Sarah Carey Program

2012 - present

EF launched the Sarah Carey Program in 2012 to honor its long-serving chair Sarah Carey, whose deep connection to the Eurasia region spanned more than 50 years. The Sarah Carey Program aims to capture Sarah’s pioneering spirit and her belief that business and law—creatively applied—can overcome political obstacles among nations and lead to social benefit for all. The program is comprised of three components: an annual award, a policy forum, and a professional development network.

With the Sarah Carey Award, EF recognizes an individual who has notably advanced civil society in the Eurasia region through the practice of law, business, or diplomacy and has brought Americans and citizens of the region closer together. Accompanying the award is an annual symposium, the Sarah Carey Forum, which examines the mutual benefits of engagement between the United States and the countries in the Eurasia region. The Sarah Carey Forum has convened voices as diverse as Phil Donahue, Vladimir Pozner, and Politico editor Susan Glasser in conversations with former ambassadors, journalists, and business leaders about U.S.-Russia relations.

Through the Young Professionals Network, EF also continues Sarah's legacy of mentoring young people active in Eurasia policy and business. Through the annual program, EF creates targeted and relevant monthly opportunities for young people in Washington to discuss developments in the Eurasia region and interact with diplomats, senior policymakers, journalists, and analysts. Since 2012, the Young Professionals Network has convened nearly 100 emerging young leaders in Eurasian affairs from top-tier organizations such as the World Bank, Department of State, Brookings Institution, Council on Foreign Relations, Atlantic Council, Eurasia Group, and many more.

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