Meetup with Ambassador Harry Thomas

05/19/2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM MT


Milepost Zero Food Hall @ McGregor Square
1601 19th St
Denver, CO 80202
Building Number: Suite 150


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Join the WorldDenver Young Professionals for a networking reception at the Milepost Zero Food Hall following our Speaker Series program with Ambassador Harry Thomas on Wartime and Conflict Diplomacy. Ambassador Thomas will join us at the Food Hall to continue the conversation on his expertise and distinguished career in the Foreign Service. This will also be a unique opportunity to welcome and network with emerging European entrepreneurs from the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) program. These professional fellows will be spending four weeks in Denver working with local businesses as professional fellows, collaborating with their business counterparts in Denver, and engaging in professional learning and cultural exchange.

Register here for the Meetup ONLY. (Attendance is free and open to the community)

Join us beforehand for Ambassador Thomas' Speaker Series conversation with Greg Dobbs. Register here for BOTH events at once.

Full Evening Agenda:
5:30 p.m. Speaker Series event check-in, networking with YTILI fellows, and hors d'oeuvres (MUST REGISTER FOR SPEAKER SERIES)
6:00 p.m. Speaker program
7:30 p.m. Meetup at Milepost Zero Food Hall

9:00 p.m. Networking concludes


About Our Speaker:

Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr.

Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. is a Senior Kissinger Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute and a Senior Strategic Advisor at Special Operations Command, a private business consultant and an international affairs lecturer.  Over his 34-year Foreign Service career, he represented the United States abroad as Ambassador three times and served in senior positions at the State Department and the White House. He retired in March 2018 with the rank of Career Minister.

He served as ambassador to Zimbabwe, the Philippines and Bangladesh. Ambassador Thomas also served as the State Department’s Executive Secretary and Special Assistant to Secretary Rice, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, Director for South Asia at the National Security Council and Director of the Operations Center. 

Ambassador Thomas speaks Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and conversational Tagalog.  He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and holds a master’s from Columbia University.  Ambassador Thomas holds Honorary Doctorates from the College of the Holy Cross, Loyola University of Maryland and Angeles University Foundation of the Philippines and was the Commencement Speaker at these institutions.  

He is a member of the College of the Holy Cross, The Asia Foundation and Care for the Homeless Board of Trustees and Chairperson of the Winter4Kids Board of Trustees.  He is a Fellow of Yale University’s Berkeley College. Ambassador Thomas is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award; the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award for Mentoring; the Senior Foreign Service Presidential Award and several Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards; the Order of Sikatuna of the Philippines for Exceptional Service and the In Hoc Signo Vinces Award from the College of the Holy Cross.  

He is married to Mithi Aquino-Thomas and has three adult children.  They reside in Tampa, Florida. He is a fervent fan of New York sports teams, enjoys snorkeling, golf and connecting with social media friends in the global community.



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