WACA is pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council of San Antonio is our June Council of the Month for hosting the 2018 Spring Leadership and Board Meetings.
Highlights of the Spring Leadership Meeting included an engaging opening program on San Antonio's history with historian Gilberto Hinojosa, an in-depth dinner talk by Stratfor's Reva Goujon, and constructive sessions on WACA membership, and with speakers Jennifer Cantu, SVP in Business and Community Management at Bank of America, and David Davenport, Director of Estate and Planned Gift Giving at San Antonio Area Foundation.
Thank you to Leslie Palmer, Executive Director of WAC San Antonio, and her team for coordinating such a successful program this year!
L to R: WACA President Bill Clifford; WAC San Antonio member; WAC San Antonio Executive Director Leslie Palmer; WACA Board Member Nancy Hamlin; WACA Board Member and WAC Charlotte President L.J. Stambuk.
WACA is pleased to announce that the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg is our May Council of the Month. "Council President Joyce Davis has dedicated tremendous energy to making Academic WorldQuest a top-notch offering for high school students in Greater Harrisburg," said WACA President Bill Clifford, "Joyce's commitment to our national AWQ program is also impressive, and we thank her for the great job she did as emcee, again this year, of our 2018 National Competition on Saturday."
Former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, speaks with WAC Atlanta President, Charles Shapiro, at a February Women's Day lead-up event.
No Council of the Month
Having recently navigated the challenge of launching a new and improved website, WACA is keeping an eye out for member Councils that are taking on such a big challenge. We recognize World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as our Council of the Month to highlight their world-class website and re-branding.
In partnership with one of the Council's vital sponsors, Dover Corporation, and its global marketing firm, DeanHouston, the Council came up with a winning formula. WAC Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky's blog posts celebrate inclusive branding and the launch of their new name and logo reveals a deliberate process worth noting.
"DeanHouston stepped up with an investment of time and expertise to advise the Council leadership through a name change, new logo, messaging, marketing tools, and website. As a small nonprofit organization leading global education efforts, connecting local business and family to world leaders, and creating a culturally aware and informed community, our online and outward presence has shifted to meet the needs of today's society," said Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director. "What you see today came out of this process to better share our story." And what a story it is!
WACA is pleased to announce that our January Council of the Month is the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC for its strategic collaboration with the Confucius Institute - U.S. Center in Washington, DC.
This partnership has several elements: WAC-DC has generated substantial fee-for-service income as a program consultant to CI-USC; it has supported the annual CI-USC - HONORS Gala; and WAC-DC Board members participated in a CI-USC underwritten, eight-day global education mission to Beijing and Shanghai last fall.
WAC-DC and CI-USC have jointly developed 10 one-hour segments for a U.S.-China Global Education Television Series, featuring prominent American leaders being interviewed by presidents of major U.S. universities. The series will be broadcast nationwide in China and the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018.
WAC-DC supplements its global education, international affairs, and global communications program services through the Emerging Global Leaders Internship Program, extensive volunteer and member involvement, and a large network of strategic partners.
All of their annual programs are done in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Building - International Trade Center and filmed for nationwide broadcast on their weekly television program, World Affairs - TODAY.
WAC-DC President and CEO, Tony Culley-Foster, and staff