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Beth Payne

Resilience expert helping people thrive in adversity

I help individuals and teams thrive in adversity. I provide practical skills and tools that I developed over several decades as a U.S. diplomat in challenging environments. Visit to learn more about how I can help you and your team avoid burnout and become more innovative, collaborative, and productive despite overwhelming challenges, constant change, and chronic stress. Follow me on Twitter at @payneresilience.

I served as a U.S. diplomat from 1993 until 2016 with assignments at the U.S. Embassies in Senegal, Rwanda, Israel, and Kuwait and as the U.S. Consul General in Kolkata, India. In 2003, I opened the Office of the U.S. Consul in Baghdad, Iraq, where I received the State Department’s award for heroism.

In 2016, I created the U.S. Department of State’s Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience, where I designed resilience tools and resources for foreign affairs professionals across the U.S. government.

Awards and Affiliations

Training Officer Consortium Training Design and Development Award (2019)

Causes and Organizations

Resilience for Social Justice

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