Having worked in over 30 countries, Stephenie has spoken and presented at international conferences on women’s leadership, politics and international women’s rights. Stephenie connects with your audience, understands your issues in context and delivers information on target with your conference agenda. Her passion for gender equity issues and international work combined with her background in law and public policy enable her to provide focused, enlivened speeches that inspire and engage participants. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to: women’s leadership, women in the middle east, and women’s advocacy and training.

Engagements include:

Panelist, “Let’s Get You to the Top: Women Rise In & Out of the Boardroom,” WomenEmpowerX, Washington, DC, June 16, 2019.

Moderator, “Walking the Walk on Diversity, Inclusion and Accountability, Open Government Partnership Summit, Ottawa, Ontario, May 28, 2019.

Panelist, “Screening of The Eagle Huntress,” Kazakhstan Foundation for Cultural, Social and Educational Development, Washington, DC, April 5, 2019.

Conference Facilitator, “Summit on Forced Displacement in South Asia: Why Gender Matters,” Women’s Regional Network, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 27 – March 1, 2019.

Panelist, “Women’s Empowerment: How Women Can Succeed in STEM Fields,” Tiruru/US Consulate Naha, Naha, Japan, December 15, 2018.

Panelist, “Women’s Empowerment: How Women Can Succeed in STEM Fields,” Kyoyo High School, Okinawa, Japan, December 15, 2018.

Panelist, “Women’s Empowerment: How Women Can Succeed in STEM Fields,” Fukuoka Women’s University, Fukuoka, Japan, December 14, 2018.

Panelist, “STEM and Women: Addressing Shortfalls to Sustain National Security,” American Center/US Embassy Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, December 11, 2018.

Presenter, “The Role of Women in STEM and National Security,” Conference on STEM and National Security, Pacific Forum/Center for Rule-Making Strategies, Tama University, Tokyo, Japan, December 10, 2018.

Facilitator, “Women in Entrepreneurship: Leadership Skills, Advocacy, and Next Steps,” Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, December 4 and December 19, 2018.

Moderator, “Building an Impact Economy: Doing Well While Doing Good,”  Professional Fellows Congress/ACYPL, Washington, DC, November 14, 2018.

Moderator, “We Lead: Young Women and the Pathway to Leadership,” American University School of Public Affairs, Washington, DC, October 30, 2018.

Keynote Speaker, “Women. Drive. Economic. Growth,” Wharton School Gender Balance Consulting Kick-Off, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 16, 2018.

Panelist, “Women = Change,” DC StartUp Week, Washington, DC. September 24, 2018.

Keynote Speaker, “Women in Leadership: Session on Advocacy & Coalition Building,” Women in Leadership Cameroon, Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, September 13, 2018.

Panelist, “Gender Equality, Inside and Out: Advancing Gender Equality within Complex Organizations,” Save the Children, Washington, DC, August 1, 2018.

Facilitator, “Leadership in Theory and Practice,” Emerging Leaders in Democracy in Mongolia, US-Asia Institute, Washington, DC, July 18, 2018.

Speaker, “Navigating A Career in Diplomacy and Development,” Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Washington, DC, July 12, 2018.

Facilitator, “Leadership, Advocacy and Next Steps,” African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, July 10, 2018.

Panelist, “Running a Successful Campaign:  Policy, Politics and Public Relations,” 2018 Mandela Fellows Program, Morven Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, June 28, 2018.

Panelist, “Women in U.S. Foreign Policy,” U.S.-Vietnam High Level Political Party Exchange, National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, Washington, DC, June 19, 2018.

Moderator, Opening Plenary, “Moving Forward: Public and Private Sector Perspectives on the 2018 G7 Agenda,” Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, Toronto, Canada, May 10. 2018.

Facilitator, “Advocacy and Coalition Building,” Women in Leadership: Drivers of Political and Social Change (Libya), Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, May 8, 2018.

Panelist, “Global Changemakers,” Connecticut World Affairs Council/University of Saint Joseph, Hartford, CT, April 2, 2018.

Panelist, “Women, Peace and Security: Empowering Women in Today’s Global Societies and Cultures,” Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), Fort Benning, GA, March 12, 2018.

Panelist, “Women Thrive’s International Women’s Day Breakfast,” Washington, DC, March 8, 2018.

