Stephenie Foster (@stepheniefoster) is a partner at Smash Strategies, a strategic advisory firm helping businesses, non-profit organizations and philanthropists who want to leverage their commitment to empowering women and girls. She has worked at the intersection of diplomacy, development and gender. Until January 2017, she served at the United States Department of State, most recently as a Senior Advisor/Counselor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, where she oversaw the office’s work on a wide variety of issues and initiatives. She also served at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, focusing on women and civil society. In both the US and abroad, she has worked extensively to increase core leadership, civic engagement skills, particularly of women; strategic planning; corporate and democratic governance; and project planning and management.