Support ICAP Fellows

by International Career Advancement Association
Support ICAP Fellows
ICAP 2016
ICAP 2016

Dear ICAP Supporter, 

As this year comes to a close it is important for us to give a big thank you to our supporters, ICAP friends, and family.  As we move into the holiday season we reflect on the gifts you have generously donated to enable the past year of enriching programming.  Some of the highlights include the annual Conference on Diversity in International Affairs, ICAP mid-year reunion and new partnerships with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which co-hosted the “Enriching the Policy Ecosystem: Broadening the Talent Base,” conference on Wednesday October 5, 2016 and the ICAP Presidential Appointments Project launched October 13, 2016.  

We are working to broaden our supporters and grow our community. ICAP also received CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) Designation in 2016.  This designation allows ICAP to be featured in this year’s annual CFC catalog and increases the organizations visibility and credibility with U.S. Government Donors.  ICAP’s CFC number is 59784. 

We hope to count on your support during #GivingTuesday, November 29 and also to see many of you at our holiday reception on December 1st. If you haven't received your invitation, please email the Alumni Association at  

Happy Holidays, 

ICAP Alumni Association


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New ICAP Logo


ICAP is on the move!  With a new class set to start their ICAP experience on September 24, 2016.  This kick-off will commence the fall programming of the 2016 ICAP (October 8- 16, 2016) and alumni programming.  On September 24, 2016 ICAP alum are invited to meet with the new 2016 fellows during this fall reception.

Taking into consideration alumni feedback from last year for more diverse programming in New York and DC, ICAP will roll out a series of events focused on international affairs and trade relations, professional development, transitioning from political appointments and diversity in at the executive level.  Please save the date for our next program in collaboration with ICAP’s new strategic partner Center for Strategic Studies (CSIS) on October 5, 2016 titled, “Enriching the Policy Ecosystem: Broadening the Talent Base.”     

Membership News

In membership news, ICAP has launched a new logo and is in the process rolling out a new communications tool to individualize member services.  Lastly, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) open season begins September 1, 2016.  We see CFC as a way to expand the reach of ICAP in the promotion of the program as well as increase the donor base for the upcoming ICAP classes.  Please be Ambassador’s for ICAP, if you need materials or talking points for interested colleagues please let us know and we would be happy to provide that support.  ICAP’s CFC number is 59784


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Dear ICAP Friends,

We have some great news to share and much appreciation to impart.  First, a huge round of thanks to all ICAP alumni, advisors, friends, the ICAP Alumni Association Board and the Advisory Council for your generous and thoughtful giving!  Truly, we could not fund ICAP without your support.  Individual gifts are a critical part of our funding pipeline so we are fortunate to be able to count on your annual commitment to bring in a new group of talented and brilliant ICAP Fellows.  We gratefully acknowledge the Aspen Institute, the University of Denver and the United Nations Foundation for their stalwart support.   

We would like to update you on our work to diversify the funding pipeline. First, we are pleased to announce that ICAP has been approved as a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) nonprofit.  So this fall of 2016 all federal employees can give to ICAP directly through CFC. Second, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has renewed and increased its support for ICAP. Third, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are two new funders of ICAP. Fourth, we have a new strategic partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and we are thrilled to underscore our successful partnerships with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the United Nations Foundation, The Raben Group and the University of Denver.  In addition to these new developments, there are other efforts to engage the private sector and other U.S. Government agencies – contact us at if you wish to help!  

Our programming continues to reflect the identified needs and interests of our members as we strive to advance your careers and diversify leadership ranks. Keep an eye out for new programs, speaking opportunities, and for an updated ICAP website!   Again, our deepest thanks to you all!!  THANK-YOU!!

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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


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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


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