A group of exchange visitors from Keene State College in New Hampshire volunteer at the NYC Marathon on behalf of the Department’s Exchange Volunteer Program, Nov. 3. Photo by Steven Spiegel

Exchange Visitor Program marathon series expands

By Christian Caudill  For the fifth year in a row, the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) comprised the largest group of volunteers for the TCS New York City Marathon. More than 1,600 volunteers...
Center, back row: Navin Khemlani from the International Business Council Spain meets with AWE Spain women entrepreneurs at their sixth and final workshop in the program, Nov. 9. Photo courtesy of Embassy Madrid

ECA helps women entrepreneurs turn dreams into reality

By Manuel Pereira Colocci Knowing how to make a product does not necessarily mean that you know how to sell it or how to make a successful business of it. That is the thought behind...

Embassy Harare program empowers women

As a part of Embassy Harare’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) program, Ambassador Brian A. Nichols hosted representatives from Zimbabwe’s main Apostolic coalitions and #HeForShe ambassadors from South Africa, Zambia, Japan,...

Bahrain

By Christian J. Lynch The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small archipelago of 33 islands, with the largest being Bahrain Island, but contains cultural and professional opportunities abound. One can begin the day test-driving a...

YLAI training prepares entrepreneurs

Embassy Mexico City’s Public Affairs Section organized a train-the-trainer event in Mexico City for 41 selected Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) alumni from 18 different countries. The four-day program, funded by the...
Center, second row: Under Secretary of State for Management Brian J. Bulato and Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez stand with the 2019 Department of State award winners after the award ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room, Nov. 13. State Department photo

Passionate Professionalism

By Amanda J. Richard The sparkling chandeliers and gold-leaf-encrusted stanchions of the Harry S. Truman Building’s storied Benjamin Franklin Room provided an exquisite backdrop for this year’s Department of State Awards Ceremony, Nov. 13. Deputy...
The 2019 Foreign Service National of the Year award recipients attend an event at the DACOR Bacon House with Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez (center), Nov. 13. Photo by Heidi Howland

Above and Beyond

By Amanda J. Richard There is no single superlative that can be used to characterize the immense contributions made by the 2019 Foreign Service National (FSN) award winners. While these seven individuals hail from different...

A new century presents new challenges for the ILO

Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Robert A. Destro delivered a keynote speech at an event marking the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) 100th anniversary. Destro praised ILO’s accomplishments in setting labor standards...
Director of the Collaboratory Office in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and host of 22.33, Christoper Wurst (center in blue jacket) poses with the band Humming House after an interview for a 22.33 podcast. Humming House members (from left) Joshua Wolak, Quentin Flowers, Bobby Chase, Justin Wade Tam, and Nathan Wahlman are ECA exchange alumni from the American Music Abroad program. Photo courtesy of ECA

ECA podcast shares exchange participants’ stories

By Edward Stewart One year ago, the Collaboratory—the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) innovation unit—set out to prove two concepts with a new podcast project called 22.33. The concepts that the team wanted...

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