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I would say that the reason I think this group is so special is because I don't feel like I am just going to hear a speaker talk about a topic. I definitely feel like I have gotten to personally know the Ambassador or his wife through intimate stories that they share with our group. By being in their homes or the embassies, I get a feel for the type of people they are, what is important in their lives, etc. Although we often learn so much about the country, it is not just a briefing on the country. It always leaves me with a feeling that I have had a very unique experience that only being in the Washington area and being a part of this group can give. It generates new interests for me because I feel inspired to read more about the particular country and possibly visit the country in the future.

-  Tracy Bew
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Ambassador Gudmunder Stefansson
The Icelandic Residence

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Fostering Mutual Understanding: The Impact of America’s First Ladies on Protocol and Diplomacy
The Honorable Anita McBride
Morning Coffee
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March 20, 2012
Following Secretary Clinton’s Footsteps
Ambassador Elena Borislavova Poptodorova Petrova
The Bulgarian Residence Morning Coffee
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February 27, 2012
The Envy of Europe: Modern Switzerland
Mrs. Christine Sager
The Swiss Residence
Morning Coffee

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January 19, 2012
A Rainbow Nation: South Africa
Mrs. Rosieda Shabodien
The South African Residence

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The New Latvia
Ambassador Andrejs Pildegovics
The Latvian Embassy
Morning Coffee

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November 1, 2011
A Morning in Israel
Mrs. Sally Oren
The Israeli Residence
Morning Coffee

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An Artistic Morning in the Netherlands
Ambassador Renee Jones-Bos and Dr. Richard Huw Jones
The Royal Netherlands Residence
Morning Coffee
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Small, but Mighty: The Principality of Liechtenstein
Ambassador Claudia Fritsche 
The Embassy of the Principality of Liechtenstein  Morning Coffee
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The Pearl of the Indian Ocean
Ambassador and Mrs. Wickramasuriya
The Sri Lankan Residence

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Fabric Re-defined
Ambassador Pekka Linto and Mrs. Laurel Colless
The Embassy of Finland Morning Coffee

Russia Today: Repairing Relations
Ambassador and Mrs. Kislyak
The Embassy of the Russian Federation
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The Kazakhstan: The Sleeping Giant of Central Asia
Ambassador and Mrs. Idrissova
The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

A Visit Down Memory Lane
Mrs. Yoriko Fujisaki
The Japanese Residence
Morning Coffee

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Latin Luncheon and Guitar Performance
Ambassador and Mrs. Arturo Fermandois
The Chilean Residence

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Indonesia: An American President Comes Home
Mrs. Rosa Djalal
The Embassy of Indonesia Luncheon
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Mystical Morocco
Ambassador and Mrs. Mekouar
The Residence of the Kingdom of Morocco

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Panama’s Delicious and Healthy Cuisine
Mrs. Pilar Aleman
The Panamanian Residence
Cooking Demonstration and Luncheon

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Luxembourg: Where 150 Nationalities Rub Shoulders. Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg & Mrs. Louise Akerblom
The Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Morning Coffee
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Pisco Sours and Peruvian Dinner
Ambassador and Mrs. Valdivieso
The Peruvian Residence Dinner

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The Best Kept Secrets of Syria
Mrs. Rafif al-Sayad Moustapha
The Syrian Residence Luncheon

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"Women in Heels: Women in Business and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago"
Luncheon at the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago with his Excellency Ambassador Dr. Neil Parsan.
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May 6, 2010
October 28, 2010
January 27, 2011
September 29, 2010
June 26, 2012
June 5, 2012
 November 2012
Tourist Attractions in Slovakia
Luncheon with His Excellency Ambassador H.E. Peter Kmec

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Benedictine Valentiner, Former General Manager of Blair House 
author of Bedtime and Other Stories from The President's Guest House
Breakfast Talk and Book Signing
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February 2013
A morning Coffee in Austria with His Excellency Ambassador Hans-Peter Manz​

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January 2013
Ireland and the European Union:Steps toward Recovery 
An Evening in Ireland with His Excellency Ambassador Michael Collins

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December 2012
U.S. and Canada Relations: A Strong Partnership
Coffee at the Canadian Embassy with His Excellency Ambassador Gary Doer.

