Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the secretary of state of the United States the director-general Caroll Perez Foreign Service Institute Director Dan Smith and the hero of US diplomacy honoree Elizabeth Slater Good morning, everyone Thank you very much secretary Pompeo director-general Perez ambassador lang ambassador ma Cellini chargee cachero assistant secretary nage other assistant secretaries distinguished guests I’m delighted to welcome you to today to the launch of the heroes of US diplomacy initiative recognizing our first honoree Elizabeth Lizzie Slater I Would especially like to welcome Lizzy her husband Charles and their son Forbes to our event today Lizzy is the first in a series of modern-day and historic heroes of US diplomacy That the Department of State will showcase over the coming year as a means of sharing stories from throughout our rich history Such heroes have left a mark on the mission of the department the conduct of diplomacy And our work to advance the interests of the American people I’d like to thank the Cox foundation and recognize ambassador lino Gutierrez for their contribution to this initiative. Thank you very much Like Lizzy who overcame incredible challenges to re-establish communications with Washington for embassy Dar Es Salaam after the 1998 bombing the heroes of diplomacy are an inspiration for all of us This recognition is intentionally open to all parts of the Department of State Hero’s may be current or former civil service employees foreign service generalists or specialists Non-career appointees eligible family members or locally employed staff following an open call for nominations from US missions overseas as well as domestic bureaus a department-wide steering committee chose the heroes for having displayed sound policy judgment and Intellectual moral or physical courage while advancing US foreign policy goals even in the face of adversity The office of the historian is also nominating figures in the past for the historical portion of this initiative Lizzy’s story and those of others who will follow her will be shared internally and through programming throughout the United States I hope they will inspire those of you in the audience to nominate your colleagues whose stories deserve to be told and Now it is my honor to welcome the Secretary of State to the podium Good morning, everyone It’s wonderful to be with you all When I walked in there was a lot of Plaza Lizzy I know exactly who it was for I Want to start with a story today the date was August 7th 1998 Lizzy Slater just arrived at the US Embassy in dar Salam on the coast of Tanzania for her second day as a foreign service IT specialist Just three days before that. She said goodbye in London to her then five year old son Forbes And husband Charlie who was also a member of our Foreign Service On that August day after reporting to work She went to the Embassy’s community liaison office for a welcome post briefing you all know them And she stepped into the room. Everything went black Then she heard screaming As we now know a truck bomb with 2000 plus pounds of TNT detonated just 50 feet from where Lizzie was standing She was instantly thrown back and buried in concrete living her with blunt force trauma bruising from head to toe and significant facial injuries But none of that stopped her from getting back to work that very same day as the soon-to-be sole information management specialist opposed She felt she couldn’t let her team down as they set up a temporary facility of temporary embassy nearby Now in most lines of work the caliber of courage displayed by a legislator would be one in a million But I must say here in the State Department. I have found that it is representative Representing the fine men and women who show up day in and day out to carry out America’s foreign policy And today we have the incredible privilege to recognize Lizzy as the first in a series of our heroes of diplomacy Whose stories we will share over the coming year We want to highlight we want to highlight two historic heroes those who service is over, but whose legacy must live on? America needs to know these stories and And coming from a military background I’m I’m accustomed to hearing my fellow soldiers referred to as heroes and rightfully, so But the State Department were hesitant off until I claimed to that term Yeah, as I’ve traveled to Several dozen posts all around the worlds become clear that we have to move past that reticence. We have to tell these stories to Tell them first our colleagues here our team These hero show us what we can all achieve by putting our intellectual moral physical courage to work in service to America’s mission they show to how we better fulfill the principles enshrined in our ethos including Our foundational documents the Constitution and protecting American people in serving with unfailing professionalism even in the face of adversity We too are gonna tell these stories to the American people so that they know They know the service and sacrifice and honor that comes as a standard for America’s diplomatic champions even those whose stories they have not heard before I Get I get this incredible window into your work. I have the privilege every day of seeing our heroes at work I I see the mother working at our headquarters Who stays late all week? Because she knows the assignment will create a safer world for her children. I See our