A Decade of Diplomacy
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, celebrates her new found age.
Happy birthday….to me!!! I can’t believe I’m 34 today and during this month of Ramadan, the most celebratory activity I will be doing is writing this blog to you. I want to thank you for the years of support you have provided me and joining me in my journey.
Almost a decade ago, I was at the United Nations, embarking on one of my biggest dreams. I’ve wanted to a part of the United Nations as a British diplomat since representing the United Kingdom in various Model UN around Japan. When I finally hit New York, smelling the city air that was so unlike London, I felt tingles around my skin. I could feel a sense of power because unlike London, world changing policies takes place here. Adventure was a footstep away and I was on my way to becoming exactly what I wanted to be.
Unfortunately, life didn’t turn out the way I had planned because I realised that diplomacy was something completely different than what I had imagined. My short time at the United Nations and European Commission taught me the importance of sticking to your gut feelings, at the surprise of many friends and acquaintances who were sure I would follow a more formal path into diplomacy. At the age of 24, I turned down the opportunity to enrol as an official diplomat because I didn’t believe in putting myself in personal conflict. I have a long and ranting story about my decision here. But that decision to walk away opened a completely new road, one that I defined for myself.
Starting Grassroot Diplomat was incredibly risky. Bringing about cultural change in an industry that is very set in its way wasn’t always rewarding. I met some very defensive Ambassadors who saw me as a threat and the average person simply didn’t understand my mission. At the age of 34, I can safely say that I have achieved a lot through Grassroot Diplomat, as well as a lot of friends worldwide who actively support the vision to make diplomacy inclusive and changing how diplomacy operates on the ground.
Once the sun sets tonight, I will give thanks to all of you who have followed me in my journey, as friends, as peers, as mentors, as followers, as clients, as fans, and as good people who want to make the world just a little bit better. This piece of cake is on you.
THANKS TO YOU, ALL.
I just want to end this by recapping some of the biggest things we are working on and I hope that you will consider joining the organisation via the Grassroot Diplomat Online Academy.
DIPLOMATIC PLANNER ON SALE
The Diplomatic Planner officially went live this year and we are so pleased to hear all the positive we have been receiving from as far out as India and Saudi Arabia. The Diplomatic Planner is a 12-month career development planner for international relations practitioners to help manage ethical dilemmas, how to work around red tape, managing conflicts of interests, and building a personal brand.
As a special birthday discount, we are offering the Planner for £60.
Use this code at checkout: HAPPYBIRTHDAY
The sale ends of 25 May 2019, so hurry!
DIPLOMATIC BRIEFINGS ON BREXIT
Since 2016, we have been working on the “Brexit Handbook” that provides strategies for diplomats on handling civil society crisis. On the back of Brexit, we are pleased to announce that this handbook will be available to the public and the diplomatic community from June 2019. Diplomatic briefings of various posts and ranks are now available directly on our website. These briefing will help diplomats in charge the following portfolio: culture, commerce, politics, and press.
Click here to download your free copy: https://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/brexit-handbook
In this new age, I will continue to serve and work hard for the diplomatic community. If you need to get in touch, you know how to reach me.
Serving your with love and hope,
CEO, Grassroot Diplomat