August 2022 at WorldBoston

August at WorldBoston
Dear Friends,
We're back!
We are thrilled that the Consuls Reception is returning in-person! And with some exciting new features.
On the evening of September 14, we'll gather at the beautiful Bolling Building to honor the Consular Corps serving Boston and New England. And we are delighted that Boston Mayor Michelle Wu will keynote this can't-miss gathering of Boston's international and internationally-minded community.
The evening celebrates our local diplomats and our region's international importance and engagement. It also provides critical support for the programming WorldBoston provides all year long.
So join in now! Play a key role by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship helps sustain the WorldBoston mission of fostering international engagement and global cooperation, and it's an excellent way to gain visibility and access throughout the year. (Please do read more about the benefits of sponsorship here.) Individual registration will open later this month.
We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
P.S. Hey, local exchange alumni: Save the date for our upcoming Career Connections program in October! (Read more in Citizen Diplomacy, below.)

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Last month, Manager of Citizen Diplomacy Programs Joshua Bruno joined the thirteen Boston Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) fellows at its Closing Forum in Washington D.C., which gathered nearly 280 fellows from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Each fellow traveled to one of 20 cities around the United States for a month-long fellowship to learn to improve their businesses, to build an international network, and to learn more about the United States’ entrepreneurial landscape. At the Closing Forum, the fellows reflected on their experience and got information about YLAI Alumni opportunities.
Also in July, Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy Sarah Sibley attended the “Diplomacy Begins Here” summit in Chicago and Freeport, Illinois, with a focus on diversity in diplomacy. These summits bring together U.S. and international leaders from business, government, and nonprofits to expand professional networks and engage audiences on how exchange programs matter for the U.S. economy, communities, and citizens.

Last month WorldBoston had the honor of welcoming back the special IVLP British-American Parliamentary Group for an in-person program at the end of the month. A sincere thank you to all the officials, academics, and community leaders who met with and welcomed the Members of Parliament.
This month, WorldBoston hosts five in-person projects through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Project for Egypt

Regional Project for Africa

As we return to in-person delegations, we welcome your thoughts and ideas for in-person programming. If you have suggestions, please contact Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy, Sarah Sibley.
Calling all U.S. citizen exchange program alumni (ExchangeAlumni)! Save the dates October 15 and 16 for our in-person Career Connections event in Boston, MA. Career Connections brings together U.S. ExchangeAlumni and leaders in business, government, civil society, and other diverse fields to leverage their skills and networks and to build on their international exchange experiences. The event is hosted by WorldBoston, in partnership with Global Ties U.S. and the Office of Alumni Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and will provide U.S. ExchangeAlumni with skills, resources, and ideas to grow professionally. Registration for this event will open later this summer.

Looking for more? We will resume regular monthly programming in September. Keep checking our events calendar to view and register for upcoming fall programs!
Our What in the World? weekly quiz is a collection of 10 questions designed to test your knowledge of international affairs and current events. Every Monday, a new quiz is posted on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram stories. If you would like to receive the quiz by email, please contact Natalie Mase to be added to our What in the World? mailing list. The quiz can also always be found in WorldBoston Recommends, our weekly Friday newsletter.
Trivia Trail-Blazers
Congratulations to the top scorers in July! They got nearly every question right on all quizzes. Our high scorers are:
  1. Peter Sharadin
  2. Leslie Griffin
  3. Jonathan Dorfman
  4. Jim O'Connell
  5. Terry Quist
  6. Matthew Torrey
  7. Linda Cheatham
  8. Tom Ebling
  9. Derek Lumpkins
  10. Rebecca Tayler
Monthly Prize Winner
When you take What in the World?, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win exclusive prizes. The more questions you get right, the better your odds are of winning. This month's prize winner is:
Michael Altman
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If you missed a quiz or would like to retake one, click on the links below.

To learn more about Global Engagement, contact Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.
Updates From the Office
This month we congratulate two WorldBostonians: Board member Becca Gould, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at American Tower, was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to the board of Bunker Hill Community College. And Natalie Mase has been promoted to Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs at WorldBoston. Kudos to Becca and Natalie!
At the end of July, we bid a fond farewell to our IVLP Coordinator, Stefan Hendley. Stefan originally joined WorldBoston as Program Associate in the summer of 2020, as part of the Northeastern Cooperative Education program, and supported both our Citizen Diplomacy and Global Engagement programs through December 2020. We were delighted to welcome Stefan back onto the WorldBoston team in January 2021 and again in January 2022 in our IVLP Coordinator role! His support during the past six months has been critical, particularly with the return to in-person programming.
Stefan leaves WorldBoston to pursue graduate studies at the London School of Economics. Thank you, Stefan, for all you've done for WorldBoston, and we wish you the best with your future endeavors!

In early August, we also bid a fond farewell to our Citizen Diplomacy Intern, Suchi Patel. Suchi joined WorldBoston in June, and has worked closely on the many Custom Visitor Programs that we have hosted in recent months. Suchi will continue her degree at Suffolk University by studying abroad in Florence, Italy this fall. Thank you, Suchi, and enjoy your study abroad program!
Welcome to last month's new and returning WorldBoston members: Janet Ghattas, Michael Glanz, John Hand, Larry Lencz, Reuel Liebert, and Alicia Sinclair. Thank you, we appreciate your support!
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The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program and WorldBoston's main citizen diplomacy partner. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.
The U.S. Department of State's bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administers the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agencies, a group of private, not-for-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C., that design and implement national IVLP itineraries. In addition to the National Program Agencies, the IVLP relies on the commitment and skills of local community organizations across the U.S., known as Community Based Members (CBMs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CBM members develop professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.
WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Network of more than 90 CBMs in 45 states.
WorldBoston is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America,
a network of more than 90 independent Councils in more than 40 states.

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