GUEST OVERVIEW: Judy Goodman Ikels is the recipient of one Meritorious Award and three Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State. She also received the 2017 Champion of Career Enhancement Award from the Associates of the American Service Worldwide. After 28 years service, in 2019, Judy was honored with the Director General of the Foreign Service Cup awarded annually to one Civil Service employee "for devotion to duty, outstanding leadership, creative innovation, and tireless pursuit of what is right." During her career, she managed a broad portfolio developing policy and implementing programs in: Telework and Flexible Work Arrangements, Student Loan Repayment, Employee Benefit Programs, Workers’ Compensation, Leave and Travel policy, Family Medical Leave, Military Leave, Bike Subsidy, and Child Care Subsidy, Childcare Liaison, and community activities such as Take Your Child to Work Day. This journey would welcome her to the country of China as the daughter of an important hero and lead her to create the new book "Death in Wartime China: A Daughter's Discovery", currently available via Amazon everywhere, published by Wheatmark.
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