Today we’re talking to Adam Thies, program associate for executive custom programs in the Office of Executive Education:
What is your role at Georgetown? How long have you been working here?
I’m a program associate, and I’ve been here for almost one year. I’m in a support role for the team, so I’m running around helping each program manager with all of the programs we deliver.
What do you enjoy most about working in executive education?
It’s too hard to boil it down to one thing, so I’ll talk about two. One is the participants. It’s always fun, especially with our custom programs, because we work with a lot of international participants. That’s a blast – you have a wide variety of people coming in, and you get to chat with them and learn about their cultures and backgrounds. They always ask a lot of questions about the U.S., so you are able to get an outside perspective without ever leaving home. The other aspect is the people; we have a really fun team that makes work exciting. We get down to work, but we have a lot of fun doing it.
This job marks your first time working at Georgetown, after experience at several different universities. In your opinion, what makes Georgetown unique?
As a history buff, I love that Georgetown is so interwoven with U.S. history. For instance, the university was founded the same year that the Second Constitutional Convention ratified the Constitution. Georgetown is so cool because it’s right next to where history is being made, and there are a lot of benefits from that proximity. Speakers are one example – the speakers we host are really making an impact not just in D.C. but in the U.S. and around the world. That’s definitely one advantage that sets us apart from everyone else.
What are you passionate about outside of the office?
A lot of the things that I like actually tie into my work here at the office. For example, I love history, and I run the campus tour for our participants. That is also very tied to my love of travel and love of running. The great thing about history is that you get to travel and inhabit the space of what you’re studying and reading about. I also run a lot, and I consider running to be my favorite way to travel – you get to see different aspects of places and cities that you can only really see on foot.