November 12, 2019
WACA 2019 National Conference Highlights
The 8 Forces Reshaping the Global Economy
November 6-8 , 2019
The Mayflower Hotel Washington, DC
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made this year's WACA National Conference a wonderful success!
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is the WACA 2019 Council of the Year. WAC Dallas/Fort Worth President and CEO James Falk (center) accepts the award from WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford (right) and WACA Chairman Roman Popadiuk (left).
Lise Falskow (center), President and CEO of Alaska World Affairs Council, receives the WACA Chairman's 2019 Individual Award. Lise was presented the award by Roman Popadiuk (right) and Bill Clifford (left) for her exceptional leadership and outstanding nonprofit work.
WACA's Bill Clifford presents The Honorable James A. Baker, III with WACA's Inaugural International Service Award for his distinguished American statesmanship.
The Hon. James A. Baker, III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State, and Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent at the New York Times, discuss the global order 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Secretary Baker delivers brief remarks at the 2019 Ambassadors Luncheon after receiving WACA's International Service Award.
Minister Li Kexin, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the People's Republic China in the U.S., makes opening remarks at the special reception for WACA.
WACA Conference 2019 Student Scholars at the Chinese Embassy reception
WACA presents a plaque to our Embassy host to mark the 40th Anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic relations.
WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford welcomes over 300 Conference attendees from public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Dr. Vivienne Ming delivers an insightful and engaging keynote about the future of AI in the global economy at the 2019 Awards Dinner.

Sicilian composer and pianist Corrado Neri performs a fantastic musical and vocal concert for WACA Conference audience.
Anna Tunke l, Amb. (ret.) Kristen Silverberg, and Judith Samuelson (left to right) discuss the future of capitalism.
Karen Kornbluh, Richard Stengel, and Amanda Bennett, analyze the economic implications of disinformation.
Phil Karsting, Sue Schram, Melissa Ho, and Kimberly Flowers examine climate change and food insecurity.

Sarah Chen, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women and Principal at FedTech, presents on "The SHE Economy."
Great Decisions Luncheon featuring The Honorable Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Foreign Policy Association Fellow Sarwar Kashmeri on "China's Grand Strategy".
WACA Thanks Its Generous Conference Sponsors
Mr. Matthew G. Butler and Ms. Giosetta Capriati
Introducing WACA's Newest Board Member - Mimi Burke!
WACA is pleased to announce that Mimi Burke, Policy Advisor at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, has joined the WACA network as a National Board Member. Mimi works with global Fortune 100 companies to advise on market access, emerging initiatives, and international government issues. Mimi brings more than 25 years of experience working with a range of ambassadors, influential stakeholders, and Washington, DC's international community, and leverages over two decades of experience working in the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC. 
2019 Journalism Under Fire in Santa Fe
Following an excellent program a year ago, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations will host its second annual Journalism Under Fire conference November 14-15. This year, SFCIR invites leading journalists to answer, “How does technology shape the truth?” Speakers and attendees will explore the intersection between social media and fake news; the ways in which artificial intelligence (e.g. through deep and shallow fakes) is increasingly influencing the public domain; how China’s use of technology will have massive ramifications for the U.S.; and how digital forensics have opened up a new line of investigation, using crowd-sourced video and Big Data to reconstruct truth. Purchase tickets and view the full program here!
Remembering Sue C. Root - Former WAC Western Massachusetts E.D.
The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts fondly remembers Sue C. Root, an actively engaged member and supporter of the WACA network who passed away last Tuesday, November 5. Sue served as President of the WAC Western Mass. Board since 1986 and then as the first paid Executive Director for 17 years until her retirement in 2003. 

As Ambassador Mark Hambley, longtime member and supporter of the Council, put it, "She was a great friend and a true partisan for peace and harmony."
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