Naomi Naik

 

Bachelor of Science 2017, Biology

Bachelor of Arts 2017, English

 

Naomi Naik has over 9 years of experience working in public health, communications and digital content strategy. Naomi is a recent graduate of the Master's in Public Health program at The George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health and manages digital and editorial strategy for Girl Up at the United Nations Foundation. 

 

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What excites you about the work you do? I manage digital and social media strategy for Girl Up, supporting advocacy objectives, constituency building, and fundraising, while spreading the word about gender equality and Girl Up girl leaders! Giving a platform for girls to tell their stories and share their journeys to becoming leaders of their communities makes my work incredibly inspiring.

 

What is the most significant career experience you've had so far, and what made it meaningful to you? I was able to attend the UN General Assembly last year on climate change and bring Michlle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Meghan Markle, and Sheryl Sandberg to speak at our Girl Up Leadership Summit.

 

How did GWU and the UHP prepare you for your professional journey? In what ways has your career evolved since you graduated from GWU? UHP offered not only a lot of personal support, but professional support as well. There were many events and opportunities to prepare myself to work in a high stress international environment through the UHP. Additionally, a lot of the planning tactics and strategies I learned in UHP are still what I use today.


Advice for current UHP students: Focus on yourself and your own path. In college, this is the first time many students finally have divergent paths from their friends and you can no longer compare as we are used to in high school. Take advantage of the situation to better yourself! Keep your eyes and ears open to new opportunities to try new things. You never know what new interest will emerge!

 

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