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Date and Location

May 22, 2020
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



Join the Women in Power Conference team and the Armed Forces Committee for a moderated discussion with Belfer Center Co-Director, Eric Rosenbach, and three Army Veterans (Shelane Etchison, Erin Moffitt and Jariko Denman) to examine women’s status in the Armed Forces and the importance of future participation.Learn about the moderator and panelists below:ERIC ROSENBACH is Co-Director of the Belfer Center and a Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy Lecturer. From 2015 – 2017, Eric served as the Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. He was one of the senior-most leaders of an organization with 2.8 million personnel, a $585 billion annual budget and ongoing military operations in multiple locations around the world. Eric was charged with managing some of the Department’s most sensitive decisions and ensuring implementation of transformative changes in the Department’s technology, budget, and talent management. He was instrumental in the Department of Defense’s decision to open all US military positions, including combat positions, to women. Before serving as Chief of Staff, Eric was the Assistant Secretary of Defense, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, responsible for leading all aspects of the Department’s cyber strategy, policy, and operations. He has authored many books and contributed articles on national security issues to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe. He was a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown, Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College.SHELANE ETCHISON was an officer in United States Army for 11 years; serving in Special Operations and Military Police units leading security, intelligence, and logistics operations. Shelane is a veteran of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, in addition to serving an assignment at U.S. Embassy Akara. Her key accomplishments include being selected for two highly-competitive Special Operations Programs; one of which, assigned her as the first cohort of women to complete combat deployments with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Her personal contributions to this program are featured in the New York Times Bestseller, Ashley’s War, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. Shelane is a joint Public Policy and Business Administration degree candidate from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. She earned an Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the University of Central Florida, graduating summa cum laude. ERIN MOFFITT currently serves as a policy analyst in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combatting Terrorism (SOCT). Prior to SOCT she was an active-duty Army Officer for ten years. Most recently Erin served as a Civil Affairs Officer assigned to US Army Special Operations Command. Her previous assignments include: Civil-Military Liaison, Special Operations Command – Central (SOCCENT); Interagency Liaison, US Embassy Amman, Special Operations Command – Central (Forward) Jordan; and a US Army Fellow, Washington D.C. A formally-trained Arabic speaker, Erin is the Middle East equivalent of a Francophile. She maintains an appointment in the US Army Reserves where she holds the rank of Major and is assigned to the Joint Staff. Erin has a B.A. in Humanities and Augustinian Traditions from Villanova University (go ‘Cats) and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University. JARIKO DENMAN was born in Washington D.C. and as a military child grew up all over the world. In 1997, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After basic infantry training and Airborne School, he completed assessment and selection for the 75th Ranger Regiment and was assigned to 2nd Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington. Jariko served in Ranger Regiment for 16 years, deploying to combat 15 times in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002-2012 and culminating his time as a Company First Sergeant. Jariko retired from active duty after four years as the Senior Military Science Instructor at St. John’s University in New York City. He now lives in Los Angeles and is co-founder of War Office Productions, where he has advised several major motion pictures, national advertisement campaigns, and television series focused on the military. If you have any questions, please reach out to: hkswipconference@gmail.comFor more information on upcoming events, follow us!Instagram: @hks_wipc Twitter: @HKSWIPC Website: www.womeninpowerconference.org **Please note that the HKS Women in Power Conference (the "Organizers") will be videotaping, recording, and taking photographs during this virtual event. By entering into or in any way participating in the virtual event, you irrevocably consent to and authorize the Organizers to make photographs, videotapes, and other recordings of your voice and likeness ("Materials") and to use the Materials, or any portion thereof, in any and all manner and media and for any purpose without compensation. ​

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