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February 2015

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WACA Breakfast at Global Ties U.S.
WACA Spring Leadership Meeting
NDU Livestream
Best Practices Telecon
Cover to Cover
Feb. 1918 Society Conf. Call
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AWQ 2014-2015
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WACA Breakfast at Global Ties U.S. Conference
WACA is proud to sponsor the 2015 Global Ties U.S. National Meeting this year as part of a reciprocal arrangement to strengthen collaboration between our organizations.


For those of you attending the conference, we cordially invite you and your Council colleagues to attend an informal breakfast discussion on Thursday, February 5, from 7:30 to 8:20 am with WACA President & CEO Bill Clifford and National Office staff. The breakfast will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel's Council Room. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Kathy Johnson, Director of the US Diplomacy Center, will join us to make remarks about the USDC's role in highlighting diplomacy.


If you and other representatives and members of your Council are able to join us on Feb. 5 for breakfast, please RSVP to Ian J. Byrne at

WACA Spring Leadership Meeting 2015


Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27

The World Affairs Councils of America's is delighted to invite Member Council executives, staff, and board members to this year's Spring Leadership Meeting. As those of you who have attended past Spring Leadership Meetings in San Francisco, New York, Denver, and Chicago know, the program provides a unique, concentrated opportunity to network with fellow Council leaders and discuss best practices, covered in a variety of workshops.

This spring, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta will host the program, starting with an Opening Reception on Thursday evening, March 26, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Attendees will enjoy the chance engage with Fed Atlanta President & CEO Dennis Lockhart, who will make remarks. Mr. Lockhart is the founding chairman of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Leadership Meeting professional development sessions will be held Friday, March 27.

Click Here to Register

Thursday, March 26, 2014
5:30 to 8:00 PM
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1000 Peachtree Street NE 
Atlanta, GA 30309


Friday , March 27, 2014 
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (tentative)
World Affairs Council of Atlanta
GSU Buckhead Center 
Tower Place 200
Suite 300
3348 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326


$50.00 per Council Leade

$40.00 per additional Council participant


Price includes lunch and Leadership Meeting program & Reception

Click Here to Register


A block of rooms has been reserved for $125 per night at the Doubletree by Hilton - Atlanta Buckhead, 3342 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, for both Thursday and Friday nights. The hotel is just around the corner from the Friday meeting and is accessible by public transportation from the airport.


Reservations can be made at the group rate by booking on the hotel's website or calling the hotel directly at 1-404-231-1234 extension 656. Ask for the World Affairs Council or WAC group rate.



As you know, WACA has been offering monthly Best Practices conference calls and webinars since September.


Even if you are not able to attend this year, please send your agenda ideas to Althea Georgantas at ag@worldaffairscouncils.orgThese will be very helpful for planning our monthly programs and the Fall Leadership Meeting at the WACA National Conference. 

NDU Conference Livestream
The National Defense University will host an all-day conference on Tuesday, February 10, on Beyond Convergence: A World Without Order as part of its Hemispheric Forum, an educational and outreach initiative designed to take advantage of the abundance of security and defense subject-matter experts in the Washington, DC area. More Information

The conference will be livestreamed here.

PRISM Subscription for WAC Members

The Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University offers a free subscription of their quarterly journal, PRISM, to World Affairs Councils and their members. PRISM is a security studies journal chartered by the Department of Defense to inform policymakers, allies, and academics on complex and integrated national security operations; reconstruction and state-building; and developments in training and education. Each journal features academic and policy-driven articles, book reviews, commentaries, and lessons from the field. Recent contributors include former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, former U.S. Army General and CIA Director David Petraeus, DIA Director Michael T. Flynn, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James F. Dobbins.  


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February Best Practices Teleconference
WACA's Best Practices Teleconference Series features Tony Culley-Foster, who in December 2014 succeeded Heidi Shoup as President and CEO of World Affairs Council - Washington, DC. Tony will discuss Annual Gala Dinners - How to Achieve Success. WAC-DC is currently preparing for its annual Global Education Gala on March 5. 

The call will take place on 
Thursday, Feb. 12, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET. 

