Office of Private Sector Outreach
The Office of Private Sector Outreach works to develop and coordinate innovative ways for the State Department to engage the private sector in our public diplomacy initiatives. Public diplomacy seeks to understand, inform, engage and influence foreign publics, rather than foreign officials.
“The solutions to the challenges of the 21st century are not going to be met by government alone. They come from all sectors of American society working together."
--Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
U.S. companies, universities and foundations represent the immense generosity and ingenuity of the American people, and their global presence and creativity make them not only invaluable resources, but natural partners in our efforts.
We are working to engage private sector leaders in dynamic partnerships to promote mutual understanding, counter violent extremism, empower women business leaders, provide much needed humanitarian relief, strengthen international education, encourage health advocacy, and promote social and economic development throughout the world.
|Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy|
The second annual Benjamin Franklin Awards are accepting nominations from October 1, 2008 until December 15, 2008. This award recognizes the outstanding leadership of the American private sector as an integral part of U.S. public diplomacy efforts to engage critical communities internationally. The award is presented in four categories: individuals, corporations, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. Learn more | 2008 Announcement
President Bush, Secretary Rice and Administrator Fore announced a public-private partnership focused on creating economic opportunity for the Palestinian people and helping to prepare Palestinian youth for the responsibilities of citizenship and good governance. Learn more | Fact Sheet: October 2008
U.S. Marketing College
The U.S. Marketing College leverages the expertise of top U.S. private-sector marketing professionals to equip interagency officials with relevant marketing strategies to use in designing, implementing and evaluating strategic communication plans and public diplomacy programs. The inaugural U.S. Marketing College was held in August of 2008 at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center. More
Support Public Diplomacy: 11 Things Companies Can Do l 10 Things Americans Can Do l Key Partnerships [PDF]
Private Sector Summit, Models for Action Report [PDF]