Panelist, “Women in Leadership,” American University School of Public Affairs, Washington, DC, March 6, 2018.

Speaker, “Data, Gender and Philanthropy,” Spark/Smash Strategies, New York, NY, February 22, 2018.

Moderator, “A Conversation with Roya Mahboob,” State Street Global Advisors/Global Female Leaders Summit, Boston, MA, January 31, 2018.

Speaker, “Lessons from Washington: A Conversation with Stephenie Foster,” State Street Global Advisors, Boston, MA, January 31, 2018.

Speaker, “Data, Gender and Philanthropy,” Spark/Smash Strategies, San Francisco, CA, January 29, 2018.

Facilitator, “Leadership in Public Life Experts Roundtable,” Vital Voices Global Partnership, Lima, Peru, November 28-30, 2017.

Moderator, “Building an Impact Economy: Doing Well While Doing Good,” ProFellows Congress, US Department of State/FHI360, Washington, DC, November 16, 2017.

Moderator, “Women’s Global Leadership: Measuring Progress,” University of Virginia Women’s Global Leadership Forum, Charlottesville, VA, November 13, 2017.

Moderator, “A Discussion with Women’s Empowerment Advocates from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia,” St. Mark’s Middle East Working Group/Hands Along the Nile, Washington, DC, November 8, 2017.

Panelist, “Competitiveness and Gender:  Women’s Participation in Economic Pans for a Sustainable Growth,” 10th Americas Competitiveness Forum (X ACF), Mexico City, Mexico, September 14, 2017.

Moderator, “Careers in Gender, Development, and Human Rights:  Where Do You Start and What Do You Need to Succeed?,”  Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Washington, DC, August 3, 2017.

Speaker, “Securing Capital as Women Entrepreneurs,” African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), Meridian Center, Washington, DC, July 24, 2017.

Keynote Address, “Importance of Investing in Women and Girls at Home and Abroad,” Engaging Women Conference, St. Mary’s College, South Bend, IN, May 24, 2017.

Speaker, “Global Women’s Activism,” Gaia Project Women’s Leadership Conference, New York, New York, May 19, 2017.

Panelist, “Women and Peace Movements,” Equality Salon, Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Washington, DC, May 16, 2017.

Panelist, “The Crisis of Globalisation, Rise of Populism, and the Revenge Against Elites,” Global Female Leaders 4.0, Berlin, Germany, May 8, 2017.

Panelist, “Women’s Empowerment in the Changing World of Work,” UN Commission on the Status of Women side event sponsored by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria, March 15, 2017, New York, NY.

Speaker, “Women in Foreign Policy,” Brown in Washington Seminar, Washington, DC, March 3, 2017.

Panelist, “Women and Economic Development: Growing Taiwan-US International Cooperation,” George Washington University Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Washington, DC, December 20, 2016.

Rapporteur, World Assembly of Women (WAW!) High Level Panel on Increasing the Number of Women in STEM,” Tokyo, Japan, December 14, 2016.

Panelist, “Deauville Partnership: International Symposium on the Promotion of Women’s Public and Socio-Economic Role in the MENA Region,” Tokyo, Japan, December 12, 2016.

Moderator, “Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the Middle East and North Africa,” St. Mark’s Middle East Working Group/Hands Across the Nile, Washington, DC, November 2, 2016.

Speaker, “Transitional Justice,” Societies in Transition, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, October 21, 2016.

Panelist, “Navigating Your Career:  How to Succeed at the State Department,” Women in International Security (WIIS), Washington, DC, October 20, 2016.

Moderator, “Careers in International Affairs:  Pathways and Opportunities in Gender, Diplomacy and Development,” Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Washington, DC, October 18, 2016.

Panelist, “Women in Science and Entrepreneurship,” Americas Competitiveness Exchange, Toronto, Canada, September 27, 2016.

Moderator, “Displaced Women from Violations to Voice,” United States Institute of Peace, September 14, 2016, Washington, DC.

Speaker, “Global Women’s Issues,” General Federation of Women’s Clubs Board of Directors, Washington, DC, August 26, 2016.

Panelist, “The Business Case for a Cross Sector Approach, Women’s Funding Network Women & Girls Economic Security Summit, New York, NY, July 14, 2016.

Panelist, “Women, Artisanal Mining and Peacebuilding in Africa: A Call to Action,” The Wilson Center, Washington, DC, June 21, 2016.

