Devon Weiss, MSFS/MBA'16

by Bridgette Gilliland, MSFS'16

Devon Weiss has always been on a mission. “When I was seven I remember telling my parents I wanted to learn Chinese.” Her penchant for mastering Chinese language has propelled a lifelong interest in the US-China dialogue, diplomacy, and the future of business in the region.

Devon’s childhood enthusiasm translated into her intellectual curiosity and zest for learning. Originally from Boston, Devon attended boarding school at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts because it gave her the opportunity to learn Chinese. Devon adjusted to a new school and pressure to perform in a highly competitive environment by applying similar diligence to both academics and athletic achievement. A champion rower and squash player, she discovered that passion and discipline helped her excel. “The precision required for each stroke of a Chinese character and each stroke on a crew hull is an illustration of character and dedication.”

Devon attended college at Northwestern University where she double-majored in Asian & Middle East Studies and International Studies, minoring in Chinese. Language fluency augmented her professional pursuits and allowed Devon to craft a dynamic career. After graduating in three years, she worked on geopolitical strategy for Hudson Institute’s East Asia and Middle East policy centers. Expanding her business acumen, she ventured on her third trip to China to launch an international consulting branch from the ground up for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Devon has been working on international strategy for Lockheed Martin's new international business division since last year, and she will begin mergers and acquisitions consulting for Ernst and Young this summer.

Devon is currently pursuing dual degrees at Georgetown University, a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) and a Master in Business Administration (MBA). She just returned from South Africa where she delivered comprehensive recommendations to the International Finance Corporation for Public Private Partnership investments in the energy sector as part of the MBA program’s Global Business Experience.

Despite her myriad accomplishments and robust schedule, Devon still manages to be a passionate campus leader. She is the Georgetown’s Forté Foundation Ambassador and has been instrumental in the MBA program’s Graduate Women in Business organization (GWiB) and Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative’s (GUWLI) programming. Off campus, she works closely with the UN Women for Peace, particularly with the March to End Violence against Women for the last two years. “I am dedicated helping develop women leaders in the business world and to working towards a more peaceful international environment.” Devon accepted the honor of serving on the SFS Dean Search Committee, representing graduate students from all eight programs, to select the next Dean of SFS. She spends her free time running half marathons, hiking in Shenandoah, and walking her Pomeranian Yoshi. 

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