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List of Past Events

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    • 04/19/2023
    • 03/20/2024
    • 12 sessions
    • Virtual (Zoom Link)

    BPIA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Monthly Partnership Committee Meeting

    Time: Jun 21, 2023 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Every month on the Third Wed, until Oct 18, 2023, 5 occurrence(s)

    Jun 21, 2023 06:00 PM

    Jul 19, 2023 06:00 PM

    Aug 16, 2023 06:00 PM

    Sep 20, 2023 06:00 PM

    Oct 18, 2023 06:00 PM

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    • 04/25/2023
    • 03/26/2024
    • 12 sessions
    • Virtual

    Get the most out of your BPIA membership by engaging directly in our community! Sign Up and Join a BPIA committee or working groups TODAY! 

    Monthly All-Hands Impact Hub Committee Townhall

    4th Tuesday of Every Month at 7:00pm ET.

    This is a members only event.


    Sign up for a BPIA Committee Today! 

    • 05/02/2023
    • 01/02/2024
    • 9 sessions
    • Virtual (Zoom)

    • 06/02/2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Park at 14th 920 14th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20005



    Friday, June 2, 2023 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT

    Location: The Park at 14th - 920 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005

    Over 120 guests! RSVP required.

    This event is co-sponsored by Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA), Pickering and Rangel Fellows Association (PRFA), USAID Payne Fellowship Network Employee Resource Group, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS), and ICAP Fellows Association.

    • 06/05/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Virtual

    2023 BPIA Internship Applications are Live! 


    • 06/08/2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 07/06/2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • The White-Meyer House 1624 Crescent Pl NW Washington, DC 20009

    Meridian Summer Gallery Nights "Visionary not Reactionary"

    Open and Free Gallery Nights!

    June 8, June 22, July 6  from 6:00 - 8:00 PM ET

    Co-hosted by BPIA

    Art is the best expression for democracy. It is the sharpest tool we have for transformational love and community, traits that underpin and drive the success of all democratic movements. 

    It invites us to engage in many perspectives that challenge us to think more deeply and critically about what shapes and drives us, what compels us to action and how we can relate more compassionately to ourselves and others in times of social and political crises. 

    These artists inspire us to consider the complexity and discomfort of our humanity and at the same time, our capacity to co-exist, collaborate, and imagine beyond what we can see and what we thought was possible. Their work inspires inclusivity in civic engagement, empowering justice and democracy to flourish.


    • 06/19/2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Carolina Kitchen Bar and Grill - 2350 Washington Pl NE, Washington, DC 20018

    Juneteenth BPIA Family Dinner 

    Celebrating Black Excellence in International Affairs 

    Monday, June 19, 2023 • 6-8pm EDT 

    The Carolina Kitchen Bar and Grill - 2350 Washington Pl NE, Washington, DC 20018

    Open to BPIA Members, Friends, Family, Community Partners, and Allies! 

    Food and Drink Available for Purchase 


    Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.

    Learn more about Juneteenth here:

Past events

05/11/2023 Virtual Forum on Supporting African American Entrepreneurship
05/09/2023 Interest Meeting - BPIA Return to Ghana Trip hosted by GhanaFeelsGoood
05/05/2023 May First Fridays Foreign Affairs Joint Networking Social Mixer
04/07/2023 April First Fridays Foreign Affairs Joint Networking Social Mixer
03/31/2023 How can we better serve YOU? 2023 BPIA Experience Survey!
03/30/2023 BPIA Business and Economic Development Committee Interest Meeting
03/29/2023 Women in Leadership: A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador Candace Bond
03/17/2023 APPLY TODAY - Madam Ambassador Program (Deadline March 17)
03/15/2023 Fireside Chat: "Democracy & the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"
03/13/2023 Apply Here - Madam Ambassador Program (Deadline March 13)
03/03/2023 March 2023 First Fridays Foreign Affairs Networking Social Mixer
02/23/2023 Limited Spots! Black History Month Program hosted by DACOR, BPIA, ACI, ABAA, and TLG
02/21/2023 Interest Meeting: BPIA/Arlington Links -- Madam Ambassador International Affairs Program
02/11/2023 BPIA Annual Members Meeting
02/03/2023 February FIRST FRIDAY SOCIAL MIXER: Celebrating Black History Month and Black Achievement in Foreign Affairs
01/31/2023 White House Briefing on the 2022 National Security Strategy
01/28/2023 BPIA Virtual Candidate Meet and Greet Town Hall
01/18/2023 BPIA Foreign Affairs Committee Interest Meeting
12/15/2022 (Limited Spots) BPIA INVITATION: Biden U.S.-Africa Summit Side Event Reception — “Partnering for Our Shared Future” BPIA INVITATION: Biden U.S.-Africa Summit Side Event Reception — “Partnering for Our Shared Future”
12/14/2022 Foreign Policy Leadership Keynote and Dinner featuring Dr. Kiron Skinner
12/06/2022 (In-Person) The BPIA Executive Leadership Series in Collaboration with Deloitte and FP4A Presents....A Leadership Fireside Chat with DG Marcia Bernicat
12/02/2022 BPIA First Fridays: Holiday Edition ft. Hope E. Goins, Majority Staff Director, Committee on Homeland Security
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
11/04/2022 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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