February 8 , 2016
2016 Spring Leadership Meeting
Cover to Cover
Academic WorldQuest
2016 WACA National Conference
World Affairs Councils Highlights
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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. A guest speaker on the global oil market will be announced soon.  

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU 
  
 
Join us for a brainstorming conference call to discuss agenda topics this Wednesday Feb. 10, at 3:00-4:00 PM ET. Please let  Lian Esehaki know that you plan to participate on the call: lesehaki@worldaffairscouncils.org.


SPRING LEADERSHIP WELCOME RECEPTION
WHEN 
Thursday, March 17

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

Speaker: TBD
 
SPRING LEADERSHIP MEETING 
WHEN 
Friday, March 18

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

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

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

COST

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

HOTEL RESERVATIONS at HILTON HOUSTON POST OAK
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.
THURSDAY: 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 this opportunity with your members and supporters as a free benefit!
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.

Competition Location: This year's competition will take place at  The National Press Club

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. 
World Affairs Councils Highlights 

Monday, February 8

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts  "Shifting Geopolitics and Security among Major Powers: China, Russia, and the U.S."  Details

Naples Council on World Affairs hosts "Resolving Europe's Refugee Crisis" Details

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts "Migration to Michigan: Challenges and Opportunities" Details

Tuesday, February 9

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts "A Conversation with H.E. Valeriy Chaly, Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S."  Details

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council hosts "Turkey Today: A Pivotal Country in a Time of Change" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts "Academic Worldquest Competition" Details

Wednesday, February 10

World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond hosts "Russia - An Enigma" Details

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts "China: Closing the Global Gap between U.S. and Them"  Details

Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts "ASEAN: Port Security and Trade Safety" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "Private Dinner: An Evening with Robert Walker, President of the Population Institute" Details

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading hosts "The Syrian Situation: ISIS, Refugees, Assad and Iran" Details 

Thursday, February 11

Columbus Council on World Affairs hosts "U.S.-China Relations: Economy, Security and Prospects for the Future" Details

World Affairs Council of Northern California hosts "The Industries of the Future" Details

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts "WACC Speaker Series with Robert Walker, President of the Population Institute" Details 

World Affairs Council of Washington, DC hosts "Embassy Series: Embassy of Egypt" Details

Friday, February 12

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts "A Conversation with General David Petraeus" Details

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County hosts "The Japan - South Korea Identity Crisis: Implications for the U.S. and Asia"  Details

Institute for World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts "Study Abroad 101" Details

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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