Navigating a Career in Diplomacy and Development

As we navigate and shape our careers, we all have questions and confront decision points along the way. Join YPFP for a professional development workshop with Smash Strategies. Smash Strategies partners Stephenie and Susan have decades of experience, working both internationally and domestically on politics, policy, and advocacy. They understand the public and private sectors and how to use those platforms to propel sustainable change. This workshop will help frame what questions to ask (yourself and others) throughout your career in these fields, how to get started, and how to succeed.

When: Thursday, July 12, 2018

Where: UCDC

1608 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Check-in: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Discussion: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Post-Discussion Mingle: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Stephenie Foster has deep and broad expertise in women’s economic and political empowerment, and decades of experience in government, the non-profit sector, and law. For the last five years Stephenie served at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as a Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. As a member of the office’s leadership team, she coordinated, managed and implemented a wide range of policies and programs central to the work of the office. This included the women, peace and security initiative, women’s political participation and women’s economic empowerment. She has represented the United States in various multilateral and bilateral forums, such as the G7 Gender Working Group. Stephenie also served at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, focusing on women and civil society, travelling extensively throughout the country to work with individuals and organizations advancing the role of women in Afghan society.

Stephenie served as Chief of Staff to two United States Senators (Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT)) and was appointed by President Clinton as General Counsel of the U. S. General Services Administration. She ran her own consulting business and was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at Legacy, where she was widely credited with building a strong and effective government affairs presence.


Susan Markham is a passionate advocate for gender equality and female empowerment speaking often about the essential role of women in politics and development.Susan most recently served at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. In this position, she advised Agency leadership on gender policy issues, and led cross-sectoral program efforts in resilience, adolescent girls’ education and energy. Previously, she led the efforts of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to increase women’s political participation globally as voters, activists, candidates and officeholders. In this role, she was especially proud of her work in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen to help women find and use their voices in their countries.

Susan worked earlier in her career in U.S. politics. At EMILY’s List, she ran the Political Opportunity Program (POP) that recruited, trained and supported women running for office at the state and local office. She also managed the Campaign Corps program that brought young people into the political process. In the process, she helped other organizations like Hopefund and the New Organizing Institute create similar programs specifically focused on young people of color. Previously, she worked at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Participation 2000, and managed and raised funds for five federal and state campaigns.

July 12, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
1608 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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