Diversifying Diplomacy tells the story of Harriet Elam-Thomas, who grew up in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood and went on to challenge the status quo and beat the odds. Inspired by strong women in her life, she helped make the Foreign Service reflect the diverse faces of the U.S. The youngest child of parents who left the segregated Old South to raise their family in Massachusetts, Elam-Thomas distinguished herself with a diplomatic career at a time when few colleagues looked like her. Ambassador Elam-Thomas was ambassador to Senegal from 2000-2002. Retiring after 42 years in the Foreign Service, she became director of the Diplomacy Program at the University of Central Florida. Her co-author, Jim Robison is a retired newspaper reporter and editor. This event is currently sold out.