local employed staff do amazing things at foreign post one When who isn’t an American himself what proudly shows up to serve on behalf of America each day because he knows what our country represents and I see young people graduating from America’s best institutions Who gets a great job chance to make a whole bunch of money someplace in the private sector? but who opted instead for a life of service in the State Department because What she prizes the most isn’t money. It’s meaning and knows the importance of the work that we do I Have to tell you and you’ve heard me say this before and I’ll say it many many more times State bars filled with these individuals. They are not one-off. Our team members have courage and skill and servant hearts Are one team working on a singular mission mission for our one future and while It’s it’s an incredible privilege to be surrounded by these heroes of diplomacy everyday Stories like Lizzie’s aren’t exceptional other than in their Uniquely, wonderful work on behalf of America in the in the 21 years since the bombing She has run towards not away from challenging assignments from Baghdad to Kabul. Most recently in Cairo Egypt Her colleagues tell me today that they have a hard time getting her to slow down Looking her family members. I think they sense that too and they tell me that one year Liz Lee spent Thanksgiving Day in Kabul pulling cable with Her team in the rain and the cold to get our USAID colleagues back online She refused to come in for Thanksgiving dinner until they had that connectivity restored. She knew how important that was and Because of that commitment and because of that skill, we’re now entrusting Liz Lee with an important new assignment She will be the Dean of the Foreign Service Institute School of Applied information technology show Lizzy will be working to equip all of the department’s IT professionals with the same know-how and grit that has enabled her To meet our department’s technology needs in such an exemplary manner But first she’s here to kick off our heroes of diplomacy initiative by sharing with us some of the many lessons She’s learned throughout her career. I Think you’ll really enjoy the conversation that she and Cara will have and without further ado Please join me in welcoming Lizzy Slater and Director General Carol Perez to this day Good morning everyone and I think it’s just a wonderful opportunity for me to reconnect with Lizzy our paths crossed Before as it did with her husband, and so it’s really nice to see her again today This initiative gives us an opportunity to recognize and highlight what our staff does and as the secretary noted Whether or not your civil service or foreign service or a family member or local staff member we all give so much to this organization to advance the the interests of the American people In my job as a director general of the Foreign Service. I know that we have to take care of our people I often say our witnesses our people and so we don’t have money for the most part and we don’t make anything and So it’s all about taking care of people put in people first I’m really thrilled that Lizzy is here today and she’s going to walk us through in a little bit more detail about what happened on August 7th of 1998 I think it’s wonderfully Important we are doing it this week. We just celebrated 9/11 as well It is I think a week for reflection, but I’m gonna let Lizzy tell her story to us and Lizzy Why don’t you talk a little bit about this? So as the secretary said you were sitting in the the clovis having your introductory briefing that we all know we have as we come to post so please Thank you so much ambassador Perez. I just want to start off with saying I Accept this on behalf of all the heroes that day There were many So want to step back a little bit earlier in the day I had been a post for less than 48 hours and As a typical day in the opening up of a communication center overseas Remember we had the paper traffic in those days. So I went in and with my colleague Bella Wells And we set up and pulled in the traffic and every Every communication center has its own little quirks and nuances that you have to do so we did all of that and then before we got into the really difficult stuff of The communication security and things that I was taking over I said I need to go Submit my travel voucher. I Have important stuffs I can get some money for that And so I had my travel voucher in my hand and I went to stop by to see the club I Had my security briefing the day before and as I went past post one I noticed that the security officer was actually on post one. So I waved hello to John DeCarlo and stepped into the clothes office and As the secretary said I said no I actually had seated myself at that point and then it just went black So I didn’t obviously know what had happened and Cynthia Kimball was the flow and all I could hear was her screaming. I Just kept saying and you’re okay She just kept screaming and then after a while she Stopped screaming. I didn’t know what had happened at that point. But I heard some people come into the room Well, I think the room yeah and Some movement there and Somebody touched me I touch my shoulder and I said don’t touch me. I can’t feel my legs At that point. I thought my legs were gone actually and It was the RSO and he said she’s alive and a lot of action ensued and Ambassador Lang was one of my heroes that day So I Gonna