Last Month: International Education Summit, WACA National Conference & More

Our New Brand and New Partnership

This month we launched our new brand and website! We are now the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Thank you for the significant investment and time of the Dean Houston team. They challenged us to tell our story and truly captured our mission through improving our brand identity and creating and implementing a world class website.

Thank you to Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA) for the amazing opportunity of a partnership. We have found a home in Northern Kentucky and we truly feel welcomed into it through this global collaboration.

11th Annual International Education Summit

The International Education Summit is designed to raise student awareness about careers in the international field. Each year, a different global topic is chosen and experts in that field discuss their role in approaching the issue. Not only are students able to listen to a panel discussion on the designated subject, but they are provided with individual opportunities to speak directly with the presenters in “speed networking” sessions where they are encouraged to interact and learn from the professionals in their field of interest.

Thank you to our expert Cyber Security key note speakers, Chris Huntington of Nexigen, Vince Scott of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Dr. Yi Hu of Northern Kentucky University for participating in the IES this year. The students were able to ask direct questions and learn about Cyber Security job opportunities today.

Thank you to the speed networkers for taking the time to speak with our local high school students on your career path and international experience.

Thank you to our high school students from Princeton, Winton Woods, Mount Notre Dame, Kenton County Academies, Saint Ursula, Oak Hills and Villa Madonna Academy. We had over 200 students attend!

Leading and Living Generously Retreat

Thanks to Thrivent Financial, our staff attended the Leading and Living Generously seminar at Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio. This seminar offered us all an opportunity to learn our unique leadership strengths and how we can use these strengths to carry out the mission of our nonprofit organization.

It was truly a great day full of obstacles and inspirational stories. Thank you, Thrivent for the opportunity!


WACA 2017 National Conference

The World Affairs Councils of America 2017 National Conference, The Future of American Leadership was held this month in Washington D.C.

Thank you to the World Affairs Council of America for hosting this three-day event. Thank you to our Cincinnati group who took time out of their schedules to attend this event – Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director of World Affairs Council, Anthony Johnson, Individual Member of World Affairs Council, Karlee Hilliard, Board Member of World Affairs Council, Hannah Rhodes, University of Cincinnati and Alexia Gaines, Miami University, our scholarship recipients and Richard Lauf, Board Chair of the World Affairs Council (not pictured, Future 2018 Board Member Chris Huntington).

We were so honored to have our chapter represented at this national event and to meet more World Affairs Councils with the similar goals!

IVLP Delegation Tours FESTO

Thank you to FESTO for giving us the opportunity to tour their warehouse. The IVLP group included visitors from Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Liberia, Mexico, South Africa, and Venezuela. These visitors were invited to the United States to discuss Post-Secondary Workforce and Development. Festo was a perfect way to showcase an international manufacturing company based in the States.

Thank you to Andreas Brockman, Head of Technical Training and Education for leading the tour. For more about the day read the blog tagged at the end of the newsletter.

Building the World at Johnson Elementary School

Thank you to Robert D Johnson Elementary School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky for inviting us to their Family Culture Festival Night.

Each student had to work their way around the world to different countries with different activities to get their passports stamped.

The students were able to learn about world geography, count in different languages while competing in a fun-filled race to see who could Build the World the fastest.

They had to work together with classmates to put continents, countries, and oceans on the right targets. This interactive game not only introduces early map skills to young learners but also develops spatial thinking skills.

World Leaders Visit Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

In the months of November and December, Cincinnati hosted three delegations of world leaders through the U.S. Department of State’s premier exchange program, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

The visitors traveled from 8 countries: Cambodia, Liberia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, Portugal, and Macedonia. WAC relies on the commitment and skills of our community to develop local professional relationships and showcase Midwest hospitality. This month, our community truly helped to engage the world leaders on topics that included Post-Secondary Workforce Development, Design Entrepreneurship, and Rule of Law. Continue reading for pictures and more info about what they did while in Greater Cincinnati…

Thank you to our local professionals and volunteers who made these visits a big success this month. Thank you – Northern Kentucky University Career Services, DePaul Christo Rey High School, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center, University of Cincinnati, Great Oaks Career Campuses, Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, Gateway Community College and FESTO – for meeting with our multinational  international delegation from Cambodia, Liberia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, South Africa, and Venezuela to discuss Post-Secondary Workforce Development.

Thank you –Business Administration, Cintrifuse, The Brandery, University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, First Batch and ArtWorks– for meeting with the international delegation from Portugal to discuss Design Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Thank you – U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick Fischer, University of Cincinnati Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, Citizens Complaint Authority, Cincinnati Police, and the Ohio Innocence Project– for meeting with the international delegation from Macedonia to discuss Rule of Law in the U.S.

Thank you to families who hosted our visitors for dinner in their homes!!

Become a Member Today!

“The World Affairs Council has been the reason I still feel a strong connection to the world of diplomacy because it provides an outlet for international engagement, education and learning on global affairs, and access to some of the top professionals and diplomats in the world — from international business and nonprofit leaders, to government leaders, to academics and social critics in disciplines related to world affairs.”

– Anthony Johnson, Member since 2013


Upcoming Events

January 27 | Calling all High Schools – Sign up for Academic WorldQuest Competition – Click here for the study guide & contact Arnela to register

February 23 | 5th Annual One World Gala & Global Trivia Competition benefiting students’ global education & 21st-century skills in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky – Click here to purchase individual tickets

Sponsorship still available, to inquire please contact Michelle Harpenau

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