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What We Do
Building Bridges of Cooperation
- In protocol an international standard is paramount so everyone plays by the same rules. We have a direct path to consistency. We have logic and precedence, both are powerful in the face of recalcitrant nations, grumbling principals or dueling staffs.
- We advise our principals to first, stick to the script, and second, to deflect and to defer. Leave the punditry to the pundits, and avoid matters of personal privacy.
- When crises hit, and hit they will, preparation abruptly, and sometimes painfully, ends. This is most especially true for protocol officers. When chaos displaces order, we become restoration artists.
- Gifting is an essential part of the protocol profession. Often the better gift is something simple and inexpensive and devoid of possible legal and ethical baggage. Think personal, think local and think completely different.
Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association
Founded in 2002, Protocol & Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA) is an international association of protocol professionals dedicated to issues of protocol service to our communities. It was established at the first international protocol meeting held at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C. Our Board of Directors and Honorary Advisors are individuals respected in the field worldwide for their protocol expertise.
Our mission is to provide the highest level of collective expertise, training, information, and advice regarding internationally and nationally accepted rules of protocol. We are committed to facilitating communication, understanding, and cooperation between individuals, governments and cultures.
Membership is open to professionals in the field of protocol who currently serve, or have served in the past, as protocol officers for any level of government (federal/national, state/province, county, city or military) museums or cultural institutions, universities and colleges (public or private), corporations or international trade organizations. Our international membership currently hails from twelve countries.
Discover the benefits of becoming a member of PDI-POA. Visit the Membership link at the left or download a PDF membership brochure here.
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UN Development Program – Liberia
Who Are Protocol Officers? We Are!
Protocol professionals from 25 US states, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Egypt, England, Ireland, Lebanon, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, and Trinidad & Tobago gathered in Chicago July 29 – Aug 1 for the 2013 Educational Forum. The forum represented the most diverse gathering of protocol professionals in PDI-POA’s history. PDI-POA was honored to have outgoing U.S. Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall (front row, center, in white) join us for one of her last official functions. Her presentation at the forum neatly bookended her appointment as Chief of Protocol since she spoke at our 2009 Forum in Washington, DC, hours after being sworn in.