Young Professionals in Foreign Policy get ‘Bubble Burst’ at annual event

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Photo courtesy of Nandor Nagy Photography.
Photo courtesy of Nandor Nagy Photography.

By: Kate Michael

Hundreds attended the culmination of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy’s “Burst Your Bubble” initiative at its 2018 gala to honor innovative professionals in foreign policy on Saturday at Sidney Harman Hall. The annual Affairs of State Awards Gala and Fundraiser celebrated the organization’s challenge to traditional approaches to foreign policy conversations.

In a time when political discourse and dialogue are most elusive, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is less trying to “burst bubbles” and more hoping to broaden minds with the initiative. At the event, hundreds of DC’s young professionals mixed and mingled. They also host events that bring diverse topics, people, and places to the foreign policy space.

The non-partisan organization is a network consisting of 20,000 rising leaders from 80 countries across the globe. The organization is dedicated to building leaders the world needs. Two awards were presented to outstanding leaders in foreign policy at the Gala event.  

“I’m honored to be amongst the dreamers and doers,” said Hazami Barmada (Founder/CEO, The People Summit). She received the Global Leadership Award for her work building communities of global experts.

Ashley Sogge (Chief Strategist, Promote Leaders) was recognized with the Veterans Leadership Award for her service in the US Army, dedication to the mission of transforming the way leaders mentors and develop the next generation, and work with clean water programs around the world.

In addition to awards and networking, attendees like Andy Laub, Daniella Yuna, Ileana Valle, Bonnie Jenkins and Mariya Ilyas enjoyed an evening of great DJ music and dancing.