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Turkey: East Meets West
Coffee with his Excellency
 Ambassador Namik Tan

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April 2013
March 2013
Tea - Time at the Embassy of Cape Verde with Her Excellency Fatima Veiga

September 2013
Coffee at the Hungarian Residence with His Excellency Ambassador Gyorgy Szapary and Ms. Anna Smith Lacey, Congressional liaison - Political attaché

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October 2013
Coffee at the Costa Rican Residence with Her Excellency Muni Figueres Boggs

October 2013
Esontia: Positively Surprising!
Coffee at the Estonian Embassy 
with Her Excellency 
Marina Kaljurand

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November 2013
Lunch at the Omani Residence with Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy​

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December 2013
May 2013
The Year of the Healthy Child
Ambassador Bakhtiyar Gulyamov
The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Morning Coffee​

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March 2014
I feel Slovenia
A morning Coffehe Embassy of Slovenia with His Excellency, Dr. Bozo Cerar

April 2014
Colors of Thailand
Ambassador Vijavat and Mrs. 
Wannipa Isarabnakdi
The Royal Thai Embassy
Evening Cocktail Reception​
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May 2014
A UAE Cultural Experience
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Morning Coffee

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February 2014
November 5, 2010
December 8, 2010
June 16, 2010
February 14, 2011
April 7, 2011
March 20, 2011
April 20, 2011
September 29, 2011
June 16, 2011
October 14, 2011
December 2, 2011
Morning Coffee in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with Ambassador 
Jalil Abbas Jilani and Mrs. Jilani​

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October 2, 2014
Morning Coffee at the Embassy of Botswana with Ambassador Dr. Tebelelo Seretse​

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October 14, 2014
Afternoon Tea at the German Embassy 
with Jurig Aston, Chief of Staff to H.E., Ambassador Peter Wittig​
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November 6, 2014
Morning Coffee at the 
Embassy of Colombia with 
Ambassador Luis Carlos Viiegas​

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December 3, 2014
Morning Coffee at the Residence of Dominica with Ambassador Hubert Charles and Dr. Sylvia Charles

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February 6, 2015
WDS Night at the Washington National Opera
March 5, 2015 
​Georgian Wines and Conversation with Ambassador Archil Gegeschidze and Mrs. Dea Gadua at the Embassy of Georgia

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Morning Coffee with Ambassador Anne Anderson at the Irish Residence

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Morning Coffee with Ambassador 
William Bodde, Jr. 
at Hillwood Museum

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May 28, 2015
April 15, 2015
April 7, 2015
​An Evening Reception at the British Ambassador's Residence with The British Ambassador and Lady Westmacott

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An evening in Croatia 
with Ambassador Josip Paro​

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Luncheon in El Salvador 
with Ambassador 
Francisco Altschul​

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December 14, 2015
November  30, 2015
September 8, 2015
Morning Coffee in Italy with 
Laura Benedetti, Author of 
Tigress in the Snow

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Dinner and Conversation in 
Afghanistan with 
Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib

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Tour and Luncheon at the
Diyanet Center of America

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September 23, 2016
July 12, 2016
May 19, 2016
A Mystical Morning in a Prague Cafe
with Ambassador Petr Gandalovic​

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Morning Coffee in Spain with 
Ambassador Roman Gil Casares​

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Morning Coffee at the 
Organization of American States​

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April 22, 2016
February 19, 2016
January 20, 2016
Dinner at the Saudi 
Embassy with HE Ambassador 
Abdullah Al Saud

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October 21, 2016
An evening at the Residence 
of Malta with HE Ambassador 
Pierre Clive Agius

November 7, 2016
Morning coffee at the Korean 
Cultural Center with HE 
Ambassador Ahn Ho-young

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December 13, 2016
The Gift of Proper Protocol at the House of Sweden with Hon. Leslie Lautenslager

January 25, 2017
Netsuke: Japan’s Tiny Goodwill Ambassadors at the Japanese Cultural Center

March 30, 2017
Women’s Suffrage at the White 
House – Coffee  at the White House 
Historical Association

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September 23, 2016
Private Tour of Mexican Cultural Institute followed by a briefing with key Ministers on "Women in Diplomacy - Mexico." Mexican themed breakfast.​

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November 16,2017
Morning Coffee at the Peruvian 
Residence with Mrs. Consuelo de Pareja

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June 6, 2017
Embassy of Finland, a briefing with Her Excellency, Ambassador Kauppi. "Women in Diplomacy - Finland." Morning coffee and traditional baked goods.

January 11, 2018
Embassy of New Zealand, Ambassador's Residence. Briefing with Deputy Chief of Mission and key staff. "Women in Diplomacy - New Zealand." High tea.  

January 17, 2018
Embassy of Serbia, a briefing with His Excellency, Ambassador Matkovic followed by an introduction to a delicious traditional Serbian pastry by a young Serbian entrepreneur, served with regional wine.

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December 6, 2017