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“This is a remarkable book that clearly demonstrates the difference diversity and inclusion make for greater effectiveness in diplomacy and civil society organizations. The experiences related here provide invaluable lessons.”
Melanne Verveer
Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security and First U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues


“When the history of the 21st-century is written 300 years from now, the most important development will be not about the rise of China or India, but about the rise of women. Using the frame of diplomacy, this marvelous and timely book illuminates the beginning of that voyage, which will culminate in a far better world of true gender equality.”
Admiral James Stavridis USN
Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and Former Dean of Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 

“Neither the private nor the public sector can afford to disregard 50% of its talent, energy, and experience.”
Ursula Plassnik
Austrian Ambassador to Switzerland and Former Austrian Minister for European and Foreign Affairs

"This important book not only introduces us to the lives and careers of numerous path-breaking women, but it explains how men can serve as allies to expand the range of voices being heard and thereby improve the functioning of our institutions." 
James Goldgeier
Former Dean of American University School of International Service and Former President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

“Susan Sloan is right: women who’ve risked their lives as diplomats are making a difference worldwide. This is their story—which will strengthen their work and ours as the community of nations confronts perilous challenges ahead.”
Swanee Hunt
Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and Founder and Chair of Inclusive Security

“Our communities, quality of life, and the world are stronger when all voices are included and recognized. This publication sheds light on past contributions and assists with shaping a shared future.” 
The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin Sr.

Canon Missioner Washington National Cathedral

“The voices, experiences, and perspectives of women have often been, and continue to be, overlooked in international affairs. This much-needed book brings to light the stories of women diplomats from around the world and provides lessons and insights for the next generation who seek to join the foreign service, and the partners who can support this.”
Dr. Joana Cook
Johns Hopkins University Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at King's College London
Author of A Woman’s Place: U.S. Counterterrorism Since 9/11

A Seat at the Table arrives at a defining and transformative global moment. A deadly pandemic has gripped the world and spotlights like never before what we should all know: Women leaders are essential. As Susan Sloan shows, their expertise, vision, creative and flexible problem-solving, and decisiveness are needed more than ever - in the realm of diplomacy and beyond.”

Bill Clifford

President and CEO World Affairs Councils of America

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