|Win Two Business Elite Delta
Don't forget to buy tickets for the raffle at the
International Consular Ball in two weeks! One ticket is
$25 and five tickets are $100. You can buy the tickets online
or send a check to the GCIV office. If sending a check,
please email Emily
Bushey to ensure that your ticket is in the drawing.
You need not be present to win.
|The International Consular Ball is
only two weeks away! |
you bought your ticket for the International
Consular Ball on April 14th yet? It’s only two weeks
away and the deadline to RSVP is April 6th. It promises
to be a night to remember, with dinner, dancing, our
signature silent auction, and an opportunity to meet and
honor distinguished members of Georgia’s Consular Corps.
Visit our web
site to buy tickets online, or download a response
card to mail or fax in.
Air Lines will be presented with the 2007 Citizen
Diplomat Award, and Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein will
accept the award on behalf of the company. Delta has
also arranged for surprise entertainment that is sure to
make for an exciting evening!
silent auction will feature a wide variety of travel,
food and wine, home and garden, and entertainment items.
You can preview the silent
The ball raises funds for
GCIV and allows us to continue our citizen diplomacy
programs throughout the state. Please support GCIV by
coming to the ball or contributing
|CONSULAR CORPS-ner |
On March 30, 2007, the Georgia
Consular Corps hosted a party to thank the sponsors
and organizers of the 2007 International Consular Ball.
The Sponsors and Patrons Party took place at the
residence of the Honorary Consul General of the
Philippines, Mr. Raoul Donato.
Ms. Remedios Gomez
Arnau, Consul General of Mexico and Dean of the Georgia
Consular Corps, thanked all sponsors
and patrons for their generous support and the Ball
Committee for its continuing hard work. The evening
featured entertainment from a hip-hop dance group and a
traditional Filipino dance troupe.
|Conflict Resolution Delegation
Brings Insight to Atlanta |
GCIV recently hosted four
international visitors who came to Atlanta to study
civil conflict resolution. The four delegates
With different experiences and situations in their home
countries, the visitors came together as part of the U.S.
Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership
Program to examine the role of the U.S. government,
non-governmental organizations, and citizens in
mediating and negotiating conflict. They were able to
meet with a wide variety of professionals in Atlanta
March 20-25, 2007. Read
more about their program in Atlanta.
|Cultural Competency for Citizen
We are continuing with Vicki
Flier's Fifteen Ways to Increase Cultural
Competence. Vicki provides cross-cultural trainings
for corporations, classrooms, and many other settings.
Visit her web site at www.highroaders.com.
Avoid projected similarity and simplicity: One of
the most significant barriers to successful global
business is our own perception of other cultures.
Say you are an American who gets an overseas assignment
in Britain. You think to yourself, “I won’t get culture
shock in England. They’re just like us!” You get to
England and discover that, as George Bernard Shaw
stated, “America and Britain are two nations divided by
a common language.”
Reactions to unexpected
cultural differences range from mild surprise to visible
anger. Part of increasing cultural competence is
learning not to project similarity between
cultures. Expecting cultural differences prepares you
for reality – and any similarities you discover along
the way may be viewed as pleasant surprises. Similarly,
culturally competent business people avoid projecting
simplicity onto their associates’ cultures. Just because
a culture is not developed economically does not mean
their culture is not complex, technically competent or
rich with ideas to offer.
6. Use the magic phrase
I don’t know: Imagine you are walking down the
hall at work and pass by your French colleague. You
smile warmly and say hello. In return you receive a
short nod before your colleague looks away. Immediately
you think, “How rude!” Your next interaction with this
French coworker turns out negative because you assume he
What if in place of this knee-jerk
reaction you could apply a magic cultural tool?
When you ask yourself, “Why did my French colleague not
smile back or say hello?” simply answer “I don’t know.”
Do not react negatively or positively. Saying “I don’t
know” allows for many possible answers; it allows you to
wait, gather more information and ask questions.
The reasons for behavior might be cultural, work related
or perhaps your French colleague just got some bad news.
The magic phrase ensures you can handle the situation
with cultural competence.
Be sure to check out
the GCIV e-newsletter in coming months for more tips
|Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!
GCIV's membership is critical to
the success of our organization, as it serves as an
important indicator of community support for the U.S.
Department of State and other agencies that rely on us
to arrange programs for hundreds of international
visitors each year. Becoming a member is easy - just
visit our membership
page to download an application.
|GCIV Upcoming Events |
Tuesdays, April 10-June 5,
Evening at Emory Great Decisions
Join this upcoming discussion group and
increase your understanding of world affairs. This
eight-week series is based on a briefing book published
annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association.
The topics of discussion for 2007 include: the Middle
East, Climate Change, Mexico, Migration, South Africa,
War Crimes, Central Asia, and Children. Register
for the course at the Emory web
Thursday, April 12th, 10:00-11:30
IWA April Meeting
Women's Associates will have a presentation from
personal trainer Abby Schonier. Please contact Emily
Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an
Saturday, April 14th, 7:00-11:00
Join GCIV in honoring Georgia's
Consular Corps for their efforts in promoting business
and cultural ties between their countries and the
southeastern United States. The ball will be held at the
Aquarium and will feature our signature Silent
tickets online or fax in a response
card to GCIV. The deadline to RSVP is April
|Other Opportunities |
Wednesday, April 11th, 11:45
Atlanta Council on International Relations
Loch K. Johnson, Regents Professor of
Public and International Affairs at the University of
Georgia, will speak on the topic "U.S. Intelligence and
the Quest for Global Security." The luncheon is at the
City Club downtown, and the cost is $25 for members
and $35 for non-members. To make a reservation, please
contact Francesca Cesa
Weekends in April
Festival at the High Museum The High celebrates the
art of cinema through a diverse program of classic,
independent, and recent international films. The French
Film Festival will include screenings of Comedy of
Power, Lemming, Me and My Sister, and The Rules of the
Game. Admission is $5 and all screenings are in the Rich
Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center.
|About GCIV |
The mission of the Georgia
Council for International Visitors is to build
cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial
personal and professional relationships between
Georgians and leading citizens from around the
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen
has the opportunity to become more globally