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.
After a two-year pause, we are thrilled to announce that the Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits are returning to communities across the United States starting in the summer of 2022.
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.
An additional component of the Summit is the Learning Lab, offered exclusively for members of the Global Ties Network.* Learning Labs provide a space for tailored workshops on topics including youth engagement to bring a community together, prioritizing diversity and inclusivity both within your organization and in visitor programming, as well as involving local government officials in IVLP programming.
*This includes representatives from the Office of International Visitors, National Programming Agencies, and Community-Based Members.
2022 SUMMIT & LEARNING LAB SCHEDULE
Portland, OR | October 13-14
Hosted by WorldOregon
Theme: Bridging Citizen Engagement & Environmental Action
- October 13: Summit
- October 14: Lab**
Pensacola, FL | September 22-23
Hosted by Gulf Coast Diplomacy
Theme: Local STEAM to Global Innovation
- September 22: Lab**
- September 23: Summit
Chicago, IL | July 21-22
Hosted by WorldChicago and Freeport Area International
Theme: Connecting Diverse Communities Through Diplomacy
- July 21: Lab**
- July 22: Summit
For immediate questions or concerns, please contact Membership@GlobalTiesUS.org
**Learning Labs are only for IVLP partners and their members and are not open to the public.
Please note that health and safety protocols for these events will be determined by the local host CBMs based on local conditions and regulations. More detailed information from each host will be available two months in advance of each event.
The Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits and Learning Labs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Global Ties U.S.