ABOUT WFPG

Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit,
educational membership organization that promotes global engagement and the leadership,
visibility and participation of women in international affairs.

 

Since its founding over 20 years ago, WFPG has been committed to promoting women’s leadership and voices in international affairs through our in-depth global issues programming and mentoring activities.

A key player in broadening the constituency for international affairs, WFPG brings together participants from across disciplines and links women domestically and internationally. We believe that through highlighting women leaders in foreign policy, we provide important role models for the next generation and create a vital network of women from different sectors, generations, and backgrounds.

The organization’s frequent, in-depth global issues programming feature women officials, journalists, authors, academics and other news-makers and highlight their contributions to the field. Our seminars, special events, and conferences take members beyond the headlines and provide context for key global challenges. At our Conferences and Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheons, WFPG honors key leaders in international affairs. Speakers have included: Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and John Kerry; UN leaders like UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet and Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro; US officials including National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Treasury Under Secretary Lael Brainard.

Join us! Membership is open to individuals, organizations, and companies involved in global affairs and committed to promoting women's leadership. Our unique combination of global issues programming and mentoring activities allow our members to continually enhance their knowledge and contacts in this fast-changing field.

 

Learn more: Membership | Programs | Mentoring

 

 WFPG PROGRAM SERIES

 

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Beyond the Headlines
These events highlight prominent officials and journalists, taking you beyond the headlines and providing context for the key issues shaping foreign policy today. The series was launched in 2010 with a luncheon featuring US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.
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Embassy Series
Embassy Series events are held at embassies, consulates, and diplomatic residences in Washington and New York and highlight issues pertinent to the host country. This series rotates to cover different regions of the world. Recent events have been hosted by the Ambassadors of the European Union, Jordan, and India.
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Author Series
Our Author Series features authors and prominent journalists. Recent programs have covered US-Russia Relations, US-Mexico relations, and women overcoming poverty. This series was launched in 2005 with NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.
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State Department Briefings
Our State Department Series highlights senior-level officials, who give our members and guests unique insight into US foreign policy making. Bureaus represented in recent programs include: Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, International Organizations, and Population, Refugees and Migration.
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UN Briefings and Luncheons
These programs highlight the UN's progress and challenges. Conferences and programs include briefings from top officials and diplomats and provide a forum for in-depth discussion. Issues addressed have included: climate change, protecting women and children in conflict zones, and peacekeeping.
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Mentoring Fairs
WFPG's Mentoring Fairs encourage and promote the next generation of leaders by providing students and young professionals the opportunity to meet with international affairs professionals to discuss career experiences and to learn firsthand what tools are needed to excel in their fields. Annual mentoring fairs are held in Washington, DC and New York City.
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Celebrating Women Leaders
WFPG benefit luncheons and conferences honor key women leaders in international affairs. Speakers have included secretaries of state on other US officials, foreign ministers, heads of state, UN leaders, and prominent women journalists.
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Women Shaping the Global Economy
This series highlights the contributions of women in business and government in shaping the global economy. The series was launched in 2010 with Anne Mulcahy, Former Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation, and most recently honored Lael Brainard, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs.
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Celebrating Women Diplomats
In 2006 WFPG held its first Celebration of Women Diplomats to honor women ambassadors to the US, UN permanent representatives, and consuls general and highlight their contributions to foreign policy and their own countries. WFPG now holds annual receptions and programs in DC and NY.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT WFPG

"WFPG has grown to provide a unique forum and network for women in international affairs. Your dedication and hard work are evident in all that it is able to accomplish." – Madeleine Albright

"I am deeply aware that I am only the latest in a long line of distinguished women leaders to address this Women's Foreign Policy Group... none of those women, and none of us here today, would have had the opportunities we have had, had it not been for the courageous women advocates for equal opportunity who came before us. And it's this tradition that the Women's Foreign Policy Group both embodies and carries forward." – Condoleeza Rice

"The Women's Foreign Policy Group plays the important role of convener. By bringing together women from the public and private sectors in order to empower women around the world, the WFPG is a player in the world of international affairs." – Hillary Clinton

"The Women's Foreign Policy Group does a terrific service by showcasing women in leadership. Highlighting the accomplishments of women around the globe serves to encourage future generations to take an active role in international relations and public policy." – Kay Bailey Hutchison, as Senator (R-TX)

"The Women's Foreign Policy Group is a unique forum for women dedicated to better understanding of foreign policy issues. By promoting a rich exchange of information and shared experiences it has become an in valuable resource for professional women in this critical field." – Andrea Mitchell, NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent

"I know that the Women's Foreign Policy Group is one of the premier forums in Washington on international issues, and that it plays an important role in promoting the leadership and participation of women in global affairs. Thus the group's mission is one close to my heart. I know full well the importance of ensuring that women are fully engaged in finding new approaches and solutions to the issues that confront us." – Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand