WFPG Celebrates 20 Years!

Women Leaders Tackling 21st Century Challenges

20th Anniversary

On June 10th, WFPG celebrated 20 years of promoting women’s leadership and voices in foreign affairs with a conference on “Women Leaders Tackling 21st Century Challenges,” which highlighted women from across the foreign policy community.

The discussions covered the Middle East, women’s leadership in the public and private sectors, the impact of technology and social media in foreign policy, media coverage of global hot spots, and 20 ideas to meet tomorrow’s global challenges. The day-long conference concluded with a reception hosted by Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde of Finland on Celebrating Women Leaders Across Generations.

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Diplomatic Honorary Committee

 Featured Story 

Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon
National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Amb. Rice


On May 14th, WFPG honored National Security Advisor Susan Rice at its Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon. The conversation focused on major national security challenges facing the US and was moderated by PBS NewsHour Co-Anchor and Managing Editor Judy Woodruff. Rice addressed Russian intervention in Ukraine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Syrian Civil War, the Iranian talks on nuclear weapons, the Benghazi investigation, tensions between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea, the efforts to recover the kidnapped Nigerian girls, and the current state of American foreign policy and America’s role in the world. Read more


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 Event Highlights 


State Department Briefing:
Assistant Secretary Anne Patterson


Anne Patterson

Oct 1—Ambassador Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, spoke to WFPG members and guests on "Transitions, Revolutions, Sectarian Strife and ISIL: An Inside Look into a Volatile Region." She covered the impacts of ISIL on the Middle East, the fallout from the Arab Spring and her predictions about the future of the region. The event was moderated by Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post. View photos


Beyond the Headlines:
Helene Cooper speaks on the Ebola crisis


Helene Cooper

Nov 3—Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent at The New York Times, spoke to WFPG members and guests about her recent trip to Liberia to report on the Ebola epidemic. Cooper gave a first-hand account of Ebola hospitals, the reaction of the Liberian people, and her opinion of the American media's portrayal of Ebola. The discussion was moderated by WFPG Board Member Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief of The New York Times. The event was co-hosted by NYU Washington, DC. View photos



Embassy Series: Ireland
Defining our 21st Century Identity



Oct 8—Ambassador Anne Anderson of Ireland spoke to WFPG members and guests about Irish identity in the 21st century, the Irish economy, and immigration. The event was held at Ambassador Anderson's residence and was moderated by WFPG Board Chair Ann Stock. View photos


Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon
WFPG Honors Foreign Policy Journalists



Dec 15—The Women's Foreign Policy Group honored The New York Times Pentagon Correspondent Helene Cooper, CNN Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott, The Washington Post Pentagon Correspondent Missy Ryan, and PBS Newshour Chief Foreign Correspondent Margaret Warner for their outstanding coverage of national security and foreign policy issues. The discussion on "Global Crises: A View from the Inside", was moderated by Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Times and a member of the WFPG Board of Directors. During their remarks and the following discussion, the journalists covered the Ebola crisis, the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, ISIS, negotiations in Iran, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Secretary Hagel’s recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, the recently released CIA torture report, the current situation in Libya, Secretary Kerry’s tenure at the State Department and his relationship with National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Ashton Carter’s new role as Secretary of Defense, and President Obama’s foreign policy legacy.


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Embassy Series: Japan
Japan's Foreign Policy: Now and Future


Nov 20—H.E. Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States spoke to WFPG members and guests at his residence on the subject of Japan's foreign policy. The discussion was moderated by Mary Jordan of Washington Post Live. View photos



Where do you start?
Careers in International Affairs


Aug 5—The WFPG hosted a panel discussion on careers in international affairs as part of its commitment to mentoring the next generation of women leaders. The panel of experienced professionals included: Ambassador Linda Jewell, a retired US Foreign Service Officer and Executive Vice President of International Student Exchange Programs; Stefania Piffanelli, Deputy Director of the United Nations Information Center in Washington, DC; WFPG Board Secretary and Treasurer Dawn Calabia; and moderator Patricia Ellis, WFPG President. The conversation covered a range of topics including career development and job-seeking strategies, as well as advice for building confidence and maintaining a work-life balance, with the panelists sharing personal stories and words of wisdom with the students and young professionals. Read more




Women's Foreign Policy Group membership is open to professionals and organizations committed to global engagement and promoting women leaders in international affairs. Join today!


