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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. 

Dec 4, 2015

ICAP 2015-- A Huge Success!

ICAP Aspen Photo
ICAP Aspen Photo

As the year comes to a close we would like to thank all of you for supporting the ICAP 2016 Fellows. The 2015 program in Washington DC and in Aspen, Colorado was a huge success. This year ICAP started on September 26, 2015 in Washington DC, with an orientation program that featured senior-level speakers from the public and private sector. On October 10, 2015, the full ICAP program began with 22 fellows from around the country. This week was just the beginning of the close ties and mutual support among the participants that continues beyond the Aspen experience.

At this year’s program fellows explored international policy issues that senior officials will have to deal with over the next decade; discussed the characteristics, values, experiences and credentials associated with leadership and revisted the importance of diversity to effective and high quality leadership for the United States. As we begin the holiday season we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.  


Happy Holidays,


ICAPAA Fundraising Committee


Nov 24, 2015

ICAP recognized in Economist Global Diversity List

ICAP Group
ICAP Group

The Global Diversity List was just released at an event at the offices of The Economist in New York City on Monday, October 26, and in London on Wednesday, October 28. The aim of the Global Diversity List is to create a global diversity standard that benchmarks diversity performance.  In this first year, the initial lists were nominated by readers of The Economist and then chosen by the Global Diversity List Judges. The criteria applied by the Judges are laid out in Global Inclusion and Diversity Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World by Julie O’Mara, Alan Richter and 80 Expert Panelists.

We were very pleased that the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) was selected as among the "Top Ten Ethnicity Employee Networks".  Moreover, Senior ICAP Advisor, Ambassador Ruth Davis and ICAP Founder, Professor Tom Rowe were recognized among the "Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life." To have Ambassador Davis' diversity efforts in ICAP, the US Foreign Service and her work for global women entrepreneurs efforts be recognized is rewarding for so many of us who have benefited from and been supported by the work of Ambassador Davis.  In addition, ICAP Founders, Professor Tom Rowe and Emita Samuels have also worked tirelessly to continue the mission of ICAP and grow the program, they share the honor of this recognition.

With the 20-year anniversary approaching for the ICAP network, the 440+ alumni in the ICAP network and both the Aspen Program and the ICAP Alumni Association are all certainly deserving of this recognition. 

We are excited about connecting with organizations and individuals in the lists as well as with The Economist and other sponsors to advance our common goals of diversity---for greater equity, complete utilization of diverse talents, more sensitive and sensible decision-making and increased effectiveness. 


The link for the Global Diversity List is 

Economist Organizers
Economist Organizers


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