August 2007 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

July 30-August 1 - Namibia
Dr. Nicolaas Johannes Horn, Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Center, University of Namibia

Focus: Human Rights

August 8-11 - European Region
Eight Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Religion and Citizenship in a Democracy

August 8-11 - China
Six Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS and Emergency Response

Aug 11-15 - France
Mr. Francois Touazi, Cabinet Advisor on Maghreb and the Arabian Gulf, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy

Aug 12-15 - China
Six Lawyers and Professors

Focus: U.S. Legal System

Aug 18-22 - OSCE
Four Government Officials

Focus: Promoting Tolerance and Diversity

August 18-22 - Jordan
Seven Secondary School Teachers

Focus: E-Learning Pedagogy

August 30-September 6 - Kazakhstan
Eight Public Health Officials

Focus: Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases

September 2-5 - China
Mr. Mao Hao, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, China Youth Daily

Focus: Media and Human Rights

September 4-8 - Saudi Arabia
Eleven Educators

Focus: Religious and Public Education

September 11-16 - Multi-Regional
Seven Government and Business Leaders

Focus: Labor Issues

September 17-20 - ASEAN
Fifteen Government Officials

Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy

September 19-22 - Democratic Republic of the Congo
Nine Members of Parliament

Focus: The Role of Legislators

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, August 9th - Eight visitors from all over Europe would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on "Religion and Citizenship in a Democratic Society." They are available at 6:30 PM. We still need one host to take two visitors from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. All speak English.

Monday, August 13th - One visitor from France would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. His program in the U.S. will focus on foreign policy and diversity issues. He is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM. He may or may not need an interpreter.

Monday, August 20th - Seven visitors from Jordan would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on methods of e-learning. They are available at 6:30 PM. We need three hosts to take two or three visitors plus an interpreter.

Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the evening of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting visitors in your home for dinner on these dates, please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Please remember that all GCIV hosts are required to attend an orientation session. The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th. Light fare will be provided by Ali Baba's Mediterranean Cuisine. To RSVP contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Presenting Sponsor

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The Coca-Cola Company
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Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Newell Rubermaid

Bronze Sponsors
AHD International
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Global Atlanta
Hennessy Automobile Companies
Regency Suites Hotel
Smith, Gambrell, & Russell
UBS Investment Bank

Community Partners
Advisory Committee on International Relations
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Georgia Department of Economic Development
International Leadership Council
Jones and Kolb
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Parking Company of America
YKK Corporation of America

Mike Dangerfield
Dr. and Mrs. James Dew
Dr. Austin O. Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Sue and Jim Heerin
Eleanor Hooks
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Wayne Reece
Shell Stuart
Sharon and Bruce Taylor
Annie-York and Raul F. Trujillo

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New Parlimentarians from Uganda Confer with Professional Counterparts in Georgia

GCIV recently hosted five members of the Ugandan Parliament who came to Atlanta to learn about the role of elected representatives in a democracy. While participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, the group met with government, media, and NGO officials to discuss the American political system. All were recently elected to Uganda's parliament, and three had defeated sitting Cabinet ministers. The group had the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of professionals in Atlanta from July 3 - 7, 2007. In the photo above two members of the delegation exchange gifts with their GCIV hosts, Jason and Sabrina DeJoannis. Read more.

Ukrainian Group Examines Women's Issues in Atlanta

At the request of the U.S. government, five women from the Ukraine came to Atlanta to discuss the role of women in government, business, and civil society. The visitors are leaders in various NGO groups in Ukraine. While participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, the group hoped to meet with government and NGO leaders to discuss the role of women in American society. The delegation was able to meet with a wide variety of professionals in Atlanta from July 3 - 7, 2007. In the photo above the group is meeting with Georgia State Representative Sheila Jones. Read more.


On Friday, November 16th, 2007, GCIV will host the second annual Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy. The goal of the summit is to raise public awareness of the international interests of Atlanta and Georgia, and to provide a forum for participants to exchange perspectives on issues that affect Georgia's global engagement. Our summit will offer participants several "cultural competency" workshops and sessions focused on various areas of the world. Please put this exciting event on your calendar and stay tuned for more information!