have a little joke here Actually My Dear John letters are a bit different because my hair is where John dakhala John Lang and John Eden’s would yeah, those are the three people that uncovered me and They were moving all the rubble off of me and all of a sudden we heard I heard this loud And it was the gunnery sergeant Kimball he came in and he sort of hit a bookcase or whatever was right on top of me and I popped up like a coke yes, and They kind of Marshaled me out of the room. We’ve started going down the stairs. There was a An American citizen there that had just finished the John Livingston walk correct personally And so he came down the stairs with me And we found one of our local staff sitting in the stairwell. I didn’t know who it was, but I Said to have we’ve got to move it’s dangerous here here. We’ve got to get you out and she said I can’t find my shoes So I took off my shoes and I said let’s go So we got outside and we actually came out the front of the building there was a big tanker truck on fire and Nothing. It was just Devastated, you know, that’s right where the bomb had gone off and We sort of went around and you had to get away from that so we started moving around the building and Unfortunately, we came across a gentleman that was Very badly hurt He looked to me like he’d been sort of skinned alive. Actually. I knew I couldn’t help him So we try to chip a little Merry band, moving around the corner. And at that point I could see people coming out of the back of the building and I went up to them Syd are you all right is everybody? All right, and that’s when I realized that maybe I wasn’t all right The person that was looking at me she kind of went and started backing up and going oh, oh no and turned around and I thought I Think I must have said to somebody is it okay? And that’s when I realized that I actually had a lot of facial injury. My nose had been ripped off and So we just keep moving on that is materialized and we climbed over the back fence and there were so many people already on the other side of the wall that were there to assist the the Tanzanians were there with buses and people just came to assist us and one reporter was also there and he trained his camera me, you know, this is a good picture here and I was still holding my travel voucher That was my money So I I held up the travel voucher in front of my face and I said, please I just don’t want my son to see this and I So he did get my picture. I do believe actually Forbes did see that But told us years later but the good news is my sister sort and again She’s alive Which is important, yeah So you go through this incredible explosion Obviously you are not aware of your own injuries Which I assumed the adrenaline everything kicks in but in that immediate aftermath did you have other thoughts about? Now what or what happens? I you know, what? Where were you mentally at that point? So my immediate concern is where’s Bella this is my communication IT colleague, right and That’s all I was just scrambling. Where is Bella? and she we we were asked to get on these buses to be moved to the alternate command center of a certain language residence and As I got in the bus I Noticed fell of getting in there sounds like okay. She’s she’s good so we went off to ambassador Lang’s residence and Which I assume you had never been to before I have not. No, so I had no idea how it functioned What what it was supposed to even operate like that’s right but one of the first things that that I thought about is does Washington know so I went off to try to find out if if we had called Washington and Ambassador Liang had he had already set up in his roll home office of Direct line to Washington. So op Center was on the line And then somebody said to me you need some medical help so they pulled me back in and it was the Peace Corps nurse that sat me down and She looked at my face and she said, you know, I think we need to irrigate that and so she did what what she did and Moved on to the next person they were doing a triage to see who needed care right away I believe the French Embassy doctor had already arrived at that point and he was busily stitching up everybody and another nurse came and looked at me and said We need to irrigate that So I did actually at that time say I can see it now headline bomb victim drowns So Eventually, I did get to see the French Embassy, dr. Which unfortunately, I can’t remember his name. He was really that wonderful young man and He started Pulling out a lot of glass out of me. That was the thing and actually for Many many many months later. I kept pulling glass out of me. I remember one time they My neck and I was like, what is this? Hold out this piece of glass It seemed like a couple of inches long and I’m looking at going How did that not poke holes everywhere anyway? So the main thing was somewhat to do with my face and I I just remember him saying Close your eyes Said I promise you you’ll still be beautiful and I would say she is right So that was my medical thing immediately after that, of course that somebody decided I needed a shower You know, it’s coming in Vaseline and I did not have any clothes there. So um, I 100 Said I could She’s a little shorter than me, and she said I think I’m gonna have to give you some of John’s clothes so I ended up in a pair of his breeches and A t-shirt and so I did pass some Snarky comments, I think at that time thinking I was hoping