Retired FSO, former Utah State Representative, Utah House of Representatives
WED | 30 SEP 15
Do you want to be a foreign service officer?
FSO lifestyle and family issues—LDS perspectives
What it means to live abroad—today’s security risks
What does an FSO really do?
Career track opportunities in the Foreign Service and what a political, economic, management, public diplomacy, or consular section officer does.
Opportunities to work abroad as a State Department specialist or with the FBI, CIA, AID, or FCS.
Getting into the Foreign Service Q&A session
Q & A session on written, essay, and oral assessment exams and other requirements for becoming an FSO. FSSO students who have recently taken the exams will discuss their experiences with the exam process.
WED | 30 SEP 15
Two big questions loom over the United Kingdom: Will the UK leave the European Union? And what will happen to the UK’s own five hundred year old union in the British Isles? Looking across the continent, the question of a “Brexit” looms large, mixing into questions about the membership of other countries as well. At home, a UK referendum on continued EU membership will be shaped by the refugee crisis, Eurozone economic concerns, and domestic politics.
Sir Michael Leigh is senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States in Washington, D.C. Since 2011, Leigh has led GMF’s project on Eastern Mediterranean energy, which focuses on the geopolitical implications of gas discoveries in the region. He has also written and lectured extensively on the future of the EU and the eurozone, enlargement and eastern partnership (particularly Ukraine), Turkey’s relations with the EU and their common neighborhood, as well as Europe’s response to political change in the Mediterranean and Middle East.
Managing Partner and Founder of Arena Communications
Thursday, 24 September
Peter Valcarce will provide an overview of his current position as managing partner of Arena Communications. Valcarce will describe his career path, provide career advice, and discuss life lessons.
He is a leading provider of Republican-oriented direct mail. Arena Communications has produced thousands of unique pieces of mail for over 1,000 different campaigns in forty-nine states (Democratic Rhode Island still eludes Arena).
THU, 24 SEP15
Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness. In addition, Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and co-author of the recent CFR Working Paper Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States. The former Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, his work focuses on immigration and visa policy, and on U.S. trade and international economic policy.
Background Reading: The Future of U.S. Trade Policy, Council of Councils Report Card on Global Trade, Renewing America Blog
Editor, Deseret News National Edition
Thursday, 17 September
Allison Pond will provide an overview of her current position as national edition editor for the Deseret News. Pond will describe her career path, provide career advice, and discuss life lessons.
Previously, she worked for the Pew Research Center. Pond received a BA in communications from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.