Program Series

WFPG is a key player in broadening the constituency for international affairs, bringing together participants from across disciplines and linking women domestically and internationally, as well as supporting the next generation of leaders. Join us in highlighting the voices and contributions of women at our in-depth global issues programs throughout the year.
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. Since then, the organization has covered topics ranging from combating terrorism and evolving US foreign policy, to economic crisis, to transnational conflict, and to climate change.
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 Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Germany.
Author Series
Our Author Series features authors and prominent journalists. Recent programs have covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, women’s leadership, and the Middle East. This series was launched in 2005 with NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell. Recent events have highlighted books such as Lessons from the Edge: A Conversation with Ambassador Yovanovitch and The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel.
Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheons
WFPG’s Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheons are held annually in Washington, DC to highlight the achievements of the most prominent policy makers and thought leaders shaping the world today. Honorees are recognized for their extraordinary leadership in foreign affairs and national security, as well as for their roles as trailblazers and role models for aspiring young leaders. Speakers have included: US Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Secretary Madeleine Albright, and Ambassador Susan Rice.
Celebrating Women Diplomats
Since 2006, the WFPG has hosted our annual Celebration of Women Diplomats in Washington, DC and New York City to honor women ambassadors to the US, UN permanent representatives, and consuls general to highlight their contributions to foreign policy and their own countries. The reception allows diplomats to mingle with each other and WFPG members. These exclusive events have previously taken place at venues such as the Organization of American States, the Embassy of Luxembourg, the Finnish Ambassador's Residence, and the Embassy of Estonia.
Career Pathways
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 every third Tuesday of the month at 3:30pm to meet these impressive mentors and transform your career.
Mentor Match
Every summer, the WFPG matches mentors with mentees for our year-long mentor program. Students, young professionals, and mid-career members may apply to be matched with mid- or senior-level mentors. Over the next year, mentors and mentees will meet every month or two to discuss career goals and challenges. The WFPG provides a framework and suggests optional themes and prompts for the initial conversations until the mentors and mentees become more familiar with each other. If you are interested in applying to be a mentor or mentee, look out for an email coming soon.
Young Professional Network
WFPG’s YP Network is a member-led discussion group which hosts professional development, mentoring and smaller substantive issues discussions in person in DC, NY, and online – as well as networking happy hours and social events.
Mentor Minutes
Are you just starting out a career in international affairs? Are you exploring different pathways but unsure how to get there or are you looking for tips and tricks on how to land your dream job? Join the Women’s Foreign Policy Group for our monthly Mentor Minutes! On every last Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm EST, WFPG Student and Young Professional members will get a chance to speak to an experienced mentor in international affairs in a small-group setting. These intimate conversations will allow Student and Young Professional members to interact with women leaders across various sectors. Members will gain insight on upcoming career decisions, learn more about tailoring applications to particular organizations and sectors, and hear directly from those in the field who have unparalleled experience to share.