 Upcoming Events


September 16, 2015 | Washington, DC


Women, Business and the Law:
Getting to Equal

Tazeen Hasan


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September 18, 2015 | Washington, DC


Who Can Put Humpty Dumpty
Together Again?

Ambassador Barbara K. Bodine


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October 5, 2015 | New York, NY


Ashley's War:
The Untold Story of a Team of Women
Soldiers on the Speicial Ops Battlefiled

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


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 Recent Events


August 10, 2015 | Washington, DC

Where Do You Start?
Careers In International Affairs





August 6, 2015 | Washington, DC

The Burma Showdown:
What's at Stake for the US

Rena Pederson and Sarnata Reynolds


July 21, 2015 | Washington, DC

Ashley's War:
The Untold Story of a Team of Women
Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


July 14, 2015 | Washington, DC

Member Networking Happy Hour

June 10, 2015 | Washington, DC

20th Anniversary Celebration

Women Leaders Tackling 21st Century Challenges

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May 18, 2015 | Washington, DC

Germany and the US: Common Challenges
of the Transatlantic Relationship

H.E. Peter Wittig
Ambassador of Germany




May 13, 2015 | Washington, DC

State Department Briefing:
Charting a New Course on Cuba

Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs




May 1, 2015 | Washington, DC

The Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean:
The European Union's Response

H.E. David O’Sullivan
Ambassador of the European Union




April 29, 2015 | Washington, DC

Putin: The Man at War with the West

Fiona Hill, Brookings Institution



April 23, 2015 | Washington, DC

Celebration of Women Diplomats




April 21, 2015 | New York, NY

Celebration of Women Diplomats




April 10, 2015 | Washington, DC

Germany in Europe: The Cautious Leader

Karen Donfried, German Marshall Fund



March 31, 2015 | New York, NY


Voices of Women from the UN
Security Council on Peace and Security

March 24, 2015 | Washington, DC

Member Networking Happy Hour


March 9, 2015 | Washington, DC

Embassy Series: France

Ambassador Gérard Araud


February 26, 2015 | New York, NY


Annual NY Mentoring Fair



February 23, 2015 | Washington, DC


Standing Under ISIS Narratives:
Implications of a Narrative Lens for Countering Extremism

Sara Cobb


February 11, 2015 | Washington, DC


Gender-Based Violence in the DRC:
A Status Report

Marcy Hersh



February 6, 2015 | New York, NY


Gender-Based Violence in the DRC:
A Status Report

Marcy Hersh




February 4, 2015 | Washington, DC


Annual DC Mentoring Fair




January 29, 2015 | Washington, DC


State Department Briefing:
Human Rights and National Security

Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski




January 15, 2015 | Washington, DC


Obama's Cuba Initiative:
Significance and Next Steps

Julia E. Sweig




January 13, 2015 | Washington, DC


Member Networking Happy Hour



December 15, 2014 | Washington, DC


Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon


Global Conflicts and Crises:
The View from the Inside


Helene Cooper, The New York Times
Elise Labott, CNN
Missy Ryan, The Washington Post
Margaret Warner, PBS Newshour
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times


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November 20, 2014 | Washington, DC


Embassy Series: Japan


Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae




November 13, 2014 | New York, NY


The Situation in Syria:
Providing Medical Relief during Conflict


Deane Marchbein




November 7, 2014 | Washington, DC


Turkish Foreign Policy:
A Balancing Act


Gönül Tol



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