July 2, 2018
July Newsletter
This Month: President's Letter; Council of the Month: Alaska; 2018 National Conference Speakers; Cover to Cover; World Affairs Forum's New ED Wendy Skratt; Subscription Benefits; Councils in the News; Travel with WAC Philadelphia
President's Letter
Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:
Our new fiscal year is officially under way and so is our planning for the WACA 2018 National Conference. Before you and your loved ones get ready for the Fourth of July holiday, I want to introduce the FY2019 WACA Executive Committee (*) and Board Directors: 
*Ambassador Roman Popadiuk , WACA Chairman
*Sylvia Fields , Vice-Chair (Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation)
*Donna Suddeth , Vice-Chair (Treasurer, Naples Council on World Affairs)
*Nigel Sutton , Treasurer (Vice President, International Defense Systems, Orbital ATK)
*Serge Tomassian , Secretary (Managing Partner, Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP)
*Alex Lari , At-Large (Founder and Chairman, Claremont Group)
*Stephen J. Petras , Jr., At-Large (Board Member, Cleveland Council on World Affairs)
*Jim Falk , Development Committee Chair (President and CEO, WAC Dallas/Fort Worth)
*Nancy Hamlin , Governance Committee Chair (past President, WAC Rochester)
Carlos Alvarez , Chairman and CEO, Gambrinus Company
Robert Fischer , past Executive Director, WAC St. Louis
Forough Hosseini , Senior Vice President, ICI Homes
Katherine Keck , past Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council
Dr. Joan Apple Lemoine  past Executive Director, WAC Hilton Head
Derrick Olsen , President, World Oregon
Craig Snyder , President and CEO, WAC Philadelphia
Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk , President and CEO, WAC Charlotte
Xiao Yin Zhao , Executive Director, WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana
*Bill Clifford , WACA President and CEO (ex-officio)
It's a privilege to work with these dedicated leaders, and indeed with all the executives and staff of our talented, diverse, and engaged Council network. Many of you also belong to the Global Ties U.S. network; our partnership with Global Ties is important and it was an honor for me to be interviewed for their latest  newsletter . And be sure to read through all the terrific media hits by local WACs in our Councils in the News section below.
Next week, we will present the registration website for the WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order. The November 7-9 Conference in DC will commence the day after the U.S. midterm elections, providing attendees with a unique and timely opportunity to examine how Congress will influence American foreign policy. We will also celebrate the Foreign Policy Association's 100th Anniversary.
I am delighted that many of you have already registered and made reservations at The Mayflower Hotel. Please be sure to share Conference details regularly with your Council members. The WACA Board and National Office staff will make this a most worthwhile event for you!
Bill Clifford, President and CEO
Council of the Month: Alaska World Affairs Council
Alaska World Affairs Council has been operating in Anchorage longer than Alaska has been a state. WACA is pleased to recognize Alaska World Affairs Co uncil as our Council of the Month as they celebrate their milestone 60th Anniversary w ith the theme of "Bringing the World to Alaska."

With President & CEO Lise Falskow at the Council's helm for the past 11 years, and a dynamite team of staff, board members, and volunteers, Alaska WAC has grown significantly from the days of only one full-time employee.

Through regular lunch programs, coffee chats, VIP dinners, school visits, evening programs, trivia night, speed mentoring, and Academic WorldQuest, the Council reaches almost 4,000 Alaskans directly, 1,600 students, and 40,000 people indirectly when their lunch and evening programs were rebroadcast through their NPR affiliate. Social media outreach touches over 15,000 people each month.

Additionally, we wish a fond farewell to Alaska WAC Deputy Director Alyssa Bish , who will attend grad school in the fall, and a warm welcome to her successor, Rachel Williams !
WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order

November 7-9
The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

New Speakers Announced!

Nina Ansary
Dr. Nina Ansary , Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation

Ray Rothrock
Ray Rothrock, Chairman and CEO of  RedSeal, a Sunnyvale, CA-based provider of network security solutions, and author of Digital Resilience

Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.
The Conference Registration website will launch next week. Book your room at our special group rate now!

