Announcements / December 16, 2019

Assistant Secretary of State to Speak at 2020 National Meeting

We are pleased to announce that Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, will deliver opening remarks at the 2020 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting in Washington, DC during the Opening Plenary on January 23 at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel.

Assistant Secretary Royce oversees the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs(ECA) at the U.S. Department of State, which administers a wide range of programs to advance U.S. foreign policy through educational, professional, cultural, and sports exchanges, including the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which will kick off the celebration of its 80th anniversary at the 2020 National Meeting.

“The Department of State is proud to partner with the Global Ties Network on the International Visitor Leadership Program. For 80 years, the IVLP has built connections that engage and empower people, improving foreign relations and strengthening the national security of the United States. These relationships are built by the citizen diplomats across the country who work on this program, helping to build a more stable, secure, and prosperous world,” says Assistant Secretary Royce.

The Global Ties U.S. National Meeting serves as the annual gathering of international exchange professionals in the United States. The four-day event includes more than 50 sessions on international exchange programming best practices, foreign policy, and nonprofit management, as well as off-site events on Capitol Hill and various embassies.

The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Since 1940, the program has hosted thousands of international visitors on short-term visits to the U.S. to cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Member organizations of the Global Ties Network serve as local hosts for these visitors, providing first-hand glimpses into the diversity of American life.

Registration for the 2020 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting is open to the public and available online until January 10.

(Photo credit: U.S. Department of State)

For Global Ties U.S. inquiries:
Daniel Bremer-Wirtig, Director of External Affairs

For U.S. Department of State inquiries: