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BPIA/DACOR Dinner: "International Women's Celebration: Women CAN Have it All: Leading Authentically and Taking Your Impact to the Next Level"

  • 03/06/2024
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • DACOR Bacon House - 1801 F St NW, Washington, DC 20006



"Women CAN Have it All: Leading Authentically and Taking your Impact to the Next Level" 

BPIA/DACOR International Women's Day Celebration 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 

6:00pm - 8:30pm EDT 

DACOR Bacon House - 1801 F St NW, Washington, DC 20006

$65.00 person 

Tickets are on a first come first serve basis. This event will not have door tickets. 

Join BPIA and DACOR for a program in celebration of International Women's Day. Ambassadors Gina Abercrombie-Winstanely, HRH Reema Bandar Al-Saud and Ms. Tammie F. Smiley will discuss how women can have it all on a panel moderated by BPIA President Alexandria Maloney.

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley is the President of the Middle East Policy Council and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. She has held senior positions in the U.S. government, including Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of U.S. Cyber Forces, Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Director for the Office of Egypt and the Levant at the U.S. Department of State. Amid these roles, she expanded our counter-terrorism partners and programs and coordinated the largest evacuation of American citizens from a war zone since WWII. Earlier in her career she participated in election monitoring in the Gaza strip and actively supported gender equality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the first woman to lead a diplomatic mission there. She has served as Chairwoman for Middle East Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, has held senior positions at the Defense Department and at the National Security Council focused on the Middle East, and was a Presidential Management Fellow with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to her most recent senior appointment as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the U.S. Department of State, Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley was a member of the Middle East Policy Council’s Board of Directors. She has degrees from The George Washington University and The Johns Hopkins University. 

Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was appointed Ambassador to the United States on February 23, 2019 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. She is the first woman in the country’s history to serve in the role of Ambassador. She presented her credentials to President Donald Trump on July 8, 2019.

From 1983 to 2005, Princess Reema lived in Washington, DC, while her father Prince Bandar served as Saudi Ambassador to the United States. She attended George Washington University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum Studies.

Princess Reema returned to Saudi Arabia, where she focused on private sector initiatives and the empowerment of women in the Kingdom. In 2000, She co-founded Yibreen, a women’s gym. From 2007 until 2015, Princess Reema was the Chief Executive Officer of Alfa International Company Limited - Harvey Nichols Riyadh, a multi-brand luxury retail company, where she collaborated with leading female recruitment agency, Glowork, and commissioned a study on Obstacles for Women in the Workplace, which set the tone for female inclusion in retail, and resulted in opening the first workplace nursery in a retail store, enabling more women to work while caring for children. In 2013, she founded Alf Khair, a social enterprise aimed at elevating the professional capital of Saudi women through a curriculum developed to enable financial self-sufficiency.

In 2016, Princess Reema left the private sector to begin a career of public service as Vice President of Women’s Affairs at the Saudi General Sports Authority where she developed policies and programs that benefited women and children throughout Saudi Arabia. After a successful year, she was promoted to Deputy of Development and Planning in January 2018. In October 2018, she was also appointed President of the Mass Participation Federation, making her the first woman to lead a multi-sports federation in the Kingdom, a role that she occupied until her appointment as Saudi Ambassador to the United States.

Tammie F. Smiley has been in the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) field for over twenty-five years and is currently a Senior Solutions Architect at Trideum Corporation supporting the Army Modeling Simulation Office (AMSO). Throughout her career, Ms. Smiley has worked for the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD); the National Simulation Center (NSC); the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA); the Joint and Army Modeling and Simulation Division (JAMSD); the Mission Training Complex in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Stewart, Georgia; and the Joint Multinational Simulation Center (JMSC) in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Understanding that her purpose is to serve all mankind, Ms. Smiley has been an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., for the past thirty years. In addition, she currently serves as Vice President of the Trideum Foundation Board of Directors; Board of Advisors for Luke’s Wings; member of Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; Board of Director for the Ivy Foundation of Northern Virginia; Executive Committee member and a member of the International Trends and Service committee of the Links, Incorporated and on the scholarship committee of the Alfred Street Baptist Church Foundation. Ms. Smiley also actively supports the Military Officers Association of America’s (MOAA).

Alexandria J. Maloney currently serves as the President of Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) and as a visiting lecturer at Cornell University. Alexandria is a foreign affairs professional with nearly a decade of social impact experience. By 31, she was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent” and a “Forbes 50 Champion” for Black and Brown communities for her leadership in building ecosystems to educate, prepare, and empower an organic reach of over 60,000 underrepresented professionals. Most recently, she founded the Madam Ambassador Exposure Program in partnership with the Arlington (VA) Chapter of the Links Incorporated and the BPIA Colin Powell Leadership Institute to prepare mid-career professionals for the senior ranks. Her past public service experience includes the U.S. Department of Defense, the White House Initiative for HBCUs, and various political campaigns. Ms. Maloney holds a B.A. in International Affairs from John Cabot University (Rome, Italy), M.A. in International Studies from Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD), and MPA from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). She is a member of the Truman National Security Project, the European Leadership Network, The Council on Foreign Relations Young Professional Program, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Her expertise and interest span a host of foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, diplomacy, racial justice, diversity and inclusion, and public engagement matters. 

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