Photo of the Week: Behind the Scenes at the Secretary's Global Business Conference

February 24, 2012
Camera View of Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the Global Business Conference

This week's "Photo of the Week" comes to us from Foreign Service Officer Ben Chang, who photographed Secretary Clinton's remarks at the State Department's Global Business Conference, held in Washington, D.C. February 21-22, 2012.

Last October, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a vision placing economic statecraft at the forefront of U.S. diplomacy. Economic statecraft has two parts: first, how we harness the forces and use the tools of global economics; and second, how we put our "Jobs Diplomacy" and presence to work to strengthen our economy at home.

The two-day Global Business Conference highlighted how the U.S. government can help promote U.S. businesses abroad, increase U.S. exports, attract new investment to the United States, and create American jobs. The conference brought together senior officials from U.S. business support organizations in over 100 countries; U.S. private sector executives focused on international business; and senior U.S. government leaders from the White House, the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury and Energy, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

The day was rightly focused on the conference participants, but Chang wanted to take a moment to offer the perspective of those working behind the scenes to relay our message to the world outside our walls that day. He says, "While standing on the side of the Benjamin Franklin Room during the Secretary's keynote remarks, I saw the bank of TV cameras across from her -- what stood out for me were all the screens in miniature capturing her speech. I wanted to capture how one person -- the Secretary of State -- was being picked up by a multiplicity of cameras and then beamed to different audiences outside our building. The chandelier in the background anchored the photo in the Ben Franklin Room while framing the Secretary herself."

You can read more about the event here.



Massachusetts, USA
February 26, 2012

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

@ Ben Chang

Beautiful photo. First thing that comes to mind- if it's not glass ceilings then it's crystal chandeliers! One woman who empowers people of all walks of life but most importantly those who are under served.

Thanks for thought provoking post Hannah Johnson.


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