Mexico City Welcomes Hundreds of Hoyas for Georgetown’s 2018 International Alumni Weekend

Through its mission to build connections across the vast Georgetown alumni network, the Georgetown University Alumni Association hosts various annual events including Homecoming, class reunions, regional club initiative programs, and a broad array of social, educational, charitable, and athletic events all over the world.

This year’s International Alumni Weekend, held in October in Mexico City, connected more than 250 Hoyas from nine schools and 17 countries. The four-day event highlighted the best of Latin America and Georgetown, as attendees enjoyed exclusive tours throughout the city, elegant social gatherings in some of the world’s finest museums, and stimulating intellectual programs covering such important topics as migration, sustainability, trade, and global politics.

Gally Mayer, Alvaro Fernández Garza, Fernando Gentil Sr., Ricardo Ernst, Felipe Calderon, Nelson Ortiz
From left: Gally Mayer (B’93), Alvaro Fernández Garza (MBA’95), Fernando Gentil Sr. (Parent’09,’12), Ricardo Ernst (Parent’14,’18,’21), Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, and Nelson Ortiz (Parent’11,’13) socialize during the first night of International Alumni Weekend. As the keynote speaker for the welcome reception, Calderon discussed regional and international issues.
welcome reception
Engaging conversations and warm introductions filled the room during the welcome reception for this year’s International Alumni Weekend in Mexico City.
Alanna Cronin, Adelaida Delgado Palm, Mary Machado Schammel
From left: Alanna Cronin (B’80, Parent’12,’14,’14), Adelaida Delgado Palm (B’80, Parent’12), and Mary Machado Schammel (C’80, MBA’15, Parent’17) during the signature gala dinner.

What IAW Attendees are Saying

“Georgetown is the gift that keeps giving. Every Alumni Association Weekend—London, Paris, Doha, Hong Kong, and now Mexico—provides extraordinary access to iconic venues and national leaders in politics, industry, and education. One walks away filled with incredible knowledge and memories with old and new friends.”

—Adelaida Delgado Palm (B’80, Parent’12)

“Georgetown’s international spiritual vision is especially relevant in today’s world. I would encourage the university to leverage this vision across disciplines to consolidate its positive leadership position.”

—Agustin Barrios-Gomez (F'93), CEO, International Capital Partners

“In addition to connecting our global Hoya community, these weekends challenge us intellectually on timely issues, introduce us to the culture of the country, and provide us a special opportunity to see old friends and make new ones.”

—Mary Machado Schammel (C’80, MBA’15, Parent’17)

“Service, liberal education, being responsive to society’s needs, and a commitment to social justice—the tenets of a Jesuit education—look a lot more like the innovative future than some might think.”

—Kelly Otter, Dean, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies

“The panel discussing the future of trade in America was the most fascinating panel at IAW, given the timeliness of the topic. The discussion amongst Mexican representatives and other stakeholders was authentic and frank. I came away from the panel with a much greater understanding of what the NAFTA renegotiations really involved.”

—Michael E. Karam (F’72, L’76, L’81, Parent’07)

panel tour dialogue
From insightful dialogues around policy and international relations to fascinating tours and exhibitions throughout Mexico City, the 2018 International Alumni Weekend spotlighted the unmatched character of this Latin American city while connecting Georgetown alumni from around the world.