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Virtual | Career Pathways: Foreign Service
Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST
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Join us on June 20th at 3:30 pm to learn more about careers in the U.S. Foreign Service!

Our featured speakers: Former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, Kathleen Doherty, Chief Strategy and Retreats Officer of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, Former U.S. Ambassador to Panama, Barbara Stephenson, inaugural Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Foreign Service Officer, Katie Conti, currently serving her first tour at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. They will share their experiences in the U.S. Foreign Service, working in embassies abroad, and tips for the application process. Both distinguished women leaders are members of the Women's Foreign Policy Group Board of Directors.

Are you struggling to set yourself apart from other applicants, unable to move up in your department, or don’t know how to begin your career? Join WFPG for our Career Pathways! These member-exclusive monthly online events feature women leaders in a variety of international affairs fields to help answer your questions. Each month, WFPG will feature a new group of speakers to talk about their chosen career paths, how they got there, and any advice they have for someone interested in the industry. Whether you are a student with a heavy workload, a young professional navigating your new life, or an experienced employee who wants to revamp their resume, Career Pathways is the resource for you. Potential Career Pathway topics include foreign service, human rights, international development, climate, public health, and more! Please join us on each third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 PM to meet these impressive mentors and transform your career.

With a network of over 21,000 individuals, the WFPG has unparalleled connections in all foreign affairs fields. Whether you aim to work with non-profit organizations, the public sector, or private companies, there will be a Career Pathway that fits your goals. As women, it is essential to have others who uplift you in these fields, and WFPG’s Career Pathways are the beginning of finding the right mentor for you. Our mentors strive to help the next generation of women leaders succeed. Career Pathways are open to all WFPG members and we encourage our Student and Young Professionals Members to join.

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A conversation with:
Ambassador Kathleen Doherty, Chief Strategy and Retreats Officer of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.
Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, inaugural Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
            Katie Conti, Foreign Service Officer, Generalist, Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. 



Tuesday, June 20, 2023 | 3:30 PM ET

Virtual Event - Attendees will receive the Zoom link once they have completed the registration form linked below.



Ambassador Kathleen Doherty is a career diplomat who served in Brazil and the Dominican Republic prior to becoming US Ambassador to Cyprus. She was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and has held leadership positions in Rome, London, and Moscow. Recognized with more than 15 State Department awards, Doherty has extensive experience working across public and private sectors with a particular expertise on global economic issues relating to energy, financial services, and technology. Today she is the Chief Strategy and Retreats Officer of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, a nonprofit that convenes experts from around the globe to address an array of diplomatic and societal issues. In addition to her distinguished diplomatic and international career, Kathleen is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the advisory board Sparks & Honey, a cultural intelligence consultancy company, and the board of the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute.

Ambassador Barbara J. Stephenson, a former US Ambassador and career U.S. Foreign Service officer, is the inaugural Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She leads UNC Global and advances a pan-university strategy to enhance Carolina’s global reach, impact and reputation. She is also a Professor of the Practice in UNC’s Peace, War and Defense curriculum, where she engages the next generation of global leaders on topics such as conflict resolution and the ethics of government leadership. She was previously the Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute and served as US Ambassador to Panama from 2008-2010. She was the first woman to hold the position of Chargé D'affaires and Deputy Ambassador at the US Embassy in London. Originally from Florida, she earned her Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. from the University of Florida, majoring in English literature with minors in Latin American studies and political science.

Foreign Service Officer Katie Conti, currently serving her first tour as a Foreign Service Officer (Generalist, Public Diplomacy Cone) at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. She served as one of the co-chairs for the WFPG Young Professional Network from 2021-2023. Over the past few years, Katie has been working her way through the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process but joined in January 2023. Katie recently worked with Meridian International Center in Washington D.C. to coordinate implementation of the Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program, a youth exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Her previous professional experiences include executive support and strategic planning/nonprofit development at The Brookings Institution & CSIS; supporting protocol & cultural affairs as a Student Ambassador at the World's Fair (EXPO) 2015 in Milan, Italy; international development program support, monitoring & evaluation, and communications at the Near East Foundation; Social & Traditional Media monitoring with the State Department's Africa Regional Media Hub in Johannesburg via Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS); and several leadership & communications roles at Syracuse University. Katie earned a Msc in Global Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, United Kingdom and a BA in International Relations, Public Communication Studies & Geography from Syracuse University. In addition to WFPG, Katie is a member of the Public Diplomacy Council of America, and supported the establishment of the PDCA’s Rising Professional membership category. She speaks French and Italian, as well as a bit of Russian, Spanish, and Wolof.



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