Thank You, America's Hometown!

A huge thank you to the Plimoth Plantation for hosting a State Department-sponsored
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) group from Saudi Arabia this past week! This
group of professionals focused on tourism and economic development are working toward
creating a tourism visa for international tourists to travel to Saudi Arabia. The visitors had a
chance to see how the Plimoth Plantation welcomes tourists from all over the world to learn
about early American History and America’s Hometown! In addition to learning how a living
history museum operates and maintains its business, the group had a chance to visit Plymouth
Rock, historical sites along Plymouth Waterfront, and eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
The visitors came to Plymouth with the specific objectives of studying coastal tourism and
cultural preservation. To achieve these goals, Plimoth Plantation made sure to include program
managers of the Wampanoag Homesite who could explain in a hands-on way about the
preservation of their culture. A sincere thank you to Darius as well as Mr. Rob Kluin (Director of
Marketing and Communications), Ms. Janet Young (Group Sales Manager) and Mr. Ivan Lipton
(Chief Administration Officer).

This visit would not have been complete without the Plymouth 400, Inc. – another massive thank you to them! This non-profit organization is hosting a series of commemoration events in 2020 to highlight the cultural contributions and American traditions that emerged from the interactions between the Wampanoag tribe and English settlers. Ms. Michelle Pecoraro (Executive Director) and Mr. Brian Logan (Communications Manager) from the Plymouth 400 were kind enough to meet with the visitors from Saudi Arabia to discuss the preparations for the 400 th anniversary of the Plymouth Colony. They also provided a guided walking tour of the modern-day location of the first settlement and along the historic Waterfront.

Thank you to both of these organizations for meeting with the visitors and showing them around America’s Hometown! Check out the pictures of the group’s visit on a beautiful day to Plymouth below:

We're hiring!

WorldBoston is hiring a Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs! This is an outstanding opportunity to grow a career in community outreach, communications, and nonprofit management, with an international focus.

The Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs oversees WorldBoston programs serving our local community, which includes business, academia, young professionals, high school students, local diplomats and foreign representatives, and internationally-minded individuals throughout the region. Responsibilities include creating and managing 40+ speaker events annually, overseeing WorldBoston’s flagship youth program Academic WorldQuest, and working with partners to co-host numerous other events throughout the year. This work involves identifying compelling topics, recruiting expert speakers, securing venues, and building audiences. Responsibilities also include managing the organization’s communications and marketing, including outreach and social media. The Manager should be motivated by creating new connections and advancing WorldBoston’s reach, effectiveness, and visibility. This position is part of a management team overseeing interns, volunteers, and vendors.

This Manager also oversees key internal operational functions of WorldBoston, including office management, interfacing with WorldBoston’s IT consultant, and online ticket sales, memberships, etc. Additional features of this position include:

  • Creating clear and visually appealing newsletters to advertise WorldBoston events, using email marketing software
  • Overseeing WorldBoston’s social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Keeping our website up-to-date
  • Working with the President and other staff to maintain visibility on WorldBoston membership, event payments, and other critical operational elements
  • Providing support to other programs involving international visitors, and to new programs as necessary
  • Drafting grant proposals for existing and future global education-focused programs, and implementing them as necessary. 

The successful candidate will bring the following qualities to the team:

  • Superior attention to detail and motivation for outstanding performance
  • Initiative and interpersonal skills
  • Collaboration in a lively team environment
  • Ability to attract and interact well with participants and stakeholders from diverse local and international communities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel (required); experience with Squarespace (or similar website editor), QuickBooks, and desktop publishing software (e.g. Publisher, Canva) a plus
  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, international affairs, nonprofit administration, or related field
  • At least 2-3 years of professional experience; examples of relevant experience include, but are not limited to, community outreach, organizing events, and small office management, including management of interns
  • Passion for international affairs and nonprofit excellence
  • Personal goals to grow and take on new responsibilities in a small team atmosphere
  • Motivation to advance a mission-driven organization
  • Ability to lift items up to 25 lbs.
  • Availability to staff scheduled evening programs

Ready to join the WorldBoston team? Please email a resume and covering note to opportunity@worldboston.org. No telephone calls or inquiries, please.

May at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Let's just say, never a dull moment. (Iran, North Korea, NAFTA, oh my.) 

In the world of international engagement, busy can be good: For example, this month our Citizen Diplomacy program hosts eight groups of international visitors, having hosted twelve in April, and our Global Education programs offer us all plenty (more!) to think about.

