WACA's Engage America World Food Program USA Speaker Series; Star Speakers; WACA Best Practices: Programming Beyond Covid; and more!
WACA's Engage America Speaker Series
World Food Program USA
Hunger and the Climate Crisis in Latin America
Wednesday, June 9, at 1:00 PM PT (4:00 PM ET)
World Affairs Council of Orange County is presenting the seventh of nine WACA Engage America programs in partnership with World Food Program USA. Climate change is a key driver of hunger globally. Nowhere is that truer than in Central America, where years of extreme weather events, coupled with COVID-19’s economic crisis, is creating severe food insecurity. This panel will explore the climate crisis’ interrelated impact on hunger, livelihoods, and migration in Latin America and how the U.N. World Food Programme is building resilience and food security among vulnerable communities.
Star Speakers Around the Network
Amb. Abercrombie-Winstanley
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
U.S. Department of State
Amb. Thomas Shannon Jr. & Roxane Farmanfarmaian
Experts on Iran
Tim Tran
Author of American Dreamer
and philanthropist
Amb. (ret.) Eleni Kounalakis
Lt. Governor of California
Ben Rhodes
Author of After the Fall
Dr. Kemba Marshall
Director, Land O'Lakes Purina Animal Nutrition Center
WACA Best Practices: Programming Beyond Covid
Thursday, June 24, at 3:00 PM ET
WACA is please to host the fourth WACA Best Practices Session this month! On Thursday, June 24, at 3:00 PM ET, we will consider what programming beyond Covid looks like for the World Affairs Councils network.

The program will begin with a presentation from Nathan Hermiston, Senior Vice President of Sales and Services for Visit KC, who will paint the national landscape of event trends, event spaces, hybrid opportunities, and more. 

Then John Krieger, Executive Director of WorldDenver, will guide us through a conversation with fellow Council representatives Marian Shima, Vice President of Events and Public Affairs at the Los Angeles WAC & TH, and Trina Medarev, Executive Director and CEO of WAC Jacksonville.

After hearing from these insightful colleagues, stay on the line for small-group discussions. Different groups will cover in-person safety considerations and hybrid event considerations. When you register, please indicate which group you would like to join! (If you can, do hold an extra 30 minutes for extended informal discussion from 4:00-4:30 PM ET.)

While you’re at it, please mark your calendars for the next WACA Best Practices Session on Thursday, July 8 at 3:00 PM ET on Organizational Mergers in World Affairs Councils.
Note: Registration is open to Council staff and boards. More than one person per Council may attend.
Watch the April and May Best Practice Sessions' Diversity Recordings

Member Councils can access the April and May WACA Best Practices Sessions: (1) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and (2) Diversity in Programming and Young Professionals recordings and materials by visiting the Members Resources webpage and selecting the "Best Practices Meetings" square.
Embassy Row Live! with Dr. Hend Al-Muftah
Qatar: Women's Status & Expected Democracy
Dr. Hend Al-Muftah is one of the first female Qataris to be appointed by the Emir as a member of Qatar's Shura Council. Dr. Al-Muftah will join us in examining women's status in Qatar, the upcoming Shura Council election, and expected democracy.
Recordings for NATO 2030:
Strengthening the Alliance to Address New Security Threats
With the next Summit of Allied Leaders set to take place at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 14, the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) presented this forward-looking online speaker series May 17-27, 2021 with six World Affairs Councils across the network hosting senior-level NATO officials and ambassadors from Allied countries! Be sure to visit our dedicated website for this special program.

NATO 2030 YouTube Playlist

Did you miss any of last week's NATO 2030 programs? You can find the recordings on WACA's YouTube Channel as well as on the nato2030waca.org homepage.
WACA & Councils Are Hiring!

