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AFSA Foreign Commercial Service Vice President Steve Mor-

rison, standing, speaks at a Nov. 2 panel on trade at the Hall of

the States building in Washington, D.C. Panelists included rep-

resentatives from the House Ways and Means and the Senate

Finance Committees, who spoke on major trade negotiations

with other countries, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

More than 50 participants from the private sector and gov-

ernment attended. The event was organized by the Associa-

tion of Government Relations Professionals and co-sponsored

by AFSA, KnowWho, Property Casualty Insurers Association

of America, Leadership Circle for Industry Excellence, Cansler

Consulting and Bloomberg Government.


AFSAJoins in Trade

Policy Dialogue


On Nov. 5, American Foreign Service Association President

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson (center) met with Thursday

Luncheon Group president and vice president, Stacy Williams

(left) and Bernadette Cole Byrd (right).

Founded in 1973, TLG promotes participation of African-

Americans and other minorities in the formulation, articula-

tion and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. During their

meeting, the three discussed a broad range of topics of

mutual interest, including recruitment and retention, men-

toring, leadership, career paths and diversity in the Foreign

Service and the Department of State. AFSA highly values its

ongoing collaboration with TLG.


Steadfast Partners

on Diversity

AFSANewsletter 2.0: AGood Thing Gets Better

Retiree members will soon

notice a change in how they

receive news from AFSA.

As part of the asso-

ciation’s ongoing effort to

improve and streamline

communications, the



will go all-digital

in March.

At the same time, the

March AFSA News will

inaugurate a regular feature

titled “Retiree Corner,” which

will appear in every other

issue of

The Foreign Service


Since its inception in 1988,


AFSA Newsletter


been printed and mailed to

all retiree members, as well

as to others who requested a

hard copy of the publication,

on a bimonthly basis.

As of March, the newslet-

ter will no longer be distrib-

uted in paper form. Instead,

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in your email inbox. It will

also continue to be posted

on the AFSA website at www.

Between the electronic

AFSA Newsletter

, the

Retiree Corner and the

long-established Retiree VP

Voice Column in the



AFSA members can expect

even more robust coverage

of issues such as federal

benefits and entitlements,

life after the Foreign Service

and highlights of outreach

efforts undertaken by fellow

retirees, among others.

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—Maria C. Livingston,

Associate Editor