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    • 09/30/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10/04/2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    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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    • 10/06/2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • 10/07/2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Foreign Policy for America HQ, Washington DC

    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.

    • 10/07/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Throw Social DC (UPSTAIRS!) 1401 Okie St NE STE #102, Washington, DC 20002


    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! 

    • 10/12/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom)

    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.

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    • 11/09/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom Virtual Workshop
    • 136

    Please join our BPIA Professional Development Webinar, jointly hosted by FlexProfessionals, on

    The Changing World of Work: Preventing Burnout, Maintaining Flexibility, and Setting Boundaries

    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.



    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.

Past events

09/28/2022 How to Fund Your Study Abroad Experience
09/13/2022 Reception at the German Embassy to the US (Limited Slots)
09/02/2022 Labor Day BPIA First Fridays Networking Mixer @ Whiskey Charlie
08/11/2022 BPIA Professional Development Webinar - Landing the Job: Interview Skills for Government Civil Positions in International Affairs
08/05/2022 8/5 BPIA First Fridays Social Mixer Ft. BWCA President Keenan Austin Reed
08/04/2022 Thomas R. Pickering Virtual Information Session
08/04/2022 USBC Explores International Business Opportunities in Morocco
07/28/2022 The BPIA Executive Leadership Series in Collaboration with Deloitte Presents....A Leadership Fireside Chat with Under Secretary Bonnie Jenkins
07/27/2022 White House Virtual Briefing: The 2022 Summit of the Americas with Juan Gonzalez, NSC Senior Director for Western Hemisphere
07/19/2022 Executive Fireside Chat: "Speaking Truth to Power" with Stephanie L. Young
07/14/2022 What it Means for Those of African Descent
07/05/2022 Off the Record: A Conversation with a Former Peace Corps Volunteer
07/01/2022 7/1 BPIA First Fridays Networking Social Mixer ft. Guest of Honor Desiree Cormier Smith
06/09/2022 Virtual Forum on Supporting African American Entrepreneurship
06/08/2022 BPIA Professional Development Webinar - Social Media Etiquette for Black Professionals: Building Your Online Confidence & Presence
06/03/2022 June In-Person First Friday (Postponed until July 1)
06/02/2022 White House NSC Briefing on the Indo-Pacific with Edgard D. Kagan
05/06/2022 BPIA First Fridays DC Networking Social Mixer @ Proper 21 ON K ST
05/04/2022 White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) Session w/ David E. White Jr.
04/28/2022 Off The Record: Discussions With A Rangel Fellow
04/25/2022 White House National Security Council: Briefing On Ukraine
04/25/2022 BPIA Professional Development Webinar - The Power of Protocol: More than Etiquette and Why it Matters
04/14/2022 The State of the Merit System: A USAID / Department of State Case Study
04/01/2022 BPIA DC In-Person Networking Social Mixer First Fridays
03/30/2022 BPIA Professional Development Webinar: How to Navigate Salary and Promotion Negotiations
03/24/2022 Off the Record: Life as a USAID Officer
03/18/2022 Mentoring Webinar: Trademark for Leadership “Leading & Lifting as You Climb”
03/04/2022 BPIA First Fridays: Black Mental Health Matters
02/28/2022 Diversity and Peacebuilding: The Role of Mentorship
02/23/2022 BPIA and Cornerstone Government Affairs Presents "Diversity in National Security and Foreign Policy: Discovering the Path Forward"
02/17/2022 Hybrid BPIA Co-sponsored Event: PBS - The American Diplomat: First-Class Patriots Abroad, Second Class Citizens at Home at DACOR
02/16/2022 Words to Actions: Diversity and Peacebuilding (A BPIA-USIP Fireside Chat)
02/04/2022 BPIA First Fridays: Celebrating Black Voices
02/01/2022 BPIA President's Town Hall and Q&A
01/19/2022 BPIA & McLarty Associates - Digital Money: Landscape, Opportunities, and Risks on the Horizon
