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    • 12/02/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. Regis Washington DC - 923 Black Lives Matter Plz NW, Washington, DC 20006

    BPIA First Friday: Holiday Edition ft. Hope E. Goins 

    Friday, December 2, 2022 | 6-9pm EDT 

    St. Regis Washington DC - Cocktail Lounge - 923 Black Lives Matter Plz NW, Washington, DC 20006

    Cash Bar | Open to BPIA Community and Friends | Holiday Festive Encouraged


    Hope E. Goins is the Majority Staff Director of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. She is Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson’s top advisor on the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security and national security throughout the Executive Branch. Ms. Goins is responsible for advancing and coordinating all Committee policy and legislation with the leadership of the House of Representatives.

    With over a decade of Capitol Hill experience, Ms. Goins has supervised the negotiation of key homeland security legislation, including the authorization of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office at DHS, the TSA OPEN for Business Act, and the DHS Cybersecurity Strategies Act. Under Ms. Goins’s leadership, the House of Representatives passed over 100 of the Committee’s bills during the 115th Congress, including the DHS Authorization Act, the first reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security since its inception.

    Ms. Goins supervises high level congressional investigations of the Executive Branch, including investigations into immigration policies and the government’s response to Hurricane Maria. After critical vulnerabilities to the U.S. elections systems were exposed, Ms. Goins worked with the Office of the Minority Leader and the Committee on House Administration to establish the Congressional Task Force on Election Security. This task force was the only comprehensive Congressional investigation into the United States voting systems and created common sense solutions to close security gaps.

    Ms. Goins has represented the United States and the Department of State on delegations to 21 nations including the Five Eyes, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

    Ms. Goins has been recognized by Roll Call and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies for her leading one of the most diverse staffs on Capitol Hill.

    • 12/06/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 1919 N. Lynn St. Arlington, VA, 22209
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    Registration is closed

    The BPIA Executive Leadership Series in Collaboration with Deloitte and FP4A Presents ....A Leadership Fireside Chat with DG Marcia Bernicat 

    ***Pre-registration is required. 

    ** Being added to the wait-list does not constitute event registration. You will be contacted via email if space becomes available. 

    Event Information 

    Thursday, December 6, 2022

    3:15pm -- Guests Arrival Time in Lobby (check-in at front desk; ID required) 

    3:30pm -- Final group escorted to briefing 

    4:00pm-5:00pm - Fireside Chat with DG Marcia Bernicat 

    5:00pm-6:00pm - Networking Reception 

    Location: Deloitte HQ Rosslyn 1919 N. Lynn St. Arlington, VA 22209

    BIOGRAPHY — Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Bureau of Global Talent Management, U.S. Department of State

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    Marcia Bernicat, a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is currently the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent. 

    Ambassador Bernicat previously served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) and concurrently as the Senior Official for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment (E) from January-August 2021.  She was a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for E from 2020-2021 and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in OES from 2019-2020.   She served as Ambassador to Bangladesh from 2015-2018 and to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau from 2008-2011.  Ms. Bernicat previously served domestically in the Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources; Office Director for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan; Senior-Level Director and Career Development Officer in the Bureau of Human Resources; Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of State John Whitehead and Watch Officer in the Department’s Operations Center.  She was Deputy Chief of Mission in Bridgetown, Barbados and Lilongwe, Malawi and Principal Officer in Casablanca, Morocco.  Ms. Bernicat’s other overseas assignments include New Delhi, India; Marseille, France and Bamako, Mali.  She is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and numerous other Department awards. 

    A native of New Jersey, Marcia Bernicat received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lafayette College and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  In 2018 she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service by Lafayette College.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Bernicat worked for the Procter and Gamble Manufacturing Company.  Her languages are French, Hindi and Russian. 


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    • 12/14/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • In Washington DC -- Location Shared after RSVP
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    BPIA Executive Series presents.. 

    "Foreign Policy Leadership Keynote and Dinner with Dr. Kiron Skinner"

    Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 

    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT 

    Location: (Washington DC) Location Shared After RSVP. 

    Description: Join Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) for a private keynote dinner with Dr. Kiron Skinner. The keynote address will be followed a brief audience Q&A moderated by BPIA President Alexandria Maloney. Attendees are asked to arrive at 5:30pm as the seated dinner will begin promptly at 6:00pm. Attire is business professional. This event is sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. 

    BPIA is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan organization with the mission of increasing the involvement of African-Americans and those of African descent in the international field at large. BPIA does not participate in political activities and the perspectives of the speaker reflect their own views. 


    Biography - Kiron K. Skinner, Ph.D

    Kiron K. Skinner, Ph.D., is the President and CEO for Foundation for America and the World. She is currently the Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. She is also the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and a Fox News contributor. Before moving to Pepperdine University, Dr. Skinner founded the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University.

    From September 2018 to August 2019, Skinner served as Director of Policy Planning and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, providing essential long-term, high-level guidance and competitive thinking. Skinner’s government and public service includes membership on the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board (2001–07 and 2017-18); the Eisenhower Commission’s Legacy Committee of historians (2002-03); the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) Executive Panel (2004–2015); the National Academies’ Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security (2009–11); and the National Security Education Board (2004–11).

    Skinner is a lifetime director on the board of the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles.

    Skinner holds MA and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees from Spelman College and Sacramento City College. She has an honorary doctor of laws degree from Molloy College, Long Island.

    • 12/15/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center, Washington, DC
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    BPIA (Limited Spots) INVITATION: Biden U.S.-Africa Summit Side Event Reception —  “Partnering for Our Shared Future” 


    Date and Time: Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 6-8pm EDT 

    Location: Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center, Washington, DC

    Hosting Organizations: Foreign Policy for America and Microsoft

    Description: Foreign Policy for America (FP4A) and Microsoft are hosting an evening reception to celebrate the Summit’s achievements. Featuring keynote remarks from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, we will convene visiting African delegations together with Members of Congress, civil society leaders, and private sector partners who share a commitment to a strong, forward-looking partnership between the U.S. and Africa. More information here: 

Past events

11/22/2022 6th Annual Forum On The Regional Economic Outlook For Sub-Saharan Africa
11/18/2022 (SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS ONLY) 2022 BPIA Career Fair Enrollment
11/18/2022 (ATTENDEES) 2022 BPIA Virtual Career Fair
11/09/2022 BPIA Professional Development Webinar - The Changing World of Work: Preventing Burnout, Maintaining Flexibility, and Setting Boundaries
11/08/2022 BPIA x CSIS Leadership Keynote Networking Lunch
11/07/2022 (Postponed) White House Briefing on the 2022 National Security Strategy
11/04/2022 November First Friday (Postponed to December)
11/03/2022 Leadership Fireside Chat: Sportswear Entrepreneurship in Africa
11/01/2022 Interest Meeting: Career Fair Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Recruiters
10/27/2022 BPIA Fall President's Town Hall and Q&A
10/24/2022 Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
10/20/2022 BPIA Connect: Virtual Monthly Members Networking Hour
10/13/2022 Webinar: Investment and Trade Opportunities between African American and African Enterprises
10/12/2022 The BPIA Executive Series Presents..."Playing to WIN: Building a Better World through AI and Technology" ft. Brandon Andrews, Entrepreneur and US. Dept of State Global Innovation Fellow
10/07/2022 October BPIA First Fridays Social Mixer @ Throw Social DC
10/06/2022 The BPIA Executive Series Presents...Shaping the Future of Foreign Policy with Andrew Albertson, Founder of Foreign Policy for America
09/30/2022 The WITA ACADEMY: 2022 Virtual Intensive Trade Seminar - All Access Pass
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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