October 2020 at WorldBoston

October at WorldBoston
Dear Friends,

October at WorldBoston usually means the Consuls Reception, a tradition that has honored our Boston-area diplomatic corps while gathering the local international community for a compelling keynote and festive networking on behalf of WorldBoston. It’s a landmark annual event that we all love.

The good news is this year we will hold the 11th Annual WorldBoston Consuls Reception … reimagined!

This year we will focus on the consuls themselves, titling our virtual event, Diplomacy Persists. And our local diplomats do persist, even while quarantining or distancing. Throughout, they have been here, doing the great and small daily work of diplomacy — as clear as possible an example of international engagement. We hope you’ll join us on October 27 for this celebration, and a historic virtual Toast to Diplomacy.

The Consuls Reception will be part of our new special series, The Mission Persists 2020, highlighting the mission of international engagement during the pandemic. If you have appreciated the persistence of WorldBoston since we all went virtual, we hope you’ll consider sponsoring this series! See below for more information.

This month this letter ends with a special word for fellow and sister Americans, one that represents one of our greatest honors and rights:

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Help WorldBoston bring the world to you! 

As a non-profit organization, WorldBoston relies on the generosity and support of members, donors, and sponsors to accomplish our mission: foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation between people of all nations.
The Mission Persists – A WorldBoston Special Series
This month WorldBoston launches a series of special events to highlight the mission of international engagement. For sponsorship information, please contact Elise Pitcairn (epitcairn@worldboston.org) or Mary Yntema (myntema@worldboston.org).
Virtual Consuls Reception

Tuesday, October 27th 

Watch for details soon!
A Conversation with General H.R. McMaster

Thursday, November 12th 
5:00-6:30 PM ET 

We are pleased to announced that Gen. H.R. McMaster will join us to discuss his new book BATTLEGROUNDS: The Fight to Defend the Free World. 

H.R. MCMASTER is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institution and Lecturer at Stanford University School of Business. He was the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. McMaster served as an active duty Army officer for thirty-four years after graduation from the United States Military Academy.
Defend the Free World, H.R. McMaster lays out a comprehensive indictment of a quarter century of flawed policies and strategies, told from his perspective as a soldier, commander, scholar, and national security advisor.

Registration coming soon!
China is looking to fill a void in superpower engagement. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence”?

This event is hosted and produced by our partner GBH Forum Network. 
Amb. Jorge Heine is Research Professor at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. He previously served as Ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017). Read more about Amb. Heine here. 
To learn more about Global Engagement, contact Elise Pitcairn, Director of Operations & Global Engagement Programs.
Our team continues to build expertise in creating a new kind of implementation of IVLP – on Zoom – and forming best practices for virtual programming. Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy, Sarah Sibley, was selected to represent WorldBoston as one of three community-based organizations to serve on the Virtual Programming Champions Team organized by our partners at the U.S. Department of State, Office of International Visitors. This group seeks to create best practices and to provide peer-to-peer training in virtual programming.
Did you miss our most recent episode in the series, International Exchange in a Time of Isolation? You can catch our discussion with Vered Cohen Barzilay about her Space Entrepreneurship program, Out of the Box, on our YouTube channel now!

Since our partners at the U.S. Department of State announced that in-person programming for the IVLP is on hold through March 2021, we have welcomed several virtual delegations and look forward to welcoming eight more this month! A warm thank you to all our local citizen diplomats, the local professionals who meet with our groups as virtual interlocutors for peer exchange. Here is who is “visiting” in October:
Extracurricular Activities for Youth

Women as Drivers of Social and Economic Change

Western Hemisphere Regional Project
Youth and Civic Engagement

Multi-Regional Project
Edward J. Murrow Program for Journalists – Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation

European Regional Project
Youth and Civic Engagement

Francophone Africa Regional Project
Partnerships in the U.S. Aerospace Sector

U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Making

Multi-Regional Project
If you have any ideas or questions about virtual citizen diplomacy programs, please contact Sarah Sibley,Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy.
Update from the Office
Michael Green Joins Board of Directors
Last month WorldBoston welcomed climate activist and NGO executive Michael Green to its board of directors. Michael is the Executive Director of Climate XChange, which provides media, research, and advocacy resources. Prior to that, Michael served as Executive Director of the Climate Action Business Association. 
DEI Professional Development Session
At the end of last month, Gretchen Cook-Anderson led WorldBoston staff in a customized session on, “The Inclusivist’s Life: Reimagining Inclusion as a Driver of Boston as a Global City”. Gretchen brought to the session her expertise as Assistant VP of Diversity Recruiting and Advising at IES Abroad and prior experience in public affairs at NASA.
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Welcome to last month’s new and returning WorldBoston members: Robert McBride, Claudia Evans, John Maconga, Eve Sullivan, Fay Donohue, Stephen Freidberg, Charles White, Alan Schwartz, Brodie Henry, Claudia Evans, Thomas Faulhaber, Thomas Smith, Peihui Wang, Jeanne Hoerter, and Patricia Cronin. Thank you, we appreciate your support! 

WorldBoston Recommends!
Check your inbox every Friday for “WorldBoston Recommends” — our staff picks international virtual programs in the coming week. 
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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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