The 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Singapore sent 125 YSEALI participants from all 10 member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States on a tour of American businesses that are technology and innovation leaders in the Indo-Pacific. The InnovateTour of Citi, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Singapore, nuTonomy, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Verizon gave participants a chance to learn firsthand about the innovative programs and approaches driving these companies. The 2018 YSEALI Summit, which marked the program’s 5th anniversary, was titled “U.S. and ASEAN–Partners in Growth and Innovation.”

Ambassador’s visit highlights socio-economic relations

The 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Singapore sent 125 YSEALI participants from all 10 member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States on a...
Bureau of Human Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier gave remarks at the locally employed (LE) staff nameplate unveiling ceremony last December. The event honored the lives of seven LE staff who worked for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) at U.S. Embassies abroad when they lost their lives. Representatives from the USAGM attended, as well as principal officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and each of the regional bureaus of the LE staff honored. “[LE staff] are truly the backbone of our institutions. Their work is indispensable to advancing our foreign policy goals at more than 276 embassies and consulates worldwide,” said Lussier.

Department honors lives of fallen LE Staff

Bureau of Human Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier gave remarks at the locally employed (LE) staff nameplate unveiling ceremony last December. The event honored the lives of seven LE staff who worked for...
A mentor meets with mentees.

Fostering relationships mentor to mentee

The Council for Career Enhancement and Professionalization (CCEP), one of 14 employee affinity groups at the Department of State, hosted a speed mentoring event, April 17, where four Department leaders gathered to offer their...
Moderated by Anya Creightney from the Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center, the event featured authors Irene P. Mathieu, Jessica Mehta and Nina Murray who shared excerpts from their published works and spoke about their experiences being poets as cultural emissaries. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Poets share excerpts, act as cultural emissaries

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Ralph J. Bunche Library in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, featured four women writers as part of their Speaker Series, April 22. Moderated...
OBO’s Director Tad Davis presented the Franklin award to representatives from 13 posts, in recognition of their superior performance in the program and their contribution to this life-saving mission. Photo by Dan Petersen

DriveCam Workshop reduces risk and saves lives

The Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) coordinated a workshop for posts who participate in the Department of State’s event data recorder program. Vehicle event...
Ghulam R. Khan, a locally employed staff member who served as a supervisory immigrant visa specialist at the U.S. Embassy Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, retired, Feb. 14, after 42 years of government service. Photo by Asad Abdulkarim

Visa specialist retires after 42 years of service

Ghulam R. Khan, a locally employed staff member who served as a supervisory immigrant visa specialist at the U.S. Embassy Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, retired, Feb. 14, after 42 years of government service. In...
Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez celebrated with award winners at the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) awards ceremony, April 9. State Department photo

Human Resources Bureau Award celebration

Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez celebrated with award winners at the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) awards ceremony, April 9. Perez opened the ceremony with...
Attendees at the Veteran Employment Information Fair absorb information from a booth at the event. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Department of State Veteran Employment Information Fair

The second annual Veteran Employee Information Fair, April 16, was sponsored by the Bureau of Human Resources’ Office of Civil Service Human Resource Management (CSHRM). The event provided information about leave and retirement, services...
Yo-Yo Ma and students perform "The Visitor" at his visit to ConGen Nuevo Laredo. Photo by Ana Serrano.

Yo-Yo Ma plays at U.S.-Mexico border

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma played at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of his Bach Project, which features community-oriented “Days of Action” showing how culture connects us. Ma chose the sister cities of Laredo, Texas,...

Department hosts accessibility experts for NDEAM

Americans celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October to recognize the creativity, innovation and skills that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. As part of this effort, the Department of State...

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