that later in my career. I would be able to fill your shoes Yeah The next day so things are the new normal now, what was that like for you? So almost immediately after they finished working on me actually Bella and I started trying to set up emergency communications at the residence, but the next day we actually I don’t think we even Slept I haven’t pretty sure I didn’t sleep for several days we went over at some point to have been decided that we were going to be taking over Dudley Sims residence the public affairs officer and Bella and I went to have a look at it and figure out what we were going to do The Regional Information Information Management Center rim see I’ve always called a room. See I couldn’t know what was stood for Had a team already on the way so we excuse me We went over to have a look to see The telephones that needed to be following the computers and get up the satellite dish so that we could get The cable traffic working in a connection with Washington so that team arrived. I think the next day so we immediately went into Installation mode to try to get everything set up Della was working with the local telephone company to make sure that they brought miles and miles of cable from the local the closest local exchange to the residents so that we could have our normal telephone numbers again And I believe Monday morning. I think we had Phones on the tables computers on the desk and people could get to work Was there anything left at the Embassy at all any of your communications? Network left there at all so the network I mean that was down of course off and no power and one that stuff and we did go back into the embassy several times to retrieve equipment and things and I was actually reminded by a colleague And in a note this week that he remembers me coming in a Trouble ticket said hey, I got my keyboards not working very well So I went down to his office and turned it over and shook it and all this glass fell out and I said right now So as all this is going on and you’re brand new oppos Did it never occur to you that gee maybe this is not where I want to be Maybe this is not where I want to stay never I We bonded that day this is this whole group this whole embassy everybody there It didn’t matter where you were USAID Peace Corps all of us just with one unit And I attribute that to ambassador Lang you were an outstanding leader So Yeah, I don’t think any of us missed a step. I think each of us each and every one of us were we have to get forward we won’t live I Was going to say a bad word. We won’t let them win We’re going to make sure that the United States is is here performing Doing doing what we are purpose and duties And of course your husband was not there and your son was not there. Can you talk a little bit about how you reconnected? Wow Yeah So Charlie was We were all in London and as the secretary said I kissed him. Goodbye not knowing. We’re not see them again We had We took these assignments knowing full well then we were going to be separated and we were just What we termed an African commuter away so you never know how long that’s going to take and I’ll tell you how long it took the first time that I actually reconnected with him There was a couple of weeks later Charlie of course arrived. I think the Saturday after the bombing and was immediately taken from the airport to the temporary embassy at USAID in Nairobi and just went to work Folks stayed with his grandmother and in London for about a week, I think So we would just work work work work report So it was about Two weeks later three weeks later, I Said to one of my colleagues in my leg really hurts But I literally was bruised from head to toe I couldn’t Tell that you know, and I had this injury on my leg They called it a blunt force trauma. So I went to the doctor our local doctor. Dr De Souza and I said, you know my leg hurts, but I can’t did see anything. I didn’t know what’s going on So he started pressing my leg and everything and all of a sudden like his thumbs. Right right through my skin, and he turned round and said, oh Did meet and I looked at him and I said doc for once in my life and wanted a medical term. I didn’t understand So We were very fortunate it was actually turning Gangrene and so they decided they needed to get me out of there. And so that’s when I was reunited with the boys but Secretary Albright had come to visit so I waited for that and Everybody said Come with us on the plane. We’ll take you to never be we’re gonna take you there. So that’s fine We get to the plane it broke down And I’m sitting on the plane watching my What was it Air Kenya flight whatever it was take off what I’m going I have been on that plane so we ended up going on a military aircraft to Into Nairobi and Charlie and falls through there to meet me two things first of all, I’m not quite sure who dressed falls because I looked at him and I said Wow, it’s quite a combination. I Know that the second thing was when I kissed my husband. Goodbye he had nice dark hair When I swim again, he was great Wow In just a few weeks that’s amazing I Do appreciate the fact that the planes break down because I actually traveled on the Secretary’s aircraft many many times and unfortunately They sometimes did that I had no idea that it happened in this context. So sometimes it is better to take care Kenya We won’t tell the Air Force that So you had an incredibly? unique experience obviously