More than a Walk on the Beach:

A Former Ambassador Speaks


Two Sessions: November 2, 9

Time: Thursdays, 2-3:30 PM

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, DM

Cost: $18

Class Limit: 100


Instability around the world challenges nations to coordinate economic relations, cooperate in defense, anticipate and react to disasters and catastrophes, promote culture and the arts, and serve citizens traveling across borders. Ambassadors are their nations’ representatives, the eyes and ears of government, as well as servants of the citizens in meeting these challenges. Mary Kramer will discuss her service as US Ambassador to Barbados and other Caribbean nations, reflecting on her own experience as well as what the US currently faces in international relations.


Instructor Mary Kramer is an Iowa native who studied music and education at the University of Iowa. She had corporate careers with Younkers and Wellmark before entering politics. Mary rose through the ranks in the Iowa Senate, ultimately serving as Senate President in 1997. President Bush appointed her US Ambassador to the Seven Island Nations of the Eastern Caribbean where she served from 2004 to 2006. She was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2009. Mary is the author of two books based on her experiences: More Than a Walk on the Beach; Confessions of An Unlikely Diplomat and An Unlikely Ambassador and her Diplomatic Daughter.




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