Global Education

After tonight's Chat & Chowder on the essential topic of ascendant India, featuring author Alyssa Ayres, next week Great Decisions takes on China's Grand Strategy, as Dan Blumenthal of American Enterprise Institute visits us on May 15 at the BPL. 

Save These June Dates

We wrap up the spring's Great Decisions series on June 12 with "Turkey: A Partner in Crisis", with Dr. Soner Sagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. And Chat & Chowder goes big picture on June 19 with the provocative Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy.

Update from the Office

This month we bid fond farewell to Thomas Luly, Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs, with thanks for his creative programming, advancing organizational effectiveness, and really silly jokes.  We also wish the best to Program Coordinator Cathy Tripp, multitasker extraordinaire -- and supplier of outstanding treats.  Thank you Tom and Cathy!

WorldBoston is Hiring!

We are hiring for the position of Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs.  This is an outstanding opportunity to grow a career in nonprofit management with an international focus. See here for more information. No telephone calls or inquiries, please.

Wait, Did You Miss Something?

Don't forget to check our News section for announcements and past newsletters.  And for the latest, be sure to follow us on Twitter @WorldBoston!

 

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

Academic WorldQuest Winners

Congratulations to our new 2018 John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuest winners from the International School of Boston! On March 24, Bridgewater State University hosted eight teams from around Massachusetts. The winning team from the International School of Boston will be headed to Washington DC later in April to compete against 45 other teams in the national competition. Teams from as far as Alaska and Hawaii will be convening to represent their states and vie for first place. We wish our Massachusetts team good luck and lots of trivia fun! More information about Academic WorldQuest can be found here.

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April at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Word has it, spring is finally here! Whatever the weather, opportunities for international engagement are busting out all over this month at WorldBoston.

Extra, Extra!  Read all about it:   Keep up on WorldBoston news (and texts of previous newsletters) at our new "blog".  For example, our sellout February 27 special event, "The State of the State Department"  -- a fascinating conversation with Ambassadors Nicholas Burns and Barbara Stephenson -- is now available online for viewing, courtesy of the WGBH Forum Network

 

Global Education

Speaking of Nick Burns, he'll be back at WorldBoston on Monday, April 9 to introduce Daniel Kurtz-Phelan's new book, The China Mission. Hailed by Madeline Albright as a "vivid account of how diplomacy really works," The China Mission is the latest installment of our popular Chat & Chowder series, and we look forward to hearing from Kurtz-Phelan, who recently became the Executive Editor of Foreign Affairs
On Thursday, April 26, we welcome Dr. Susan Moeller to address the very hot topic, "Media and Foreign Policy" as part of WorldBoston's Great Decisions lecture series at the Boston Public Library. Dr. Moeller is Director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) and Professor of Media & International Affairs at the University of Maryland, and authored the Great Decisions 2018 briefing book chapter on the topic. (You can reserve your half-price copy with Tom Luly, tluly@worldboston.org.)

Hats off to the International School of Boston on their first-place finish in the John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuestcompetition on March 24! The students won a trip to compete in the national high school competition in Washington, D.C. on April 28. Best of luck! Many thanks to our friends at Bridgewater State University for hosting another successful competition.

 

Citizen Diplomacy

Be a Citizen Diplomat and host an IVLP group for Dinner! Here's an exciting opportunity for an evening of diplomacy -- right in your own home!

A delegation from the Palestinian Territories will be in Boston April 17-21 focusing on "Diplomatic Protection and Security"

  • 7 visitors and 2 liaisons 
  • Some visitors will need interpretation, so visitors can be split into two groups
  • any evening from Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20

Dinner diplomacy entails hosting visitors for dinner, which provides them with invaluable cultural insight.  Any kind of household, traditional or unique, makes a great dinner diplomacy venue!

Please respond at your earliest convenience. This is a crucial time to serve as a citizen diplomat! Thank you for your consideration and hospitality,

Sarah Sibley

Director, Citizen Diplomacy Programs

Email: ssibley@worldboston.org

Office: (617) 542-8995

 

Update from the Office

Thanks to new and returning WorldBoston members:  John and Jean Reagan, Tsoleen Sarian, Joshua Stowell, and Bayeh Tesfaye. 

Not a member yet? We hope you will consider joining.  For inquiries, please contact our membership coordinator, Lorraine Goldstein, at lgoldstein@worldboston.org

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

March at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

As turbulent as our remarkable (!) recent weather, international events this year make your involvement with WorldBoston especially timely.  Join in our upcoming events and in opportunities for you to be a citizen diplomat.