The  World Affairs Councils of America 2018 National Conference will be held November 7-9 at the Mayflower Hotel  in Washington, DC. 

We have secured a special group rate: 1 Bedroom Suite / Standard Room $259 per night  (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax. Click here to reserve your room!
July  Cover to Cover :
Dambisa Moyo on  Edge of Chaos
A generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall, d emonstrations have broken out from Belgium to Brazil led by angry citizens demanding a greater say in their political and economic future, better education, healthcare, and living standards. The bottom line of this outrage is the same: people are demanding their governments to do more to improve their lives faster.

In her new book,  Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It , Dambisa Moyo sets out the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth.

Join our  Cover to Cover  con ference call with Moyo on  Tuesday, July 10, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET .
Subscription Benefits for Council Members!
WACA is pleased to partner with the editors of PRISM , a quarterly journal published by the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University (NDU).

Council staff and members may contact the WACA National Office to receive a complimentary subscription to PRISM. The journal aims to illuminate and provoke debate on whole-of-government efforts to conduct reconstruction, stabilization, counterinsurgency, and irregular warfare operations. The current issue focuses on countering weapons of mass destruction.

As one of many benefits t o our members, WACA offers discounts on some of the world's most renowned publications. Get reduced rates on The Economist , Foreign Affairs , Foreign Policy , and more!
A Warm Welcome to Wendy Skratt, New Head of World Affairs Forum
The World Affairs Forum has appointed Stamford, Connecticut resident Wendy Skratt as Executive Director effective July 1, 2018. Formerly Director of Communications & Events at the Forum, Wendy says her top priorities will be expanding membership and enhancing public awareness of world affairs programs. For those of you who were not able to meet her at the WACA Spring Leadership Meeting in San Antonio, please extend a warm welcome to Wendy.
Kay J. Maxwell , Executive Director since 2007, announced her retirement effective June 30. “Kay’s dedication and conscientious leadership helped the World Affairs Forum navigate the Great Recession and transformed it into a more accessible and sustainable membership organization,” said Board Chairman Bas Nabulsi .
Wendy Skratt, Executive Director
Wendy and predecessor Kay J. Maxwell
Meet WACA's New Intern
Luke Navratil graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Government and Politics from University of Maryland in May 2018. He also completed minors in Global Terrorism Studies and International Development /Conflict Management. During his time at UMD, he interned for START, a terrorism analysis think tank, and assisted professors on the FORGE project, researching foundations of rebel group emergence. 

Welcome, Luke! Glad to have you join us.

The posting for WACA's Fall 2018 Internships is now live. We seek two enthusiastic, hard-working college students (or recent graduates) who are interested in programs and outreach - and of course, foreign policy! Visit our website for details on how to apply.
Councils in the News
Foreign Policy Association

International Institute of Buffalo

Global Ties Arizona

World Affairs Forum (Stamford)

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

World Affairs Council of Greater Reading

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

World Affairs Council of San Antonio

World Affairs Council of Atlanta

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

World Affairs Council of Detroit

International Affairs Forum (Traverse City)

Montana World Affairs Council

Northern Nevada International Center
Travel the World with WAC Philadelphia
Travel with  Council Leaders - hear them lecture on Travel the World tours from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia!
2018 travel schedule includes trips to: 

  • Craig Snyder, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Poland & Moscow Seminar: July 14-22
  • Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cruise the Rhine, July 11-29
  • Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Himalayan Kingdoms, Sept. 11-25
  • Dixie Anderson, Executive Director Emerita, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, Romance of the Douro River: Sept. 15-26
  • Joyce Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Town & Country Life in Languedoc: Oct. 6-14
  • Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council, Cuba: Nov. 4-12
  • Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, South East Asia: Jan. 29 - Feb. 11, 2019
  • Mimi Gregory, Vice President of Programs, Naples Council on World Affairs, Grand Seine: June 30 - July 18, 2019
  • Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President of Programs, World Affairs, Northern California, Arctic Expedition: June 21 - July 1, 2019
  • Derrick Olsen, President, WorldOregon, Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia: Oct. 13-21, 2019

Contact  www.wacphila.org/travel  or call  1-800-942-5004 , ext.  209  or  217 .
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