Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association
We promote the protocol profession and raise awareness of its central role in business and diplomacy through education and networking. Our mission is to share the highest level of collective expertise, training, information and advice regarding accepted rules of protocol. We are committed to facilitating communication, understanding and cooperation among individuals, governments and cultures around the globe.
Membership in PDI-POA is open to professionals in the field of protocol who currently serve, or have previously served, as protocol officers, protocol managers, and other professionals for whom protocol is a significant part of their responsibilities and to those that protocol is paramount in their professional position. Here are some reasons why organizations depend on protocol officers.
Members typically work in government (federal/national, state/province county, city, military, ports, airports, dignitary protection/liaison units in law enforcement agencies, foreign service officers, diplomats or consular officials), universities/colleges (public or private), corporations, museums/cultural institutions, hospitality, healthcare, associations, international trade or diplomatic organizations (e.g., United Nations) and as independent consultants who provide training and advice in the area of protocol and diplomacy.
PDI-POA fulfills its commitment to provide education and training for members and those non-members with an interest in protocol through a variety of activities and programs. These include:
- The annual International Education Forum
- Regional workshops
- Acting as a on-going resource through the ‘Ask the Experts’ e-mail program
- Maintaining a specialized protocol resource reference list
- Distributing weekly articles on topics of importance to protocol professionals
- Quarterly newsletters
Protocol professionals from Australia, Barbados, Canada, Dominican Republic, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nigeria, Singapore, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, and the United States gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for the 2016 PDI-POA International Education Forum. The forum represented a diverse gathering of protocol professionals who attend for education, to gain new skills and network. Pictured above are 2016 Forum participants at the architecturally and historically significant Georgia State Capitol. The Capitol has been named a National Historic Landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The next Forum will be held in Dublin, Ireland in July 2017. Join Us!