Kaitlyn Blansett joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2019 as a coordinator for Development and External Relations. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a B.A. in Spanish and History with a concentration in Latin American history, as well as a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Latino Studies. After graduating, Kaitlyn moved back to her hometown of Richmond, Indiana where she worked in development and communications at Cope Environmental Center, a non-profit nature center. She also served on various boards including the Women’s Fund of Wayne County, the Society for the Preservation and Use of Resources, and the Sister Cities of Richmond, IN.
On December 10, 2020, more than 700 participants joined live for “Forward Together: A Conversation with Former Presidents of the Americas,” a virtual panel of former presidents featuring Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, Ricardo Lagos of Chile, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico. The discussion was moderated by Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post. The program began with opening remarks by Michael Shifter, president of the Dialogue, and Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., co-chair of the Dialogue’s Board of Directors, offered closing remarks.
On Sept. 18, 2020, members of the Inter-American Dialogue’s corporate program met virtually with José Manuel Restrepo, Colombia’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, and Flavia Santoro, the President of ProColombia.
On December 13, 2019 the Inter-American Dialogue, in partnership with International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (IDEA) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), hosted “Is Democracy in Trouble? Latin America in Global Perspective”, an event to launch IDEA’s The Global State of Democracy 2019 Report: Addressing the Ills, Reviving the Promise.