in in Tanzania, but you also went through the aftermath of the bombing in Nairobi and You know, I don’t know how did that come about so I think you helped in both places did you not I did So it was actually one of the first collaborative Events, I’m not quite sure what to call it between ambassador Bushnell and ambassador Lang they had went to bat for us to reconnect Charlie and I in Nairobi so working with The DG to get a compassionate curtailment for me so that I could go to the other bomb site And so that that is how it worked on when I got there I Had an amazing. I hope she’s in the audience. I can’t see her Kate go to was the information management officer and I Thank her very much for for giving me the opportunity to To be in such a leadership role that she gave me especially as the first tour ims She put me in charge of The contractors that we were building out the interim office building which was beautiful place on the Nairobi Park, it was gorgeous. There were about 175 Contractors there and putting in the telephone infrastructure the the networking infrastructure building out our combined transmission facility putting in the satellite dishes and everything that comes with our communications back to the United States so there was about a hundred and seventy five of them and They kept on saying where’s that IP C dude? right, so I went back to I went back to the office one day and of course it was a hardhat area and One of my colleagues Steve Ackerman he said they shouldn’t be calling you a dude and he Goes over and does something on his computer and comes back and he’s got a little sign That he puts on my hard hat and it’s Rudolph. I the nose and It says ipeec dudette So I was given that opportunity and so was Forbes actually when we were installing computers in the new building It was a weekend and I called up Kay and I said do you mind if I bring folks? I haven’t like seen him for days. I was working Very long days. I’d go Early morning so that I’ve missed the traffic and was typically coming home about 11 o’clock at night Working to get this building put together as quickly as we could. So folks came to work with me on a Saturday And he had the task of connecting all the keyboards and the mice To the back of the computers. They were color coded so all he had to do was put that green in the green and purple in the purple and He was under the desks, which he was small enough to do so So actually somewhere in his box of memories is an overtime slip that case signed For working on a Saturday for us. Yeah, which is absolutely great And and you’ve cost over this, but I think it’s just important to remember you were a tandem couple Separated not together making a conscious choice to pursue your careers in different places and I think when we talk about how difficult it is for foreign service officers and their families that continues today that we don’t always Have the ability to serve together. It affects families in this way This was a very tragic moment, but it affects families all the time and the separation is not easy I do love the fact that Forbes was under the desks And normally we don’t take free labor But I’m glad that Kate took care of that by making sure that at least he had something You might want to turn it in now and see if we can reimburse you At the rates of probably two dollars an hour back in 1998 but you know, we do these things all the time and you obviously you entirely Epitomize the kinds of sacrifices that people make and we don’t think about very often, but it happens every day Lizzie there’s something else about you that I think is just absolute incredible because you have had a fairly unique career path you were a family member and I believe you came in and you worked as an OMS as an office management specialist and then eventually Got into IT. I’d love you to talk a little bit about that. I think family members Bring so much to our organization. I like you as a family a member first before I joined the Foreign Service Back in the old days. They called us pit employees. Not a turret. Yes, exactly So you and I were pits not terribly good word to use And then as I was telling somebody yesterday I graduated to be a Clos So that was a big step up and then then eventually into the Foreign Service But I would love to hear a little bit about your your path. Okay? so word to everybody tragedy kind of seems to follow me, but I my very first job was in the puta Mozambique and unfortunately we We’ve had some family members P&G So I was hired as the assistant Gia’s Oh or assistant to the GSA not To peck out those family members so that was my very first Introduction to the Foreign Service and I continued to work as the assistant to the geo. So for the rest of that door and then when I moved on to the next assignment with my husband I worked as a secretary and Eventually joining the Foreign Service as a secretary. I don’t think we were organized as yet at that point And I did What was it three four tours as an OMS and When we were in Ethiopia, I Decided that I would like to do a career change, I’d been working in The information program center on an office the backup Communicator if you remember I don’t think they remember and I don’t think they do that anymore But that’s a role that I had played quite often And I really liked it. So I thought you know was time to make a change and and the Africa Bureau gave me that opportunity and that was