Patricia Ellis Retires as WFPG President

July 15, 2017 - After 22 years of leadership of the Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG), co-founder Patricia Ellis stepped down from her role as WFPG President. She will now serve as WFPG President Emeritus.

We are all tremendously grateful for Patricia's dedication and extraordinary contributions to promoting women's leadership in foreign policy along with the presentation of stimulating discussions of important international issues. Under Patricia's leadership, the organization has offered outstanding programs and conferences on foreign policy issues with high-profile speakers including Secretaries of State and other government officials, UN and corporate leaders, ambassadors, prominent journalists, authors, and think-tank experts. Under her direction the WFPG also mentored thousands of next generation leaders through its internship program, career panels and annual mentoring fairs. The Board of Directors is pleased that Kim Kahnhauser Freeman will continue with the WFPG and help lead the organization during this transition.

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Annual Celebration of Women Diplomats
in Washington, DC - 2012
Patricia Ellis' 20th Anniversary Welcome Remarks: Videos Welcome I History

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Patricia Ellis and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the WFPG's first Annual Luncheon - 2001
WFPG Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon honoring Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - 2007

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Patricia Ellis and Ambassador Claudia Fritsche of Liechtenstein mentoring students at WFPG's annual Mentoring Fair - 2015
Michelle Bachelet with Patricia Ellis at WFPG lunch at the United Nations in NY - 2011

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Patricia Ellis moderates State Department Briefing with Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer - 2012
Patricia Ellis with journalists David Sanger and Karen DeYoung at a WFPG Beyond the Headlines event - 2011

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Patricia Ellis interviews Ambassador Manuel Sager of Switzerland as part of a Embassy Series event - 2013
Patricia Ellis with WFPG Intern Alumni at the 20th Anniversary Reception at the Embassy of Finland - 2015