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Hillary Clinton, World Cup Champion soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe and AIESEC alumn Lori Nishiura
Mackenzie at a roundtable discussion on pay equality (Apr 12, 2016).


Lori Nishiura Mackenzie joined AIESEC at UC Berkley as a freshman, became LCP by her sophomore year and was elected to AIESEC U.S. as student director the following year.  She really got hooked on AIESEC when she was selected for the AIESEC U.S. International Congress delegation in Sweden in 1986 explaining, “I felt so alive. I had never been around people from that many countries before. I remember thinking that we could really change the world.” Following that experience, Lori was elected as AIESEC U.S. National Committee President and then travelled to six countries as the regional development officer for Asia Pacific.

While working at AIESEC U.S., Lori fundraised from Apple Computer and when she connected with them after AIESEC, they offered her a role in employee communications for Asia, Latin America and Canada. Lori explained, “It was hard to think about getting a normal job after traveling the world and having so much agency to act independently. The job with Apple was so international -- it was fantastic, but there were also some moments of terror!”


Sponsor Summer National Conference 
August 1-6, 2019 in Falls Church, VA

This August, 150 of the most motivated and engaged members from across AIESEC United States will come together to improve their leadership skills and experience how crazy good it feels to be an AIESECer at a national conference.  AIESEC U.S. is looking for alumni-led companies or individual alumni to sponsor SNC.

  • Deliver keynotes on topics related to the conference
  • Sponsor the Gala Night Leadership Awards 
  • Spread your brand and/or opportunities among the entire AIESEC U.S. membership

Alumni know first-hand the impact of attending a national conference can have on our membership.  Please consider sponsoring young AIESECers!  Click here to learn more or email Renée Osaigbovo, VP Partnerships, AIESEC U.S. Renée will be happy to help you find the right opportunity for your sponsorship contribution.



AIESEC Alumni International (AAI) News

The annual AIESEC Alumni International Congress (AAIC) is in for a change!  AAI is announcing plans for two different AIESEC Alumni Global Conferences:

  • Palermo, Italy - November 2019
  • RIviera Maya, Mexico - March 2020

To read about these conferences, and all of the latest AAI news, click on the icon to the left.

More international news:  We are very happy to announce that AIESEC Life alum, Ken Phillips, is the latest recipient of the AIESEC International Peacebuilder Award. This award is given to alumni who have made significant contributions to peace in their communities.  Congrats Ken!  Do you know a Peacebuilder? Click here to learn how to nominate a fellow AIESECer.


International gathering in New York 1961.
John Tuscham, Norman Barnett, Robert Jaffe

Interested in reading more about AIESEC's history?  Click on the image above.

A Warm Goodbye to Julie Barnett

We are sad to share news of the recent passing of Julie Barnett.  Julie was the wife and strong supporter of Norman Barnett, one of the early and very dynamic leaders of AIESEC U.S. and Columbia Business School graduate.  Norman was a driving force who influenced the entire international organization starting in the late 1950s. It was thanks to Norman's determination and effective negotiating skills that a permanent secretariat was created in Geneva.

Fellow AIESEC alumn, Bernd Thomas, initiated the Norman Barnett Project Award at IC80 in Chicago and relaunched it with the help of Julie at IC 2006 in Warsaw.  Many of Norman’s AIESEC friends have fond memories of Julie and her strong support of Norman’s passion for AIESEC. I think we can all agree that we owe much gratitude to our spouses whose understanding of our love of AIESEC allows us to remain committed to this wonderful organization.



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