2014 NSEP-Boren Forum Job Information Session

Registration is now open! The Boren Forum will host a career fair with federal contractors on September 23.  This annual career event, part of the multi-day NSEP Federal Employment Seminar, brings together Boren alumni and leading employers in national security and foreign affairs.  The contractor fair is open to all Boren alumni.

What: 2014 NSEP-Boren Forum Federal Contractor Job Information Session
When: September 23, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037

Space is limited and likely to fill up well before the deadline. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet recruiters and learn about opportunities to serve in the federal government, contracting sector, and NGOs. Alumni Registration

NSEP alumni have advanced skills in critical languages and in-depth cultural understanding and regional expertise that puts them ahead of their peers.  This event is an excellent opportunity for federal government contractors to meet and recruit these highly motivated candidates.  Employer Registration

2014 Symposium Dinner

2014 Symposium Dinner | Cost: $30
Monday, September 22 – 7pm
Alba Osteria DC | 425 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Boren Forum would like to welcome award recipients back from their overseas experience! As part of Symposium weekend you will be attending various events hosted by NSEP and the Boren Forum. We cordially invite you to an evening of socializing and fun over delicious Italian fare with a modern twist.  Get to know other award recipients and learn about the Boren Forum which is celebrating its 10th year and continued growth as the alumni organization for NSEP award recipients.

Alba Osteria is conveniently located in Mt. Vernon Triangle and is easily accessible by public transit (Dupont Circle Metro to Judiciary Square Metro, Red Line) and is a short cab ride from Dupont Circle.  Friends and family are welcome to join.  Cost of attendance is $30 per person which includes a Prix Fixe menu of Artisanal pizzas and salad served family-style along with beverages.  Wine and spirits are sold separately.

Click the PayPal button below to submit payment and RSVP to attend.  Please RSVP by September 17th. Space is limited; priority will be given to Symposium attendees.

*We can accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice, email miverson@borenforum.org by September 17th.


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EHLS program graduated its 2014 scholars with a ceremony at Georgetown University

Eighteen scholars received their certificates from program director Christa Hansen and academic coordinator Suzanne, Matula. Keynote speakers Ambassador Maura Harty and DLNSEO Director of Programs Dr. Samuel Eisen congratulated scholars for their accomplishment and praised them for the variety of critical skills that they will be bringing to the U.S. government.

Led by President Kim Fassler, the Boren Forum board members Meghan Iverson and former EHLS scholar Yenal Kucuker attended the graduation ceremony and congratulated all the scholars. Board members discussed strengthening ties and increasing cooperation with the EHLS staff during the reception. The Boren Forum currently has the Georgetown – Boren Forum Language Exchange (GBFLEx) initiative with the EHLS which connects Boren Scholars, Boren Fellows and Language Flagship Fellows with EHLS scholars.

The EHLS program, which is in its ninth year, has graduated 250 scholars to date. The program is geared toward native speakers of (Amharic, Arabic, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek or Yoruba) critical languages. EHLS trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs. Scholars receive a full scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) that includes tuition and a living stipend.

The curriculum of the program, which runs through January – August, builds toward a capstone analytical research assignment, the Open Source Analysis Project (OSAP). Using non-classified open source materials, scholars conduct research in English and their native languages on topics provided by federal agencies. They then present their analyses to federal agency representatives and government contractors at a formal symposium in June and in written reports.

Summer Happy Hour Series

Summer Happy Hour Series at: The Passenger

Monday, August 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm

1021 7th St NW, Washington, DC

The Boren Forum is pairing with Fulbright Alumni to host a joint happy hour from 6-8 pm on Monday 11 August at The Passenger Bar and Lounge to socialize, network, and meet other interested in international affairs and life in DC. The Passenger is a hip neighborhood bar located in the heart of DC at 1021 7th St. NW, a few blocks from the Chinatown and Mt Vernon Metro stations. We welcome your friends, coworkers, and significant others to join us too! We hope to see you there!

July Upcoming Events

DC Central Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, July 13 at 8:45am – 12:00pm
425 2nd Street NW, Washington DC

Boren alumni and friends are getting together next Sunday, July 13 at DC Central Kitchen — America’s leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise. DC Central Kitchen relies on volunteers like us to help make 10,000 meals per day. Kitchen tasks are easy and fun, we’ll be washing, chopping, baking, and packing meals that are unique, delicious and nutritious. Friends and significant others welcome! Located at 425 2nd St NW (Union Station or Judiciary Square metro, red line). Sign up now (slots are limited to 20).


Summer Happy Hour Series: July Trivia Night
Tuesday, July 15 at 6:00-8:00 PM
919 5th St NW, Washington, DC

We are continuing our Summer Happy Hour Series at 6-8 pm on Wednesday, July 16 at Silo Restaurant with a chance to socialize, network, and play trivia! Silo is a modern neighborhood bistro located in the heart of DC at 919 5th St NW, a few blocks from the Chinatown and Mt Vernon Metro stations.  We welcome your friends, coworkers, and significant others to join us too! We hope to see you there!


Sign Up for Our Entry-Level Resume Workshop
Wednesday, July 23 starting at 6:30 PM
Location TBA

Would you like to brush up on your professional etiquette, improve your resume and hear other tips for nailing jobs early on?  Join your Boren peers and NSLI-Y alumni for an Entry Level Resume Workshop at 6:30pm on 23 July in Washington, DC.  Light refreshments will be served after the event.  Venue details will be provided to those who RSVP.  Attendance will be capped at 30 people. Sign up here.


Reminder: Sign up for the 2014 Boren Forum Mentorship Program
Application Deadline:  July 6, 2014

In order to better support the professional development of our alumni, the Boren Forum is offering a mentorship program to partner young alumni with mid-career alumni. This program will connect recent Boren graduates with former awardees who are established in their careers (3-5 years i n workforce) and share common professional and personal interests.

The program runs from August to December and pairs ~20 young alumni with 20 mid-career professionals and former award recipients. Once the Boren Forum has identified suitable protégés/mentors, applicants will be notified by email and connected with their partner. The Boren Forum will provide a guideline of monthly suggested activities for protégé and mentor pairs to foster professional development. Register here to be a protégé or a mentor.

Are you a mid-career professional? I f you sign up to serve as a mentor to a young professional, you will be given preference in the selection process for the upcoming senior-level mentorship program. 
For questions, please contact lreese at borenforum dot org.


Smithsonian Folk Life Festival
The 2014 Folk Life Festival focusing on China and Kenya is underway! Check out the full calendar of events here. The festival also offers Chinese and Swahili language lessons.


Upcoming: Boren Forum Membership Survey

The Boren Forum wants your feedback to improve our programming! Watch your inbox for our 2014 Membership survey coming in August.

Start thinking about:

  • What events are most/least useful to you?
  • Has the Boren Forum helped you develop professionally? What else do you need to grow?
  • What kinds of events would you add to the programming? Take away?
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