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Developing Civil Society: Women in Leadership

March 31, 2016 - April 6, 2016

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs is excited to welcome 25 women from Africa for the program “Developing Civil Society: Women in Leadership.” Upon their arrival to Cleveland, they will engage in various meetings and presentations directed towards women seeking to have active roles in policymaking, mentorship, and professional networking. They will also participate in a leadership workshop through Improve Consulting.

Meetings include visits with Senator Nina Turner, representatives and students from Laurel School for Girls, Elite Women Around the World, Case Western Reserve University’s Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Mary Verdi-Fletcher (founder of Dancing Wheels Company & School), and several other groups, organizations, and individuals dedicated to empowering women in leadership. This program will provide insight into how American women organize and influence change.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


March 31, 2016
April 6, 2016
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