Political Ambassadorships: Special Considerations

September 8, 2020 3:00 PM

In this session we will learn from former Ambassadors about the process of being appointed to an Ambassadorship and how to be successful upon confirmation. The role of Ambassadors is special and unique. Many are selected from the foreign service, but each Administration will also select some political appointees from outside the State Department to fill these roles. The session will address the entire timeline of the appointments process, including how to be selected, special considerations for vetting and Senate confirmation, and what happens upon confirmation.

During the webinar, Ambassador Kennedy provided a this amazing list of resources for women who are interested in learning more!


Dina Powell McCormick

Bonnie Jenkins

  • Founder and President, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS)
  • Former State Department Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, with the rank of Ambassador
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Ambassador Laura Kennedy

  • Director, Foreign Policy 4 America
  • Former Ambassador to Turkmenistan and to the Conference on Disarmament (retired Foreign Service Officer)
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Ambassador Susan Page

  • Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • Former Ambassador to South Sudan


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Beth Van Schaack

  • Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights, Stanford Law School
  • Former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues