Women Changemakers Forum

February 24, 2021

Event Details


Tuesday, April 27, 2021



Eurasia Foundation’s inaugural Women Changemakers Forum will bring together a powerful collection of bold and innovative voices on the frontlines of progress. Amidst today’s unprecedented challenges, these visionary women are rising to break barriers, spark movements, and transform their societies from within.

Join us Tuesday, April 27 at 5:30 pm EST. Register here.


2021 Sarah Carey Award: Honoring Fiona Hill

With the Sarah Carey Award, Eurasia Foundation recognizes an individual who has notably advanced civil society through the practice of diplomacy, law, business, or public advocacy. Honorees embody the pioneering spirit of Eurasia Foundation’s long-serving chair, Sarah Carey. Throughout her abundant life and career, Sarah Carey was a tireless and effective champion of economic and cultural engagement between the United States and Russia. Past Sarah Carey Award recipients include Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Senators Richard Lugar and Sam Nunn, Ambassador William J. Burns, and Drew Guff. Eurasia Foundation is delighted to honor Fiona Hill with the 2021 Sarah Carey Award.

Fiona Hill is the Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution. She served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council.

Prior to joining Brookings, Hill was director of strategic planning at Eurasia Foundation. She later served as advisor to the president and on the Eurasia Foundation board of trustees.

From 1991 to 1999, she held a number of positions directing technical assistance and research projects at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, including associate director of the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, director of the Project on Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, and coordinator of the Trilateral Study on Japanese-Russian-U.S. Relations.

Hill is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs and has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. She is co-author of two editions of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” (Brookings Institution Press, 2013, 2015) with Brookings Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy, as well as “The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold” (Brookings Institution Press, 2003). Her monograph, “Energy Empire: Oil, Gas and Russia’s Revival,” was published by the London Foreign Policy Centre in 2004.

Hill holds a master’s in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University, where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. She also holds a master’s in Russian and modern history from St. Andrews University in Scotland, and has pursued studies at Moscow’s Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Fellowship for Women Changemakers

The critical role of civil society, and women’s participation within it, is vital but often unrecognized, marginalized, and undervalued. The powerful work of women activists and civic leaders is all the more extraordinary because they are frequently excluded from decision-making spheres, particularly in societies where these women are playing non-traditional roles.

With a new fellowship, Eurasia Foundation spotlights and supports unstoppable women making a difference in the fight for a more just, equitable, and peaceful world.

The Fellowship for Women Changemakers honors women-identifying leaders advancing projects to cultivate vibrant, responsive, citizen-oriented civil societies globally. Fellows are bold, driven, passionate, and unwavering in their pursuit of a brighter tomorrow.

Fellows will travel to the United States for two to three weeks to meet and collaborate with private, public, and non-profit organizations. The fellowship provides women leaders with professional development, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Both hosts and fellows benefit from discussing pervasive challenges in their sectors, broadening perspectives, and positioning U.S. organizations for increased international engagement. Fellows forge enduring professional relationships with U.S. institutions and with one another.

Support the Fellowship for Women Changemakers here. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.


Faith and Richard Morningstar

VIP Reception with Fiona Hill

Join us for a special conversation with Fiona Hill at 5:00 pm ET on April 27, immediately preceding the Women Changemakers Forum. A $250 donation is required to attend this private virtual reception. All donations support the Fellowship for Women Changemakers.

To donate online, click here. Eurasia Foundation also accepts donations in check form. Please indicate in the notes or memo section that the payment is a “Women Changemakers donation,” and make checks payable to: Eurasia Foundation, 1990 K Street NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20006.

To learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected], ATTN:Women Changemakers. For individual contributions to the Fellowship for Women Changemakers, donate here.