International Career Advancement Program (ICAP)

by International Career Advancement Association
International Career Advancement Program (ICAP)
Travis L. Adkins, President and CEO of USADF
Travis L. Adkins, President and CEO of USADF

On November 22, 2021, Travis L. Adkins, currently the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development, was selected as the new President and CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), a post which he will assume in January 2022.

In terms of his vision for USADF, Mr. Adkins stated "in a moment where localized development, respect for African agency, and high-level engagement between the U.S. and African nations comes into focus, USADF is well placed to lead." 

During his tenure at USAID, Mr. Adkins was responsible for the Sudan and South Sudan portfolio, as well as several presidential initiatives. He also serves as a Lecturer of African and Security Studies at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Previously, he taught in the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program, as part of the university’s Prisons & Justice Initiative. As an international development leader, he has two decades of experience working in governance, civil society and refugee and migration affairs in over 50 nations throughout Africa and the Middle East. This includes serving as Staff Director of the House Subcommittee on Africa, working with leading international NGOs and think tanks, as well as within several branches of the United Nations system.

He is an alumnus of the International Affairs Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a recipient of academic appointments from Carnegie Mellon and New York Universities. 

Mr. Adkins has served in numerous international election observation missions in Africa and the Middle East with the National Democratic Institute, has been a regular contributor to national and international media outlets on African affairs, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a graduate of Fisk University, one of our nation's illustrious Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a member of the ICAP Class of 2007. 

The ICAP Fellows Association congratulations our very own, Mr. Adkins, on his new role as President and CEO of USADF.

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Thank You for an Incredible Year – Hello 2018!

Dear Supporters! We are now at the end of a remarkable year for ICAP! In 2017, we celebrated our 20th Anniversary; received a Congressional Resolution honoring ICAP’s accomplishments; deepened strategic partnerships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which helped increase our programming; and welcomed a new class of accomplished professionals into the ICAP Family.

However, none of these accomplishments would have been possible without the unwavering support and generosity of our incredible donors and sponsors. Thanks to our generous donors, we raised more than $18,000 through GlobalGiving! Thank You!

With your support, we know 2018 will be even more exciting and transformative.

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Thank you for all of your support to ICAP now and throughout the years.

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ICAP 20th Anniversary Celebration
ICAP 20th Anniversary Celebration

Congressional Resolution Marks ICAP’s 20th Anniversary

Huzzah, ICAP supporters! ICAP celebrated its 20th Anniversary this year!

Established in 1997, the ICAP Alumni Network consists of over 500 professionals who have become ambassadors, senior government officials, heads of NGOs, prominent business leaders, Presidential political appointees and Congressional staff members.

Congressman Elliot Engel and Congressman Gregory Meeks introduced a Congressional resolution to mark this major milestone by recognizing ICAP and Dr. Thomas Rowe, founder of ICAP, for the program’s continued success over 20 years. The resolution also called on the United States to draw on the full diversity and talents of all Americans in order for the United States to be effective, innovative, and globally competitive. For more information for the Congressional Resolution, please click on the below Press Release:


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Thank you for all of your support to ICAP now and throughout the years. 

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ICAP Supports Global Kids Career Day
ICAP Supports Global Kids Career Day

Great News ICAP Supporters, thanks to you and our institutional supporters, the 2017 ICAP Class is fully funded!

 

ICAP Alumni Give Back!

For the past several years, ICAP Alumni Association has partnered with Global Kids DC Summer Institute to offer “Career Day”, an afternoon of speed mentoring. ICAP Fellows who have partnered with this outreach project in the past have found it to be “enjoyable and rewarding”, and “rejuvenating”. This year, ICAP Alum were able to partner with Global Kids DC on Monday July 24th, right before their trip to South Africa that concludes the Summer Institute. For some of the youth it would be their first time abroad, this was an amazing opportunity for ICAP Alum to answer questions about traveling abroad and share personal and professional experiences working in international affairs.

Additional topics covered during “Career Day” included:

  1. Professional Etiquette
  2. Study Abroad Opportunities
  3. Resumes and Cover letters
  4. Interviewing skills

Big thank you to Global Kids DC.

Stay tuned for our next community outreach day!

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Calvin Sims and Mira Patel
Calvin Sims and Mira Patel

The 2017 Conference on Diversity in International Affairs (CDIA) was held at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC on April ,28- 29 2017. In its 5th year, the conference continues to be a collaborative effort by the International Career Advancement Program, the Council on Foreign Affairs, and the Global Access Pipeline project.  As Jim Lindsay, senior vice president and director of studies for the Council on Foreign Relations, said in his opening remarks, this conference continues “to advance the effort to diversify the American foreign policy community so it looks like America.”

This year’s feature keynote speaker, Calvin Sims: President and Chief Executive Officer, International House; Former New York Times Reporter; Former Ford Foundation Executive, gave the audience some inspiration on how to create space and the need for mentors, "You also have to figure out what the game is, because a lot of times nobody is going to tell you. And you can’t get upset with those folks who are playing the game and being successful. You have to figure out what it is that actually impresses people… And you also have to think about, what is the mentor looking for in you? They’re going to invest in you, they’re looking for some return down the line. And so as well, when I do my mentoring, I make it clear to those who I mentor that I expect you to do the same thing.”

This year’s event included over 300 participants from across the country, including young people interested and studying international affairs, senior executives and foreign policy subject matter experts.  The two days concluded with the 2017 ICAP mid-year reunion and the announcement of ICAP Alumni Association Annual Diversity Award Recipient, Farrah Barrios, Staff Chief in Office of Budget and Program Analysis, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  (ICAP 09).   

2017 CDIA Participants
2017 CDIA Participants

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International Career Advancement Association

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Angana Shah
Washington, DC United States

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