About WFPG

Our Vision: The leadership and participation of women at all levels of policy-making is critical to bolstering gender equality and advancing a peaceful and prosperous world.

Our Mission: The Women’s Foreign Policy Group advances women’s leadership in international affairs and amplifies their voices through substantive global issue discussions and mentoring. Founded over 28 years ago, WFPG works tirelessly to expand the foreign policy dialogue across political divides and generations, and to support women at every stage of their careers.

What We Do: As champions of women’s leadership, we are proud of our role in expanding the constituency in international affairs by convening global experts and creating a vital network of women with diverse backgrounds and experience.

Through mentoring and career development programs, we connect aspiring leaders with role models, providing students and young professionals with the tools they need for career advancement and to contribute to a stronger, more peaceful, and equitable society.

WFPG’s frequent, in-depth global issues forums feature women thought leaders and news-makers from government, journalism, diplomacy, and academia. Our programming takes members beyond the headlines and provides context for key global challenges. Prominent leaders honored by the WFPG have included: Secretaries Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton; international leaders such as Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna and Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S. H.E. Oksana Markarova; U.S. officials including Former 52nd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce; and corporate leaders including Goldman Sachs Managing Director Dina Habib Powell and Vice President for International Programs at Northrop Grumman Andrea L. Thompson.

WFPG is a nonpartisan, independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (EIN 52-1818839).

Get Engaged! Join the WFPG and connect with a network of dynamic women working in international affairs and participate in our timely and substantive conversations throughout the year. Support like yours is critical to enabling us to continue our work to highlight women leaders and support women at every stage of their career.

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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. The series was launched in 2010 with a luncheon featuring US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.
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 UK, Jordan, and Finland.
Author Series
Our Author Series features authors and prominent journalists. Recent programs have covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, womens leadership, and the Middle East. This series was launched in 2005 with NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.
Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheons
WFPG benefit luncheons honor key women leaders in international affairs. Speakers have included secretaries of state, foreign ministers, heads of state, and UN leaders. Speakers have included: Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Michelle Bachelet, Helen Clark, and Susan Rice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young Professional Network
WFPG's YP Network is a member-led DC-based member discussion group. The Network holds monthly roundtable Career Chats with members and experts on their career paths, work, and their experiences in the field. The Network also holds networking happy hours and roundtable discussions.
Build Your Career
WFPG hosts numerous career events throughout the year, from our annual NGO and Government career fair and forum co-sponsored with GWU, NYU and UPenn, to smaller panels and career specific discussion sessions.


"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." – Condoleezza 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, as UNDP Administrator and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand