November 2022 at WorldBoston

November at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

This past summer our board and staff articulated our organizational values. After a few tries we got fine results, not only in what you can read below (and on our website here), but also in the discussions we had along the way.

Why do this? During the worst of the pandemic, WorldBoston turned to our mission for guidance through crazy times and big changes. Recalling that programs serve a mission, not the other way around, we innovated and persisted.

We also found guidance in a strong sense of “how we do stuff”, generated by decades of WorldBoston experience and thousands of interactions with community members, visitors, officials, speakers, and others.

Having learned something, we thought it was time to spell it out. Clear values can help an organization make decisions and aim high — especially when challenges arise, as they surely will again.

There's no breaking news in these values (like, “hospitality” or “independence”), but they help portray a community engaged in a big, long-term mission in a way that is not especially trendy, but is so relevant. 

So, back to that mission: Lots is going on this month — great events, outstanding delegations, a wonderful new Presidential sponsor, some fond farewells, and a hearty welcome. 

But before that, please note two things next week, that are not unrelated — Election Day and Veterans Day. Vote!

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

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Thank you, Autodesk!

We're delighted to announce that last month Autodesk became our newest Presidential Sponsor. Sponsorship provides us with critical funding throughout the year, and we are grateful for Autodesk's continued support for our mission. You can learn more about Autodesk's global work in the software industry on their website here, and see all our 2022 sponsors on our website here.

Great Decisions with Tom Andrews Myanmar and ASEAN

Wednesday, November 9 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Virtual Event on Zoom

The situation in Myanmar, including the coup by the military in February 2021 and the ongoing human rights crises, coupled with civil resistance by those opposed to the regime, has led to chaos in the Southeast Asian country. How are neighboring countries reacting, and what role will ASEAN play?

Join us for this installation of our Great Decisions series, when we host Tom Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.


Chat & Chowder with Shannon O'Neil | The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter

Wednesday, November 30 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Hybrid Event at Foley & Lardner LLP

Join us for this installment of our popular Chat & Chowder series, featuring Shannon K. O'Neil, Vice President of Studies and Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, in discussion of her recent book, The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter.

Chat & Chowder programs are an excellent opportunity to engage with expert speakers and to network with other globally-oriented participants in an informal environment. Each event features a presentation, audience Q&A, dedicated time for networking, and (of course!) a selection of chowders and beverages.


Navigating a Fractured World: World Affairs Councils of America's 2022 National Conference

November 15-18

Washington, D.C.

This month, WorldBoston President Mary Yntema and Director of Global Engagement Programs Natalie Mase will head to Washington, D.C. for the World Affairs Councils of America's 2022 National Conference. The National Conference is an excellent opportunity to share best practices with colleagues from around the WACA network and to hear from leading minds in international affairs. There's still time to register – we hope to see you there!


What in the World?

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 August! They got nearly every question right on all quizzes. Our high scorers are:

  1. Nancy Graham
  2. Leslie Griffin
  3. Matthew Torrey
  4. John Perry
  5. Raoul Alcala
  6. Carrie Gwynn
  7. Peter Kalil
  8. William Levine
  9. Terry Quist

Monthly Prize Winner

When you take What in the World?, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win exclusive prizes. This month's prize winner is:

Monique Harrington

Miss Something?

If you missed a quiz or would like to retake one, click on the links below.

Week of October 3

Week of October 10

Week of October 17

Week of October 24

To learn more about Global Engagement, contact Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.


In November, WorldBoston is once again honored to host Hidden No More, an annual special initiative of the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. Since 2017, Hidden No More has brought women leaders who represent “hidden talent” in their home countries to the United States to explore efforts to prepare women and girls for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. We look forward to connecting the 2022 participants with STEM leaders in the Boston community during several excellent professional meetings and a festive welcome reception!

Take a look at what this inspiring program is all about:

This November, WorldBoston hosts three in-person projects and one virtual project through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Strengthening Capacity of Provincial Government Oversight and Finance Officials

Project for South Africa

Edward R. Murrow Program for Syrian Journalists

Virtual Project for Syria

Enhancing Local Governance

Project for Iraq

Hidden No More: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM

Multi-Regional Project

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.

Custom Visitor Programs

In October, WorldBoston had the pleasure of hosting Career Connections, a multi-day, in-person seminar for alumni of U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs. Organized in partnership with Global Ties U.S. and the State Department's Office of Alumni Affairs and with the hospitality of WorldBoston partner The Fletcher School, the event focused on leveraging international exchange experience to build professional and community impact. Notable speakers included Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Rafik Mansour, former Boston Police Commissioner Billy Evans, Rev. Jeffrey Brown from KingBoston/My City at Peace, and Massachusetts Commissioner for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Opeoluwa Sotonwa.

Career Connections is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and implemented by Global Ties U.S. in partnership with the Office of Alumni Affairs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This month, WorldBoston hosts the State Department's Tomorrow’s Leaders Study Abroad Program for a cultural experience in Boston for undergraduate students who have come to U.S. universities for their semester abroad. During the visit in Boston, we will support the development of leadership skills and the spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism among 19 outstanding college students from the Middle East and North Africa region to help them become community, business, and national leaders in the future.

Tomorrow's Leaders Study Abroad Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and implemented by FHI360 in partnership with the Office of Assistance Coordination in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, (NEA/AC).

Updates from the Office

Thank you, Becca! This month Becca Gould, transitions off the WorldBoston Board of Directors after more than two years of stalwart and enthusiastic support. Among many other contributions, Becca helped shepherd WorldBoston through the ups and downs of the pandemic and we thank her for all her help and leadership.

Welcome, Sanjay! We are thrilled to introduce new board member Sanjay Aggarwal. Sanjay is Senior Director of Public Affairs at the American Tower Corporation, where he coordinates the company's representation domestically and globally, as well as leads public policy research for innovation projects. Sanjay brings an extensive background in business, accounting, and investment.

In November, we bid a fond farewell to Lindsay Boudreau, our Custom Visitor Programs Intern. Lindsay has been a key part of our Citizen Diplomacy team, helping us prepare for the many CVP projects we've hosted this fall. We thank Lindsay for her hard work and wish her the best with her continued studies!

Welcome to last month's new and returning WorldBoston members: Robert Cesari, Thomas Dougherty, Thomas Faulhaber, Ginny Greiman, Nam Pham, and Rebecca Yang. 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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