Virtual Talk-About Series

April 7, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Virtual Talk-About Series

April 7, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The San Diego Diplomacy Council is excited to announce it’s next E-Talk-About Series featuring retired U.S. diplomat and resilience expert Beth Payne. This lecture will take place over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time.

During this global health crisis, many of us are discovering that life doesn’t always go as planned. U.S. diplomats regularly manage change, are ready for the unexpected, and perform effectively in a crisis. How do they thrive in adversity?

Resilience helps U.S. diplomats thrive despite surprises, stress, and crises. Resilience is the key to facing a vast array of challenges with innovation, creativity, and collaboration

Beth Payne will speak about her experience opening the Office of the U.S. Consul in Baghdad, Iraq, and how her struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder led to the creation of the State Department’s resilience training program in 2016. She will introduce you to the Department’s resilience model, highlighting some of the skills and tools taught at the Foreign Service Institute.

Ms. Payne served as a Foreign Service officer from 1993 until 2016 with assignments at the U.S. Embassies in Senegal, Rwanda, Israel, and Kuwait and as the U.S. Consul General in Kolkata, India. In 2003, she opened the Office of the U.S. Consul in Baghdad, Iraq, where she received the State Department’s award for heroism.

In addition to providing resilience training services, Ms. Payne hosts a weekly blog that offers practical tips on how to build and maintain individual and team resilience and how to be a Resilience Leader. Check out her blog at

Register in advance HERE.


April 7, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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