Upcoming WAC Events

May 3, 2021
Embassy Row Live! Armenia; WACA Climate Week Recordings; Several Councils Are Hiring; WACA's Engage America Series; Council Highlights; and more!
Embassy Row Live! Armenia's Ambassador to the U.S.
Wednesday, May 5, at 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Armenian Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan will address key topics in Armenian current affairs and international relations in conversation with WorldBoston and WACA on Wednesday, May 5, at 3:00-4:00 PM ET for Embassy Row Live! Armenia has been in U.S. news recently because of President Biden's recent labelling of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire between 1915-23 as genocide. Other important subjects may include regional tensions with Azerbaijan and the role of Russia, COVID recovery, upcoming June parliamentary elections, and relations with the U.S. and Turkey.
Star Speakers This Week
Catherine Mann
Global Chief Economist, Citibank
Beatriz Perez
SVP & Global Chief of Communications, Coca-Cola
Charles Person
Freedom Rider
Connie Belciug
Executive Director, CERI
The Hon. Michael Pompeo
Fmr. U.S. Secretary of State
Alonzo Fulgham
EVP of Defense/Homeland, VIATEQ Corporation
Council of the Month: World Affairs (Northern California)
The WorldAffairs podcast, brought to you by World Affairs in San Francisco, is your guide to a changing world. Sound-rich stories and in-depth interviews give you the tools and context to navigate across borders and ideologies. Hosts Ray Suarez, Teresa Cotsirilos, and Council CEO Philip Yun help you make sense of a changing world, one story at a time.

The podcast comes out every Monday. Check out today's: Facing Our Climate Future. Check out last week's: 20 Years in Afghanistan: What's Next?.
WACA's Best Practice Sessions
Diversity in Programming and Young Professionals
Thursday, May 13, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
The next WACA Best Practices Session will take place Thursday, May 13, at 3:00 PM ET and will expand on April's conversation of diversity, equity, and inclusion by looking at diversity in programming and young professionals. Whereas last month's discussion focused on internal best practices, this session will center on an external lens - how to diversify programming and audiences.

Speakers will include Valerin Lopez DeFrank, Business Manager at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and Katie Ferman, Senior Program Officer, International Visitors at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, with more details to be announced soon.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, May 13, at 3:00 PM ET.
Note: Registration is open to Council staff and boards. More than one person per Council may attend.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Recording and Materials
Thursday, April 29
Member Councils can access last week's WACA Best Practices Session: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recording and materials by visiting the WACA Members Resources webpage and selecting the "Best Practices Meetings" square. Many thanks to WACA Board Member Derrick Olsen and his team at WorldOregon.
WACA's Engage America Speaker Series
World Food Program USA Speaker Series

Wheatfields to the World: Oregon, Hunger, and Humanitarian Aid
Thursday, May 13, at 3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PT)
For more than 50 years, the United States has led the world in support for international food security programs. The U.S. was instrumental in creating the United Nations World Food Programme—2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the largest hunger-relief humanitarian organization—in the 1960s and today is its largest government donor. We’ll explore the U.S. legacy of food aid and anti-hunger advocacy, why it matters, and the dynamic role that American agriculture, particularly Oregon’s wheat industry, plays in helping to combat both domestic and global hunger.

Join us as we welcome Barron Segar, President and CEO of World Food Program USA; Amanda Hoey, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Growers Commission/Oregon Wheat Growers League; Jeremy Everett, founder and executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty for a rich and engaging discussion about global and domestic food insecurity and Oregon’s contributions to aid, hunger-relief, and the global food supply.
Cover to Cover: The Water Defenders
WACA's April Cover to Cover webinar on Wednesday, April 28 featured co-authors Robin Broad, Professor of International Development at American University, and John Cavanagh, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Studies. The Water Defenders tells the inspirational story of an El Salvadorian community that took on an int'l mining corporation at seemingly insurmountable odds and won not one but two historic victories.
WACA Climate Week Video Recordings
Did you miss last week's WACA Climate Week 2021? Watch the recordings and subscribe to WACA's Climate Week YouTube playlist.

Highlights of Past Events

“Bulgaria: Political, Economic, and Commercial Crossroads Today” PDF

“From Harm to Home: Arc of the Refugee Crisis: Global Challenges, Local Solutions" PDF

Check Out the Full Presentation Recording in DropBox HERE!


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