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December

Columbia World Affairs Council                                                                       


December 2016 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The WACA National Office this month recognizes the Columbia World Affairs Council for programming excellence, especially the Global Vision Award Gala.

This year, the gala honored Governor Nikki R. Haley (South Carolina-R), for her significant contributions to expanding the state's international engagement and economic development. Governor Haley has just been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for the position of United States Ambassador to the UN. The Global Vision Award is presented to leaders who have made contributions to further South Carolina's global status. Past recipients include Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina, and Richard W. Riley, former Governor of South Carolina and Secretary of Education.

Councils and friends, be sure to submit your nominee for Council of the Month to Lian Esehaki at lesehaki@worldaffairscouncils.org.


November

No Council of the Month


October

Foreign Policy Association                                                                               

October 2016 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The WACA National Office this month recognizes the Foreign Policy Association for programming excellence - especially its World Leadership Forum - and for ongoing sponsorship of the Great Decisions keynote at the WACA National Conference.

The FPA has held the World Leadership Forum annually for the past 16 years. During this time, the forum has become one of the most prominent platforms for sharing ideas and opinions on global affairs. The list of attendees, participants, and lecturers include distinguished guests from the corporate, political, and social realms.

This year, panel discussion topics ranged from international economic issues and trade, international organizations, the environment, the impending U.S. presidential elections, and more. Secretary-General of the UN, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, delivered a keynote address on the importance of the United Nation's humanitarian, peacekeeping, and environmental missions in the face of a world with decreasingly significant borders. Panelists include: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary General of NATO and Prime Minister to Denmark; Joseph Stiglitz, Professor at Colombia University; Lord Mervyn King, Former Governor, Bank of England; and others.

Councils and friends, be sure to submit your nominee for Council of the Month to Lian Esehaki at lesehaki@worldaffairscouncils.org.


September

World Affairs Council of Charlotte                                                                  

September 2016 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The WACA National Office this month recognizes the World Affairs Council of Charlotte for their Council Scholar Award Program.

This signature WACC international education initiative offers a unique opportunity for selected educators to travel out of the country and bring their experiences abroad home to their school communities in North Carolina.

The educators who have shown outstanding commitment to promoting international education in their school districts and the greater Charlotte region receive a $2500 grant, which allows them to participate in international conferences, study abroad programs, language classes or other eligible international education opportunities. Council Scholars bring back new perspectives and insights on global education that they then use to enrich the classroom experience for their students.

Lisa Watson, the 2015-2016 recipient of this scholarship, participated in the AmeriSpan's MAESTRO: Spain for Spanish Teachers program in Madrid, Spain. She also participated in enrichment activities that provided her with language training and cultural exchange opportunities. You can read about her experience here.

Councils and friends, be sure to submit your October nominee for Council of the Month to Lian Esehaki at lesehaki@worldaffairscouncils.org.


August

Columbus Council on World Affairs                                                                    

August 2016 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The WACA National Office this month recognizes the Columbus Council on World Affairs for their Global Fluency Training program. The Columbus Dispatch recently published a story spotlighting this program, its importance, and success.

Today's global economy demands that all employees are able to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. The Columbus Council's Global Fluency Training program offers a comprehensive framework for understanding how cultures differ in order to ensure sustainable cross-cultural acumen and how to navigate successful, professional, cross-cultural interactions. The program serves as the region's premier training resource for cross-cultural competence for business professionals and executives. More than 300 professionals have rated the training as critical to their global business success.

We commend the Columbus Council on this program and on the publication of its 2016-2017 Global Report.

Councils and friends, be sure to submit your September nominee for Council of the Month to Lian Esehaki at lesehaki@worldaffairscouncils.org.


July

World Affairs Council of Southeast Connecticut                                                   

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas                                                                         

World Affairs Council of South Texas                                                                     

             

July 2016 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

To inaugurate our "Council of the Month" feature, we are pleased to recognize a trio this July.

For their generosity in making extra contributions to the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund (along with their annual membership dues), we are grateful to the World Affairs Council of Southeast Connecticut, the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas, and the World Affairs Council of South Texas.

As WACA works toward achieving the AWQ Endowment Fund campaign goal of $1 milllion, the gifts of these smaller Councils loom very large. Thank you!!!

Councils and friends, be sure to submit your August nominee for Council of the Month to Lian Esehaki at lesehaki@worldaffairscouncils.org.


New Feature: Council of the Month

Dear Council Leaders,

For the past few years, we have featured the work of individual World Affairs Councils in our newsletters in three ways: Council Program Highlights; Councils in the News; and special break-out Council announcements - such as leadership transitions, Council-led webinars to share with the network, and other significant activities.

We want to amplify these offerings on a monthly basis, both on the WACA website and in our monthly e-newsletters, starting in July.

We'll call this feature "Council of the Month." We invite all Councils to e-mail the WACA National Office with submissions from which we will select a single "Council of the Month." For those not chosen, we will find other ways to highlight your submissions throughout the month.

It is also our intention to recognize the superior achievement of a Council or Councils at our 2016 National Conference in November. Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for an announcement about this new annual award.

Meanwhile, be sure to submit your entry next week for Council of the Month!

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