 

Global Education

The end of February saw a sell-out WorldBoston crowd at Boston Public Library's Rabb Hall for our special event,

The State of the State Department, featuring Ambassadors Barbara Stephenson and Nick Burns.  Check the WGBH Forum Network WorldBoston page for a video to be posted soon.

A perfect followup?  Return to Rabb Hall with us on March 14 for our Great Decisions session on U.S. Global Engagement And The Militarywith Maj. General (Ret.) Bill Rappnewly-arrived at Harvard's Kennedy School.  This is a time of fundamental change in U.S. defense, per Secretary Maddis' new strategy announced in January. What will U.S. international military engagement look like in the future?

Some historical perspective?  Save the date for the April 9 Chat & Chowder  featuring The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War in a special conversation with author Daniel Kurtz-Phelan.

And here comes  

Academic WorldQuest!

On March 24 high school teams from all over Mass. gather at Bridgewater State University for this fun global knowledge competition, a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America.The victors win a free trip to Washington to compete in the national event.  Good luck to all the amazing competitors!  Special thanks to venue host Bridgewater and the John H. Carlson Fund.

A Great Decision -- a good read

Do you know about the Great Decisions briefing book?  It's a superior resource published by the Foreign Policy Association, and we sell them at half price!  You can reserve your copy with Tom Luly, tluly@worldboston.org

 

Citizen Diplomacy

New Dinner Diplomacy Opportunity with IVLP

Here's an exciting opportunity for an evening of diplomacy -- right in your own home!

A delegation from India will be in Boston March 22-26 focusing on "Furthering the U.S-India Relationship through Higher Education"

  • 4 visitors and 1 liaison 
  • Saturday, March 24 or Sunday, March 25

Dinner diplomacy entails hosting visitors for dinner in your home, which provides them with invaluable understanding of real Americans.  Any kind of household, traditional or unique, makes a great dinner diplomacy venue!

Please respond at your earliest convenience if you can assist in making this a special visit for our visitors from India. This is a crucial time to serve as a citizen diplomat!

Thank you for your consideration and hospitality,

Sarah Sibley

Director, Citizen Diplomacy Programs

WorldBoston

Email: ssibley@worldboston.org

Office: (617) 542-8995

 

Update from the Office

Thanks to new and returning WorldBoston members:  Joseph Milano, Joanne Zitek, Christian Halby, Elizabeth Welch, Matthew Blum, Ryan Migeed.

Not a member yet? We hope you will consider joining.  For inquiries, please contact our membership coordinator, Lorraine Goldstein, at lgoldstein@worldboston.org

A word about attendance: It's a great courtesy to our venue hosts and our limited staff to register early for our events.  And once you register, your attendance is also very appreciated.  Avoiding no-shows helps in future event planning, and helps insure you don't inadvertently take the spot of another WorldBoston community member. Thanks!

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

 


February at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

February and March are busy at WorldBoston on both "sides of our house," Global Education and Citizen Diplomacy.  Read on to find out what's new, and how you can get involved.

 

Global Education

WorldBoston kicked off the month with a thought-provoking and enjoyable dinner talk on Feb. 1 by H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, held together with the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations. 

Two outstanding events are still to come.  On February 26, renowned commentator and Fletcher School dean Adm. James Stavridis returns to WorldBoston, with his book Sea Power at Chat & Chowder

So, what is Chat & Chowder, anyway?  Have a look here, and join us at a casual and friendly session designed to promote mingling and interaction with our community and speaker.

Then on February 27, a WorldBoston hosts a special event, "The State of the State Department" featuring Ambs. Nick Burns and Barbara Stephenson.  

 

Citizen Diplomacy

On February 1st, we welcomed our first IVLP group of the year, a big Multi-Regional Project of 29 people, focusing on "Education in the Digital Age", as well as a group from Kazakhstan. In March, IVLP groups include visitors from IndonesiaSaudi Arabia, and a Regional Project from Africa. Some of the topics they will address include journalism, the judiciary, and establishment of a moderate Islamic university.

This week, several WorldBoston staff head to Washington D.C. for the annual conference of our national citizen diplomacy affiliate, Global Ties U.S.  What happens to presentations by State officials if a shutdown begins February 8? TBD!

