The first-ever Gilman Scholars Regional Career Summit took place from April 11-13, 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Thirty-nine Gilman Scholars spent two days learning how their study and intern abroad experiences can lead to international careers.
Following the welcome remarks on the first day by CG Greg Pfleger, Fulbright ED Artemis Zenetou, and USA Study Abroad’s Jennifer Lawson, Gilman Scholars heard from Luca Curci, Head of Thessaloniki’s Sub Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) about his career path and refugee challenges in Greece.
On the second day of the summit, U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt spoke with Gilman scholars about the U.S.-Greece relationship, his career with the Department of State, and pathways to meaningful careers. “Since its [Gilman International Scholarship] inception in 2001, 28,000 Gilman Scholars from 1,324 US institutions have acted as American ambassadors in 149 countries, promoting our ideals and values while forming life-long friendships across borders and seas,” said Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt. “I hope you’ll think of this experience five or ten years down the road when I say that your Gilman Scholarship will continue to pay dividends throughout your careers. You never know where your experience abroad will lead you, but you can be sure it will change you and will change the way you look at the world.”
Read the full remark by Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt here.
Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt talks with the Gilman Scholars about his career
Gilman Scholar Dilnoza Khudoyberganova asks the panelists about Europe’s “right to be forgotten” legislation during a session on countering disinformation
Gilman Scholars during a tour in Thessaloniki, Greece