Exchange Matters / July 18, 2018

A Look Back: Diplomacy Begins Here in Cleveland, OH

From June 28-29, 2018, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs—a Global Ties U.S. Community-Based Member—hosted the first Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit and Learning Lab of the year. The summit explored the theme of “Women Who Rock the World” by looking at the power of women’s leadership in business, education, and government through sessions, keynotes, and workshops.

The summit also highlighted the importance of public diplomacy and international exchanges in forging Cleveland’s connection to the world. Panel and keynote topics included women in STEM, global education, diplomacy, social enterprise, and the media.

Check out the highlights below. You can view the entire photo album on Flickr.

Welcome to Cleveland! 

Photo by David Honeycutt

A full house appears at the Drury Plaza hotel as attendees hear opening remarks from Ambassador Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State:

Photo by David Honeycutt

The #DiplomacyBeginsHere Summit explores the critical role that public and citizen diplomacy programs, such as the @statedept‘s @StateIVLP exchange program, play in building a more peaceful, prosperous world.

— Exchange Programs (@ECAatState) June 28, 2018

Next stop: NASA! Marla E. Perez-Davis, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the John H. Glenn Research Center, presented the opening keynote on “Women in STEM”:

What would a Diplomacy Begins Here Summit be without the participation of IVLP alumni? Meet Rosana Schaack, Executive Director of Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK), an IVLP Gold Star Alumna. Fun fact: Since 2017, she has served as a member of the Liberian House of Representatives:

Photo by David Honeycutt

Meeting the glass ceiling head on: Ambassadors Heather Hodges and Jennifer Zimdahl Galt chat on a panel moderated by Katherine Brown, President and CEO of Global Ties U.S., on pushing forth as female diplomats in a predominantly male field:

Photo by David Honeycutt

RT @ECAatState: RT @StateIVLP: “Be confident in your skills and confident in yourself,” says PDAS Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, speaking about the #IVLP, women in the Foreign Service, and the importance of women’s mentorship at the #DiplomacyBeginsHere Summit.

— Pedro J Martin (@PedroAtState) June 28, 2018

Students rock the world! The Summit featured a Student Track to grow the next generation of diplomats and public diplomacy leaders:

Photo by David Honeycutt

The Peace Corps is another way budding diplomats of all ages can play a role in creating a more peaceful, prosperous world:

It wasn’t all about sessions and keynotes — the exhibitors gave attendees more opportunity to network and see what resources are out there for their work:

From tips on running board meetings to peer-to-peer workshops, the Learning Lab component of the Summit offered a small group component to members of the Global Ties Network in attendance:

When you can’t attend the Town Hall in person, you Skype in:

A Note Regarding CCWA

It is with sadness that we reflect on the passing of Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, just two weeks after hosting these successful events.

Maura was deeply committed to the International Visitor Leadership Program and exchanges. Even before her tenure at CCWA, Maura hosted countless IVLP participants in her home over the years. She will be remembered for her dedication to citizen diplomacy among her colleagues, friends, and family.