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  1. In early November, registered Annual Briefing attendees will receive an email with a link to the Braindate Topic Market.
  2. There you can explore and sign up for existing topics and if you like, create up to three new topics where you will be the host.
  3. Once the Annual Briefing starts on November 16th, you will be able to join in on your reserved sessions and continue to browse the Braindate Topic Market to find any new Braindates you may want to join.
  4. As the Braindates you host fill up with at least eight attendees, or once the discussions end, you will be able to create additional topics for others to join.

Braindates are not presentations, they are conversations that stem from a shared interest.

Some tips for meaningful Braindates:

Make sure everyone introduces themselves and contributes to the discussion.

Ask the participant(s) what interested them about the topic.

Be transparent and honest about your own experience related to the topic: You don’t need to be an expert to lead a Braindate.

Don’t forget that everyone has something interesting they can add to the conversation: Adopt a beginner’s mindset.

Remember to include your LinkedIn profile in your Annual Briefing registration. Many great connections start with a simple conversation.


Themes and Participants

Once the Annual Briefing starts on November 16, you can start to join your reserved Braindates. Check out the Annual Briefing agenda to see suggested discussion questions per panel (click on the panel name).

You will also be able to continue to browse the Topic Market for new discussions to join, or if you haven’t yet, to create up to three of your own topics at a time. Braindates are designed to support both these scheduled discussions and new topics that spark up on the fly.  So keep your Braindate window open throughout the AB to make sure you’re a part of the conversation.

Host Theme Days
November 16

OSAC Regional Analysts

OSAC Regional Analysts and private sector leaders will discuss key security events, trends, and concerns related to specific regions.

November 17

OSAC Members and More!

Join Braindates before, during, and after each agenda session to discuss ideas raised by our expert speakers.

November 18

Diplomatic Security Dialogues

Today is an opportunity to meet directly with Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) community and staff. Regional Security Officers and other representatives from across DS will be available to engage in small-group discussions on issues affecting both the public and private sectors. This will also be a chance to meet other OASC members and discuss their portfolios and lessons learned from this year’s Briefing.

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