Beyer is a journalist, activist, and life-long advocate of women’s rights and gender issues. In 2010, she founded the bilateral Swiss-U.S. project, Sister Republics, which accelerates private market drivers to break the glass ceiling. As the Chair of Sister Republics, Megan organized international conferences–which brought women together to promote gender certification and gender lens investing. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2013, Megan was the External Relations representative for the Swiss-based EDGE Gender Certification, a company that certifies companies achieving a global standard of gender certification.
Tara D. Sonenshine is a Shapiro Fellow and former Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. She is the former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the Department of State and previously served as the Executive Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).