Consular CORPSner

Sixty countries now have consular or trade representation in Georgia. Earlier this month, Dr. Bruce Allen was appointed Honorary Consul for the Principality of Liechtenstein. In a ceremony in Macon, GA, both the Foreign Minister and Liechtenstein's Ambassador to the U.S. gave remarks. This is the first consular office that Liechtenstein has opened in the world. Read more about the ceremony in GlobalAtlanta.

Trustees in the News

GCIV Trustee Astrid Pregel will address The Siegel Institute at their Phenomenal Women's Global Alliance conference, "Women of Character, Networking for Change" Aug. 7 at Kennesaw State University. Astrid will speak on "Unleashing the Economic Power of Women" and will describe her economic program, "Feminomics," also the name of her Atlanta-area consulting firm.

An hors d'oeuvres reception begins the evening at 6:30, and Astrid will speak 7:00 - 8:00 PM. This event will be held at the Kennesaw State University Leadership and Fireside Rooms of the Student Center. Tickets are $15, and reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made online at

Cultural Competency for Citizen Diplomats

Below is the final installment of Vicki Flier Hudson's Fifteen Ways to Increase Cultural Competence. Vicki provides cross-cultural trainings for corporations, classrooms, and many other settings. Visit her web site at

14) Increase flexibility: In the new global market, more and more organizations around the world are acquiring companies from outside their home country. While these acquisitions offer excellent opportunities for revenue growth, they can bring a host of problems for employees with opposing cultural values that must learn to work together.

For example, a US American company acquires a company located in the United Kingdom. In the US, hard work is valued and employees are often required to put in weekend hours and weekday overtime. In the UK, when the workday ends, other areas of life take a high priority such as time with family and friends. This gap in values can cause conflict.

Both sides must engage in flexibility to come up with solutions. The American company might consider more careful planning and budgeting for vacation time, crosstraining and policy revision. The British employees could then show good will by volunteering some extra hours when needed and being accepting of decisions made after careful consideration of British needs. Be creative with solutions and increase employee retention rate.

15) Have fun: When working with people of other cultures becomes a chore, productivity suffers and the organization does not meet its full potential. Create opportunities to share culture, including the majority culture, such as festivals, international lunches, film screenings, music or heritage events. Home Depot puts on events focusing on Hispanic and Black heritage during the lunch hour so that most employees can attend without disrupting work. Enjoy your diverse employees and take advantage of their rich background and experience - not just for them but also for you.

Be sure to check out the GCIV e-newsletter in coming months for more tips from Vicki Flier.

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

Tuesday, August 14th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Impressions of the U.S. from MEPI Participants

Join GCIV visitors from the Middle East and North Africa for a lunchtime discussion. Ms. Mony Abou Jawdeh, Ms. Amina Ben Habib, Ms. Lamees Albinali, Ms. Nisreen Musleh, Ms. Doua Mansour, and Ms. Salma Tounsi will talk about their experience as participants in the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation

Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts. GCIV will organize host orientations once each quarter to help experienced and new hosts alike stay informed and become better citizen diplomats. Participation in an orientation is mandatory for all hosts. Please join us for one at your earliest convenience. The orientation will take place at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street in midtown. Food will be provided by Ali Baba's Mediterranean Cuisine. RSVP to Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Sunday, August 26th, 10:00 AM
GCIV Envoy Event - Whitewater Rafting with MEPI Fellows

Join GCIV Young Professionals in sending off six participants of the Middle East Partnership Initiative in a fun way: whitewater rafting! This is your last chance to meet this delegation before they return to their respective countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Morocco, West Bank, UAE). We will carpool to the Nantahala River in western North Carolina, have a picnic lunch, and spend a few hours on the river. Each person will pay the $50 fee and for their meal. Please RSVP to Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 by Friday, August 17th.

Tuesdays, September 25-November 20, 7:30-9:00 PM
Evening at Emory Great Decisions Group

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 site, or contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with questions.

Other Opportunities
September 21-October 1
Global Trade Tour to Germany

Reece & Associates, in association with Porsche Cars North America, is hosting a global trade tour to Germany from September 21 - October 1, 2007. Cities to be visited during the tour include Dresden, Nuremberg and the Saxony region. Click here for more information from Reece & Associates. To register, please contact Jamila Thompson at 404-586-2100.

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 world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to become more globally engaged.

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