Panelist, “The Role of Women:  What Does Innovation with a Gender Lens Look Like,?”  The Innovation Effect, Washington, DC, June 15, 2016.

Keynote speaker, “The Women Peace and Security Agenda,” World Affairs Council of Rhode Island, Providence, RI, May 4, 2016.

Panelist, “Advancing Women in MENA:  Should We Keep Trying?,”  United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, May 3, 2016.

Panelist, “Women’s Leadership Initiative:  Supporting Government and Building Coalitions for Catalytic Change,” World Bank, Washington, DC, April 20, 2016.

Panelist, “Women, Peace and Security: An International Perspective,”  Penn Law Women’s Summit, Philadelphia, PA, March 23, 2016.

Moderator, Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Dialogue, New York, NY, March 16, 2016.

Moderator, Meeting of the Equal Futures Partnership Technical Expert Working Group, New York, NY, March 15, 2016.

Speaker, Briefing for NGO Representatives: the US and the UN Commission on the Status of Women, New York, NY, March 15, 2016.

Keynote Speaker, “The Nexus of Success:  How Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment are Intertwined,” 2016 Workshop on Enhancing Prosperity and Opportunity for Women in the Asia-Pacific Region, Taipei, Taiwan, March 11, 2016.

Guest Lecturer, “Women and Foreign Policy,” course on Women and Politics, College of St. Benedict’s and St. John’s University, St. Joseph/Collegeville, MN, December 7, 2015.

Panelist, “Increasing Women’s Political Participation,” National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, Washington, DC, November 19, 2015.

Panelist, “Women and Decision Making,” Symposium on Women and National Security, University of Pennsylvania Law School Journal of International Law, Philadelphia, PA, November 7, 2015.

Speaker, “Global Women’s Issues,” TechWomen, U.S. State Department, Washington, DC, October 30, 2015.

Speaker, “Promoting Gender Equality in Afghanistan,” Afghanistan Familiarization Course, U. S. Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA, September 25, 2015, October 23, 2015, May 27, 2016.

Speaker and panelist, “Gender and Peace-Building: the U.S. Experience,” Advancing Women’s Leadership and Participation in Peace-Building and Disaster Risk Reduction, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Tokyo, Japan, August 27, 2015.

Moderator, “Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy,” US-China People to People Exchange (CPE), Women’s Leadership and Dialogue, Washington, DC, June 23, 2015.

Panelist, “Examining How to Effectively and Legitimately Enhance Capacity and the Participation of Women in a Mixed Legal Environment,” Empowering Women in Mixed Legal Systems, United States Institute of Peace/University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collaborative, Washington, DC, May 1, 2015.

Guest Lecturer, “Barriers to Women’s Success: Discrimination, Sexual Assault, Harassment & Intimidation, “ American University Department of American Government, Washington, DC, March 29, 2015.

Panelist, “Does 1+1=3?: The Integration Hypothesis,” fhi360/Women Thrive/Johnson & Johnson, New York, NY, March 11, 2015.

Panelist, “Women and Power in Decision Making,” IFES International Women’s Day Briefing, Washington, DC, March 4, 2015.

Speaker, “Women’s Leadership: Successful Strategies for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals,” Women Parliamentarian Legislative Exchange (House Democracy Partnership/International Republican Institute), Washington, DC, November 17, 2014.

Guest Lecturer, “Empowering Women for Global Leadership,” Berea College Women in Public Service Program, Berea, KY, November 12, 2014.

Panelist, “Responding to ISIS Violence against Women and Girls,” University of Virginia/AMAR/Presidential Precinct/University of Virginia Women’s Center, Charlottesville, VA, October 27, 2014.

Keynote Speaker, Day of the Girl Summit/She’s The First {American}, Washington, DC, October 4, 2014.

Panelist, “The Feminist Voice in Politics,” Day of the Girl Summit/She’s The First {American}, Washington, DC, October 4, 2014.

Guest Lecturer, “Elections: A Global Perspective,” Women & 2014 Elections:  US and Around the World, American University School of Public Affairs, Washington, DC, September 27, 2014.

Guest Lecturer, “Women Through a Global Lens,” Introduction to Women and Politics, American University Women & Politics Institute, Washington, DC, September 14, 2014.

