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...
Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez (Ret.), bottom far left, poses with 2018 Cox-State Diplomacy fellows and program organizers. Photo by Matthew Pickett

Department Diplomacy seminar for diplomatic excellence

By Heather Joy Thompson The Department’s Bureau of Human Resources’ Office of Recruitment, Examination and Employment (HR/REE) and the Diplomacy Center collaborated with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation to host 28 undergraduate students from historically...

DSS Greensboro Resident Office trains regional partners

By Angela French Special agents in dark suits and sunglasses drive black Suburbans through the city streets while unknown VIPs are hidden behind tinted windows. The men in black could be Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)...
Residents of the Philippines’ Malapascua island identify marine species in order to map new protected areas. Photo by Bea del Soccoro

Saving sharks and supporting rural economies in the Philippines

By Nicole Fox More than 100 million sharks are killed each year in what is now a billion-dollar industry. With the help of an organization funded by the United States, one Philippine municipality has made...
Members of the Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation pose for a picture. Photo by Lisa Marshall

Leading the frontline on all-government sanctions

By Tarek M. Fahmy The economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime, nuclear weapons in North Korea, ruthless dictators in Venezuela, human rights violators in South Sudan and corruption in Russia are some of the...
IVLP Murrow participants enjoyed a full-day seminar at the Poynter Institute, where they examined trends, challenges and the future of media around the world. Photo by Ren LaForme

Journalists address responsibility in an age of disinformation

By Joshua Kreiser The Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists convenes journalists from around the world to examine free and responsible reporting and to help those journalists build networks with media professionals in the United...

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