TLG holds quarterly luncheons open to all members. Additionally TLG holds frequent events including career development discussions, community service activities, and recruitment events. Visit the Events page for all upcoming events.
Membership is open to all employees in the Department of State and USAID employees. We require members to pay annual dues. The list of dues is below. These dues go to funding our two paid internships and a scholarship for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Member Dues Structure
2020-2022 TLG Agenda & Initiatives
Greetings current, former and future TLG members,
We hope that you are staying safe and healthy during these challenging and unprecedented times.
Your TLG leadership team begins the third month of our tenure, and we wish to start the month of May by disseminating TLG’s 2020-2022 agenda and initiatives under the auspices of the R.A.R.E. Talent Initiative (RTI), which stands for Recruitment, Advancement, Retention and Empowerment.
Recruitment will include expanding TLG membership and assisting the State Department and USAID with improving its recruitment of African-American Foreign and Civil Service officers. This recruitment initiative will also include establishing TLG-sponsored mentoring programs with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the University of Denver’s International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) to expand the pool of prospective recruitment candidates. This initiative will also seek to establish a partnership with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) to recruit graduate students from the nation’s top schools of international affairs. Finally, TLG will use the LinkedIn social media platform to recruit new members, implement a TLG Strategic Communication plan, transfer TLG’s account from Bank of America to the State Department Credit Union, recruit a Treasurer, and introduce a restructured membership dues framework in June 2020.
Advancement will focus on establishing Employee Evaluation Report (EER) coaches and mentors to help Foreign Service TLG members with drafting compelling accomplishments and narratives. Retired and active Ambassadors, USAID Mission Directors, and senior officers at the Counselor and Minister Counselor level will be invited to serve as EER coaches and mentors. These coaches and mentors will advise members on how to develop and apply effective negotiating techniques and strategies so that they can conduct empowered discussions with their EER rater and reviewer. Mock Selection Boards will be established to review the EER files of members who have qualified for 2021 promotion review to assess each candidate’s competitiveness. Finally, a workshop focusing on drafting strong resumes and improving interviewing skills will be made available to interested TLG members.
Retention initiatives will focus on honing tradecraft skills to excel in a toxic or challenging work environment. A counseling and advisory board of active and retired Ambassadors, Senior USAID and senior State Department Foreign Service Officers, and Senior Executive Civil Service Officers will be established to provide members with a virtual “hot line” for advice and mentorship in the face of professional adversity or personal crisis. Note: Particular attention will be paid to retaining and mentoring mid-level officers with five to ten years of experience, as this is a critical career phase when many Foreign and Civil Service officers consider leaving the State Department and USAID.
Empowerment of TLG members will focus on introducing role models who exemplify “Diplomatic Excellence.” Virtual” and in-person panels will be organized to include Department of State and USAID bureaus that are responsible for ensuring a fair, inclusive and toxic-free workplace. Panels consisting of distinguished professionals and national security leaders who have exemplified professional excellence will be invited to give presentations to TLG members.
Finally, your TLG leadership team will focus on bolstering the TLG brand in and outside of the Department to answer a reasonable question: “What do I get by becoming a TLG dues paying member?”
The R.A.R.E. Talent Initiative provides professional development and career enhancing initiatives for dues paying members at both the State Department and USAID. Your dues will enable your leadership team to bolster the organization’s operational budget and implement new and innovative programs and activities for the benefit of our current and growing TLG membership. Past initiatives supported by membership dues included funding a TLG Endowment Internship program at the State Department, hosting a reception to welcome Fellows of the Pickering, Rangel and Payne Fellowship program, and recognizing the achievements of distinguished TLG members who exemplified diplomatic excellence at the 45th Anniversary gala.
If you are already a member, particularly a Lifetime Member. Thank you!
If you are thinking about becoming a TLG member, consider your membership an investment that paves the way for you to become part of a dynamic cadre of talented diplomatic professionals who are agents of transformation, excellence and inclusion at the State Department and USAID.
The TLG leadership team looks forward to your support and participation as we implement the R.A.R.E Talent Initiative.
