National Meeting

From January 22-25, 2020, over 900 attendees from around the U.S. and the world convened at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC to celebrate the "faces" who make exchange programs happen every day: participants and alumni, locally-based hosts and coordinators, government agencies, and more.

The 2020 National Meeting also served as the launch for a year-long campaign by the Office of International Visitors of the U.S. Department of State to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program, the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, and its achievements in advancing American foreign policy, prosperity, and security.

Events Supporters

Special thank you to Awards Limousine Inc. for providing transportation services and a monuments tour for the Emerging Leaders Program.

Additional thanks to the following individuals for their sponsorship of the Luncheon with the Ambassadors: Philip Lauinger, Jr., Kyle Moyer, Sherry Mueller, Ph.D., Anthony Shop.


Check out the photo slideshow below highlighting the main events of the 2020 National Meeting, and find videos of plenaries, keynote speakers, and more on our Youtube page.

Event Highlights

Session Materials

Link to Session Slides and Materials

Get Ready Now For 2021

The 2021 National Meeting will place virtually March 22-26, 2021. Join us online as we celebrate 60 years of the Global Ties Network.