National Meeting

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The 2023 National Meeting is taking place Wednesday, March 29 – Friday, March 31.

**Registration Details** 

January 4 – 27 | Early-Bird Registration open to Community-Based Members and National Program Agencies

January 28 – March 17 | General Registration open to Partners & International Alumni, U.S. Department of State representatives, and the General Public 

March 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET | Registration Closes

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About the National Meeting

The Global Ties U.S. National Meeting is the premier gathering of international exchange and public diplomacy professionals and supporters from government agencies, the private-sector, nonprofit organizations, and academia. Held in the Washington, DC-area, the National Meeting brings together participants across three days to gain high-level insights on trends affecting the international exchange and public diplomacy field, engage in in-depth professional development opportunities, and build networks to strengthen our missions focused on citizen engagement in foreign affairs.

2023 Theme: (Re)Building Community: Globally & Locally.

The last few years have been extraordinary for our country and the world. We’ve collectively adjusted, again and again, how we work and communicate. Yet through it all, we’ve seen the remarkable strength and resiliency of the people and relationships that are at the core of our Global Ties Network and our international exchange missions. We’ve seen the power of local, national, and global communities in action. All of these are reasons why this year’s theme is (Re)Building Community: Globally & Locally.

From sharing ideas and innovations that are making our organizations stronger, to investing in new leaders and partners who will continue our work into future generations, we are (re)affirming our commitment to citizen diplomacy and (re)building our community, here and around the world. We hope you’ll join us at the Global Ties U.S. 2023 National Meeting to (re)connect, (re)engage, and (re)discover ​the power and potential of our exchange and public diplomacy community.

National Meeting Awards and Nominations*

Each year at the National Meeting, Global Ties U.S. recognizes leaders in citizen diplomacy and international exchange for outstanding work in our field. The National Meeting awards celebrate how and why exchange programs matter to communities in the United States and abroad. For more information about the 2023 awards, see here.

More Ways to Get Involved

  • Volunteer with Us: Volunteers support event logistics including registration, setup, and social media. In return, they gain access to sessions, networking opportunities with international exchange leaders, and valuable experience on event management. Sign up by Monday, February 6.
  • Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities: Demonstrate your leadership in public diplomacy and international exchange by partnering with us as a sponsor and/or exhibitor. Learn more.


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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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