|Ethiopian Visitor Connects with
Fellow Citizens on Professional Exchange Program
GCIV recently hosted a single visitor from Ethiopia
who came to Atlanta to discuss civil and human rights.
Pastor Daniel Gebreselassie began advocating in 1992 for
prison reform in Ethiopia and adherence to international
human rights standards. Since that time, his
organization, which is still called Prison Fellowship,
has evolved into a group dedicated to justice reform,
democracy and good governance. As a participant in the
U.S. Department of State's International Visitor
Leadership Program, he met with a wide variety of
professionals in Atlanta from May 5 - 9, 2007. He also
had the chance to meet many members of the Ethiopian
community in Georgia. Click
here to read more about his trip.
|Kazakh Delegation Sees the Fruits
of Their Labor during Trip to Atlanta |
GCIV recently hosted three visitors from Kazakhstan
who came to Atlanta to discuss adoption legislation. The
group consisted of officials from the Kazakh government.
As participants in the U.S. Department of State's
International Visitor Leadership Program, the group met
with local government officials and NGO leaders active
in the areas of adoption and child advocacy. They also
had the chance to meet American families who had adopted
Kazakh children. Click
here to read more about their program in Atlanta May
|Consular CORPSner |
Monday, June 18th is Asian
Heritage Night at Turner Field. In honor of this event,
the Honorable Shoji Ogawa, Consul General of
Japan, will throw the first pitch before the start
of the game. The Atlanta Braves will take on the Boston
Red Sox in a special inter-league game. This match-up
will also feature the first visit to Atlanta by Japanese
pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been a dominant
pitcher so far in his Major League rookie season.
Cultural performances from various countries will be
represented, including a Chinese Lion/Dragon Dance, a
Kung Fu demonstration, performances by Indian Dance
teams, the Drum Team from Atlanta School of Taiwan, and
a Korean Fan Dance.
|Trustee in the News |
The Central European country of
Hungary will have greater representation in the
Southeast since appointing Atlanta native and Delta
Air Lines Inc. General Attorney John Parkerson to
serve as honorary consul.
"I have responsibility
to dramatically heighten Hungary's visibility, in
respect to business opportunities, in a four-state
area," Mr. Parkerson told GlobalAtlanta,
describing his duties as honorary consul - a title he
officially took on April 19. Click
here to read more.
|Cultural Competency for Citizen
We are continuing with 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.
Get to know virtual coworkers: Research
overwhelmingly shows that global virtual teams who take
the time to build trust and relationships have a much
higher rate of success than those who don't. You work
together, so get to know each other. Post
pictures, bios and fun facts about each team member in
each location (most teams never do this!). Take pictures
of your office, desks and surrounding area to share.
Call overseas when you don't need to; have scheduled
contact among the team members.
Take the time to
learn the correct spelling and pronunciation of each
team member's name. Ask about their holidays, their
favorite sports, or their family. Play online games or
other trust building activities. Any time invested up
front will be well worth it when the individuals form a
cohesive unit that can get the job
Ensuring the bond of global virtual
teams is an ongoing task, but this task is both fun and
productive. Build the relationships and watch
your business grow.
10. Start a knowledge
base: As you and your organization grow globally,
you will have cultural successes and blunders along the
way. Why not let others benefit from your
experience? Start a knowledge base of cultural incidents
and the solutions. With minimal time invested, you can
create a resource that is great for knowledge transfer
to new employees, educational for new and current
leaders and the perfect training tool for overseas
The knowledge base can
include categories like country, city, situation,
solution, titles of individuals involved and more. Don't
make it complicated but useful and accessible, easy to
keep up. Try using a customer tracking system such as
QuickBooks Customer Manager, or use a database such as
Access. You can sort by country, customer or whatever
you like. Don't let your valuable experience slip away
Start collecting your incidents and
thoughts, even if there was no resolution to the
situation. Perhaps someone else can discover a
solution and offer a whole new perspective.
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 |
Sunday, June 10th, 8:00
GCIV Envoy Event
Join GCIV Young
Professionals and participants of the Middle East
Partnership Initiative at Turner Field for an exciting
baseball game. We will watch the Braves take on the
Chicago Cubs. Each person will pay for their own ticket.
Please RSVP to Ashley
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 by Friday, June
Monday, June 11th - 11:30 AM - 1:00
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Women's Empowerment in
Join GCIV visitors from Indonesia
for a lunchtime discussion. Ms. Dewi Amir, Ms. Soka
Handinah, and Ms. Ecoline Situmorang will talk about
their work with Indonesian NGOs that focus on various
women's issues and human rights causes. The Global Lunch
Forum will be at the GCIV office downtown. Participants
can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10).
Registration is 11:30-11:45, and the Global Lunch Forum
begins promptly at 11:45 AM. Contact Ashley
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to
Thursday, June 14th, 6:30 PM - 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
a 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.
RSVP to Emily
Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.
25th - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:
Fighting AIDS in Namibia
visitors from Namibia for a lunchtime discussion. Ms.
Salenia Engelbrecht, Mr. Reginald Mouton, and Mr.
Michael Mulondo will talk about their work in HIV/AIDS
prevention and treatment. The Global Lunch Forum will be
at the GCIV office downtown. Participants can bring
lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is
12:00-12:15, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly
at 12:15 PM. Contact Ashley
Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.
|Other Opportunities |
Tuesday, June 5th - 11:45
Energy, Global Change, and International
Cooperation: Do the United States and China Have a
Mutual Death Pact?"
This Atlanta Council on
International Relations luncheon will feature Dr. Jay
Hakes, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential
Library. The event will be at the Capital
City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. Contact Francesca
Cesa Bianchi to RSVP. The cost is $25 for members
and $35 for non-members.
|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