National Meeting 2021

From March 22-26, 2021, more than 1,000 international exchange professionals and partners from around the world gathered online to celebrate 60 years of our Network's collective resilience and dedication to forging connections without boundaries.

The 2021 National Meeting took place March 22-26, 2021, and brought together our global community of international exchange partners, practitioners, and supporters. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted the 2021 National Meeting online. Moving our in-person meeting to a fully online format presented us with the unique opportunity to spotlight the best of what the virtual event realm has to offer: the ability to reflect and connect with colleagues around the world. This year also marked the 60th anniversary of Global Ties U.S. Thank you all for joining us to celebrate 60 years of innovation, impact, and connecting the world through international exchange…because, Exchange Matters


Check out content from the plenary sessions below or on our YouTube channel.

More session videos and content is available in the Member Corner of our website (Global Ties Network member login required).

Event Highlights

Embassy Receptions

Thank you to the following embassies for hosting a 2021 National Meeting Embassy Session:

  • Delegation of the European Union to the United States
  • Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Event Supporters

Ambassador Level

  • Capital Communications Group, Inc.
  • Chastang & Partners, Inc.
  • Al & Sharon Durtka
  • Philip Lauinger, Jr.
  • Vicente López-Ibor Mayor
  • World Affairs Councils of America

Diplomat Level

  • CRDF Global
  • The Darcy Hotel
  • Development Innovations Group
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC
  • The International Center
  • International Institute of Education
  • International Institute of Wisconsin
  • Sherry Mueller
  • Unitas Communications
  • The Ven at Embassy Row
  • World Affairs Council – Seattle