"We need to systematize what we do for young women," said Carol Lancaster, dean of Georgetown's School of foreign service.
foreign service staffers need a personal recommendation from their local ambassador just to get an interview.
Cason is now retired from the foreign service and is the mayor of Coral Gables, Florida.
The professional arm of the executive branch that supplies diplomats for the United States embassies and consulates around the world. Ambassadors, though officially members of the Foreign Service, are sometimes friends of the president of the United States appointed in gratitude for support given during elections.