Renewing my membership in the Public Diplomacy Council just got easier.
Responding to our President’s reminder message last Sunday, I followed his link to our Membership page, clicked on its “Add to Cart” button, and paid my 2019 annual dues with my Amex card in about 90 seconds. (Just got the receipt via email.)
Council members can now pay their dues the same way, thanks to a new merchant account acquired by our Executive Director Bob Heath. The traditional check and mail option still works, of course.
If you’re not a member, joining is easier too. For full-time public diplomacy staffers who want to become associate members, the application process has been streamlined under the guidance of Ambassador Brian Carlson, our membership chair. It’s all on that same page.
Why join? Or if you’re already a member, why renew? Just take a look at our portfolio of activities.
- Our monthly First Monday Forum has become a networking occasion as well as a place to learn about the latest trends in PD and international broadcasting.
- Lunch and Learn panels, organized and attended by full-time PD staffers, address career development and professional issues.
- We also mentor a graduate-student Fellow, mid-career Foreign Service Officers and junior diplomats from Afghanistan thanks to partnerships with sponsoring organizations.
- Our Outreach Working Group is watching developments in Congress that may affect public diplomacy.
Application forms and the new link to make payments by credit card are all on our Membership page at https://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/about/pdc-membership/.
The Council welcomes new members. If you’re working full-time on public diplomacy or international broadcasting, apply now for associate membership. If you’re working in the field outside the U.S. Government, or if you’re a retired diplomat or civil servant, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may be a candidate for full membership.
Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service. He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy. Read More