The Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits bring together leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations to forge new connections with local communities around exchange programming and issues. They also serve as an opportunity for local communities to deepen their understanding of U.S. foreign policy, public diplomacy, and how exchange programs such as the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) play a role in each.
Hosted in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Global Ties U.S. Community-Based Members, the summits take place several times each year in various cities across the country. Each summit involves a day full of sessions, keynotes, and other activities to promote awareness and support of international exchange programs.
Anyone is welcome to attend a Diplomacy Begins Regional Summit, including students, staff of nonprofit organizations, and the general public. Registration fees vary based on affiliation.
For current IVLP partners, Learning Labs are offered as part of the summit as a form of professional development and opportunity to share knowledge and expertise with other Global Ties Network members.
The National Meeting is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Global Ties U.S.
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