The World Affairs Councils of America provides a collaborative, mission-driven environment to highly qualified applicants who seek challenging assignments and professional growth. We embrace diversity, passion, intellectual curiosity, and innovation. WACA is currently seeking to fill two positions:


Please visit WACA's Employment webpage for further details and instructions on how to apply.
World Affairs Council of Seattle is hiring a Program Officer, Community Programs. Learn more.
Columbus Council on World Affairs is hiring a Communications Manager. Learn more.
International Relations Council (Kansas City) is hiring a Global Education Coordinator. Learn more.
Vermont Council on World Affairs is hiring for two positions: External Affairs Manager and Education Programs VISTA. Learn more.
Call for Academic WorldQuest Task Force Members
WACA is seeking volunteers to join the Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) Task Force for the 2021-2022 year. Planning for the coming AWQ competition begins this summer. Duties include helping identify topic categories, preparing the study guide, writing and/or reviewing questions, and assisting with program development. The task force is open to Council staff, volunteers, and board members. Please highlight professional educational experience if any. Contact Laura Duncan at lduncan@worldaffairscouncils.org to express interest.
Monday 6/7

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Jean Backer, President George H.W. Bush’s Chief of Staff (1994-2018), for "The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency."

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts a panel of experts for "The Future of Gun Policy and the Second Amendment in the United States."

Tuesday 6/8

WorldBoston hosts Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, U.S. State Department's inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, for "The State of the State Department & Racial Justice."

World Affairs Council of the Desert hosts Ambassador Nikolaos van Dam, Honorary Advisory Board Member at the Hague Institute for Global Justice, for "War Crimes in Syria."

WorldOregon hosts Sam Kaplan, Director of the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, on his book Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Era.

Global Minnesota hosts Vijay Dixit, Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, for "SDG Roundtable – Spring 2021."

World Affairs Council of Austin hosts "Extend your Business to France with the French Tech Visa."


Wednesday 6/9

International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa at National Democratic Institute, for "Africa: The Road to and Through Democracy."

World Affairs Council of Charlotte hosts Claude Clegg, author, historian, and professor at UNC Chapel Hill, for "From Africa to America: A Journey Through Black History."

World Affairs Council of San Antonio, World Affairs Council of Austin, Paseo Del Norte World Affairs Council, & World Affairs Council of South Texas, host Ambassador Thomas Shannon Jr., Senior International Policy Advisor at Arnold & Porter, and Roxanne Farmanfarmaian, Department of Politics & International Studies at University of Cambridge, for "Iran: Upcoming Elections & U.S. Diplomacy."

World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, for "The Russian Challenge."

World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts hosts Alberto Fierro Garza, Consul General of Mexico in Boston, for "Mexico/U.S. Today: Neighbors, Partners and Friends."

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts a panel of experts for "A Year of Reckoning: Assessing the State of Racism & Discrimination in America from Covid-19 to 2021."

World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts a panel of experts for "Racism and the Future of Public Health."

Thursday 6/10

Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall hosts Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Lt. Governor of California, for "A Conversation with Lt. Governor of California Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis."


World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts author Ben Rhodes on his book After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made.

San Diego World Affairs Council and World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California host Col. (ret.) Christopher Conlin, Assistant City Manager for Public Safety, City of Sacramento, for "Iraq: Iron Hand, Velvet Glove, Glass House - Employing Soft Power in Hard Places."

Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Shoshana Altrichter, Vice President of Travel at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, for "The World Awaits! Tips for Resuming Travel."

World Affairs Council of Seattle hosts a panel of experts for "World Oceans Week – Ocean Policy Panel."

Global Ties Arizona hosts "Belize Presented by ECI Development."

Friday 6/11

Peoria World Affairs Council hosts Angela Weck, Executive Director of the Peoria Area WAC and professor at Bradley University, for "The Biden-Putin Summit."

Saturday 6/12

Global Minnesota hosts Dr. Kemba Marshall, Director, Land O’ Lakes Purina Animal Nutrition Center, Veterinary Services, and Lizette Echobei, Founder of Nulla Farms in Cameroon, for "Empowering Trade with Africa Through Agriculture."