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Women and the Asian Century: Promoting Diversity in Diplomacy

Generously underwritten by Accume Partners and Mark Erwin, CAA

Supported by: Asian American Foreign Affairs Association (AAFAA), American Mandarin Society, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Council of American Ambassadors (CAA), naisA Global, Organization of Chinese Americans -- DC Chapter (OCA-DC), Organization of Chinese American Women (OCAW),
and Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG)

This special event will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.S.-China Education Trust and mark 25 years since USCET Founding President Julia Chang Bloch served as the first Asian American Ambassador of the United States. It will also celebrate the 26th year of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships, a flagship recruitment program dedicated to increasing Foreign Service diversity and named after one of America’s most distinguished diplomats and a USCET Advisory Council member. 


Thursday, June 14, 2018

4:00 pm – Welcome

4:05 pm – Opening: Becoming an Ambassador

  • The Honorable Julie Furuta-Toy, U.S. Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea

4:15 pm – Recognition of Pickering Fellowship

  • Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Seven-time U.S. ambassador

4:30 pm – Panel Discussion 

  • Moderator: Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, President, USCET
  • Julie Chung, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Japan; ’92 Pickering Fellow
  • Christina Le, President, Asian American Foreign Affairs Association
  • Ambassador Nancy Powell, Former Director General of the Foreign Service; Five-time U.S. ambassador

5:00 pm – Q&A 

5:30 pm – Conclusion

  • Ambassador Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
5:45 pm – Break

6:15 pm – Dinner Reception


  • H.E. Kirsti Kauppi (Invited), Ambassador of Finland to the United States
  • Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

8:00 pm – Expression of Thanks

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The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited. If you have any questions, contact Nathan Schlabach at

Date Posted

May 11, 2018