Euphrates Founder, Janessa Gans Wilder, on tour in February!

During the next two weeks, Euphrates Founder and CEO, Janessa Gans Wilder, will be traveling throughout the United States to share our message of turning the 'Other' into a brother more widely. Janessa has a powerful and refreshing perspective as a former CIA officer turned peacebuilder, social entrepreneur, and nonprofit executive. She will be sharing her journey of transformation during the Iraq war from seeing Iraqis as the 'Other' to seeing them as brothers.Janessa will visit St. Louis, MO; New York, NY; Darien, CT; Raleigh, NC; and Washington, D.C. If she is coming to an area near you, we invite you to attend her talk and help us spread the word! RSVP to an event or arrange a time to meet with Janessa by emailing

➜ Principia College - Elsah, Illinois

On Thursday, February 16th at 7pm, Janessa will facilitate an interactive and inspiring discussion with community members about making a difference in the world.

➜ St. Louis, Missouri

On Friday, February 17th at 7:30pm, she will give a talk titled, "Turning the 'Other' into a brother" at First Congregational, United Church of Christ. The address is 10 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119.She will also be speaking on St. Louis NPR in an interview with Don Marsh on Friday at 12pm CST. You can tune in from anywhere using this link.

➜ Columbia University - New York, New York

On Sunday, February 19th at 4pm, Janessa will speak at Columbia University, hosted by the South Asian Feminism Alliance.

➜ Darien, Connecticut

Janessa will give a private talk on Monday, February 20th. If you are in the vicinity and would be interested in attending, please contact for more details about the event.

➜ Raleigh, North Carolina

On Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30pm, Janessa will give a talk, "Turning the 'Other' into a brother" at a private residence. Please email for the address and details.

➜ Washington, D.C.

George Mason University, Center for Conflict Resolution and Analysis will host Janessa as a speaker on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30-6:30pm in Metropolitan Building 5183.Janessa will be a Social Enterprise Association Guest Speaker at American University on Friday, February 24th from 2-3pm. The tentative location on campus is KATZ*160.There will be a special gathering on Sunday, February 26th from 5-7pm to kick off the Washington, D.C. Chapter. Meet the Euphrates Founder and the new D.C. Chapter Leader, foreign service veteran Susan Domowitz. Email for the address.J Street, a pro-Israel, pro-peace organization will be hosting its national, annual conference in Washington, D.C. February 25-28. The conference will bring together speakers and advocates, including Madeleine Albright, Bernie Sanders, and members of the Knesset, or Israeli parliament. Euphrates is an official “participating organization” and will have representation there. We welcome any of our community members to join us in D.C. next month for this incredible event!If you would like to see more regular updates from Euphrates, including inspiring articles, photos, and videos, please like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram @euphrates_institute!