 

Update from the Office

Many thanks to new and returning WorldBoston members since September: 

Alan SchwartzBarry WannerBetsy LudwigBoston Park PlazaBrad RendleBridgewater State UniversityCharles WhiteChristine CloonanClaudia EvansCody DamonColin SygroveCreelea PangaraDanielle DuplinDavid Chosiad & Paula ThompsonDavid KuenziFiona ClancyHeather O'BrienJames MooreJim KaddarasJoanne ReillyJohn PayneJoseph AntebiKenneth VacovecKevin SmithLarry PostMajorie BrideMargery and Rick BlumeMatthew TorreyMichaela SanchezNancy SmithNathanael BraytonNicholas SchiarizziRamona LuntRyan MigeedShahriar KhaksariStephen FreidbergStephen TaberSuffolk University Government Department Thomas FaulhaberVikrant ShahVirgile Mahoro, Wentworth Institute of TechnologyWilson St. PierreYvette Morrill, and Zareen Khan

If you're not a member yet, we hope you will consider joining.  For inquiries, please contact our membership coordinator, Lorraine Goldstein, at lgoldstein@worldboston.org

 

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO


January at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Happy new year!  We can't wait to engage with you on key topics and in vital exchange this year.  We have a ton of events in the coming weeks, so read on (and watch your email, as our website is temporarily down).

 

Global Education

  • January 24, Brandeis International Business School's Stephen Cecchetti, addressing, "Regulatory Reform:  A Scorecard" at special joint luncheon with the Boston Economic Club (registration through BEC; please click here)
  • January 30, Great Decisions kicks off with "Global Health:  Will the U.S. Continue to Lead?", featuring Jonathan Quick of Harvard Medical School - register here
  • February 1, H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, on, "Azerbaijan at the Strategic Crossroads of Eurasia" at joint dinner with the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations - register here

Looking ahead, save the date for February 26, Chat & Chowder with Adm. James Stavridis on his new book, Sea Power; and February 27, a WorldBoston special event, "The State of the State Department" featuring Ambs. Nick Burns and Barbara Stephenson.

 

Citizen Diplomacy

This week features an unusual reverse exchange for members of the WorldBoston community.  Following our December delegation from Manchester, UK on "Community Leadership in Preventing Violence" several Boston counterparts traveled to Manchester this week, including officials from the Boston Police Department, the City of Boston, and Northeastern University. 

Early next month, we head to Washington D.C. for the annual meeting of our citizen diplomacy national affiliate, Global Ties U.S.  Congrats to our Jenna Bergquist on her GTUS Emerging Leader scholarship to participate.

 

Update from the Office

Welcome to new Northeastern University coops Zoe Bowers and Sabrina Schick.  

This month we start a big project: implementing a database in order to continue to improve operations and stay in better touch with you.

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President &  CEO

 


December at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

2017:  Wait, what?

From the inauguration of President Trump to North Korean nuclear tests,  ransomware to the international advance of marriage equality, the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa to Mugabe's resignation, free speech to hurricanes, Xi's ascent to Saudi reforms, #metoo to the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem,  -- just to name just a few big stories -- the year delivered a stunning array of big events.

Maybe you're grateful, as I am, to have been part of the WorldBoston community this year, benefiting from extraordinary speakers, international visitors, and each other's engaged perspectives, as we make our way through this amazing time.

Global Education

Next week we wind down our 2017 public programs with the timely Great Decisions session, "The Future of Europe" with Erik Jones, on December 14 at the gorgeous Rabb Lecture Hall of the Boston Public Library.  Please note the unusual start time, 6:30 pm, and register here.

In January, watch for our special joint luncheon with the Boston Economic Club featuring Brandeis International Business School's Stephen Cecchetti on January 24. Our regular Chat & Chowder and Great Decisions series are off until February, but you can check out 2018 Great Decisions topics below.

 

Citizen Diplomacy

We close out an exceptionally active year in Citizen Diplomacy -- over 700 visitors -- with a unique delegation on "Community Leadership in Preventing Violence".  This week eight Manchester, UK community leaders are meeting with counterparts throughout Boston.  In January, a delegation of from Boston will return the visit, in a special reverse exchange to Manchester.  We are proud to facilitate this citizen diplomacy effort to address key global -- and local -- issues.  Special thanks to the City of Boston for enthusiastic cooperation!

 

Update from the Office

This month, we say goodbye and many thanks to our great Northeastern coops Dayo Hall and Jacob Lensing-Sharp and volunteer Paige Welch. And welcome as program associate to B.C. student Jenna Bergquist.

