|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
|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.
|SAVE THE DATE! |
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
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.
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 www.siegelinstitute.org.
|Cultural Competency for Citizen
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 www.highroaders.com.
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
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
|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
Global Lunch Forum: Impressions of the U.S. from MEPI
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
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 - 7:30
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.
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
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 by Friday, August
Tuesdays, September 25-November 20,
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 site, or contact Ashley
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with questions.
|Other Opportunities |
September 21-October 1
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
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen
has the opportunity to become more globally