What we have in store for you

Over the last decades, the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting has evolved into the premier gathering of organizations, U.S. government agencies, and leaders in the international exchange field. Join us from February 7-10, 2018, as the National Meeting brings together over 1,000 exchange professionals in Washington, DC. Speakers and presenters at the 2018 National Meeting are industry leaders and exchange practitioners that will cover a range of topics in their sessions.

Attending the 2018 National Meeting allows you to gain high-level insights on trends affecting the international exchange field, engage in in-depth professional development opportunities, immerse yourself in the latest research relevant to exchange professionals, and build networks to strengthen your exchange organization.

Build-up and deepen your regional, cultural, and political insight by attending sessions led by U.S. Department of State officers. Learn how you can develop your staff’s skills through participation in various sessions centered on professional and staff development. Engage with nonprofit experts on advocacy issues and learn how you can advocate for exchanges. Network with researchers and academics and find out more about how you can use their research findings in your work. Connect with Emerging Leaders, a distinct group of rising professionals that gained a scholarship to attend the 2018 National Meeting.

Exclusive evening receptions round off each conference day, giving you yet another opportunity to network and connect with speakers, other participants, and conference partners.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Washington, DC from February 7-10, 2018.

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