Professional Development - Defining a Career Path for DRI/D3.0
The Department has hired thousands of new generalists and specialists as part of the Diplomatic Readiness and D3.0 Initiatives in the last ten years. There are now 50% more people in the Service than a decade ago, but fewer SFS jobs at the top.
Security - Better Managing and Preparing for Risk
Benghazi reminded us of the dangers of our diplomatic profession. I have served with many of you in unaccompanied assignments in Afghanistan and Pakistan - my first post and introduction to the Foreign Service. I know that it is impossible to eliminate risk entirely and therefore we must embrace a risk-management approach that enables us to get out from behind the wall to do our jobs.
Work-Life - A Better Balance For Today
While there is a growing awareness in the public and private sector about the importance of work-life balance, the increasing demands and virtual communications from Washington, the round-the-clock nature of internet news, and explosion in the number of blackberry devices have changed the dynamics of employer-employee relations. I know that a healthy and happy workforce is a productive workforce - and the small stuff matters.