Hello WFPG Community!


Follow along with the Women's Foreign Policy Group's August 2022 Newsletter to see what WFPG is up to this month. We have many exciting upcoming events, mentoring initiatives, internship opportunities, and even more programming for you to enjoy. We'd like to thank you for your continued support of our mission and vision to promote women's leadership in international affairs!


Upcoming Events

Intersectionality in International Affairs

We are pleased to welcome Special Envoy Jessica Stern and Special Representative Desirée Cormier Smith for a conversation on intersectionality moderated by Karine Lepillez.


The Women’s Foreign Policy Group invites you to an important discussion on Intersectionality in International Affairs. In this exclusive panel discussion, leading experts from varied foreign affairs sectors will examine how systems of race, class, gender, and other facets of identity impact career trajectories, and whether international human rights laws and policies go far enough in protecting the global community. 


Intersectionality, first coined by scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, is defined as “the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect.” In an increasingly interconnected world, how we are identified is ever-evolving. Understanding intersectionality is necessary to gain a deep understanding of how international issues can impact those with multiple identities susceptible to discrimination. Panelists will discuss how their multiple identities have influenced their career decisions and how the international affairs field is still adapting to a changing global climate. The panel will shed light on how an intersectional approach to international relations is integral to protecting the rights of people and promoting equity across the globe.


The event will be held at the U.S. Department of State, with a special welcome from the Office of Global Women's Issues. This event is in-person and will be livestreamed. Stay tuned for a link to stream the conversation.

Foreign Service Officer Training

Look out for more details on our upcoming webinar on the Foreign Service exam. We'll dive into the details of the Foreign Service exam and how applications, examinations, and selections take place. We encourage all of our Young Professionals looking towards the Foreign Service to attend! More details coming soon.


The Women's Foreign Policy Group is honored to announce our thirteenth annual Celebration of Women Diplomats. Join us on Monday, October 17, for a reception and program to highlight the achievements of women diplomats around the world. This event will be hosted in New York, NY.


*Please note registration is only open to members at this time.


Register Now for Mentoring Minutes

Mentoring Minutes

From August 1 through August 19, WFPG members can register for up to 6 Mentoring Minutes sessions to get personalized 1:1 advice from career professionals. Young Professionals will get the chance to talk to and network with established leaders in their aspiring fields. Sign up here today!


Please note this opportunity is only available for members. Not a member? Sign up today!


Internship Opportunities

WFPG interns work as part of the WFPG team and are given the opportunity to improve their knowledge of international issues, learn how a non-profit organization operates, and connect with accomplished women working in international affairs.

Internship opportunities: The WFPG offers two different internship opportunities each semester, one focused on program planning and one focused on communications. Applicants are welcome to apply for one or both internships. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of August 15, 2022. Early applications are encouraged.

Programs Internship: Focuses on planning and outreach for programs with international affairs officials and experts.

Communications Internship: Focuses on raising WFPG visibility and maintaining its digital presence through our website, social media, quarterly digital newsletter, and print materials.


In Case you Missed It

The Women's Foreign Policy Group welcomes Program Associate Jill Bendlak to the team. Jill brings an excellent track record with her to the WFPG where she will promote women's empowerment through programming and events. Read more about Jill here.

Watch the on-the-record, recorded conversation between UAE Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Shaima Gargash, and WFPG Board Member, Carmiel Arbit. This recording is part of WFPG's networking luncheon hosted at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C.

WFPG Member Highlights

As part of our mission to inspire women in foreign policy and international relations, WFPG aims to spotlight our members in their biggest moments of success. In uplifting the members of our organization, we hope to continually inspire more women to achieve their goals within foreign policy.


This month WFPG is excited to highlight our Young Professionals Network Co-Chair, Indigo Stegner!

Indigo Stegner currently serves as a Program Associate at Meridian International Center's Center for Global Leadership. There, she oversees program logistics on U.S. State Department- and U.S. Embassy funded exchange programs. Prior to joining Meridian, she worked at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group as a Research Assistant and Programs Intern. While at WFPG, her work focused on event logistics, program design, and engaging with the Generation Equality Forum. She remains involved with WFPG by serving as one of its Young Professional Network Co-Chairs. Indigo also interned in the office of Senator Michael Bennett (D-CO) as a Legislative Intern, focusing on education policy.


Indigo graduated from The George Washington University in Fall 2021 with a B.A. in International Affairs, concentrating in Conflict Resolution and minoring in Spanish and Cross-Cultural Communication. At GW, Indigo held various leadership positions in the Bipartisan Women's Supper Club and participated in the Global Bachelor’s Program, where she studied abroad at the Queen’s University of Belfast.


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What We're Watching

As part of our mission to amplify the voices of women in foreign policy and to highlight their work, the WFPG shares foreign policy-focused discussions, podcasts and articles by or featuring women. If you have an event or article you'd like us to highlight, email us at [email protected].

Upcoming Events to Check Out

How Has the Invasion of Ukraine Reshaped Russia’s Influence in the Middle East? | The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington | August 4, 2022


Articles to Read


Podcasts and Videos to Listen to

Smart Women, Smart Power

Paige Montfort | Center for Strategic International Studies 

Pandemic Planet

J. Stephen Morrison and Katherine E. Bliss | Center for Strategic and International Studies

H.E. Fawzia bint Abdulla Zainal Discusses Women’s Political Representation in Bahrain

Wilson Center | July 27, 2022


Check out Internship Opportunities for Students

United Nations - Fall Internship


Council on Foreign Relations - Fall Internships


Center for Strategic & International Studies - Fall Internships


Connect With Us

Not a member? Join us today to connect with a network of dynamic women working in global 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 careers.