Virginia-based Business Leader Lani Hay Joins Women of the Diplomatic Corps for Tea and Conversation

VIENNA, VA (October 2010)—On October 4, 2010, Lani Hay, President and CEO of Lanmark Technology (LMT), Inc., attended a Tea and Conversation event hosted by the U.S. State Department's Office of the Chief of Protocol. The event entitled "Women of the Diplomatic Corps Connecting with Women in Business: Diplomacy in the 21st Century" included Chief of Protocol Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale, Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State Cheryl Mills, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero, and Ambassadorat- Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer. The event was held in the historic Benjamin Franklin Room at the United States Department of State and coordinated through the Diplomatic Partnerships Division of the Office of the Chief of Protocol.

The Office of the Chief of Protocol creates the framework for diplomacy through the work of the divisions such as the Diplomatic Partnership Division. The Diplomatic Partnership Division aims to foster international goodwill and provide the Diplomatic Corps greater insight and understanding of our people, customs and institutions.

Ms. Hay was encouraged by Secretary Clinton's commitment to creating a business environment that enables new business and entrepreneurship opportunities in order to fully realize the potential of high growth, high impact women-owned enterprises to foster growth in GDP and jobs globally. Hay echoed similar sentiments stating, "The major economic challenges of our time cannot be solved without the full participation of women at all levels of society."