Are you curious about diplomacy and dream of being a diplomat? This blog post/video is for you. I interviewed Sheryl Pinkney Moss, who spent 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer. She worked in many countries, like China, Peru, Jordan, and the Netherlands. In our interview, we talked about diplomacy, the Commercial Service, Sheryl’s experiences, and her advice for future diplomats. Watch to discover Sheryl’s gems of wisdom.
The Commercial Service: An Overview
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service, created in 1980, plays a crucial role in assisting American small and medium-sized businesses with international exports and advocating for larger companies abroad.
Sheryl Pinkney Moss’s Journey
Sheryl’s dream of a diplomatic career began at 14 when she met a U.S. Ambassador during a Girl Scouts trip. After working in Congress and briefly putting her dreams on hold, she joined the American Textile Manufacturers Association, reigniting her passion for diplomacy. Sheryl’s journey led her to the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she served in various international roles.
Serving as a Commercial Service Officer
Sheryl’s career as a Commercial Service Officer took her to countries like China, South Africa, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Jordan. Her extended postings allowed her to build crucial networks and promote American businesses overseas.
The Diplomatic Path: Accessible to All
U.S. Commercial Service diplomats must be U.S. citizens. International business experience is an asset. Sheryl’s journey highlights that determination and adaptability can open doors to a diplomatic career.
Life as a Commercial Service Officer: Challenges, Accomplishments, and More
Family life while stationed abroad can be challenging for Commercial Service Officers. Having a supportive partner is crucial. The career has evolved to include male spouses, unlike in the past when female officers couldn’t marry. Achieving promotions in the Foreign Service is competitive.
The Journey of a Foreign Commercial Service Officer
Foreign Commercial Service Officers have a fulfilling career with a real impact on international trade and commerce. Balancing family and career can be tough, and success requires adaptability, resilience, and a sense of adventure. Sheryl shares resources for aspiring diplomats in the video above.
Sheryl’s story exemplifies the transformative power of a Foreign Service career that shapes individuals and the world.