Diversity Initiative in Foreign Policy

Conference on Diversity in International Affairs 2017

About the Conference

Conference Collage

CFR hosted the fifth annual Conference on Diversity in International Affairs in collaboration with the Global Access Pipeline (GAP) and the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) on April 28–29, 2017 in Washington, DC. The event was designed to connect professionals and students from underrepresented backgrounds with career opportunities in international affairs and included plenary and breakout sessions on a variety of topics:

Plenary Sessions
• A Conversation with Calvin Sims
• The Changing Role of the Media
• The World's Hot Spots

Breakout Sessions

• Successful Career Transition During Political Transitions
• Speed Networking
• Leveraging and Cultivating Diverse Talents in the Workforce
• Developing Competitive Applications
• Implications for Diversity and Inclusion Amid Political Polarization: Perspectives from Government and Private Sectors
•Managing Professional Relationships

Conference on Diversity in International Affairs Agenda (PDF)

The conference was made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

 

A Conversation with Calvin Sims

Calvin Sims; President and Chief Executive Officer, International House; Former New York Times Reporter
Mira Patel; Former Senior Advisor, Small Business Administration and Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff
James M. Lindsay; Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations 

The Changing Role of the Media

Margaret Talev; Senior White House Reporter, Bloomberg News
Vivian Salama; White House Reporter, Associated Press
Presider: Beverly Kirk; Fellow and Deputy Director for Outreach, International Security Program, and Program Manager, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The World's Hotspots

Elliott Abrams; Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Sheila Smith; Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Alina Polyakova; Director of Research, Europe and Eurasia, Atlantic Council
Presider: Tiffany McGriff; International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations