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...
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...
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...
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...

DGHR helps seal history

Director General of the Foreign Service and Human Resources Carol Perez helps authenticate her official commission from the president with Program Specialist Jessica Newcomb from the Presidential Appointments Office, March 20, in the exhibit...
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...
The 31st A-100, the class of Paul Glimer, Jim Steele, John Bradshaw and Stuart Symington, official class photo, Jan. 10, 1986. State Department photo

Third of a Century

By Paul Gilmer The history of A-100 classes dates back to June 7, 1924, when President Coolidge issued Executive Order 4022 establishing a Foreign Service school for the purpose of training newly hired Foreign Service...
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...
Boys practice their acrobatic skills on Lido beach, Mogadishu. Photo by Tobin Jones

Opening Doors

By Janet Deutsch Rarely do Foreign Service officers (FSOs) have the opportunity to experience the launching of a new diplomatic presence in a host nation. In November 2018, eight FSOs had that distinct privilege at...