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

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