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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2019

U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Center, Washington, D.C.

Mobilizing Citizen Diplomats to Address Global Challenges

Join PYXERA Global and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Center for an interactive workshop with top government officials, private and social sector executives, and influential thought leaders. During the day-long event, we will explore how lessons from the diplomatic service, organizational strategies for talent development, cross-sector partnerships, and alignment of business and social goals move the needle on solving global challenges.

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Keynote Speakers

Mary Kane

Mary Kane

Director of the United States Diplomacy Center
Thomas Debass

Thomas Debass

Managing Director of the Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. State Department
Deirdre White

Deirdre White

CEO, PYXERA Global
Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Director, Center for Citizen Diplomacy

Flash Chats

Ovie Mughelli

Ovie Mughelli

Founder, Ovie Mughelli Foundation
Paurvi Bhatt

Paurvi Bhatt

President, Medtronic Foundation
Roger-Mark De Souza

Roger-Mark De Souza

President & CEO, Sister Cities International
Jailan Adly

Jailan Adly

CEO, RefuSHE

Conversation Speakers

JOBS & SKILLS

C.D. Glin

C.D. Glin

President & CEO, U.S. African Development Foundation
Monique Baptiste

Monique Baptiste

Vice President of Workforce Readiness, JPMorgan Chase
Balaji Ganapathy

Balaji Ganapathy

Head of Workforce Effectiveness, Tata Consultancy Services

HEALTHCARE

Trevor Gunn

Trevor Gunn

VP, International Relations, Medtronic
Ahsiya Mencin

Ahsiya Mencin

Director of Global Employee Experience, GSK
Michael Bzdak

Michael Bzdak

Global Director of Employee Engagement, Johnson & Johnson

HUMAN RIGHTS

Wanida Lewis

Wanida Lewis

Chair of the Global Women’s Issue Office, U.S. State Department
Alexandra van der Ploeg

Alexandra van der Ploeg

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, SAP
Yash Ranga

Yash Ranga

Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs Foundation
Jenny Buccos

Jenny Buccos

Founder, ProjectExplorer

ENVIRONMENT

Haley Lowry

Haley Lowry

Global Sustainability Director, Dow
John Hocevar

John Hocevar

Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA
Ali Hartman

Ali Hartman

Director, Head of Global Citizenship, KKR

More About the Interactive Workshop

The complexity of modern life is increasingly clear. Even as technology makes interacting with people a world away easier, the need for direct human engagement has never been greater. This remains as true in the business world as it is in the diplomatic sphere. From global team projects and international travel to working alongside individuals who look, think, and operate differently, there are more opportunities than ever to collaborate with people who broaden our horizons and challenge our assumptions. While this diversity of thought and experience is invaluable, it must be engaged with thoughtful intention to maximize its full potential.
Through person-to-person interactions, individuals take on not just the role of envoy for their employer, they also act as citizen diplomats, representing their home country and community through their words and actions. To win the global talent race and achieve bottom-line success, companies need to provide opportunities for employees to find purpose through programs that create positive social impact while equipping them with the skills of a citizen diplomat—adaptability, cultural and mental agility, and the ability to quickly solve complex problems.
Employee Leadership Skills

In such a highly globalized operating environment, the skills and competencies long recognized as critical for a successful foreign service officer mirror the “human skills” noted as the unique requirements for 21st century leaders in Deloitte’s 2019 Human Capital Trends Report. Companies that invest in their employees’ skill development see measurable return on that investment by way of increased job performance and satisfaction.

Talent Acquisition and Retention

As technology further shrinks the space between work life and home life, employees yearn to find purpose and fulfillment in their professional lives. Employees are increasingly seeking out positions that enable them to link their work back to the social impact it has on society. Companies that are intentional about connecting personal fulfillment and professional development are more likely to attract and retain next generation top talent.

Social Impact

Investors are focusing more and more on the net positive that business creates in society—as Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, wrote in his most recent annual investor letter, Profits are in no way inconsistent with purpose—in fact, profits and purpose are inextricably linked. Companies that embolden their employees to see themselves as social change agents are the epitome of the oft-repeated mantra of ‘doing good while doing well.’

Interactive Workshop Agenda

DECEMBER 10, 2019

JOBS & SKILLS
ENVIRONMENT
HEALTHCARE
HUMAN RIGHTS

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The interactive workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in Washington, D.C from 8:30am–6:00pm.

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330 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20006

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