory Monaco Caterine (C ’07), co-founder and co-executive director of Kallion Leadership, moderated the event.

A recording of the event is available here:

Looking Ahead

In the Spring semester (February 3, 10, 17; April 7, 2022), we will offer a series of study-to-practice workshops on leadership through the humanities as a follow-up to the October 21 panel.