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Columbia University School of Professional Studies Networking, Alumni Panel, and Information Session to be Held in Washington D.C. on March 4

Join Columbia University School of Professional Studies in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, March 4th to learn more about Master’s degree programs in the Strategic Communications, Nonprofit Management, and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

During the evening’s program, you’ll hear from the faculty and alumni from each of the programs. You’ll also learn more about how a master’s degree in these fields of study will advance your career. 

Information sessions will feature program administrators and alumni as they discuss the curriculum, faculty, and the application process.

Included in the evening's program:

  • 6:00 pm - Networking

  • 6:30 pm - Alumni Panel with Rachel Oatis (Nonprofit Management) and Kayleigh Schwalbe (Negotiation and Conflict Resolution)

  • 7:10 pm - Breakout Sessions/Networking

Wine and a variety of appetizers will be served during the event, including maple bacon chicken skewers, beef empanadas, Mexican salsa & dips with corn tortillas, cheese platter, mini veggie spring rolls.


When: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6 pm EST

Where: Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

RSVP here


Jenn Counter, '19SPS, Strategic Communications

Jennifer Counter is a Vice President at Ipsos Public Affairs in Washington, DC where she leads work for public sector and nongovernmental organizations in the Risk Analysis Division, a new functional unit within Ipsos. Ms. Counter’s team uses remote sensing, traditional survey and research work, and new technology solutions to provide clients with in-depth perspectives on their risk profile, public sentiment towards clients’ brands and leadership, and status of infrastructure and other facilities in geographies of interest.

Prior to Ipsos, Ms. Counter was involved with start-ups in the security and communications spaces and undertook business development efforts for private equity firm Granahan McCourt Capital. She did postings overseas in Afghanistan, Kenya, and Ireland for the State Department’s Regional Affairs Office where she led and implemented strategic communications programs and tackled transnational issues such as counterterrorism. Ms. Counter was also a United States Air Force Officer and received her commission through the Air Force ROTC program. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University, a M.A. in Global Diplomacy from the University of London – School of Oriental and African Studies, and a M.S. in Strategic Communication from Columbia University.

Rachel Oatis, '19SPS, Nonprofit Management

Rachel Oatis is determined to equip and educate the next generation of leaders in her hometown of Louisiana. She aspires to fix the educational achievement gap in the South through social impact philanthropy.

Oatis is a proud graduate of Spelman College, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science and obtained high academic honors of Phi Beta Kappa during her senior year. She has held positions at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Washington National Cathedral, and the District Office of Congressman John Lewis and Cedric Richmond. During her time at Columbia, Oatis was a HBCU Fellow at the School of Professional Studies where she studied to obtain her M.S. in Nonprofit Management.

Nikolas Katsimpras, Lecturer, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Nikolas Katsimpras is an independent conflict analysis/strategy consultant focusing mostly on the Eastern Mediterranean, MENA, and the Arabian Gulf.

A veteran officer of the Hellenic Navy with extensive international experience, Katsimpras has been awarded by the International Institute for Humanitarian Law and in 2012 he received the Dynamical Systems Fellowship from Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) to conduct research on the peace negotiations in Burma.




M.S. in Nonprofit Management

Columbia’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management prepares graduates for leadership roles within mission-driven organizations in a wide variety of contexts, including global and community nonprofits, foundations, education, healthcare, the arts, or as fundraising and development experts. The program reflects the growth and increased sophistication of the nonprofit sector, as well as the need for nonprofit organizations to demonstrate impact more effectively. Students become conversant with new technologies, digital media, and data analytics, as well as public-private partnerships, which are being deployed to help solve some of the most intractable problems across the globe.

M.S. in Strategic Communication

Columbia University's Master of Science in Strategic Communication is designed to respond to the urgent need for strategic perspectives, critical thinking, and exceptional communication skills at all levels of the workplace and across all types of organizations. Taught by distinguished academic faculty and leading practitioners in the field, our offerings provide students with an educational experience that is immediately applicable in the workplace.

M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution prepares students to analyze the root causes and dynamics of conflict and to transform disputes through reasoned and resourceful interventions. With courses led by some of the world’s premier scholar-practitioners in negotiation and conflict resolution, the program focuses on developing self-awareness, tenacity, and interpersonal competency; building common ground; opening lines of communication; ensuring representation and recognition; and building sustainable possibilities for resolution. Flexible program options meet the needs of young and mid-career professionals as well as career-changing professionals.