From left: Wiley Skaret and anti-narcotics police officer, graffiti artist and painter Lt. Oscar Gonzalez pose for a photo at the U.S. Ambassador’s Independence Day Celebration, July 2018. Skaret performed at the event on the James 1 piano, which was designed by Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bogota

EFM raises awareness for Colombian police families

By Kate Bartlett Often working in dangerous areas of the country, the Colombian National Police are at the forefront of the strategy to reduce cocaine production in Colombia, a major priority for Embassy Bogota. They...
From left: The Pol/Econ team at the embassy art opening Patricia Viscarra, Patricia Kehoe, Brent Corby, Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Williamson, Kimberly Austin, Jose Ribero, Rolf Olson, Stephanie Guerra-Smith, Javier Lopez-Videla and Martin Palermo enjoys showcasing their newly acquired artwork. Photo by Carmen Julia Arze

Embassy La Paz showcases artists with disabilities

By Kimberly Austin The Pol/Econ section at U.S. Embassy La Paz regularly conducts meetings with local contacts, which creates the need for a space that reflects positively on American values. In a country with an...
Attendees of a roundtable discussion on women in technology (from left) Rebecca Wanjiku, Stacey Ondimu, Demian Lamadrid, Jennifer Otieno, the Department’s acting CIO Karen Mummaw, Nekesa Were, Linda Lelei, Shiro Theuri, Freida Mati, Wanja Kimandi, Lysa Giuliano and Selam Emiru pose for a picture in front of the iHub entrepreneurship and innovation center on Dec. 7, 2018. Photo by Benson Mutahi

State CIO leads women’s technology roundtable in Nairobi

By Selam Emiru Last December, the Department’s acting CIO Karen Mummaw along with members of Embassy Nairobi’s Information Resource Management (IRM) team visited iHub, an entrepreneurship and innovation center. The team participated in a roundtable...
After weekend-long protests and security restrictions in Port-au-Prince, Ambassador Sison, center in red jacket, and representatives from UN Women launch the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, on Nov. 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Embassy Port-au-Prince

Female leadership team empowers Mission Haiti

By Jessica Slattery A sea anchor stabilizes boats in heavy weather, preventing the vessel from turning broadside and being overwhelmed by waves. In the past year, Mission Haiti has relied on its own metaphorical sea...
Ambassador John Desrocher, center with pink tie, and his spouse, Karen Rose, to his right, pose for a photo with some of the members of the Algerian Higher School of Music and the Morehouse College Glee Club, after their final concert at the National Theatre of Algiers, Jan. 3, 2019. Photo by Farid Azira

EducationUSA hits high note in Algeria

By Suemayah Abu-Douleh Embassy Algiers recently collaborated with the Algerian Ministry of Culture and the Algerian Higher School of Music (INSM) to present a concert tour by the Morehouse College Glee Club (MCGC). Due to...
Human Resources Officer Andre Jennings, center in blue jacket, and Human Resources Specialist Rhitu Shrestha, right of Jennings, host a training session on behalf of Embassy Kathmandu’s Diversity and Outreach Program with students at American Corner Surkhet. Photo by Hirdesh Kumar K.C.

Embassy Kathmandu develops innovative outreach efforts

By Andre Jennings Establishing a diversified workforce is a necessary goal for any organization that recognizes and values the advantages of expanding its organizational culture. The U.S. Embassy in Nepal has embraced the Department’s strategic...
Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer, serves as keynote speaker at a Women’s History Month event sponsored by employee affinity group Executive Women at State in the Loy Henderson auditorium, March 19. Kent shared her unique experiences as a female leader in industry and government. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

EW@S host first female federal chief information officer

By Nayab Khan Women play an integral role in the Department’s workforce, and it is important to recognize their varied contributions. On March 19, Executive Women at State (EW@S) celebrated Women’s History Month by welcoming...
The Managing Dual Careers forum was held in Beijing, Jan. 24. Event organizers included (from left) Assistant CLO Sharon Fierro, Housing Manager Katya Ilieva-Stone, Consular Associate Eugenio Otero-Melendez, Consular Officer Lisa Hecht-Cronstedt, HR Officer Lycia Coble Sibilla and HR Officer Monica Simmons. Photo by Keome Rowe

Beijing Women’s Leadership Group hosts dual careers forum

By Katya Ilieva-Stone Managing dual careers in the Foreign Service—whether as a tandem couple or as a couple where only one party is a U.S. direct-hire employee—can be challenging. In China, with the lack of...
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Harry Harris, fourth from right, and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa, center in gray jacket, meet with WEST participants. Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Seoul

Department program provides opportunities to Korean youths

By Lynette Evans-Tiernan International internships are on the rise. Foreign governments are interested in equipping their youth with enhanced English language proficiency, on-the-job training and an understanding of the U.S. marketplace. The Department’s Work, English...
Back row: Yaro Kulchyckyj, fifth from left, Kim Tuminaro, sixth from left, Rob Hankinson, seventh from left, and Melaney Monreal Starling, first from right, join with other White House Fellows and Secretary Pompeo for a group photo. Photo by Ronny Przysucha

Secretary Pompeo meets with Leadership Fellows

By Yaropolk Kulchyckyj, Kim Tuminaro and Robert Hankinson Secretary of State Michael Pompeo met with the newly selected 2019 White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP) Fellows during their visit to the Department, Dec. 20. The...

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