sexta-feira, 4 de fevereiro de 2011

“IVLP Gold Stars Tour: Alumni Connecting the World”

Upcoming Programs & Events  
“IVLP Gold Stars Tour: Alumni Connecting the World”  

In February 2011, The International Council will host the first-ever “IVLP Gold Stars Tour”, which will bring 18 IVLP alumni from around the world to end their US tour in the Tampa Bay Region! 

The Office of International Visitors has created a special project called the “IVLP Gold Stars’ Tour: Alumni Connecting the World,” to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ongoing partnership between the Department of State and the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV). This 2-week multi-regional project will bring 18 IVLP alumni from around the world to Washington, D.C., just prior to the NCIV National Meeting.
After a week in Washington D.C., the alumni will travel individually or in small groups to up to 18 different CIVs from their initial program itineraries.  The alumni will regroup in a closing city for some farewell activities.  This Gold Stars’ Tour will allow participants an opportunity to speak with CIV boards, staff, volunteers and resources about the very real impact of the program on their work and lives in their own countries, and to re-connect with key organizations and interlocutors who were inspirational and/or instrumental in their accomplishments. 

We are delighted that Dr. Elvis Ahmedi – who visited the Tampa Bay Region in 2008 with the first “combined” IVLP groups of breast cancer awareness delegations from around the world – has been selected one of the 18 alumni who will return to the US. Elvis will return to Tampa Bay the week of February 20 to renew his professional and personal relationships.  

Following his original program, The International Council partnered with Moffitt Cancer Center in a project with Dr. Ahmedi and his colleagues in Pristina, Kosovo that has dramatically changed the way cancer medicine is practiced in this Balkan nation. This project is ongoing, led by Dr. Elvis Ahmedi, who was here in 2008 (see “Special Projects”). Please click on the link below to view Elvis’ two-minute “testimonial” about his unforgettable original trip to the US, and the impact the International Council had on his work:

 Women’s Leadership:
The Next Hundred Years 
100 years of progress . . . 100 women of promise 

“On this International Women’s Day, let us rededicate ourselves to advancing and protecting the rights of women and girls, and join together to ensure that no one is left behind in the 21st century.”  

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, March 8, 2010  

The International Council is delighted to announce that it has been selected to host a special project for 20 Women Leaders invited to the US in celebration of the centennial of “International Women’s Day”.  

This special initiative of the US Department of State runs March 7 – 25, 2011. It brings 100 women leaders from around the world to explore women’s political, economic, and civic leadership. Participants represent government, civil society, business, media, and academia and hail from Africa, East Asia, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. This special program celebrates the historic accomplishments of women and looks ahead to the next century. It provides opportunities for the participants to network and share insights with their U.S. counterparts and with each other. The program features signature events at the State Department as well as across the country. 

Signature Events Include:  

Ø  International Women’s Day Centennial Plenary, celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  

Ø  Meetings with UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and with the White House Project, which advances women’s leadership across communities and sectors.  

Ø  Travel to geographically distinct areas of the U.S. to explore efforts to advance women’s leadership at the regional, state, and grassroots levels.  

Ø  Customized leadership seminars.  

Ø  Establishment of a legacy project for global collaboration.  

Host Cities: Bozeman, MT  Chicago, IL  Des Moines, IA Indianapolis, IN  Kansas City, MO Louisville, KY  Manchester, NH Minneapolis, MN  New Orleans, LA  New York, NY Raleigh, NC  San Francisco, CA  Tampa Bay, FL  Washington, DC 

 IVLP Programs
 2011 Professional Programs

2011 Date  
Professional Program 
February 2-5 
Kyrgyzstan: Management of TV & Radio Stations in the US 
February 5-11 
Kosovo: Good Governance  
February 6-9 
Netherlands: Education Models in the US 
February 9-12 
Kazakhstan: Modern Defense Policy 
February 9-12 
Nicaragua: The Role of the Media in Democratic Processes 
February 19-26 
IVLP “Gold Stars Tour”: Alumni Connecting the World (Kosovo) 
February 23-26 
IVLP “Gold Stars Tour”: Alumni Connecting the World (Entire Group) 
February 24 – March 1 

Azerbaijan: Journalism Education in the US 
February 26 – March 2 

Pakistan – Role of the Spokesperson in the US 
February 26 – March 2 

Bosnia: Journalism in the US 
March 17-22 
Near East Affairs: Women as Political Leaders – International Women’s Day Centenary (1911-2011) 

April 5-9 
Europe: US Political, Social & Educational Issues for Young Minority Leaders 

April 24 – 27 
Europe: US – European Security Issues 

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Colin Powell,
Former US Secretary of State

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