Margot Carrington is an FSO currently on assignment in Washington and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Una Chapman Cox Sabbatical Leave Fellowship to conduct research on the challenges faced by working women. She is also the State Department’s participant in this year’s International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellowship, a unique executive training program that aims to shrink the gender gap by grooming the next generation of women leaders.
From 2007 to 2010, Margot served as the principal officer for the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, Japan. As the first female officer with children in that position, she was a sought-after speaker on women's issues such as work-life balance, which is one of the topics of her current research. Margot began her 17-year diplomatic career with the United States Information Agency. After two years of Japanese language training, she took up her first assignment as Deputy Director of the Tokyo American Center. Margot then served a four-year tour in Kuala Lumpur as cultural attaché after studying Malay at the University of Malaya, In 2003, she returned to Japan as deputy of the Cultural Affairs Office, where she developed programs on U.S. policies and society, including women’s issues, for the five U.S. Consulates in Japan.
She has managed to maintain some semblance of work-life balance thanks to her husband. Margot welcomes hearing from colleagues interested in discussing the work environment for women at State.