RAPID CITY, S.D. (June 12, 2013) - David Whiting, a member of the Hometown Diplomats Program, will speak at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, in the Surbeck Center Ballroom at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Addressing more than 300 students attending the SD Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEARUP) Summer Honors Session, Whiting will present for approximately 20 minutes on career opportunities with the State Department for students of all majors and some of his career experiences overseas then open it up for questions.
The mission of the Hometown Diplomats program is to put a hometown face on foreign policy and to explaining what they do and why it matters. Employees volunteer their time during scheduled trips to their hometown to speak with local organizations, schools, government officials and media. This program has been widely received across the country.
A Rapid City native and 1989 graduate of St. Martin's Academy (now St. Thomas More High School), Whiting joined the State Department in 1998 as a Presidential Management Fellow. He recently finished a three-year tour as head of the Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. In that capacity, he was responsible for the political aspects of the Senegal-U.S. bilateral relationship, including U.S. support for election observers for Senegal's hotly-contested 2012 Presidential elections.
Prior to his assignment to Dakar, Whiting spent a year as a State Department Fellow at Lockheed Martin's Corporate International Business Development office, where he was responsible for the Eastern and Central European markets. From 2005-08, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, as the Economic Officer responsible for trade and energy issues. Prior to Rome, he served in Washington, D.C., as the department's desk officer for Uganda and Madagascar. His first assignment was to New Delhi, India, as a Consular Officer. He was the Embassy's American Citizens Services officer at the time of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and was responsible for outreach to Americans living in northern India in the wake of the attacks.
Whiting is married with two children. He speaks French, Italian, Khmer, and Hindi.
For more information on Whiting's presentation or the SD GEARUP program please contact Darla Drew Lerdal, 341-5940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.