Me getting to darussalam and Charlie came to Nairobi and it was a very difficult choice folks was a young he was five so we had a Hard decision to make there, but I think it is incredibly rewarding Tent having tandems in the embassy, I think that The department benefits tremendously from a cadre of very I’m sorry as the EF ends those we get a lot of EF ends that are very qualified and bring a lot to the Foreign Service and I I Think maybe they were underappreciated a little bit but I think that we’re very very fortunate to have that but the e events but as a tandem it is a very tough, you’re not always going to get assignment together and especially especially as Charlie Went up in the ranks and then eventually me too. It became increasingly more difficult In fact, this is year 11 that we have not served together So the last three assignments I think for three or four assignments for Charlie In the service we were separated You know and that how do you We just really took care of each other making sure that we were in communication Keeping keeping That strong I think is what’s kept our marriage so strong and I think people have to work hard at that I I hope that nobody has to do that. But unfortunately, I think if you do take on that role as being a tandem that It’s not always going to be together what we did is Whose turn is it? Yeah right in the early days. So Following each other in what? It’s your turn to to get the job of choice and that would be able to promote you or or Help you in your career in one way or another so that’s how we’ve we handled it And I think that we did pretty good. Actually I Would say so I have it absolutely say so and recognize Charlie as well. Who told me today. He just retired four years ago So you had many decades together doing this career so kudos to you as well Charlie So We’re talking about heroes today And obviously you are our first year that we’re recognizing but can you talk to me about who some of your heroes might be? O’Toole in the city there So I think especially Ambassador Lang and ambassador Bushnell obviously word. That’s very first I was so I Just admire his strength so much But there are other people Unfortunately, I know he’s not here today because he told me that he wouldn’t be able to make it ambassador Charles ray He was our DCM in Sierra Leone and I learned so much from him He When we met I was pregnant with Forbes very pregnant with forms actually and he looked at Charlie and I went for lunch with him and he looked at me and he said I Don’t know what to do with you. I’ve never had one of you and I looked at him and I said but I know what to do with you because I have had a boss like you before Yeah But he gave me opportunities And I’m glad he didn’t know what to do with me because he gave me so many incredible opportunities There was a military project at in Freetown Sierra Leone that had been languishing for years people weren’t very Corrupt, you know, they would give them money. We’d never get any receipts. Mmm. There was no school. So Charlie ray said Lizzy. You’re gonna build Mary town school, and I said, okay and So I did that I’ve worked with the it was a military school you know on a military base in every town so I Made sure that they gave me the receipt So I made sure that they were bricks being Laid and stuff like that and by the end of my tour which was a three-year tour, we stayed there longer than anybody else We had a school so I felt that Because he gave me the opportunity to do something completely different completely outside of our scope of work It taught me that anything’s possible and I’ve tried to give that opportunity to Anybody that works for me, you know that you don’t have to just fit in that box You can do something else and I hope that I hope I’ve achieved that over the years and allowed people to be Grown in ways that they didn’t realize that they could and I would say that’s absolutely true We actually have heard from some of your former colleagues in that regard, but we have time for one more I just want to ask you one more question that we take some questions from the audience We are in a place now where the Foreign Service in the civil service in the State Department is relatively junior in terms of time about 30% have less than five years of experience and over 60% have less than 10 years and You have shown resilience over a very long career Whether or not it was in the aftermath of the bombings, but even more so how you managed your life and your careers do one one word of advice or just something that you would like to To tell our newer employees about how how they should be thinking of their futures what’s work for you? Because as I said, you are resilient you are here today you have this incredible job now. Well you will be working as a Dean Making sure that our next generation has all of what they need to to be successful. So Embrace it folks. It’s an amazing career. I think that everybody needs to come in with their eyes open Remember first and foremost that they’re a diplomat 24/7 I think that’s a really most important thing for everybody to remember it Doesn’t you’re not it’s not if I’m talking to my subordinates or my new hires IT professionals, you’re not just an IT professional You’re representing the United States of America. But to enjoy every single part of it it comes with so much more than Just being a general turning screwdrivers and you know, you’re there