Diplomatic Community

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


This annual international extravaganza in Washington, DC connects the public with the vibrant culture, food, travel and tourism of various countries around the world. Hosted by the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC), this festival has the atmosphere of a bustling global marketplace with each embassy promoting their country through vibrant displays of visual art, food, handcrafts, as well as travel and tourism exhibits. Free and open to the public, guests can travel the world and do some holiday shopping—all during the lunch hour!

Embassy Chef Challenge

This annual Washington, DC event allows visitors to sample authentic cuisines from nearly 40 countries in a single day. Private chefs from across the nation’s capital gather at the Ronald Reagan Building to prepare their favorite dishes. A panel of culinary experts judge the dishes based on presentation, taste and how well the chef’s represent their countries.

Cultural TourismDC


PassportDC is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC’s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. For the last ten years the program has been celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington. Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and more than 40 of DC’s very best cultural institutions. In 2016, more than 235,000 people enjoyed the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions, workshops, and more

Around the World Embassy Tour

Participants travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. More than 40 embassies opened their doors to visitors over the years, allowing guests to pet alpacas, play with robots, learn indigenous dances, and more!

Cherry Blossom Festival-

One of Washington’s most successful annual events is the legendary Cherry Blossom Festival. Cultural TourismDC presented a special afternoon featuring performing artists from seven embassies.

National Press Club

Jan Du Plain currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the International Committee, National Press Club, where she organizes and promotes numerous events that represent a diverse range of interests and backgrounds.

International Inauguration

Gala of Myron Belkind, President of the National Press Club- first foreign correspondent to hold presidency. Organized, recruited, supervised Ambassadors attendance; responsible for all protocol, facilitating introductions of diplomats to press corps; created/printed official program, administered seating arrangements and managed journalists covering evening.

 International Cultural Evening

Du Plain produced and coordinated the first-ever International Cultural Evening at the National Press Club, which featured dancers, singers, music from around the world—from Calypso to traditional Indian dance. Du Plain recruited Ambassadors and performers; liaised to production manager facilitated introductions and providing guidance to performing organizations, created official printed program, administered seating arrangements and supervised journalists covering show

Sustained Dialogue

Sustained Dialogue Institute’s National Dialogue Awards

The National Dialogue Award is annually awarded to leading Americans who seek to heal our nation, transcend its current divides and bring about equality and justice for all. DuPlain led the production and outreach of the Annual Dialogue Award gala, Washington, DC, with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at National Press Club, 2016 and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Astronaut Mark Kelly, 2017.

Women’s Issues

2014 International Women’s Day Program sponsored by World Peace Federation; Emcee- Jan Du Plain

National Women’s History Museum

Women Making History Awards

The Women Making History Awards recognizes and honors a select group of women who have made a significant contribution to their field and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere. Past honorees have included Former First Lady Laura Bush, Former NPR Host Diane Rehm, Poet Dr. Maya Angelou, Photographer Annie Leibovitz and Opera Singer Denyce Graves. Such luminaries as Academy-Award Winning actress Meryl Streep and trailblazing Astronaut Sally Ride have been early supporters of the Museum.

Centennial Suffragist Celebration

100th Anniversary of the 1913 Suffrage March, led by Alice Paul, which galvanized unprecedented national support for women’s voting rights.

American News Women’s Clubs

Du Plain chaired and produced The Excellence in Journalism Awards to honor White House Correspondents Helen Thomas and Sarah McClendon.

International Women’s Media Foundation

Du Plain coordinated this conference, chaired by PBS news host Judy Woodruff and international reporter, Christiana Amanpour. In a major three-day conference on women media leaders, she hosted and recruited an Ambassador luncheon to celebrate women’s role in the media around the world and was responsible for all protocol and seating arrangements.

Institute of Women & Politics

As a board member, Produced and emceed a special program and reception celebrating Women Ambassadors and Women Diplomats for the “Institute of Women & Politics,” American University, Washington, DC at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain co-hosted by Her Excellency, Ambassador of Bahrain, with 200 guests, VIP’s, students and women ambassadors; responsible for all protocol, facilitating introductions and providing guidance to participating diplomats.

Jennifer Lawless, Executive director.

Performing Arts

 Jeremiah Theatricals

Esther, Sweet Esther- Du Plain handled the public relations and promotion of Esther, Sweet Esther, a musical based on the Book of Esther, which celebrates in comedic-dramatic-operatic style, the life of Esther– the beautiful Jewish maiden, who courageously risks her life for the safety of her people. A romantic biblical story with the cast of 12 talented performers, including many Broadway, National and International Tour actors.

American University’s Greenberg Theatre

Appeared in the role of narrator in the much beloved play “Our Town” in 2006 at her Alma Mater.

Judi Dench

The Shakespeare Guild

Conducted successful international openings & protocol for The Shakespeare Guild’s Sir John Gielgud Award in London with award winning British actor Robert Branagh.

John Andrews, Founder.

Kenneth Branaugh

Dan and Judith Terra, co-founders

Musee Americain Giverny

Du Plain Global Enterprises Inc. launched the opening of the Musee Americain Giverny, a new museum featuring American impressionists in France, on behalf of Judith and Dan Terra, the first Ambassador for Cultural Affairs at the State Department.

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