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May 16, 2016

Conference on Diversity in International Affairs


Conference on Diversity in International Affairs and Mid-Year Reunion Highlights:

The 2016 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs was held at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC on April 15-16, 2016. The annual event is the collaborative effort by the International Career Advancement Program, the Council on Foreign Affairs and the Global Access Pipeline project, which aims to connect students and professionals from diverse backgrounds to career opportunities in international affairs.

This year’s event including over 300 participants from across the country, over 45 senior executives and foreign policy subject matter experts as speakers and moderators for the 10 session program. This year’s feature keynote speaker, Kalpen Modi, Actor and Former Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement, The White House, and Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, opened with an interesting discussion on multimedia, film and music and its role in diplomacy. New to the program this year were sessions on Gender and Violent Extremism and Advising Political Campaigns.

The two days concluded with the 2016 ICAP mid-year reunion and the ICAP Alumni Association Annual Diversity Award Recipient Stacey D. Williams, Acting Deputy Director, Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator, U.S. State Department, ICAP Alum, (ICAP 02).  

Special thank you to the 2015 ICAP class organizers including Trish King, Morgan McClain-McKinney, Omar Parbhoo, Jason Chang, Tania Alfonso, Lia Miller-Spicer and Matthew Asada.

Mar 3, 2016

Great News: 2016 ICAP Application is open!

Dear ICAP Supporter,

We would like to share with you a special note from ICAP Founder and Director,  Dr. Tom Rowe:

Great news!  We now have sufficient commitments for funding to ensure there will be an ICAP 2016.  We are deeply indebted to Charlotte Kea, the ICAP 2015, the ICAP AA Fundraising Committee, the ICAP AA Board and all of YOU who have made contributions this past year for making this happen. I do not yet know how many new ICAP 2016 Fellows there will be because it depends on what funds come in between now and June.  However, we know we will have a group and still hope it can be a full cohort.

With the help of a Working Group set up by Charlotte Kea that proposed a series of changes in the program and application, the criteria for selection and the ICAP application form have been modified somewhat and there should be improvements in the program in the fall as well.  With respect to criteria, the mid-career participants who attend ICAP in 2016 will be selected from applicants who:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to increasing the diversity of senior leadership in the United States in international affairs;
  • Are US citizens or permanent residents;
  • Are professionals who have been or are now in international careers, generally with 7 years or more of professional work experience;
  • Have command of at least one language other than English;
  • Have educational credentials necessary for advancement, usually a Masters, JD or other advanced degree (although work experience may serve as an equivalent);
  • Have outstanding achievements that demonstrate potential to serve in the highest levels of administration and policy making;
  • Have professional recommendations indicating unusual promise for leadership; and
  • Are committed to supporting other ICAP Fellows and to mentoring those junior to them in international affairs.

We very much welcome recommendations from ICAP alumni and senior mentors for applicants.  Those who have been part of the program have a good sense of who will benefit and who would be a good addition to the ICAP family.  So I hope you will email me about any friend or colleague you encourage to apply.  At the same time, we do want recommendations as well from people familiar will the professional capabilities and performance of candidates. So encourage any friend or colleague to obtain those recommendations as well as your personal support.

ICAP 2016 will be held in two parts: an optional one day introduction in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2016; and a week long program in Aspen, Colorado, October 8-16, 2016. Applications should be completed and submitted either via post to my attention at the address below or via email by May 16, 2016 to, with a copy to Letters of recommendation should be submitted to the same postal address or email. The application process will open immediately and close on May 16, 2016. 

Thank you for your support of ICAP and all you do to improve the quality and diversity of US leadership in international affairs.


Warm Regards, Tom

Edward Thomas Rowe
Founder and Director, International Career Advancement Program
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Global Access Pipeline
Director, M.A. in International Administration Program


Feb 17, 2016

ICAP Quarterly Report

Holiday Party Picture
Holiday Party Picture

ICAP Holiday Celebration

ICAP hosted the annual holiday celebration sponsored by the UN Foundation on December 8, 2015. While the program was smaller this year, ICAP fellows caught up on everything from new jobs to family additions. Board members received feedback on planned programs. Continue to check the website for Alumni programs throughout the year.

Don’t forget the ICAP 2016 Fundraising Campaign on Global Giving is ongoing. ICAP 2015 was made possible by the generosity of alumni and senior mentors, faculty and friends.  The ICAP 2015 class has stepped up to the plate and pooled over $12,000 by tapping into employee matching gift opportunities. To date we have received $3,850 in donations through the Global Giving platform. The goal for this year’s individual campaign is $50,000. We have a long way to go but there is an opportunity this coming March to rally. On March 16, Global Giving will launch the first pro-rated bonus day of the year. We ask that all ICAP fellows support this matching campaign at 9:00am on March 16. Last year we were able to raise over $10,000 in matching funds through the Global Giving platform. Your donation either big or small will be matched and will help us continue the ICAP program.


ICAP Alum in the News:

Linda Etim was sworn in as USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Africa in December 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for more than $7 billion of assistance funding to 46 countries, in 29 regional and bilateral missions across sub-Saharan Africa. She recently spoke to African –based journalists at the 2016 African Union Summit alongside Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Both Senior Officials discussed perspectives o topics such as competition between China and the United States in Africa, conflict in Burundi, democracy and good governance and the Obama Administration’s U.S.-Africa policy legacy.

To read the coverage in full check out articles:


“Zika virus makes a longstanding public health crisis impossible to ignore” published in the New York Times by ICAP Alum Latanya Mapp Frett

With many ICAP fellows living abroad we continue to follow critical health outbreaks both internationally as well as in the United States. In the Op-ed, Ms. Mapp Frett argues, “We can no longer afford this state of denial. Urging women to avoid pregnancies indefinitely is not a realistic solution to a public health problem.” To see some of her suggestions and to read the full article see link below:


Save the Date

The Conference on Diversity in International Affairs: Friday, April 15, 2016- Saturday, April 16, 2016

Looking Ahead to Two Decades of Achievement 

Next year, ICAP will celebrate 20 years of impact. Launched in 1997, ICAP provides a support network, career advising, mentors, policy and research background and assistance in order to help promising professionals have a more effective voice, achieve their potential and assume leadership positions in international affairs in the United States, in both the public and the private sectors. 

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