National Meeting

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

About the National Meeting

The Global Ties U.S. National Meeting is the premier gathering of private-sector organizations, U.S. government agencies, advocates, and leaders in the international exchange field. 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 field, engage in in-depth professional development opportunities, and build networks to strengthen international exchanges.

National Meeting Awards and Nominations*

Each year at the National Meeting, Global Ties U.S. recognizes leaders in the citizen diplomacy and international exchange for outstanding work in our field. You can find out more about each award, including eligibility and the 2022 recipients, below.

  • IVLP Alumni Award for Social InnovationEach year, Global Ties U.S. recognizes an alum of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) for high achievements in driving social change through innovation in their communities. Nominees must be past IVLP participants who demonstrate a significant difference they are making in their local or national community in an area of social impact derived directly from their IVLP participation. The 2022 award will recognize an IVLP alum in Europe or Asia who has made a significant impact in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, demonstrating social innovation and global leadership through his or her example. Special consideration will be given to nominees addressing social justice as it relates to climate change. This award is sponsored by Global Ties U.S. Advisory Council member and IVLP alum Vicente López-Ibor Mayor. Please share this application with eligible IVLP Alumni and/or submit a nomination for the award. Self-nomination is encouraged but not required.
  • Global Ties Network Innovation Award: This award (new in 2022) will honor individuals who work within a Community-Based Member, National Program Agency, or as an Interpreter/Liaison, who have helped to lead the necessary transformations for our work and our field in 2021. There will be multiple recipients of this award. The award will be presented at the National Meeting, and the recipients may attend virtually, or in person.
  • Global Ties U.S. Citizen Diplomat Award: This award honors an individual or institution in the United States or abroad who, motivated by a deep understanding of world issues and a commitment to the exchange of persons and ideas, has achieved a recognized standard of excellence in furthering the cause of international and mutual understanding. Awardees may be drawn broadly from many areas of society such as the arts, cultural activities, government service, science, media, business, and education. The award will be presented at the National Meeting, and the recipient may attend virtually, or in person.

*Nominations for the 2022 awards are all closed.




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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