Want to Mingle With Ambassadors?

Here in Washington the lucky among us gets to rub elbows with powerful lawmakers and bigwig ambassadors, all for the sake of namedropping and humblebragging to friends and loved ones until they can hardly stand us.

Sounds fun, right? If nothing else, at this event there’s a “light breakfast” involved. On the morning of May 17, Fleishman-Hillard, an international communications firm, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace are convening the Peruvian and Mexican Ambassadors with Social Media reps from Facebook and the office of Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for a brief hour and a half program entitled “Digital Diplomacy: A New Era of Advancing Policy.”

The description of the events is as follows: “In a world of likes and hashtags, governments are using social media tools to reach beyond traditional diplomacy. Ministries and embassies are adopting new strategies for the digital age and exploring innovative ways to reach and engage domestic and foreign constituencies. Please join the leading thinkers in diplomacy and communications for a discussion on the evolution of public diplomacy and the ways visionary diplomats are using these powerful new tools to connect cultures, increase awareness, and advocate policy positions.”

Register to attend here.

Read about the participants after the jump…

Opening Remarks
Martha Boudreau is regional president of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications.

His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana has served as the ambassador of Mexico to the United States since February of 2007. Previously, he was deputy assistant secretary for Inter-American Affairs and later head of the counternarcotics office at the Embassy of Mexico. In 2000, he became chief of policy planning at the Foreign Ministry and was appointed by the president as Mexican consul general to New York City in 2003.

His Excellency Harold Forsyth became the ambassador of Peru to the United States on August 29, 2011. Before arriving in Washington, Forsyth served as Peru’s ambassador to China (2009-2011). Previous to that post, he served as ambassador of Peru to San Marino and Turkey, Italy, and Colombia.

Alec Ross serves as senior adviser for innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this role, Ross is tasked with maximizing the potential of technology in service of America’s diplomatic and development goals. In 2000, Ross and three colleagues co-founded One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care, and other vital issues to low-income people.

Sarah Wynn-Williams is a manager of public policy at Facebook, where she focuses on international governance, international trade, and policy issues in the Americas. Prior to joining Facebook, Wynn-Williams was a diplomat with the New Zealand Foreign Service serving at the United Nations and managing political and congressional affairs at the Embassy of New Zealand in Washington. She also served as a technical legal expert to the United Nations Biosafety Protocol Working Group and was chief negotiator on an International Liability Protocol.

Tom Carver is vice president for communications and strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as senior vice president at Chlopak, Leonard & Schechter, a Washington-based strategic communications consultancy. A former award-winning journalist, Carver worked for the BBC from 1984 to 2004.