From all of us at WorldBoston, Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO


November at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

 

We'll start with a quick look back to October.  Thanks to all who made our 8th Annual Consuls Reception and the 20th International Citizen Award so successful!  (You can see event photos at the links.)

And muchas gracias to our YLAI fellows who spent October with us -- and to their generous professional hosts.  Here are pictures from their closing reception.

And let's look ahead.  Spring will be here before you know it, along with Academic WorldQuest high school competition, on March 24.  Now is not too early to be forming teams, and keep your eyes peeled for the call to register!

Right now is pretty exciting, too. Later this month we have the extremely timely, Latin America's Political Pendulum Great Decisions installment, with Michael Shifter of  Inter-American Dialogue on November 30. Days later, Chat & Chowder goes to Africa with Ambassador Swanee Hunt and her book Rwandan Women Rising on December 4. 

Next week Global Education Programs Manager Tom Luly and I will travel to the World Affairs Councils of Americaannual conference, titled this year, The Future of American Leadership, along with a group of WorldBoston members.  It's an extraordinary gathering of thought-leaders and leaders for international engagement from across the country. Also joining us will be David Nardelli, a Bridgewater State University senior, who earned a WACA scholarship to the three-day event.

Even if you can't make the conference, WACA can offer you many benefits throughout the year.  Check out their website to learn about their events, webinars, newsletter, and more.

 

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

p.s.  In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, WorldBoston thanks our veterans and their families for their service.


October at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

 

October could not be bigger at WorldBoston.  Two highlights:

Our Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative fellows are here! Earlier this week we welcomed 10 fellows, hailing from  Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, and Peru for an extraordinary month of entrepreneurial learning and exchange.  And thanks to their wonderful hosts: MassChallenge, DCU FinTech Innovation Center, East Horizon Investments, the Capital Network, Lab Central, Mass Bio, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, FinTech Sandbox, Nomad, Wayfair, Media Cause, Emerson College Engagement Lab, and Maverick Landing Community Services!

See below for more information, and follow the program at #YLAI2017

And, at last! The Consuls Reception is here!  This is the annual, can't-miss celebration of the New England consular corps, the 8th Annual WorldBoston Consuls Reception, on October 19th! Join us for keynote remarks from Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, -- and an engaging reception with our dynamic, internationally-minded community.

Sponsorships are now closed, but registration is still available:  Don't delay, and get your spot now. (No walk-ins permitted.)

 

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO


September at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Hard to say goodbye to summer?  Don't worry: As the days grow shorter and cooler, our events calendar is growing and heating up! 

 

Flagships return: up next, Saudi Arabia & Gorbachev

This month, our flagship Global Education series, Great Decisions and Chat & Chowder, resume. We're very pleased to kick off Great Decisions on September 26 in the beautiful new space at the Boston Public LibraryKaren Elliott House, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, will discuss recent political developments in Saudi Arabia.

Break out the oyster crackers: Chat & Chowder is back on September 27. We'll hear from William Taubman, Professor Emeritus at Amherst College and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his 2004 biography of Nikita Khrushchev, as he talks about his latest work, Gorbachevin the beautiful and friendly office of McDermott, Will & Emery.

 

The Consuls Reception and International Citizen Award draw near

We're excited for our annual, can't-miss celebration of the New England consular corps, the 8th Annual WorldBoston Consuls Reception, on October 19th! And we're looking forward to hearing keynote remarks from Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. For information on sponsoring the Consuls Reception click here.

We're pleased to announce that our outgoing Board Chair, James D. Kaufman, is the recipient of the 20th WorldBoston International Citizen Award. For more information on the Award, which will be presented immediately before the Consuls Reception, please click here.

Sponsorships for both events are still open, but don't delay - they close October 1! Individual tickets will go on sale soon.

Lots of visitors, new programs

2017 is a banner year for Citizen Diplomacy at WorldBoston.  You can see upcoming delegations, below. Be a Dinner Diplomat!  We're seeking meal hosts for delegations from Australia, Iceland, and Armenia. Contact Cathy Tripp ctripp@worldboston.org.

This fall, WorldBoston is proud to have been selected as a partner for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, which fosters business and social entrepreneurship.  Have a look at the sidebar of this email for more info.

 

New and Returning Members

Many thanks to new and returning members in the past month:  Liz Riedford, Keerthika Subramanian, Omar Bareentto, Brian Pollock, and Siobhan O'Brien. If you're not a member yet, we hope you'll consider joining - learn more about membership here.

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO