Last Month: Global Chatter, ArtsWave, FC Cincinnati Diversity Game

Board Member of the Month for June: Dale Dean

Dale is a 1980 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Cheryl. They have four children (Andy, Daniel, Trisha, and Erin), and nine grandchildren (one more on the way)!

He is a member of two global CEO forums – Vistage International and the Executive Forum. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling with his spouse. He has an affinity for books, reading, and the visual and performing arts.

For the latest international news, Dale follows the Associated Press, Reuters, Time, and BBC. For think tanks, he engages with Rand Corporation, Heritage Foundation, and Brookings Institute.

Dale recently joined our Board of Directors after consulting with our team and helping us re-brand our new name and world class-website!

Board Member of the Month for July: Michele Mansfield

Michele is a native of Kennebunk, Maine, who has lived in Cincinnati and worked in Research & Development for Procter & Gamble for the past 26 years, including two global assignments.

Her first international experience was as an exchange student to Belgium, at 15, which started a lifetime love of learning about other cultures, and travel.

She is a mom to Joshua & Benjamin who have continued the love of cultural understanding through their experiences with Children’s International Summer Village (CISV) and family travel.

Other interests include reading (history & historical fiction are favorite genres), gardening, fiber arts, and drawing.

Michele has been a member of the World Affairs Council – Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for over 20 years and has seen its growth from its merger of the International Visitors Council and the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati in the early 90’s to the growing organization it is today.

Global Chatter Series Launches

Starting at the end of July, we launched our summer speaker series – Global Chatter.

Our first event, Turkey: Partner in Crisis was a great success! Small groups formed to discuss the great security threats, what Turkey represents, symbolically and their own personal experiences, background, and knowledge.

Interested in attending our future Global Chatter events? Register Today!

ArtsWave Supports Global Arts!

We are excited to announce our Art Meets World Project supported by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave campaign!

Together through the project, students will learn about China, Japan, India, and Mexico. Additionally, students will develop an art project respective to each country.

The project will begin this fall and extend to the spring semester of 2019.


Global Guide Visits Norwood High School for a Talk Show

Our Global Guide, Vikram Seshadri, took part in a free public access TV Talk Show hosted by Norwood High School called Youth Voices in Greater Cincinnati.

Leila Kubesch is a Norwood Middle School teacher who has spearheaded this initiative as her latest public service effort, enabling middle school-aged youth to host a talk show with guest members from our community.

This program connects students with their community, gaining understanding through dialogue. Students lead the charge in developing themes, writing questions and scripts, and are actively seeking diverse community members of all ages and backgrounds to appear on the show.

Vikram shared his thoughts on American life and how his exposure to American TV shows and films helped to reduce his culture shock when moving to the United States from Chennai, India.

FC Cincinnati Diversity Game | July 14

Thank you to our partners, FC Cincinnati and Cincy Stories for helping us collect cultural stories from the international soccer players here on our local team!

FC Cincinnati helps to promote our city on a global level. As local celebs, FC players from around the world were able to share more about their personal story and culture while sharing their best finds of international food, events, and social activities in this region!

Thank you to Goalkeeper Coach, Jack Stern (England), Midfielder, Emmanuel Ledesma (Argentina), Head Coach, Alan Koch (South Africa), Forward, Daniel Haber (Canada), Goalkeeper, Mark Village (Canada), and Defender, Lance Laing (Jamaica) for particpating in our interviews.

A BIG thank you to Cincy Stories for their dedication and creative minds!

World Affairs Council in the Community

The World Affairs Council team traveled to Cleveland in late July for the Global Ties Regional Summit: Diplomacy Begins Here.

The first learning lab, titled Small Budget, Small Staff was hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

Katie Ferman of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Sarah Sibley of WorldBoston and our Executive Director, Michelle Harpenau gathered to discuss Fee-for-service proposals.


Last month Cincinnati hosted their first-ever Festival of Faiths!

Modeled after the popular long-standing festivals in Louisville and Indianapolis, Cincinnati’s festival of faiths showcased the many faith traditions of our region. It included a day of community service for interfaith groups, and we were happy to attend the day of events.

Ciarra Wooten, Education and Development Coordinator, Michelle Harpenau, Executive Director are pictured at the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths building bridges.

World Leaders Visit Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

A special thank you to our local hosts and volunteers – without you these memorable experiences couldn’t be possible. Your generosity in opening your homes to these international visitors will be fond memories of our area for years to come.

In the months of June and July, the Council hosted four International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and two Fee-For-Service delegations with a total of 49 visitors from Turkmenistan, Germany, France, Iraq, and Taiwan.

Six international delegates from Turkmenistan arrived late in the month to discuss Sports Strategy and Event Development. Thank you to Jeff Berding, President and General Manager and Dan McNally, Vice President of Operations of FC Cincinnati for taking the time to visit with our delegation! During the meeting, the delegates learned more about the soccer players, and the characteristics it takes to grow from a Division II to Major League Soccer team. As FC will officially become an MLS team in March of 2019.

In June, Mayor Thomas Zenker from Zittau, Germany visited the Greater Cincinnati area to discuss the topic, Small Towns in a Globalized World.

James McManus, Director of International Programs spent the day with Mayor Zenker touring Covington and Over-the-Rhine to learn more about the historic German preservation and economic development of the neighborhoods.

Thank you to the National Underground Railroad and the Sister City Association for taking the time to meet with our honored guest.

Two international delegates from France arrived in July to discuss U.S. Foreign Policy for Young Leaders. Thank you to MARCC, Xavier University, Kentucky State Representatives, Ohio Congress Representatives and City Council for taking the time to meet with our honored guest.

In July we partnered with the University of Cincinnati as they welcomed 20 Ming Chi University of Technology Professors for a Training Workshop to discuss practical, theoretical, and academic data science.

Thank you to Cintrifuse Nexigen Hydro Systems, Inc. Festo US Graydon Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Wood + Lamping LLP for connecting with our delegation.

In July, we hosted 12 Iraqi High School students from the IYLEP Program through World Learning.

The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) brings English-speaking Iraqi secondary school students to the U.S. for a four-week summer exchange to explore themes of leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and community engagement.

Thank you to Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, MARCC, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Community Matters, Santa Maria, FreeStore Foodbank, Cincinnati Police Department, Northern Kentucky Makerspace, Green Dot, World Learning, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, DeanHouston, Taft Art Museum, Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Young Democrats, Hamilton County Young Republicans, Matthew 25 Ministries, and FESTO for taking the time to meet with these students during their visit.

Our Upcoming Events

August 9 | Media and Foreign Policy | Register

August 23 | China and Geopolitics | Register

September 6 | Global Health | Register

September 20 | Defining Leadership with Professor William Taubman | Register


Upcoming International Events

August 15 | 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM | FPLC What is U.S. Foreign Policy Today? Is there a Trump Doctrine? | Register

September 26-30 | Over the Rhine International Film Festival | Learn More

September 26 | Stir! Multicultural Networking Reception | Learn More

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