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The Importance of Diplomacy

Event Date: December 4 Presenter: Ms. Kathy Johnson Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Location: Club Room, Hoogland Center for the Arts All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation. Ms. Kathy A. Johnson’s presentation will be on “The Importance of Diplomacy”. She will take us behind the scenes of diplomacy to look at how diplomacy really works, what diplomats do, and how diplomacy benefits Americans. Ms. Johnson is a thirty-one-year former career member of the U.S. Foreign Service (ret). She was the Director of the United States Diplomacy Center (2014-2017), the first museum and education center in the United States dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy. She led the Center team from ground-breaking to opening of this award-winning new museum, including the design and launch of an innovative nation-wide education program on diplomacy. As Management Counselor, Ms. Johnson managed operations for U.S. Mission Australia (2011-2014), the U.S. Embassy and three Consulates General. As Diplomat in Residence in Chicago (2010-2011), she advised and spoke on a variety of diplomatic issues. As Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General of USTRANSCOM (2007-2010), she advised the Commander and worked with U.S. embassies in Europe and Central Asia to successfully negotiate air, land and sea transit agreements. This enabled the U.S. Department of Defense to bring supplies to our troops in Afghanistan via intermodal routes saving U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars in transportation fees. Ms. Johnson was selected for a prestigious corporate fellowship to serve as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Exxon Chad Pipeline Project in Houston, Texas. She led team-building and organizational development for team members from seven multinational corporations and advised teams on interactions with host governments, tribes and villagers. Her other overseas assignments with the Department of State included Syria, Mexico, Austria, and Poland, as well as policy formulation and management in Washington, D.C. Ms. Johnson is currently working as an independent consultant and the CEO of the Veterans Memorial Foundation. She is the recipient of numerous Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, the Department of Defense Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Civilian Award and Defense Transportation Industry Award for the Northern Distribution Network, as well as Industry awards for the design and construction of the U.S. Diplomacy Center. Ms. Johnson is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Aurora College, with a B.A. degree in History, a M.A. degree in National Security Strategy from the Air War College and an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University.

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