International Speaking Opportunities

If you are traveling abroad, the State Department may have an opportunity for you to share you expertise, wisdom and knowledge with audiences in that country, through the US Speakers Program.


U.S. Speakers Program

The Bureau of International Information Programs


The U.S. Speaker Program recruits dynamic American experts to engage international audiences on
topics of strategic importance to the United States. Programs are conducted in person and through
virtual engagement platforms. Key themes include entrepreneurship and innovation, countering
violent extremism, global security, environmental diplomacy, combating gender-based violence,
civil society, education, 21st century media, and youth empowerment. The office conducts
approximately 650 speaker programs annually.

● Collaborate with U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to develop and implement
customized programs
● Identify and recruit prominent U.S. citizen experts
● Tailor programs to meet specific needs of international audiences through workshops, lectures,
seminars, and consultations
● Use innovative technologies to amplify messaging
● Foster relationships between U.S. speakers and program participants to increase understanding on
strategic issues

● Engage foreign audiences in exciting and challenging countries
● Participate in various program formats and venues
● Share ideas and information on strategic topics
● Build and sustain relationships with foreign audiences to continue conversations after completion
of programs

● Please contact Sharon Witiw to obtain questionnaire (see below)  to submit to State for consideration for speaking engagements, or download it from below.

●Alumni of U.S. exchange programs with ideas for possible speakers should contact the Public Affairs Section at your local embassy or consulate.

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