This year, the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy hosted three recent alumni, Tyler Duke (MPP ’16), Olivia Wasteneys (T’14), and Ella Lipin  (T’10) to share their experiences navigating the DC workplace culture and provide insight to undergraduates looking to break into the politics.

Tyler Duke (MPP ’16) is a Senior Associate at Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm specializing in international policy, defense, cyber, intelligence, and homeland security based in Washington DC. Before joining BGS, Mr. Duke was the research assistant and speechwriter for General Stan McChrystal (ret.) at the McChrystal Group, LLC.

Olivia Wasteneys (T’14) is a Senior Consulting Analyst at Avascent, where she supports clients in private equity, at Fortune 500 companies, and at NASA on strategic growth, M&A, organizational design, and capture engagements. She specializes in military space, commercial satellite communications, human spaceflight and commercial remote sensing. Prior to joining Avascent, Olivia served as an English Teacher with the Fulbright US Student Program in Turkey.

Ella Lipin (T’10) was an appointee in the Obama administration serving as the Egypt Country Director in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. Previously Ella worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she focused on the Middle East.

Please enjoy some of the photos from this event below.