The Bureau of International Information Programs Diversity Working Group—partnering with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the Department of State’s Disability Action Group—hosted the co-founders of John’s Crazy Socks, John and Mark Cronin, March 5. The father-and-son entrepreneur team shared how they took John’s vision to market and now run a company with global recognition. Their company includes 39 employees, 23 of whom have disabilities.

Diversity team shares entrepreneurial success

The Bureau of International Information Programs Diversity Working Group—partnering with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the Department of State’s Disability Action Group—hosted the...
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...
Ethics Answers

Ethics Answers | May 2019

Question: I’m an FS-03 stationed abroad and my alma mater has invited me to campus to speak at a career day about how I transitioned from the private sector to government service. They offered to...
The Panama City skyline rises up in the distance behind a historic cathedral. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

Panama

Story by Mark Hungerford U.S. Embassy Panama City sits on a hill surrounded by a lush rainforest that still covers much of the former Canal Zone—the roughly 5-mile stretch of land that hugged the Panama...
From left: Sister Orla Treacy of Ireland, Razia Sultana of Bangladesh, Naw K’nyaw Paw of Myanmar, Col. Khalida Khalaf Hanna al-Twal of Jordan, Olivera Lakić of Montenegro, Secretary Pompeo, first lady Melania Trump, Flor de María Vega Zapata of Peru, Magda “Mama Maggie” Gobran of Egypt, Moumina Houssein Darar of Djibouti, Marini de Livera of Sri Lanka, and Anna Henga of Tanzania. The 2019 International Women of Courage Award recipients with Secretary Pompeo and first lady Melania Trump stand on stage at the ceremony, March 7 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Ron Pryzsucha

Worldwide Welcome

By Linsey Armstrong In March, the Department of State celebrated Women’s History Month through a host of inspiring activities and initiatives. This year, the Department kicked off the celebrations with the 13th Annual Secretary of...
The American Institute in Taiwan’s new $255 million office, a modern complex built explicitly to serve as home base for the American Institute in Taiwan and its activities, symbolizes the United States’ commitment to the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. Photo by Fabian Ortiz

A Solid Foundation

By Nolan Masterson Foreign Service personnel assigned to Taipei, Taiwan, before 1979 completed their tours at the Embassy of the United States to the Republic of China. However, the United States changed its diplomatic recognition...
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...

Secretary Pompeo unveils Ethos initiative

At the One Team, One Mission: Introducing our Ethos announcement, April 26, in the C Street lobby of HST, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled an inspirational, aspirational and unifying statement that is made...
World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Bureau of International Information Programs and Mission Tanzania for a Facebook Live event, March 21, to celebrate Women’s History Month. The event kicked off ECA’s “Step In, Dream Big” initiative ahead of the 2019 Women’s World Cup to tap into the power of role models, encouraging girls to step into their potential and realize their dreams. Youth athletes, coaches and advocates from Tanzania (where Morgan served as a Department of State sports envoy in 2017) and 20 U.S. embassies, consulates and American centers in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and South and Central Asia interacted live with Morgan for a 45-minute question and answer session.

Olympian Alex Morgan participates in ECA social media event

World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Bureau of International Information Programs and Mission Tanzania for a Facebook Live event, March 21,...
Retirements

Retirements | May 2019

Civil ServiceBohanon, Donna M.Brancato, GildaBrown, Carolyn L.Carter, Carol A.Clark, Pamela D.Cleveland, Wayne E.Cook, OiltipCooper, Angela W.Crue, Karen E.Davis-Dudley, Bonita A.Decker, Christina R.Decker, Tony L.Dennis, Bernard G.Doery, RichardDonley, Christine B.Dunbar, Leon L.Foster, Kathleen V.Frost, Susan...