Click Here to RSVP

Tony Culley-Foster brings 35 years of extensive top-level international business strategy, government relations, brand development, cause marketing, strategic communications, entrepreneurship, fundraising, sponsorship and sales expertise, as well as a "can do" enthusiasm to his business and non-profit activities.


Cover to Cover Author Series

Our February Author Series will feature Sarah Chayes, Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment, on her forthcoming book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security. The call will take place Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2:00 PM ET.

Every day a new blaze seems to ignite: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria; the East-West standoff in Ukraine; abducted schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. Is there some thread tying these frightening international security crises together? In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, award-winning former NPR correspondent and e Sarah Chayes (full bioidentifies the unexpected link: corruption. Book details

"Thieves of State is a revolutionary book."
-Anne-Marie Slaughter, President of the New America Foundation

"Sarah Chayes brilliantly illuminates a topic no one wants talk about-but we must. Corruption is an insidious force that is causing some of the most dangerous challenges our world is facing. It has to be at the core of America's strategies, engagements and relationships for the twenty-first century."
-Admiral (ret.) Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
February 1918 Society Conference Call

The World Affairs Councils of America will host Scott Carpenter, Deputy Director, Google Ideas, for a 1918 Society Conference Call on Censorship in the Digital Age

The call will take place on Wednesday, February 25, at 2:00 PM ET. WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford will moderate the call.

1918 Society Members: 
RSVP to 
or reply to this email to receive 
dial-in information.

1918 Society Members are welcome to invite up to three guests on the call.

Scott Carpenter is the Deputy Director of Google Ideas, Google's new "think/do" tank, where he is responsible for driving the portfolio addressing illicit networks as well as advising on its strategy in three other key areas: confronting violent extremism, expanding freedom of expression in closed societies and securing citizens in weak states. Prior to joining Google, Scott founded and directed Project Fikra as the Keston Family Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an effort to use connective technologies to share ideas among Arab democrats and connect them with each other and to policy makers in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. He received his masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Full Bio

Save the date: WACA will host a 1918 Society Conference Call with Bob Moritz, Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC, on Friday, March 20, at 2:00 PM ET

Notable Past 1918 Society Conference Calls:
  • President Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico on the U.S.-Mexico Relationship
  • Ambassador Martin S. Indyk, former U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
  • Susan Glasser, Editor of POLITICO, on Russia and Ukraine
  • Senator John McCain on Syria
  • General Michael V. Hayden on Data Surveillance, PRISM and the NSA
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World
Become a 1918 Society Member
For information on how to join The 1918 Society and benefits of membership, including participation in these conference calls, please contact Ian Byrne at or visit our website.
BoardSource Webinars

BoardSource Webinars: WACA Councils Attend for Free!

You must first activate your complimentary WACA Organizational Membership with BoardSource BEFORE registering for webinars! (See details below.)


WebinarAre You a Fundraising Generalist or Specialist? 

Tuesday, February 24, at 2:00 PM ET


Cost: Organizational Members $0 (WACA saves you $35) REGISTER

Thursday, February 26, at 2:00 PM ET

Cost: Organizational Members $0 (WACA saves you $35) REGISTER

As a leader within the WACA network, you are now eligible to become part of BoardSource's membership community of more than 26,000 nonprofit leaders across the U.S. The National Office encourages all Councils to take advantage and sign up for this complimentary BoardSource membership. Please share the link - with Council colleagues, staff, and all Board members - and enjoy an array of benefits and easy-to-access news, resources, and best-practices webinars in nonprofit board leadership, as well as practical experience and suggestions from other members of BoardSource's community. Be sure to sign up today!
Academic WorldQuest 2014-2015

National Competition
The 2015 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

Teams who have won their local competitions are required to submit team and release of liability forms to WACA to register for the National Competition by March 25, 2015. Visit the link below for more information. 


What's Happening in the Network
There are over 100 World Affairs Council events scheduled this month across the country. Sign up for the WACA Weekly Digest to receive updates from around the network that include programs you can attend, participate in virtually, get ideas about speakers, or model format. Also be sure to check out travel programs offered by World Affairs Councils on our homepage. We encourage you to follow-up with the sponsoring council for more information. If we missed something or if you have a program that you would like highlighted on our website or in the WACA Weekly, please contact Ian J. Byrne at

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