National Meeting

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.


Learn About the 2024 National Meeting

The Global Ties U.S. 2024 National Meeting took place March 5-8, 2024. Main stage (public) programming occurred from March 6-8 with select Network-only sessions on Tuesday, March 5. #GlobalTies2024 brought together over 600 international exchange professionals at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

2025 Opportunities Coming Soon

Session Proposals

Each year, Global Ties U.S. puts out a call for proposals to help us shape session content. Whether you’re interested in building nonprofit management skills, writing a winning proposal, sharing IVLP programming best practices, or something more, we want to hear from you.

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.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Demonstrate your leadership in public diplomacy and international exchange by partnering with us as a sponsor and/or exhibitor.

Call for Volunteers

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.




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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