The Foreign Service Journal, May 2024

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MAY 2024 81 AFSA Webinar Managing Your Retirement Portfolio AFSA and Global Ties On March 5, AFSA invited William Carrington, a certified financial planner specializing in issues pertaining to the Foreign Service, to speak to our members about investing with a focus on retirement income, growth, and safety. Mr. Carrington is the spouse of a retired Foreign Service officer. Among other topics, Mr. Carrington explained how Roth conversions work and talked about how retirees can manage risk and cope with market volatility. Members can view the entire presentation at n On March 5, AFSA President Tom Yazdgerdi was a featured speaker at the Global Ties network leadership reception at the National Museum of American Diplomacy. Yazdgerdi shared information about the upcoming joint Foreign Service and AFSA centennials with more than 100 attendees. AFSA and FSJ representatives were on hand the next morning at the Global Ties Resource Fair, where we caught up with colleagues and shared information about AFSA with attendees. We were particularly excited to run into Janine Branch, who wrote for the FSJ’s December 2015 edition focusing on international visitors. Her article, “A Cocoa Tree Grows in Baltimore,” tells the story of a partnership between Baltimorebased Taharka Brothers Ice Cream and De La Sol Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. n (Left) AFSA’s Allan Saunders talks to Global Ties attendees about AFSA resources. (Right) Past FSJ author Janine Branch was excited to see her 2015 article featured at the event. AFSA/HANNAH HARARI