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

Who's Coming to Town?

May 1-4 - Turkmenistan
Three Government and NGO Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

May 5-9 - Kazakhstan
Three Government and NGO Officals

Focus: Adoption Legislation

May 5-9 - Ethiopia
Pastor Daniel Gebreselassie, President and CEO, Prison Fellowship Ethiopia

Focus: Human Rights

May 9-12 - Uzbekistan
Six Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

May 13-17 - Pan-Latin America
Eighteen Civil Society Leaders

Focus: Grassroots Democracy

May 16-19 - Nepal
Mr. Madan Kumar Sharma, General Manager of Nepal Television

Focus: Broadcast Media

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

June 10-14 - Pan-Africa
Twelve Government and Civil Society Officials

Focus: Grassroots Democracy

Home Hospitality and Volunteer Opportunities

This month we have several home hospitality and volunteer opportunities for you to interact with our visitors. Please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to participate.

Sunday, May 6th - GCIV is coordinating a cultural program for fourteen international educators from the Middle East and Northern Africa. We need one more GCIV volunteer to accompany the group to the Georgia Aquarium and the CNN Center. GCIV would pay the volunteer's entrance and parking fees. The group will be in Atlanta 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Thursday, May 17th - A single visitor from Nepal would like to experience home hospitality. His program in the U.S. is focusing on broadcast media. He would be available at 6:30 PM and does not need an interpreter.

Monday, May 28th - GCIV is coordinating a professional program for twenty-two government and NGO officials studying human rights and U.S. foreign policy. We'd like for several volunteers to accompany the group to the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, which lasts 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Please remember that all GCIV hosts are required to attend an orientation session. The next session is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th. To RSVP contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

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2007 International Consular Ball a Huge Success!

On Saturday, April 14, 2007, nearly 500 leaders from Atlanta's international, cultural, civic, and business communities gathered in the elegant Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium to enjoy the annual black-tie affair that GCIV proudly sponsors each spring to honor the men and women serving as Consular representatives in Georgia.

Guests of honor were 37 members of the Georgia Consular Corps. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson and Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel presented a toast in honor of the Consular Corps. In response, the Honorable Remedios Gomez Arnau, Consul General of Mexico and Dean of the Consular Corps, thanked the state of Georgia and GCIV for their efforts in recognizing the work of the Consular Corps. Read more about the event or see pictures from the evening.

Thai Visitors Study Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Atlanta

GCIV recently hosted four visitors from Thailand who came to Atlanta to study religious and ethnic diversity. The group consisted of educators and advocates for the Thai Muslim community. While participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, the group hoped to meet with leaders of various religious communities, learn about interfaith work, and see diverse communities working together. They were able to meet with a wide variety of professionals in Atlanta April 17-22, 2007. Read more about their program in Atlanta.

Cultural Competency for Citizen Diplomats

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

7. First ask, "What should I not change?": When working abroad, many decision makers arrive overseas with a vision and tasks to accomplish. They look at the existing system and ask themselves, "What can I change to make this better?" While this initiative is admirable, a step in the process is missing.

The best question to start with is "What should I not change?" Although the systems in place may not be familiar ones, part of increasing cultural competence is taking your thinking to a new level, a new paradigm. Perhaps a system in another culture will offer better solutions or improvements to current ones. By taking the time to see what should not be changed, you also build trust among your associates.

8. Examine your leadership competencies: Successful decision makers understand the criticality of leadership development. The search for good leaders can make the difference between growth and loss. Are you training and looking for leaders in all the right places? Take your leadership competencies and requirements, put them on your desk and have a good, hard look. What are the values conveyed? Are those values biased toward your own culture?

For example, take the phrase "shows strong individual initiative and always seeks to win." How would someone from a culture that values harmony, teamwork and respect for superiors view this phrase? He would probably feel that leadership positions in your organization are not for him, even though he may be the best person for the job.

Don't miss out on resources - examine your leadership competencies and bring them into the global era.

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, May 3rd, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Envoy Young Professionals Event: Turner First Thursdays Art Walk

Join GCIV Young Professionals in welcoming six participants of the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the Turner First Thursdays Art Walk. We will gather at the Museum of Design Atlanta, and have the chance to view several downtown galleries before ending the evening at the Westin Peachtree Plaza's Sundial Restaurant. The event is free. Please RSVP to Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 by Tuesday, May 2nd.

Tuesday, May 8th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Human Rights in Ethiopia

Join GCIV visitor Pastor Daniel Gebreselassie, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ethiopia, for a lunchtime discussion. Pastor Gebreselassie's human right work begin in 1992, when he advocated for prison reform in Ethiopia and adherence to international human rights standards. Since that time, his organization has evolved into a group dedicated to justice reform, democracy and good governance. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel in Midtown, 975 West Peachtree Street. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Thursday, May 10th, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
IWA May Meeting

The International Women's Associates will have an exhibition of members' works. Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an invitation.

Tuesday, May 15th - 6:30 PM
International Dining Experience at Fuego

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 the delegation from Latin America to join us. The menu is $30 and includes a tapas buffet, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

Thursday, May 17th, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: The Media in Nepal

Join GCIV visitor Mr. Madan Kumar Sharma, General Manager of Nepal Television, for a lunchtime discussion. Mr. Sharma has been with the station ten years, becoming the general manager in 2001. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Thursday, June 14th, 6:30 PM - 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 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.

Other Opportunities
Wednesday, May 9th - 5:00 PM
A Dialogue on Europe

This Southern Center for International Studies event will feature Ambassador Klaus Scharioth of Germany and Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France, in celebration of Europe Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The event will be at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road. Register online or RSVP with SCIS. General admission is $25, and $15 for SCIS members.

Thursday, May 10 - 7:30 PM
Pre-Screening of PBS Documentary, Breaking the Curse

This documentary focuses on meeting the needs of underprivileged populations in India. The evening will be hosted by the narrator of the documentary, former CNN anchor, Daryn Kagan, and by the producer, Brian Kosisky, of KOS films. The film focuses on the rehabilitation of the leprosy-affected, detailing a remarkable program initiated by an Atlanta woman. Open to the public, without charge. The screening is at the Hendrix Theater at the Lovett School, 4075 Paces Ferry Road, NW. Contact Christine Cronquist at 770-653-7970 to RSVP.

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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