to help people learn to use new technology and a Consultant an IT consultant essentially for for everybody else in the mission so – – look at those sort of avenues, but Taking the culture learn about where you are. Learn the language learn go out and enjoy every single aspect of being in the country that you’ve been assigned to that will make it a Much better tour for you. And for everybody else, I think that’s probably the best advice that’s wonderful advice I hope everybody really does listen and learn from that So we have time for a one or two questions just anybody in the audience like to ask please Thank You Carol This is great story and I read it as a matter of fact online one of the things excuse me Tommy grant Civil Service Association, one of the things I wanted to mention is thank you for being the Dean Communication is very important one of the times that I was serving on a task force The mode of communication back in the day was not what we’d want it to be. We had a call from an NGO here that said we have a woman eminently giving birth and she needs a c-section and What I had to go through at the time to communicate that to some of our people on the ground was less than desirable, but thank God that person was found and Medevacked out and gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Frankfurt, so you can know that that would have been a horrible thing For that not to have happened. So thank you for being the Dean who’s going to make sure that communications for something like that is as smooth as that can be as little as Picking up a cell phone and calling people on the ground to let them know what’s going on Today we face domestic terrorism like you saw Unfortunately in Dar es Salaam What I want to know from you is how can I how can any of us? Look at what we must face all over the globe possibilities like that Your resilience the way you jump back the way you are now, I’m sure there tears there, but you don’t show them How can you help us cope with today’s as Carol said new normal. Thank you very much for your service I Think take care of yourself. I think that we we don’t do enough of taking care of ourselves Make sure that you’re as prepared as you can be Laughter I just think that that’s a take care of your loved ones. Make sure they’re okay Abby OPSEC is recorded and in Overseas make sure you’re watching What’s around you you’re right everywhere is not safe Who knew the haven of peace was gonna have bombed that day who knew that it was terrorism was gonna be in Paris and everywhere else and in Brussels it’s just Everywhere. You just have to be very conscious of your Security I I think I should actually to going through the bombing we Definitely found that people are That are our most Important assets in the State Department is our people I learned a lot of lessons over the years from Charlie. Charlie is an amazing manager John Lang, he how he handled and helped us and I think that I’ve just learnt it from just really great Mentoring mentorship I’ve received And I do want to know how my people are I do need to know And it’s not just work, you know, something’s happened in that and home if they choose to share that with me I follow up to make sure that that everything is okay. And I I’ve always felt that if I have a team that knows that that they can rely on me and they can trust me they can bring me any problems and I think I provide the support I’ve got a much better work force so that I’ve always taken care and it’s always been really important that I walk the walk that I portray what I would like to receive and so if I’m a Whirling dervish, that’s what my team will look like and I Can’t work with that. So it’s very important for me to remain calm and professional in every aspect and You know as I’m reminded every day, I’m a diplomat 24/7 so I’m also a diplomat in the office Unfortunately, that’s all the time we have this morning I hope you’ll all join me in another round of applause for lizzie Slater and the Director General Well, thank you all for coming today, I’m sure you now agree with us If you didn’t know Lizzie before why she was at such an outstanding choice for our first heroes of diplomacy We think she is gonna set the bar so high for this But we’re delighted to welcome her as the Secretary has already stolen my thunder and noted that she will be the new Dean of a School of Applied information technology I can’t think of a more inspiring or a better leader for that school or for the Foreign Service Institute Or for the Foreign Service. So thank you Lizzie for your continued service It means by the way She will continue to not live at least on a daily basis with her husband who’s living in Salt Lake City So Lizzie’s sacrifice and her commitment to the institution continues Even in this next role. So thank you so much So if this conversation has inspired you and if it hasn’t, I don’t know why I Want you to hitter submitting more nominations for the heroes of diplomacy campaign I would refer you all to the link in the department notice for details Or you can always email heroes and diplomacy at state.gov at this time, it’s my honor to welcome all of you across the hall to the Delegates lounge well There will be some artifacts from the bombings in Darussalam and nairobi including some things from Lizzie’s office on that day thank you all for coming and And I look forward to seeing you over in the delegates lounge. Thank you