Regional Summit To Convene Leaders, Globally-Minded Citizens in Utah

Utah Council For Citizen Diplomacy

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Global Ties U.S, a Washington-based nonprofit, is hosting the regional U.S. summit Diplomacy Begins Here: The Power to Make a Social Impact.  This one-day summit creates connections between leaders with diverse backgrounds in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors while highlighting the critical role that public and citizen diplomacy plays in enhancing U.S. foreign relations. 

Event: Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit: The Power to Make a Social Impact

When: Friday, July 12  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Marriott Downtown at City Creek (Address: 75 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT)

How much: $45, includes summit entry, breakfast, lunch, parking, exhibitors, and post-summit reception


The summit’s theme – The Power to Make a Social Impact – aims to provide innovative skills, tools, and resources that will help attendees achieve substantial data-driven results in their work, strengthen programs through Design Thinking, increase community support by sharing compelling human stories, and explore the value that international exchange programs, like the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), contribute to Utah’s community.  

Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit speakers include keynote presented by Erika George, Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law; Jacob Allen, Partner at Cicero Group; Melissa Sevy, Founder of Givv Consulting Firm; Darren Parry, Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation; and Christina Hernandez, U.S. Department of State Regional Director Los Angeles, CA Office of Foreign Missions. 

The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. UCCD has hosted IVLP participants for more than 50 years, welcoming more than 10,000 global leaders representing more than 200 countries. Over the years, it has become a cornerstone of Utah’s globally connected community.

“Citizen diplomacy is a powerful tool that results in stronger economic and social relationships in a globally connected world, and for more than 50 years, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy has been Utah’s leader in the international exchange 

of ideas, networks, and connections for the state of Utah,” said Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, UCCD Executive Director. “We are honored to host the Diplomacy Begin Here Regional Summit, knowing that we are connecting national and local leaders together around the value of international exchange programs, building a more peaceful and prosperous world as one handshake at a time.”

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