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OG Westchester Weekly Speaker Program

Tuesday, September 22, 2020  11:00am  12:00pm


The Old Guard of Westchester is a not-for-profit organization, with roots that go back to 1954.  Old Guard members are residents of Westchester County and neighboring communities.  We are retired or semi-retired men who had careers such as businessmen, lawyers, doctors, managers, financiers, writers, teachers, and communication specialists.

We meet every Tuesday at the Ethical Culture Society building in White Plains to socialize and listen to guest speakers on topics including local, regional and national social issues, economic and political topics, medicine and other science related subjects.

During the New York State on PAUSE time period, the Old Guard of Westchester will be conducting our weekly speaker session via Zoom Virtual Meetings. For information regarding attendance at a specific event, contact:  Stephen Loewengart --- (914) 761-3384

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Title:  Diplomatic Musings:  Reflections on Life in the U.S. Foreign Service

Speaker: Bernadette Meehan


About the Speaker:  Bernadette Meehan is the Chief International Officer at The Obama Foundation, where she oversees international leadership development programming.  Previously a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department for thirteen years, Bernadette served in a variety of assignments in Washington and overseas. 

From January 2016 to January 2017 she served as a Senior Advisor at the White House National Security Council.  From August 2015 to August 2016 Bernadette was an adjunct professor and State Department resident fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  In June 2015, Bernadette completed her first three years of service at the National Security Council, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Spokesperson for the National Security Council.


Prior to her assignment at the National Security Council, Bernadette served at the State Department as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State.  Her overseas diplomatic assignments include Dubai, Baghdad, and Bogota.  In 2007 Bernadette was selected as a Powell Fellow, recognized as one of the 12 most promising future leaders in the Department of State.

Bernadette serves as a Member of the Board of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, within the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and is also a member of the Advisory Board of Hostage US, an organization dedicated to ensuring that US hostages and their families get the support and guidance they need to survive the challenge of a kidnapping.


Prior to joining the Department of State, Bernadette was a Vice President of Private Banking at J.P. Morgan and Vice President of Asset Management at Lehman Brothers.  She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Political Science.  A native of New York, Bernadette speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic.


Location     7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, New York
Extra Info    Drawing from her 13 years as an American diplomat, serving under Democratic and Republican presidents, Bernadette will discuss the role of the Foreign Service Officer in crafting and implementing foreign policy, both overseas and in Washington.