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...
Teams are an integral part of Watch culture and form the backbone of fast-paced task forces. Members of the Ops team (from left) Carolina Ardon Ayala, Christopher Bodington, Jared Yancey, Elaine Kelley, John Ambrose and Betsy Bennion stand outside their office. Photo by James Kaelin

Operations Center

By Carolina Ardon Ayala, Elizabeth Bennion, Elaine Kelley and Luke Meinzen Established in 1961, the Operations Center, or Ops, is an excellent introduction to Washington, D.C. Ops officers get a front-row view of U.S. foreign...
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...
After weekend-long protests and security restrictions in Port-au-Prince, Ambassador Sison, center in red jacket, and representatives from UN Women launch the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, on Nov. 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Embassy Port-au-Prince

Female leadership team empowers Mission Haiti

By Jessica Slattery A sea anchor stabilizes boats in heavy weather, preventing the vessel from turning broadside and being overwhelmed by waves. In the past year, Mission Haiti has relied on its own metaphorical sea...
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...
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...