12/05/2021 BPIA Comms Committee Guest Speaker - Cory Bullock
12/03/2021 BPIA First Fridays: Holiday Edition!
11/17/2021 5th Annual BPIA Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Outlook Forum
11/05/2021 (Members Exclusive Event) BPIA November First Fridays Virtual Happy Hour
10/28/2021 From Trump to Biden and Beyond: Reimagining US-China Relations
10/23/2021 2021 BPIA Virtual Annual Members Meeting
10/13/2021 2022 BPIA Board Elections Candidate Meet-&-Greet
09/30/2021 (SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS ONLY) Sept. 2021 BPIA Virtual Career Fair Enrollment
09/09/2021 An Introduction to International Travel and Language Scholarships
09/05/2021 Fall 2021 Communications Committee Interest Meeting
09/03/2021 (Postponed Until Further Notice) First Fridays Virtual Happy Hour
08/19/2021 An Introduction to the U.S. Foreign Service Fellowship Programs
07/08/2021 BPIA Professional Development Workshop: International Affairs Careers in the Private Sector featuring McLarty Associates
07/02/2021 POSTPONED July First Fridays Virtual Happy Hour (BPIA Members Only)
06/08/2021 Interviewing and Networking Workshop: Practical Tips for International Development Job Searches (with FHI 360)
06/04/2021 (BPIA Members-Exclusive Event) June First Fridays Virtual Happy Hour
05/11/2021 Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters: Practical Tips on How to Make Your Mark in International Development Job Searches (with FHI 360)
05/07/2021 (BPIA Members-Exclusive Event) MAY First Fridays Virtual Happy Hour
05/01/2021 Writing with Purpose: An Interactive Op-ed Writing Workshop w/ the Washington Post's Christian Caryl
04/26/2021 Careers in the U.S. Foreign Service
04/02/2021 (BPIA Members-Exclusive Event) April First Fridays Virtual Happy Hour
03/25/2021 Celebrating The United Nations International Decade For People Of African Descent “The Struggle, The Beauty, The Hope” featuring the “Say My Name” Art Exhibition
03/05/2021 (Members Exclusive Event) BPIA March First Fridays Virtual Happy Hour
02/25/2021 2021 Black History Month Program “Sitting at the Head of the U.S. Diplomatic Table: Black American Ambassadors Speak”
01/21/2021 Mental Wellness During Covid-19 with Dr. Shelley Savage
01/14/2021 WTO & the State of Play in International Trade Affairs
12/17/2020 MEMBERS-ONLY: BPIA Virtual Holiday Soiree - An Evening of Jazz and Conversation featuring Special Guest Judge T. Michael Peay
11/19/2020 4th Annual BPIA Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Economic Outlook Forum w/ IMF & USADF
11/18/2020 Diversity in the Intelligence Community: National Geospatial Agency (NGA) Career & Student Opportunities w/ Kenny Rios NGA Recruiter
10/07/2020 Increasing Your Visibility: Tips for Creating an Unforgettable Presence (Webinar)
08/25/2020 2020 BPIA Diversity in International Affairs Virtual Conference and Career Fair: Enrollment for Sponsors and Exhibitors Only
07/14/2020 Think & Drink | Climate Change & the Diaspora Amid the Time of Covid-19
05/28/2020 "BPIA & Council on Foreign Relations: Why Diversity Matters in International Affairs Careers and Opportunities in Think-Tanks"
05/22/2020 "The Intersection Between Academia and Foreign Policy" with Harvard Ph.D. Candidate, Naima Green-Riley
05/18/2020 "Peace Corps: Living a Life of Service" featuring Peace Corps Director of Programming and Training, Aleya Horn Kennedy
05/15/2020 BPIAChats Speaker Series: Integrating Women into Botswana's Defense Force Sara V. Simmons, COL (Ret), US Army
05/13/2020 Choosing Public Service: Why Diverse Voices in International Affairs Matters
05/13/2020 Comprehensive National Security: Strengthening Civilian-Military Partnerships
02/19/2020 Think & Drink | Human Trafficking: Domestic Impacts and Implications
01/25/2020 Celebrating Three Decades of Services: BPIA Annual Membership Meeting
12/07/2019 Annual Members' Meeting and Mentoring Workshop (originally scheduled for December 7th) are Postponed. Additional Details Will Follow Shortly.
11/26/2019 BPIA African Economic Outlook Forum
10/16/2019 BPIA-TLG Career Expo at Howard University
09/28/2019 African Heritage Day
03/30/2019 BPIA Mentoring Series: The Future of Work
12/08/2018 BPIA Annual Membership Meeting
11/12/2018 African Economic Outlook Forum sponsored by BPIA
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