Speaker, “Women, Peace and Security Legal Toolkit: Practical Guidance on Using Law to Empower Women In Post-Conflict Systems,Women in International Security, Washington, DC, August 27, 2014.

Panelist, “Tackling the Root Causes of Violence Against Women:  Engaging Men & Boys,” CARE International UK, Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, London, UK, June 11, 2014.

Speaker, “Women and Leadership,” The Women in Public Service Project Institute at Smith College, Northampton, MA, June 5, 2014.

Speaker, Book Launch, Teach A Woman To Fish, Women Thrive Worldwide, Washington, DC, June 4, 2014.

Panelist, “Madame Parliamentarian:  Lebanese Women in Politics,” American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Washington, DC, May 27, 2014.

Panelist, “Shining a Spotlight on Honor Killings:  The Tragic Case of Banaz Mahmod,” British Embassy, Washington, DC, May 20, 2014.

Speaker, “Women Leading Africa,” Senator Chris Coons Annual Opportunity: Africa Conference, Wilmington, DE, March 10, 2014.

Lecturer, “Women’s Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy,” Women’s International Human Rights, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, February 24, 2014.

Panelist, “Arab Spring or Arab Autumn: Women’s Political Participation in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond,” Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, January 30, 2014.

Panelist, “Prospects for Afghan Women”, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, December 17, 2013.

Panelist, “Careers in International Affairs,” NGO, Non-profit and Government Career Forum, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Washington, DC, December 6, 2013.

Speaker, “Women in Afghanistan: Progress and Challenges,” Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Washington, DC, April 15, 2013.  

Moderator, “The Baroness Goudie Blog Breakfast on Global Women’s Issues and Human Rights, Washington, DC, 2010- 2014.

Speaker, “The Role of Media in Elections: A US Perspective,” InterNews, Kabul, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013.

Trainer, “Advocacy for Afghan Businesswomen,” Kabul, Afghanistan, March 3, 2013.

Speaker, “Women in Politics,” Lincoln Learning Center, Herat, Afghanistan, February 6, 2013.

Speaker, “Communications Strategies: Turning Your Passion into Effective Advocacy,”  The Women in Public Service Project Institute at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, June 15, 2012.

Speaker, “Building Leadership Capacities of Women in Politics, Business, Media and Government in Bosnia Herzegovina,” U.S. Embassy Sarajevo (Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Mostar), April 2012

Presenter, “Maximizing the Impact of Your Government Affairs Budget, HillStaffer, Washington, DC, June 5, 2012.

Moderator, “Gender, Poverty & Development: The Role of Women in Development,” 18th Annual Harvard International Development Conference at Harvard, Cambridge, MA, April 2012.

Moderator, “The Arab Spring and Women: Comparing Democracies in the U.S. and Abroad,” Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Washington, DC, March 2012.

Conference Facilitator and Designer, “Haiti National Women’s Platform Conference,” Femmes en Democratie/Vital Voices Global Partnership, Petion-ville, Haiti, February 2012.

Moderator, “A Conversation with Ambassador Luis CdeBaca and Baroness Goudie on Human Trafficking,” House of Lords, London, United Kingdom, November 2011.

Moderator, “Incorporating Human Trafficking in Academic Institutions: The European Experience,” University of Amsterdam and The Protection Project, Johns Hopkins University, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 26, 2011.

Moderator, “Women in American Politics & Policy,” A Woman’s Perspective: Women in American Democracy, Sewall Belmont House and Museum, October 2011.

Speaker, “Perspectives from the Ground: Gender Issues in Afghanistan,” US Army 425th Civil Affairs Battalion Civil Affairs Conference, Claremont, CA, October 2011.

Speaker, “Civil Society’s Role in Advancing and Sustaining Democracy,” U.S. Department of State Speakers Program, Swaziland, October 2011.

Speaker, “International Basis of Women’s Rights,” International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), Washington, DC, September 2011.

Panelist, “Women’s Global Leadership,” Usher’s New Look Foundation World Leadership Conference 2011, Atlanta, GA, July 2011.

Panelist, “Women’s Political Empowerment,”  Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Washington, DC, June 2011.

Moderator, “Women and Rebuilding Conflict Areas,” Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Washington, DC, June 2011.

Speaker, “Women, Peace and Reconstruction,” Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) Annual Conference, A World of Women for World Peace, Dallas, Texas, April 30, 2011.