Promoting Women's Leadership in International Affairs


MAY 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

It's been a great year so far and we are glad that so many of you have been able to join us for our discussions. In the last few months, we have honored women diplomats at our annual celebrations, were joined by over 350 students and young professionals for our mentoring round tables, and hosted substantive conversations on security in the gulf, social innovation, NATO, and women's empowerment. We are looking forward to our Foreign Policy and Technology Series launch next week, as well as our conversation on peacebuilding in the Central African Republic at the end of the month.

We appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing you soon!


May Events


Data-Driven Innovation in International Development
May 15 | 6 p.m. | DC

The WFPG is launching its Foreign Policy and Technology Series in DC on May 15th! The conversation will focus on data-driven innovation in international development and we are pleased to be joined by former USAID Chief Innovation Officer Ann Mei Chang, Impl. Project Founder Justin Richmond, UNF's Digital Impact Alliance CEO Kate Wilson, and Chemonics Director Stacia George. This event is open to members and invited guests.
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Central African Republic: Prospects for Building
Sustainable Peace and the Challenging Road Ahead
May 21 | 12 p.m

Despite the continued violence and the ongoing humanitarian crisis, is there reason to be hopeful? What is the situation on the ground in the Central African Republic today? Join WFPG for a discussion with Refugees International advocate Alexandra Lamarche, USIP Africa Director Susan Stigant, and UNDP Washington Office Deputy Director Yesim Oruc. 
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Young Professional Network Update

This spring, the WFPG's Young Professional DC Network met with Foreign Service Officer Menaka Nayyar in March and Suzanne McGuire from the Department of Defense in April. On May 22nd, they'll meet with Simone Peloquin of the Impl. Project, a non-profit, specializing in data in conflict affected countries. The network is open to all WFPG student and young professional members.



WFPG Honors Women Diplomats

The WFPG hosted its 12th Annual Celebrations of Women Diplomats in April in Washington and in March in New York, to honor women ambassadors to the US, UN permanent representatives, and consuls general, as well as pay tribute to the many women leaders blazing the trails in diplomacy and international affairs. Remarks were made in New York by Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi of Pakistan, and in Washington by Ambassadors Roya Rahmani of Afghanistan and Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg. This year's honorees represented 29 countries. Washington, DC | New York, NY



Annual Mentoring Fairs

In February, the WFPG held its annual international affairs mentoring roundtables at George Washington University and New York University. Over 350 students and young professionals attended the programs, representing over 25 universities. Students spoke with accomplished professionals from diverse fields, including peacekeeping and peacebuilding, global health, diplomacy, international development, and corporate social responsibility. Many thanks to all the mentors who volunteered their time to share their experiences and advice with the next generation of leaders! Washington, DC | New York, NY



Accelerating Impact with Social Innovation

Last week the WFPG hosted Ann Mei Chang, a leading advocate for social innovation and author of LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. In the conversation, Chang drew on her experiences working in Silicon Valley and at USAID to offer a unique cross-sector approach to accelerating impact. She encouraged attendees to "think big, start small, and seek impact." By using small-scale pilot projects to test initiatives, nonprofits can learn how to best serve their communities and can effect greater change. The conversation was moderated by Mary Pflum Peterson of NBC News and Today Show and co-hosted by Cultural Vistas.  Read more



Priorities and Challenges for the Gulf: Peace, Security, and Mitigating Conflict

In March, the WFPG hosted a conversation on Priorities and Challenges for the Gulf: Peace, Security, and Mitigating Conflict with HE Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater, Spokesperson for Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Anne Patterson, former Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East and North Africa. The conversation covered the blockade of Qatar, human rights, combating terrorism, relations with Israel, and the role of social media in diplomacy. Read more

A Conversation with Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter of Sweden on Global Security and Trade

Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter of Sweden hosted members and guests for a discussion on global security and trade at her home in February. Olofsdotter outlined the new Swedish government's foreign policy priorities, the importance of multilateral cooperation, and key challenges for security and trade, including relations with Russia, cooperation with NATO, Brexit, and relations with North Korea. The Ambassador also highlighted Sweden's trademark feminist foreign policy, which stresses the "three R's": rights, representation, and resources for women. The conversation was moderated by Courtney McBride of The Wall Street Journal. Read more

Advancing Women's Empowerment in Bahrain and the Middle East

Secretary General of Bahrain's Supreme Council for Women HE Hala Mohammed Jaber Al Ansari and Hon. Mary Beth Long, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense, joined WFPG members for a conversation on advancing women's empowerment. The discussion covered improvements in women's economic inclusion, the role of the media, and support for female entrepreneurs. The program was hosted by the Embassy of Bahrain at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Read more


In this issue...

  1. Upcoming WFPG Events
  2. Young Professional Network Update
  3. Event Highlights

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