American University of Beirut

President of Columbia University Prof. Minouche Shafik



President of Columbia University Prof. Minouche Shafik delivered the 29th mentoring talk at AUB on Jan 30, 2024 via WebEx. The title of President Shafik's mentoring talk was, “What We Owe Each Other". President Shafik shared her life story highlighting her mistakes, struggles, and the hurdles she had faced throughout her rich career. She stressed that a career is not like climbing a ladder but rather it is more like climbing a tree; “Focusing on climbing the next step on the ladder is a mistake. Sometimes when you are climbing a tree, it's not linear - you might move sideways, which then helps you get up to the next level."​

This mentoring talk was organized in partnership with the prestigious Angewandte Chemie.


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