Protocol and Diplomacy International - Protocol Officers Association
Founded in 2002, Protocol and 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.
"I want to encourage all my colleagues, as protocol officers, to be like a soldier who is ever ready for battle, because you could be called upon at anytime to serve. Always remember that it is service above self, with a humble heart and a gracious smile….knowing that you are the mirror of your country."
Travel & Protocol Assistant
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.