The Foreign Service Journal - September 2016
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Forging Foreign Service Alliances in the Rocky Mountains

AFSA President Ambas-

sador Barbara Stephenson

and Director of Professional

Policy Issues Maria Livings-

ton traveled to Denver in

June to meet with policy-

makers, civic organizations

and business leaders.

Part of AFSA’s outreach

efforts, the trip aimed to

increase public understand-

ing of the critical role of the

Foreign Service in advancing

America’s national security

and economic prosperity.

Amb. Stephenson met

with the board of World- Denver—a nonprofit orga


nization whose mission is

to strengthen and expand

the community of engaged

global citizens and organiza-

tions in Colorado.

A member of the national

association of World Affairs Councils of America and Global Ties U.S.,


ver administers the Depart-

ment of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

There Amb. Stephenson

spoke on the subject of

“Women in Foreign Policy”

to an impressive group of

more than 40 WorldDenver

members from all profes-

sional walks of life.

The Denver Metro Cham-

ber of Commerce hosted

Amb. Stephenson for a busi-

ness roundtable discussion

with representatives from

many Colorado industries.

Amb. Stephenson explained

how the Foreign Service can

help them in their pursuits

to invest in and export

to overseas markets and

fielded ques-

tions related

to participants’

unique situa-


AFSA also

hosted a

breakfast at the

University of

Denver’s Josef

Korbel School

of International

Studies that

featured Direc-

tor General

of the Foreign

Service Arnold



dor (ret.) Gary

Grappo, speak-

ing on behalf of

the university in

his role as a distinguished

fellow, welcomed the group

and introduced Michael

Keaveny, a retired Foreign

Commercial Service officer

AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson speaks to Foreign

Service retirees at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.


and head of the FS Retirees

of Colorado group.

Amb. Stephenson and

DG Chacón discussed

their visions for a stronger

Foreign Service in 2025

and beyond, as well as the

critical role retirees can play

in improving the American

public’s awareness and

appreciation of the Service.

The tour concluded with

meetings with Colorado

Lt. Governor Donna Lynne

and Denver Mayor Michael

Hancock, both of whom

expressed gratitude for the

support U.S. embassies

and consulates have given

to Colorado trade missions


AFSA looks forward to

working in the future with

the advocates of diplomacy

and development in Colo-

rado and other states.


—Orianne Gonzalez,

Communications Intern

AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson meets with Denver Mayor Michael

Hancock during her recent trip to Colorado to promote the Foreign Service and meet

with policymakers and business leaders.