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Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas is a former U.S. ambassador, diplomat and professor who held numerous posts abroad over the course of her 42-year career, including positions in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, France, Belgium, Mali, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast. She retired in 2005 from the U.S. State Department as a senior foreign service officer with the rank of career minister and currently directs the University of Central Florida Diplomacy Program.
Her new book, Diversifying Diplomacy, is a memoir that shares the inspiring story of her life as a young black woman who distinguished herself with a diplomatic career at a time when few colleagues looked like her. 
 
Diversifying Diplomacy presents the journey of this successful woman, who not only found herself confronted by some of the world’s heftier problems but also helped ensure that new shepherds of honesty and authenticity would follow in her international footsteps for generations to come.
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