Diplomacy Begins Here

Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit

"The Future of Global Education"

The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, in partnership with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State, invites you to attend Diplomacy Begins Here: The Future of Global Education, a Global Ties U.S. Regional Summit held in Louisville, KY on November 15.

Join us for an exciting exploration of global education with breakout sessions, keynotes, and other activities to advance the importance of global learning, citizenship, and exchange.

The Summit seeks to connect local community members, students, and educators with leaders in global education, diplomacy, and exchanges.

Together, we will foster connections and growth in the international education and exchange community, as well as celebrate the critical role that public and citizen diplomacy programs, such as the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), play in building a more peaceful, prosperous world.


Summit Theme

The theme of the Summit is The Future of Global Education and will focus on four areas:

  • Defining Global Education: Hear dynamic experts explain how global education promotes personal and professional success, how it functions in the Louisville region, how it supports the future workforce, and where global education is headed in the coming years.
  • Global Education for the Workforce: Learn how regional corporate and education leaders are working collaboratively across the region to support international education initiatives to enhance innovation and accelerate progress in Louisville.
  • Education Programs and Exchanges: Hear first-hand stories from program officers and members of international exchange programs about best practices to incorporate students, teachers, and education programs into IVLP programming.
  • Youth Track: Louisville-area university and high school students are invited to attend a special youth track of the Summit which will include an interactive diplomacy simulation and discussion of careers in international affairs.


Nov 14 | Evening Reception

Venue: Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

Join the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana board members and staff as they welcome out-of-town Summit participants from the Global Ties network and around the region. Held at the Kentucky Derby Museum, located on the grounds of the iconic Churchill Downs, the reception is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and make new connections. In addition to appetizers and a cash bar, the reception will feature “The Greatest Race” film to immerse viewers in the visual and historical experience of the Kentucky Derby, and a live band.

Registration for the Evening Reception is required prior to the event & is included in the Summit Day registration.

Nov 15 | Diplomacy Begins Here Summit Day

Light breakfast will be provided upon arrival at the Muhammad Ali Center. Participants who were unable to check-in the day before may do so at this time.

While still in secondary school in 2004, Mr. Lebang Nong identified a real need for tutoring in mathematics, which he addressed by helping his fellow classmates. That initiative grew into an NGO, Katleho Pele Education (KPEdu), which he started in 2006. His success led to his selection to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program in 2015. During that trip, he was able to connect with a number of organizations and schools in Louisville. His visit in Louisville was memorable and impactful.

Join us for a conversation about Mr. Nong’s education work, the importance of education for community development and the impact of his exchange on what he has been able to achieve.​

The U.S. Diplomacy Center’s interactive simulation is designed to take high school and college students through role-playing scenarios as they take on the role of key stakeholders to a hypothetical crisis and the factors that led to it. The exercise will develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, persuasive communication, and global competence.

Space is limited! Registration will automatically close once capacity is reached.

Around the globe, schools and learning institutes are exploring the pros and cons of an increasingly digital world. Panelists will share opportunities and experiences in virtual education. Successful digital tools and takeaways for building global awareness in classrooms, such as live video conferencing, will also be shared with audiences.

How can we expand international exchange programs beyond the traditional study abroad experience? Learn what private organizations, higher education institutions overseas, and other nonprofits are doing to build exchanges into more of their education programs.

As our world becomes more interconnected, global competencies are becoming increasingly important in the workforce. Join this panel to discover what skills employers are looking for in their new hires, and how global education plays a role in building those skills.

Use this time to explore local, national, and international organizations and learn about what they offer for youths and professionals looking for opportunities in international work and education.

Exhibitors will include:

  • American Printing House for the Blind
  • ESL Newcomer Academy
  • Girl Scouts
  • Global Ties Akron
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Kentucky Tourism Cabinet
  • Kentucky YMCA Youth Association
  • Louisville Free Public Library
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • U.S. Department of State:  Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • U.S. Department of State:  Office of Citizen Exchanges – Youth Programs
  • U.S. Department of State:  Office of International Visitors
  • U.S. Department of State:  Passport Agency
  • WaterStep
  • World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Interested in pursuing careers in international affairs or with international connections? Join this panel to learn more about career paths within the field, and to discover what types of jobs may be right for you.

Interested in forging strategic university partnerships and expand international exchange programs with Latin America and the Carribean? Learn more about the 100K Strong in the Americas initiative to support these efforts. University leaders and study abroad administrators from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico and Paraguay, will be on hand to discuss opportunities.

Dr. Jordan Shapiro will explore what global education means in our society, current trends in global learning, and how the education system needs to adapt to provide students with sophisticated 21st century agile and critical thinking skills.

Jordan Shapiro, PhD is a globally celebrated American thought leader. He’s currently senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and Nonresident Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. His Forbes’ column (2012-17) on global education, learning through digital play, kids and culture was read by over 5 million people around the world. He is an international speaker and consultant whose fresh perspective combines psychology, philosophy, and economics in unexpected ways. His latest book, The New Childhood: Raising Kids To Thrive in a Connected World, was published by Little, Brown Spark on December 31, 2018. Shapiro is an adviser and strategist to the United States Air Force and Thomas Edison State University, helping to shape how they provide individuals with sophisticated 21st century agile and critical thinking skills. He is also a member of Teach For All’s Global Advisory Council, an expert adviser to the World Economic Forum, and a participant in China’s Taihe Civilization Forum. During the week, you can find him in the classroom at Temple University, where he teaches in the Intellectual Heritage Program and developed the online version of the university’s core curriculum. Jordan lives in Philadelphia with his two sons.

Venues: To be announced

Join local “guides” to explore Louisville’s rich culinary scene over dinner! No-host dinner groups will be in maximum group sizes of 10 people and will go to different restaurants around Louisville with their local “guide.”

Venue: 8Up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen, 350 W Chestnut St, Louisville, KY 40202

Join World Affairs Council and the “International Happy Hour” group for a fun evening at 8Up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen! This trendy restaurant features eclectic New American fare, craft cocktails & an open-air rooftop bar. If you elected to take part in a No-Host Dinner, join the International Happy Hour afterwards!

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