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

Who's Coming to Town?

March 3-7 - Kosovo
Five Government Officials
Focus: Intellectual Property Rights

March 5-7 - Cyprus
Mr. Demetris P. Demetriou, Construction Contracts and Law Advisor
Focus: Construction Dispute Resolution

March 8-12 - Indonesia
Four Government Officials
Focus: U.S. Judicial System

March 14-18 - Taiwan
Mr. Ming-Hsing Peng, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine
Focus: Animal Health

March 17-21 - Pan-Africa
Twelve Government and NGO Officials
Focus: Women and the Law

March 20-25 - Multi-Regional
Four Government and NGO Officials
Focus: Conflict Resolution

March 23-28 - Netherlands
Mr. Kaya Turan Kocak, Financial Controller, RABO Bank
Focus: Economic Development

March 24-28 - Canada
Ms. Anne-Marie Robert, National School of Public Administration, University of Quebec
Focus: U.S. Health Policy

April 1-4 - Multi-Regional
Twenty-five Government and Business Officials
Focus: Privatization and Financial Systems

April 14-18 - Multi-Regional
Four Journalists
Focus: US Foreign Policy, Counter-Terrorism, and Media

May 27-30 - Multi-Regional
Twenty Government and NGO Officials
Focus: US Foreign Policy and Human Rights

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, March 11th - Four visitors from Indonesia would like to experience home hospitality. Their program in the U.S. is focusing on the judicial system. We still need to place two visitors and an interpreter with a host. They will be ready at 6:30 PM.

Sunday, March 18th - Twelve visitors from Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa would like to experience home hospitality. Their program in the U.S. is focusing on Women and the Law. They would be available at 6:00 PM. Half of the group speaks English, and the other half need interpreters. We would prefer a host to take two visitors and an interpreter, or two English-speaking visitors.

Thursday, March 22 - Four visitors from Croatia, the Philippines, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe would like to experience home hospitality. Their program in the U.S. is focusing on conflict resolution. They will be available at 6:30 PM and do not need interpreters. We would prefer for each visitor to have his or her own home hospitality experience.

Sunday, March 25 - A single visitor from Canada would like to experience home hospitality. Her program in the U.S. is focusing on health policy. She would be available at 6:00 PM and does not need 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.

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Bear Stearns
The Coca-Cola Company
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Newell Rubermaid

Bronze Sponsors
AHD International
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Branch Banking & Trust Company
Global Atlanta
Hennessey Automobile Companies
Regency Suites Hotel
Smith, Gambrell, & Russell

Community Partners
Advisory Committee on International Relations
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Jones and Kolb
Morehouse School of Medicine
Parking Company of America
YKK Corporation of America

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

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International Consular Ball

The International Consular Ball on April 14th is sure to be a night to remember, with dinner, dancing, our signature silent auction, and an opportunity to meet and honor distinguished members of Georgiaís Consular Corps. In addition to Georgia's diplomatic corps, presenting sponsor Delta Air Lines has invited Ambassadors to the U.S. to come to Atlanta for this festive event. Delta has also arranged for surprise entertainment that is sure to make for an exciting evening!

Invitations to GCIV members will arrive in the mail shortly, and you can always view an invitation or response card at the GCIV web site. You can view the items in our silent auction online, as well.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 for more information. If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction, please contact Reema Bhakta at 404-832-5560 x 19.

Passion for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Brings Visitor to Atlanta

Moses Mukami is a young Kenyan who had a link to Atlanta before he ever traveled here through the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. When he founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Africa Foundation, he committed himself to propagating the principles of democracy and equality for which Dr. King stood. Naturally, when offered the chance to travel to the United States he requested a stop in Dr. Kingís home. Mr. Mukamiís program focused not only on civil rights efforts but also youth leadership programs, since he is the former Kenyan Chapter President of the National Youth Parliament and President of the Federation of Teens. Read more about Mosesí trip to Atlanta.

Spotlight on Partnership with the Atlanta Forum Network

GCIV is happy to announce a new partnership with the Atlanta Forum Network. AFN is dedicated to curating and servicing live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders at events hosted by world-class cultural and educational organizations in Metropolitan Atlanta. Through this online service thousands of interested people across the world partake of these lectures from the comfort of their home or office at any time they choose. Currently the Atlanta Forum Network is filming the GCIV Great Decisions Lecture Series. The first lecture, featuring Ambassador John Kelley, is online! Please note, you must have Real Player installed to view the video. Be sure to check for all eight sessions of the Lecture Series in the coming weeks. AFN will also work with GCIV to record addresses by international visitors and sessions at the upcoming Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy. Click here to see the full list of AFN partners.

Cultural Competency for Citizen Diplomats

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

3. Encourage language learning: Everyone knows that learning another language increases business opportunities, but did you know that it also increases cultural competence? Research has shown that language and culture cannot be separated. Studies have even suggested that language not only expresses ideas, but shapes them. Therefore, speaking only your own language keeps you trapped in your own perception and cultural system. Speaking another language widens your cultural scope.

Learning the language of business associates, even on a basic level, shows respect and responsibility, and can ease communication issues. Encourage non-native language learning at your organization; offer incentives for those who participate. Start a language club at your place of business. Many high schools, continuing education facilities and language schools offer classes for reasonable rates.

4. Use timing to increase cultural effectiveness: Having a multicultural workforce isnít always easy. In fact, some decision makers end up feeling like cultural diversity is more trouble than itís worth. The good news is the use of diversity at the right time makes all the difference.

For example, say you have a team of Americans, Chinese, Indians and Swiss. Put them together most frequently when innovation and creativity are called for. More ideas and strategies from different cultures equal better ideas and strategies. When the time comes to converge or come to agreements, rely instead on a small sub-group or the team leader, as this phase can be more difficult for diverse teams.

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

Thursday, March 8th, 10:00-11:30 AM
IWA February Meeting

The International Women's Associates will have a presentation from Robin Davis, Executive Director of Global Health Action. Robin will discuss GHA's programs to train health and community leaders in the United States and 89 countries worldwide. Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an invitation.

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM
International Dining Experience at Eurasia Bistro

Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. We are also inviting our visitor from Taiwan to join us. The family-style chef's menu is $35, and includes a salad, a selection of four family-style entrees, a non-alcoholic drink, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP. Please be sure to mention any dietary restrictions.

Wednesday, March 21, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
GCIV Lunch Forum: The Role of Conflict Resolution around the World

Join GCIV visitors from the Phillipines, Nigeria, Croatia, and Zimbabwe for a lunchtime discussion. Our distinguished guests will talk about their work in conflict resolution in their respective countries. The Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV offices downtown, and participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Other Opportunities
Friday, March 2, 8:00-9:30 AM
Executive Breakfast - Saxony Delegation

A trade delegation from the Saxony region of Germany will present a briefing about doing business in Saxony. The breakfast will be at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and is followed by an event in Centennial Olympic Park in which elected officials welcome the delegation. For more information or to register please contact Reece & Associates at 404-586-2100. Breakfast is free but you must register.

Friday March 16, 8:00 AM Ė 12:00 PM
China Business Briefing: Export and Import Strategies

The Wudang Research Association and the Market Access International, Inc. present this trade seminar on doing business with China. The seminar will include in-depth presentations and discussions of export and import challenges and opportunities, from production strategies and pricing to competitor analysis, IP and payment issues. Cost is $95 in advance or $100 at the door. See flyer for registration info.

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.

Georgia Council for International Visitors
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Atlanta, GA 30303