Meet the new Co-Chair of NYLESA – Angela Picon

Angela Picon, a Colombian political scientist with a master in Diplomacy and International Relations, is the new Co-Chair of the NYLESA Steering Committee. 

On Wednesday June 14th at the Special General Meeting of NYLESA, our members cast their unanimous vote for Angela Picon who is taking the vacant Co-Chair position in the Steering Committee.

Angela Picon has experience in humanitarian and political affairs both with the UN, where she worked as reporting officer with OCHA, and as a national officer in the OAS Mission to support the Peace Process in Colombia. Angela arrived in New York three months ago and is enthusiastic about becoming a part of the NYLESA community and contributing to supporting UN spouses and families moving to NYC.

Welcome on board Angela!

Participants at the Coffee Gathering and Special General Meeting at A.O.C. Photo: Lin Qi 

Welcome to NYLESA Cocktail Gathering on June 15

On Thursday June 15th it is time for the monthly NYLESA Cocktail Gathering. If you are not a member yet this is a great opportunity to get to know NYLESA better. Bring your spouse and join us at 5th & Mad in Manhattan. 

5th & Mad is a spacious bi-level bar two blocks from the Empire State Building. A vibrant place to hang out and unwind. The kitchen prepares a variety of small plates including sliders, calamari, wings, Irish nachos and Mad Burgers.

Participants: The Cocktail Gathering is an open event. All NYLESA members, spouses and newcomers interested in joining NYLESA are invited to come.

When: Thursday June 15, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Where: Mad@5, 7 E 36th Street, New York City NY

Registration: There is no need to register. If you have any questions, please contact

Fee: Cash bar, you will pay for your own drinks.


The Art of Networking in 140 Characters

At Junes months career table NYLESA members got tips on how to build a Twitter persona that get noticed by people and organizations.  

Twitter can be an excellent resource for your job search, introducing you to new people, organizations, ideas and job opportunities. June month´s career table was hosted by Javier Delgado-Rivera who runs @TheUNTimes, the leading Twitter account on UN affairs. Javier gave some good insights on how to develop a social media mindset and make the most of your Twitter presence. Read more and download Javiers presentation below.

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Guided tour in Central Park June 6th

Would you like to know more about the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, one of the most magical places in Central Park?

On June 6th NYLESA member Elena Giachetti will give a guided tour of the Hallet Sanctuary. Elena will tell us about the history of this hidden gem that was closed until 2001, and walk us through the rustic trails to view native plantings and wildlife.

Wear comfortable shoes and join us for this experience! Open to all NYLESA members.
When: Tuesday, June 6th, 10a.m. to 12p.m.
Where: We will gather under José Julían Martí’s statue, at Center Drive and 59th St (head of 6th Avenue).
Read more and
confirm your attendance by June 5th here (you need to be logged in as member)


The next Coffee Gathering is coming up on June 14th!

Join NYLESA community, taste some coffee, a delicious croissant and share your smile with a plenty of others in a friendly context!

A special invitation is reserved to all the UN Bazaar’s visitors that asked for information at the NYLESA stand: we are looking forward to meet you and welcome you in our vibrant local Expatriate Spouses Association!

NYLESA offers a lot of activities in order to facilitate the relocation of UN Staff families, finding all the necessary clues to get the better housing, school and healthcare. A fundamental NYLESA purpose is to help Un spouses in have a successful career transition in NYC, organizing Career Tables with Professional UN Staff and looking for UN temporary or pro bono positions open to spouses.

To all those who have already enlisted as NYLESA Members: don’t miss the June event. You know the Coffee Gathering is unique! Our greatest open event, that gives the chance to meet old friends and newcomers UN spouses and UN staff in New York City, exchanging opinions, expressing concerns about living and working in the “Big Apple”.

On June 14th your presence is twice as important, because in that occasion a Special General Meeting will be held in order to elect the new NYLESA Co-Chair.

Your vote matters! Due to the resignation of the NYLESA AGM elected Co-Chair, the position is now vacant; at the June Coffee Gathering you will have to express your preference in order to fill the position for the remaining period of the current year’s mandate, from June 2017 to March 2018.

You can read hereby the SGM Agenda and the Candidates’ profile. Your presence is important, but if you can’t participate at the Special General Meeting you can cast your vote online. Check your emails, in the Coffee Gathering reminder you will find the link! (You can vote only if you are a registered member.)

WHEN: June 14th, from 10a.m. to 12p.m.

WHERE: A.O.C. 314 Bleecker Street, New York City, NY

FEE: 10$


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