Highlighted WACA Events

September 14, 2020
WACA Weekly
New Speakers for WACA CEO Forum; Star Speakers on Council Webinars; WACA Webinar: International Labour Organization; WACA 2020 National Conference Dates; The American Diplomacy Project Video; Global Minnesota: World Food Program USA; + more Council Highlights!
Registration Is Now Live for Conversations With The C-Suite!

WACA will host an all-virtual conference September 29-October 1: Conversations With The C-Suite: Powering Global Recovery and Change. Registration is now open - view the official website. This event is free and open to the public. If you are able, please support WACA for the work that went into producing this special forum with a tax-deductible donation with your ticket order.

How will U.S. and international business leaders rise to these urgent challenges? Will they reimagine the role they play in addressing social problems by transforming companies and industries to contribute to social progress? How will redesigned workforces innovate and use technology to create a healthier, sustainable post COVID-world?
Chairman and CEO
Motion Picture Association
Chairman and CEO
Boston Scientific
Star Speakers This Week on Councils' Virtual Programming
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Former Press Secretary
U.S. White House
Cyndi Hunter
Director, Global Accounts
United Airlines
Julio Frenk
President, Univ. of Miami
Jeffrey Ried and Stephanie Garlichs, Co-Founders
Ethiopian Education Fund
Ambassador (ret.) Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley
Fmr. U.S. Amb. to Malta, CO Springs WAC - Thurs., Sept. 17
Eric Huang
Director-Gen., Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Chicago
*Scroll down to the Council Highlights section to view all programs from Councils this week!
WACA Webinar With the International Labour Organization - Sept. 22
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the founding vision and values that gave birth to the International Labour Organization (ILO) will be relevant more than ever as higher unemployment, rising poverty, inequalities, and injustice risk wiping out decades of development progress and threaten global peace and shared prosperity. On Tuesday, September 22, at 2:00 PM ET, Kevin Cassidy, Director of the ILO’s Office of the United States (ILO USA) and ILO Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations, will be hosted by WACA for "A Human-Centered Approach to Building A Better Future of Work."

This WACA Fireside Chat webinar will be moderated by Liz Brailsford, WACA Chief Operating Officer, and will discuss this United Nations agency and its work as a social justice organization focused on ensuring a human-centered approach to the world of work. Mr. Cassidy will discuss how the ILO plans to support a better future of work, by enabling constituents and partners to:
  • strengthen the capacity of all countries to rebuild a skilled and resilient workforce and ensure universal access to comprehensive and sustainable social protection;
  • generate a pathway of inclusive and sustainable growth, employment, and decent work including through an enabling environment for sustainable enterprises and increased productivity; and
  • strengthen institutions of work to improve governance of the post-pandemic world of work for better protection for all workers.

Register here for the Zoom webinar! You will receive your access link the morning of the webinar.
Save the Dates! WACA 2020 National Conference: November 16-20
WACA will host its annual National Conference on November 16-20, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 National Conference: New Frontiers in Diplomacy and National Security will be held virtually via Zoom webinars.

Keep checking WACA newsletters and the National Conference page on the WACA website for all 2020 Conference announcements regarding topics, speakers, working agenda, and other important information. We look forward to "seeing" you in 2020!
WACA Webinar on The American Diplomacy Project
The World Affairs Councils of America hosted a webinar Thursday, September 10, to discuss a new initiative from the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The discussion featured a panel with Ambassador Marc Grossman, Vice Chairman of the Cohen Group and former WACA Chairman, Amb. Nancy McEldowney, Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and Ambassador Marcie Ries, Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project, and moderated by WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford.

The American Diplomacy Project: A Foreign Service for the 21st Century intends to address the serious challenges the Foreign Service has faced during administrations of both parties, including: inadequate budgetary support to train and sustain the nation’s diplomats, increased politicization of the Foreign Service, and the need to recruit and retain the very best women and men from every part of the country and every ethnic and religious group.

The goal of this project is to produce a nonpartisan report on how the White House, both parties in Congress, the State Department leadership, and concerned citizens can lead an effort to rebuild the Foreign Service for the next half-century. The report will be released following the November U.S. presidential election.

If you weren't able to join the live event, view the recording here or on WACA's YouTube channel (below).
The American Diplomacy Project: A Foreign Service for the 21st Century
For more information about The American Diplomacy Project, please contact Ambassador Ries at marcieries@hks.harvard.edu.

Council Promotional Partner: Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall
Access to nutritious food is considered a key social determinant of health and well-being. Without nutritious food rich in the vitamins needed for healthy growth and development, people can run the risk of developing chronic illness. Limited access to nutritious foods can also exacerbate issues like how well children are able to focus in school. Access can also be a problem in low-income neighborhoods, sometimes referred to as food deserts, where grocery stores with fresh produce and nutritious options are limited or nonexistent.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a discussion on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:00 PM ET, with a panel of experts to learn about food security as a social determinant of health and what we can do to create a more food-secure world.
Global Minnesota Hosts World Food Day Events - Sept. 16 and Oct. 16
Global Minnesota is a 2020 World Food Program USA Virtual Speaker Series grant recipient as part of WACA's Engage America grant series. The Council will host a full day of programming on World Food Day, Friday, October 16. A pre-World Food Day event on "Food Security and Foreign Policy" will be held Wednesday, September, 16, featuring the following panelists:

  • Asma Lateef, Director, Bread for the World Institute
  • Rob Paarlberg, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Caitlin Welsh, Dir., Global Food Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Click here for more information, panelist additions, and registration information.
WACA Partners With PBS - Harbor from the Holocaust Preview and Panel
WQEDCorporation for Public Broadcasting, and the World Affairs Councils of America hosted a very special event featuring a sneak preview of the PBS Special Harbor from the Holocaust September 2. The documentary explores the extraordinary relationship of nearly 20,000 Jewish refugees and their adopted city of Shanghai.

A panel discussion with film director Violet FengDoris FogelManli Ho, and moderated by WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford followed the film clip. For those of you who were unable to tune into the sneak preview event and panel, you can watch the recording here using the password: CPBpbsHARBOR.
FPA Publishes America in the World 2020 - GD Special Edition
The Foreign Policy Association published America in the World 2020 - a 2020 Great Decisions special edition - Friday, September 4.

During the 2016 American presidential election, charges were leveled that foreign policy had become the preserve of specialized elites removed from the concerns of Americans outside the Beltway and Wall Street. Yet since 1918 the FPA and since 1919 the Hoover Institution have been at the forefront of encouraging informed public debate on vital international issues through dissemination of relevant and timely scholarship. We are delighted that FPA and Hoover have come together at this crucial juncture to stimulate public discussion over the path forward for America in a troubled world. Edited by FPA CEO Noel Lateef and Michael Auslin, Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution. Order a copy today.

Month: September 2020

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Highlights of Recent Events

“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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