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Fostering a Diverse, Equitable and
Inclusive Trade Community
The mission of the WITA Academy™ is to make trade education and career opportunities in international trade accessible to communities in the United States and around the world, and to make the trade community itself more diverse, equitable and inclusive.
The WITA Academy works with trade leaders in businesses, law, academia, NGOs, embassies and the U.S. Government to help stakeholders, students, and others to better understand and navigate the U.S. and global trade policy apparatus.
The WITA Academy™ is a program of the Washington International Trade Foundation. Through the work of the WITA Academy, the Foundation will expand what the term “inclusive” means to WITA and the trade community at large. Having diverse points of view on trade means one thing but having a diverse and inclusive trade community means another.
Fri, Sep 30, 2022 9:00 AM EST
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Join Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) and Foreign Policy for America (FP4A) for "Shaping the Future of Foreign Policy": A Leadership Fireside Chat & networking reception. Moderated by BPIA President, Alexandria J. Maloney, this discussion will explore the founding and journey of Foreign Policy for America, opportunities to engage, and how everyday Americans can influence U.S. Foreign Policy with FP4A Founder Andrew Albertson and FP4A Outreach Director and BPIA member, Kristina Biyad.
A networking reception will follow.
Attire is business casual.
Note: This event is in-person and off-the-record. Pre-Registration is required to attend this event. The location is shared in the registration confirmation email.
5:30pm - Check-in Begins
6:00pm - Welcome & Introductions from BPIA President
6:05pm - Moderated Discussion (3-4 open ended question
6:45pm - Audience Q&A
7:00pm - FP4A/ BPIA Networking Reception
8:00pm - End of Event
Andrew Albertson is the Executive Director of Foreign Policy for America, where he leads the team in working to strengthen support for principled American engagement in the world. Prior to founding FP4A, Andrew worked at USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), where he was Deputy Regional Representative for OTI's programs in South and Southwest Afghanistan. Previously Andrew was the founding executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and how the U.S. can best support that process. Andrew serves on the board of directors for Secure Families Initiative and POMED and is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, where he was the Huffington Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
Kristina Biyad is Foreign Policy for America’s Outreach Director and a BPIA member. Prior to joining FP4A, Kristina worked as the Program Specialist for the Bridging the Gap Project (BTG) supporting international relations scholars and the broader foreign policy community in developing policy-relevant academic research. She previously served as the Communications and Development Officer for the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) focusing on gender-based violence in North Africa. Kristina has also held positions with Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Embassy. She is the founding co-chair of Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security (WCAPS) Southwest Asia & North Africa Working Group and a 2021 Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project. Kristina is listed on the 2021 Arab America Foundation 30 Under 30 List and the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) & Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN) 2021 U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List. Kristina earned an M.A. in International Affairs at the American University School of International Service, where she was awarded with the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Campus Community. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Economics from Roger Williams University.
BPIA FIRST FRIDAYS SOCIAL MIXER
DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2022
TIME: 6-8PM EDT
LOCATION: Throw Social DC (UPSTAIRS!) 1401 Okie St NE STE #102, Washington, DC 20002
Join BPIA for a festive and vibrant October BPIA First Fridays Social Mixer at Throw Social DC!
This event is open to BPIA members, prospective members, college students, and Friends of BPIA. We hope to make this the largest First Friday yet!
Meet international affairs professionals from a variety of backgrounds including diplomacy, international development, Capitol Hill, and more.
Food • Drink Specials • Games • DJ
Attire: Casual / Tropical-themed encouraged!
This event is open to 18+ and open to the general public.
If you haven't already, consider joining BPIA as a member!
This event is open to BPIA members and the general public.
Brandon Andrews is co-founder of Gauge; an AI-driven mobile market research platform connecting brands to consumers and influencers to identify opportunities and avoid mistakes. As Senior Consultant at Values Partnerships he leads the company’s work on technology and entrepreneurship, including leading a nationwide casting tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to ABC’s, Shark Tank and building inclusive ecosystems. In 2021, he led casting for Bet on Black – a new business show on REVOLT highlighting Black entrepreneurs.
He hosted the inaugural CGI Entrepreneurship Greenhouse at Clinton Global Initiative 2022 featuring social entrepreneurs from around the world. Earlier in 2022, he delivered keynotes at GoViral 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He also led interactive sessions around Central Asia on artificial intelligence, pitching a business, and solving problems.
Named a Global Innovation Fellow by the United States Department of State, he has traveled the world leading impactful entrepreneurship programming and hosting events, including keynotes at Go Viral 2017 and 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan; educational programming at Expo 2017 Astana in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; engaging as a delegate at the US-China Youth Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Shenzhen, China; co-leading a week-long entrepreneurship accelerator in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and hosting the Department of State’s GIST Pitch Competition at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, Netherlands.
Brandon also serves as the United States Country Director of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), a global civil society organization recognizing people of African Descent in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. In this role, Andrews connects with entrepreneurs from the African Diaspora across the world.
He spent 5 years in the United States Senate where he handled technology, small business, and defense policy.
He is Chairman of the DC Commission on National and Community Service. A former fashion model, he serves on the DC Commission on Fashion, Arts, and Events and works with fashion/beauty entrepreneurs.
He provides commentary on policy, politics, business and tech on TV, radio, and the web.
A former Division-1 track athlete, Brandon is a graduate of Oral Roberts University.
Learn more here: http://brandonandrews.me/about-brandon/
Please join our BPIA Professional Development Webinar, jointly hosted by FlexProfessionals, on
In this session, we'll discuss the drastic changes that have occurred in the workplace and the challenges (and opportunities!) they present to today’s workers. With the shift to hybrid and remote work arrangements, work and home life have never been more intertwined. The result? We often feel like we are "falling short" at work, home, or both. Join us for tips and strategies for communicating, creating structure, and setting expectations that will help you succeed in the new work environment. Come prepared to join in the conversation. We’d love to hear your personal strategies for balancing work and home as well as actions your organization has taken to ensure its workforce is healthy and productive.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Sheila Murphy is Co-Founder/Partner of FlexProfessionals, a niche staffing firm that matches experienced professionals seeking meaningful, part-time employment with growing businesses in need of top talent. FlexProfessionals launched in 2010 with the mission of keeping more women (and men too!) from opting out of the workforce due to lack of workplace flexibility or accelerating their return by helping them find meaningful, flexible work. FlexProfessionals operates in the DC and Boston metro areas and sources professionals with at least 10 years of experience in a wide variety of business functions. Featured on The Today Show, Sheila is a career re-entry expert, work flexibility advocate, and seasoned speaker/trainer on a variety of job search and career development topics. She has a BA in Political Science from Boston College.
BPIA membership is open to all applicants who support our mission and goals without regard to race, religion/creed, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual preference or identity.
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