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 December 2014

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Dec. Best Practices Teleconference
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AWQ 2014-2015
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Letter from the President
Dear Friends and Supporters:

On behalf of the WACA Board of Directors and staff, I wish to thank all National Conference attendees for helping to make America and the World 2015 a great success! Renewing friendships, engaging with colleagues and speakers in conversations about Conference topics, and brainstorming on how to strengthen Councils and the national network are powerfully enriching. Videos of all Leadership Day sessions and Conference keynotes and panel discussions will be on our YouTube channel later this week.


In light of the rave reviews of BoardSource executive Vernetta Walker's presentation on Leadership Day - and as part of the World Affairs Councils of America's ongoing efforts to provide leadership and skill-building resources to member Councils - WACA has obtained an organizational membership in BoardSource that will provide Council leaders, staff, and Board members an array of complimentary membership benefits throughout the year. For those who aren't familiar, BoardSource is widely recognized as the leading organization promoting exceptional nonprofit governance and board service.


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., which will make it easy for you to access the latest news, resources, and best-practices webinars in nonprofit board leadership, as well as practical experience and suggestions from other members of BoardSource's community.


This great opportunity would not be possible without the generous financial support of WACA Board Member Martha Jones of Jacksonville. Thank you Marty for helping to extend BoardSource organizational membership to the WACA network!


It's easy to register -- I just did so myself. Leaders and staff of Councils in good standing should sign up for complimentary BoardSource membership here. If you have any questions, please contact me. And be sure to share this WACA BoardSource membership link with your Council's Board members. Enjoy the benefits!



Bill Clifford
President and CEO
World Affairs Councils of America Wins 2014 DANDI Award
The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that it was honored with the Diversity and Inclusion (DANDI) Award in the international category. Accepting the honor at the 3rd Annual DANDI Awards Ceremony in New York City on December 1st, WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford said: "The World Affairs Councils of America believes everyone benefits when we create a public environment where a diverse community is challenged to share ideas about international issues while considering other points of view. For our Councils, which put a premium on civil dialogue, the commitment to the values of inclusion and diversity of thought and perspective makes us better learners, employees, leaders, and citizens."

See our short video, submitted following WACA's nomination for a 2014 DANDI Award.

For more on the DANDIs, visit their website here.
December Best Practices Teleconference
Join Ryan Traher, Director of Communication and Membership, World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, as he highlights the organization's new and improved Young Professionals program, the Magellan Society. With YP growth and engagement stagnant over the last season, a decision was made this past summer to reinvigorate this program and Ryan was brought on board to do just that, working alongside an engaged Board Chair and committee. 

Tuesday, December 9, at 4:00 PM ET

A recent graduate from the University of North Florida, Ryan brings both a current sensibility in appealing to the millennials paired with unstoppable energy and enthusiasm. Join the discussion and learn about such offerings as: Quarterly SaloonsI Digress socialsMonthly Luncheon LaddersGlobal ExchangesCommunity Service Projects, and the Mentorship Program.



September 2014

Alternative Programming   

Discussion led by Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Listen to the recording.


October 2014

How Your Council Can Use Social Media   

Discussion led by Shannon McAfee, Director of Public Programs, Columbus (Ohio) World Affairs Council and Madonna Kramer, Director of Events/Programming, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. Listen to the recording.


November 5 Leadership Day at National Conference
See the Leadership Day Agenda here. Recordings of the presentations will be posted shortly.
2014 National Conference
The World Affairs Councils of America thanks all sponsors, speakers, embassy reception hosts, and attendees for helping to make the 2014 National Conference a great success. 

Survey Closes Friday, Dec. 5: Whether or not you attended the Conference, we want to hear from you in order to best serve the network next year:

Held annually for over two decades, the Conference engages our national network's leaders and members drawn from the business, civic, and education communities with leading policy-makers and experts. The Conference was held November 5-7, at The Fairfax at Embassy Row in Washington, DC. 

The Agenda (available here) examined: China, the U.S., and Asia; Russia/Eurasia; Cybersecurity; Future of Education; Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest; Food and Water; Global Economic Realignment; Future of Energy; Africa; and Climate Change. More Information
 News from the National Office
2014 European Union Outreach

The World Affairs Councils of America hosts its final Europe Union Outreach events of the year in partnership with the European Union Delegation to the U.S. The program is designed to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding about EU policies, the EU's role as an international actor, and the value of the EU-U.S. relationship. Activities will highlight the impact of local and regional economic, social, and cultural connections to Europe. More Information


Events scheduled for this month include:


Combating Human Trafficking 

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation renewed funding of the World Affairs Councils of America's national program on combating human trafficking. More than 30 World Affairs Councils participated in the 2013 program, which featured screenings of the documentary film Not My Life. The 2014 program features discussion forums as well as film screenings.


Events scheduled this month include:


Dec. 4 -- Vermont Council on World Affairs

Understanding Muslim Societies
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The World Affairs Councils of America, with the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, continues its Engage America Series Understanding Muslim Societies. The program focuses on countries in the Middle East, as well as Afghanistan/Pakistan, and those relevant rising economic powers that are competing globally with the United States, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Events scheduled for this month include:

Academic WorldQuest 2014-2015
The World Affairs Councils of America National Office has released the topics and study guide for the 2014-2015 Academic WorldQuest program.

2014-2015 Academic WorldQuest Topics
Russia / Eurasia; Human Trafficking; Youth, Jobs, and Social Unrest; Future of Energy; Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond; Food and Water; Asia and the New Global Economy; Great Decisions; Africa Rising; and Current Events.

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.

World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Councils of America

World Affairs Council of Seattle

U.S. Treasury Secretary Warns Europe Risks 'Lost Decade' of Economic Growth -- The Wall Street Journal


World Affairs Council of Atlanta

Honduras President Juan Orlando Hern´┐Żndez Meets with Atlanta Business Leaders -- Atlanta Business Chronicle


World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and the Fall of the Berlin Wall -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


World Affairs Council of the Desert (Palm Springs, CA)

Riverside County a Hot Spot for Human Trafficking -- The Desert Sun


World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio

Movie on Human Trafficking Tells College Student's True Story -- The BG News


World Affairs Council of South Texas

Human Trafficking Survivor Shares Story with A&M-CC Students -- Corpus Christi Caller Times


Columbia World Affairs Council

U.S. Economy Recovered, Expanding; Dollar Strong into 2016 -- The Island Packet


World Affairs Council of Houston

Good Idea: Houstonians Should Travel to Iran -- Houston Chronicle


Pacific and Asian Affairs Council

Punahou Students Represent Hawaii in National Academic Competition -- Hawaii News Now


What's Happening in the Network 

There are over 50 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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