Lessons from the Edge with Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

11/02/2023 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM MT


Studio Loft @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
980 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202


Registration closes Thursday, November 2nd @ 12:00 p.m.

Join WorldDenver for a rich, candid conversation between Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray and Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch to discuss her insights and reflections on democracy, a lifetime of public service, getting “our house in order” as a world leader, and why she remains optimistic about the Ukrainians’ continued fight for freedom from Russian aggression.

Copies of Ambassador Yovanovitch's books will be available for signing and sale. 

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Event Agenda
6:00 p.m. | Registration, networking, & hors d'oeuvres
6:30 p.m. | Speaker program followed by audience Q&A

7:40 p.m. | Book signing with Amb. Yovanovitch
8:00 p.m. | Event concludes

Studio Loft @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
980 14th St. 
Denver, CO 80202


About Our Speaker

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

Marie Yovanovitch is the author of a New York Times best-selling memoir, Lessons from the Edge.  She is also a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University.  Previously, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2016-2019), the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008).

She also served as the Dean of the School of Language Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State and as the Deputy Commandant and International Advisor at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University.  Earlier she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she coordinated policy on European and global security issues.  Before that, she was the bureau’s Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for issues related to the Nordic, Baltic, and Central European countries.

In 2003-2004, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.  Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.  Within the Department of State, Ambassador Yovanovitch has worked on the Russia desk, the Office of European Security Affairs, and the Operations Center.  She has also worked overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Moscow, London, Ottawa, and Mogadishu.

A Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Yovanovitch has earned the Senior Foreign Service Performance Award eight times and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on nine occasions.  She is also the recipient of two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award.

Following her retirement in 2020, Ambassador Yovanovitch received the Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy from Georgetown University, the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Award from Indiana University, the 2020 PEN/Benenson Courage Award from Pen/America, the Morgenthau Award from the Armenian Assembly of America, the American Spirit Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Common Good, the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, and the Vandenberg Award.

Ambassador Yovanovitch is a graduate of Princeton University where she earned a BA in History and Russian Studies.  She studied at the Pushkin Institute and received an MS from the National Defense University.



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