February 1, 2016
2016 Spring Leadership Meeting
A Live Conversation with Ryan Crocker
Cover to Cover
Academic WorldQuest comes to El Paso
Academic WorldQuest
2016 WACA National Conference
World Affairs Councils in the News
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2016 Spring Leadership Meeting 
Houston, Texas 

Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18

The World Affairs Councils of America is delighted to invite Member Council executives, staff, and board members to the 2016 
Spring Leadership Meeting . As those of you who have attended past meetings in Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Denver know, the program provides a unique, concentrated opportunity to network with fellow Council leaders and discuss best practices, covered in a variety of workshops.

The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston will host this year's meeting, starting with a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening, March 17, at the home of Dr. Stephen Kramer, CEO of Fabre-Kramer Pharmaceuticals and a Houston Council board member. James Adams, former country manager for ExxonMobil Iraq, will speak about the global oil market.  

Thursday, March 17

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Home of Dr. Stephen Kramer
119 Carnarvon Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Speaker: James Adams
 Friday, Marc
Friday, March 18

8:30 AM-3:00 PM  (tentative) 
Hilton Houston Post Oak
San Felipe Room
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, TX 77024
Agenda TBD 

OpTIONAL: 2016 Houston Livestock Show & RODEo
Friday, March 18

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
NRG Center
Three NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054


$50.00 per person
Price includes Reception, Leadership Meeting program & lunch 


A room block has been arranged for Council participants at $169 plus tax per night (complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet included) at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77024.

Reserve your rooms at the WAC Greater Houston/WACA hotel website here. The group code "WAC" is provided.


Be sure to register and reserve your rooms early. And please share with the WACA National Office your thoughts on agenda topics. E-mail your suggestions to Lian Esehaki at lesehaki@worldaffairscouncils.org.

A Live Conversation with Ryan Crocker 
The Refugee Question:
A Think Conversation

Presented by KERA and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

Thursday, February 4
                                       12 Noon CST
Tune in Thursday for a live conversation with Ryan Crocker , former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq; Jennifer Sime , Senior Vice President of United States Programs for the International Rescue Committee; and Texas State Senator Don Huffines of Dallas about the global refugee situation. This special broadcast of KERA FM's Think with Krys Boyd will explore the U.S. role in refugee resettlement, recent objections to the settlement of refugees in Texas and the perspectives of refugees themselves. 
Cover to Cover Author Series 

February's Cover to Cover  will feature  innovation expert  Alec Ross  on his new book  The Industries of the Future,   on Thursday,  February 11, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET.  

Ross served for four years as Senior Adviser for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an adviser to investors, corporations, and government leaders.

COUNCIL LEADERS: Please share these opportunities with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
Academic WorldQuest Comes to El Paso  
World Affairs Council of the North American Borderplex, WACA's newest member Council, will host its first Academic WorldQuest Competition on February 27, in El Paso, Texas. The competition has generated considerable interest and already has more than 28 teams registered locally. The Borderplex Council has also invited teams from bilingual schools in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A team from Chihuahua, about 4 hours from El Paso, is traveling to compete in the Borderplex Academic WorldQuest Competition.  

Check out this article published by El Diario de El Paso. 

REGISTER Teams for Academic WorldQuest 2016

The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on April 22-23

Register Your AWQ Team Now! Local champion teams of Academic WorldQuest competitions hosted by World Affairs Councils around the country  must complete this Registration Form by March 15, 2016 in order to participate in the April 22-23 National Competition.

Hotel Reservations:  
To utilize our special hotel rates, book your room now at the Washington Hilton hotel! For reservations click here.

Stay tuned for competition venue information, which we will announce very soon.   For the 2015-2016 AWQ Study Guide,  click here

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2016 WACA National Conference  
Save the Date! 

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that its 2016 National Conference will take place on November 16-18, at The Capital Hilton

This distinguished hotel is  located in the heart of Washington, DC - just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums and memorials, theaters and art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and more. 

Stay tuned for further announcements on National Conference speakers, hotel reservation, and other program details. 
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Travel the World from WAC Philadelphia
Just Announced:  Council Leaders to Lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
Dr. Jerry W. Leach , Former President, World Affairs Council of America,  Legends of the Nile February 23 - March 5, 2016.

Megan Torrey, President, World Affairs Councils of Connecticut (Hartford) Cultural CubaMarch 13 - 21, 2016 .
Ambassador Heather Hodges , President & Ambassador-in-Residence, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Cuba Cruise: March 27 - April 5, 2016.
Mimi Gregory , V ice President and Program Chairman,  Naples Council on World AffairsCruising the Rivieras & Islands of France, Spain and ItalyOctober 5 - 13, 2016.
Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs Councils of Northern California, Tanzania October 29 - November 8, 2016 
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Inside Oman, UAE and QatarNovember 2 - 16, 2016.
Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel or call 1-800-942-5004 x209 or x217.

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