Announcements / April 17, 2019

Salt Lake City, San Diego, and Louisville Selected as Host Cities for Summits on Diplomacy, Exchange Programs

Washington, DC, April 17, 2019 — The Washington, DC-based nonprofit Global Ties U.S. is pleased to announce the locations of the 2019 Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits.

Held annually in cities across the U.S., the Summits bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world to raise awareness of international exchange programs and their benefit to U.S. communities and economies.

The 2019 hosts, dates, and themes are:

July 12 in Salt Lake City, UT
Hosted by: Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Theme: The Power to Make a Social Impact

September 20 in San Diego, CA
Hosted by: San Diego Diplomacy Council
Theme: Innovation in the Cali Baja Region and Beyond

November 15 in Louisville, KY
Hosted by: World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Theme: The Future of Global Education

“We’re thrilled to work with our members in Salt Lake City, San Diego, and Louisville and celebrate the extraordinary impact of exchange programs in American communities,” said Katherine Brown, President and CEO of Global Ties U.S. “We’re confident that each city and host organization will deliver an amazing program that brings local and international communities together, all while exemplifying the best of America’s diversity.”

The Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits are funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Global Ties U.S. in partnership with local Community-Based Members. The Summits are an opportunity to forge new connections, build professional networks, and deepen understanding of U.S. foreign policy, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and the benefits of exchange programs to American citizens and the communities that host them.

Since 2014, the Summits have convened hundreds of exchange professionals and community members in nearly 20 U.S. cities including Albuquerque, NM, Huntsville, AL, Manchester, NH, and Portland, OR. This year will be the second time the Summit is hosted in Louisville; San Diego and Salt Lake City will be first-time hosts of this signature event.

Each of the Summits include a Learning Lab, a full-day workshop for IVLP implementing partners, including the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors. Learning Labs are designed to help our members strengthen their programming capabilities, advance professional skills, and foster peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange.

Registration and more information about the sessions and speakers at each Diplomacy Begins Begins Here Summit and Learning Lab are forthcoming. Updates will be available on our website, as well as information on past Summit programs and hosts.

About Global Ties U.S.
Global Ties U.S. is a nonprofit that makes international exchange programs more effective. We work with our members and the U.S. Department of State to bring current and future leaders from around the world to communities across the United States. Together, we build deep connections among people from many countries, resulting in a more peaceful, prosperous world.

Media Contact:
Daniel Bremer-Wirtig

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State