Additional Information about TLG is available at:
Irvin Hicks Jr. -
The road to success is always under construction – African proverb.
Basic Membership - $40 /per annum
Basic membership provides access to TLG’s vast State Department and USAID global and Linkedin network. Basic membership also includes access to information-sharing on TLG’s advocacy initiatives, programming and engagement with Department of State and USAID senior leadership. Additional membership benefits includes progress reports as the State Department and USAID implement their respective “Diversity and Inclusion” initiatives.
Silver Membership (SM)- $80 /per annum
Silver membership (SM) benefits include participation in the R.A.R.E Talent initiatives, invitations to TLG sponsored and co-sponsored events, and access to TLG’s State Department and USAID domestic, global and Linkedin network. SMs will also receive updates on advocacy initiatives and engagements with senior State Department and USAID officials. SMs also will be invited to TLG-sponsored and co-sponsored events and networking held at the State Department and USAID.
Finally, SMs will be invited to an annual TLG Town Hall at both the State Department and USAID to engage TLG Leadership on progress made implementing the R.A.R.E Talent Initiative. The town hall will include a strategy review discussion to bolster TLG’s effective engagement with senior State Department and USAID leadership.
Gold Membership (GM) - $100 /per annum
Gold members will have access to the TLG Basic Membership package that includes access to TLG’s vast State Department and USAID global and Linkedin network, Information-sharing on TLG’s R.A.R.E Talent advocacy initiatives, and advance notification about in-person or virtual open forum engagements with senior State Department and USAID officials.
Gold members also will be invited to TLG-sponsored and co-sponsored events, TLG receptions and dinners, as well State Department and USAID high profile events.
Finally, Gold members will be invited to participate in the semi-annual in-person or virtual (phone or VTC) TLG Town Hall session. The Town Halls are to engage Lifetime, Platinum and Gold members on RTI initiatives, and to solicit ideas on how to strategically engage the Department’s senior leadership on TLG membership issues, concerns and priorities
Platinum Membership (PM) - $150 /per annum
Platinum members will be invited to most TLG membership activities to include TLG-sponsored and co-sponsored events, receptions and dinners, and State Department and USAID high profile events.
Platinum members will also be invited to a No Host “Lifetime Membership Appreciation Luncheons” to be held at the State Department 7th floor dining room on a quarterly basis. TLG will seek the attendance of senior level officers from the Secretary’s office (e.g. the Deputy Secretary of State, Director General) and the Assistant Secretaries or Principal Deputy Secretary Assistant Secretaries from the Regional bureaus. These quarterly luncheons provide a forum for senior officials to update Lifetime Members on Department’s and Regional Bureau’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, as well as lines of effort to recruit and retain African-American officers.
Finally, Platinum members will be invited to participate in the semi-annual in-person or virtual (phone or VTC) TLG Town Hall session. The Town Halls are to engage Lifetime and Platinum members on RTI initiatives, and to solicit ideas on how to strategically engage the Department’s senior leadership on TLG membership issues, concerns and priorities.
Lifetime Membership - $550 (one-time payment)
Lifetime Membership provides VIP access to all TLG RARE Talent programs, membership activities, and initiatives with senior State Department and USAID officials.
Lifetime members will also be invited to TLG-sponsored and co-sponsored events, receptions, dinners, and State Department and USAID high profile events.
Lifetime members will also be invited to a “Lifetime Membership Appreciation Luncheon” to be held at the State Department 7th floor dining room on a quarterly basis. Note: TLG will cover the cost of each Lifetime Member’s lunch.
This will be a VIP level event, and TLG will seek the attendance of senior officers from the Secretary’s office, as well as Assistant Secretaries and/or Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries from the Regional bureaus. These quarterly luncheons will provide a forum for senior officials to update Lifetime Members on the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, and programs to recruit and retain African-American officers.
Finally, TLG’s president will organize semi-annual in-person or Town Halls at the State Department to engage members on TLG initiatives. The town halls will also provide a forum to review strategies to effectively engage the Department’s senior leadership on TLG issues and priorities.