National Meeting 2024

Diplomacy in Action: Raising Community Voices

The Global Ties U.S. 2024 National Meeting took place March 5-8 and brought together our international exchange Network under the theme, Diplomacy in Action: Raising Community Voices. This premier international exchange gathering brought together over 600 public diplomacy professionals at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

International exchange programs have long been a way to humanize foreign affairs as a powerful platform to create a greater sense of civic engagement, community pride, and appreciation of diverse cultural groups. The 2024 theme dove into the critical, socio-cultural impact of our work and served as a call to action to ensure we reflect the rich diversity of the United States.


Check out the highlight reel below and access the plenary session recordings on our YouTube playlist.

Featuring live music by the Julian Berkowitz Trio from the Closing Plenary & photos by Kristoffer Tripplaar with select contributions from Global Ties U.S. staff, volunteers, and event attendees


View event photos on Flickr.

Event Highlights

  • Catch up with the 2024 Citizen Diplomat Award recipients: Daisy Khan, Doctor of Ministry, Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), and the Rid-All Green Partnership from Cleveland, Ohio. There is also special recognition of Lenneal Henderson, Ph.D., Dean at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Virginia State University.
  • Learn more about how the recipients of the 2024 Network Innovation Awards are building stronger communities through inclusive and transformative programming.
  • Read the Welcome Message from Bob Lieser, Chair of the 2024 National Meeting Planning Committee.
  • Get to know the participants of the 2024 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program.

Global Ties Network Members

Session materials are available on the Member Portal (login required) of the Global Ties U.S. website.

Evening Receptions

Special thanks to our evening reception hosts, The National Museum of American Diplomacy, Decatur House, Embassy of Estonia, Embassy of Poland, Embassy of Singapore, and Studio Theatre, and the U.S. Department of State for graciously opening their beautiful spaces to the Global Ties Network during the week of March 5-8. We are deeply appreciative for the opportunity to feature these evening events this year.

Thank You #GlobalTies2024 Supporters

Presenting Level

  • Capital Communications Group
  • Unitas Communications

Ambassador Level

  • CliftonLarsonAllen
  • DC Jazz Festival
  • Meridian International Center
  • National Museum of American Diplomacy
  • Vicente López-Ibor Mayor
  • World Affairs Councils of America

Envoy Level

  • American Councils for International Education
  • Churchill Hotel
  • Club Quarters Hotels Washington DC
  • CRDF Global
  • FHI 360
  • GJJAMS Foundation
  • Homewood Suites DC Downtown
  • IIE
  • International Arts & Artists
  • Public Diplomacy Council of America
  • World Learning

Diplomat Level

  • Awards Limousine
  • Congressional Office for International Leadership
  • Cultural Vistas
  • The Darcy Hotel
  • The International Center
  • The Lyle
  • Westgate Grand Central
  • World Affairs Council of Seattle
  • Your Part-Time Controller



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.