May 10, 2019 News & Happenings Print

Featured In This Issue

Two more homestay hosts URGENTLY needed to host our incoming Russian Business Leaders!

To apply, please contact Megan Maher at [email protected]. For more information and to see our other upcoming homestay hosting opportunities, check out our Homestay Hosting Opportunities section below!

Join WorldDenver on May 22 for our first event under the leadership of our new Executive Director, Tiffani Lennon!

There will be a reception from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. where members will have the opportunity to meet and welcome Tiffani before the featured presentation by Dr. Beth Chalecki: "Can We Hack the Climate? Should We? Geoengineering and International Security."

Karen and Charles de Bartolomé Fund

Many people have asked how to recognize Karen's retirement and her profound influence and leadership as the Founding Executive Director of WorldDenver. In response, the Board of Directors has established a special "Karen and Charles de Bartolomé Fund" in her honor. Karen has generously asked that gifts for her retirement be directed to this charitable fund that will continue to strengthen WorldDenver's mission and impact in the region by bringing the world to Denver through more opportunities for exchanges, international leadership development, and discussion on pressing global issues. After some well-deserved time off to travel, Karen is delighted to continue to engage with WorldDenver members, programs, and events well into the future. She also wishes to express her deep gratitude for your generosity and dedication to WorldDenver's mission during her tenure.

If you have been touched by Karen's passion for citizen diplomacy, youth exchanges, cross-cultural learning, and international affairs, you may send your charitable gift to WorldDenver at 3607 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Denver, CO 80205 indicating "Karen's Fund" in the memo or call us at 720-330-9284 to donate via credit card.

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A Note from Our Executive Director

Hail and Farewell

As I say a fond “adieu” to my position as Executive Director, I am equally pleased to welcome Tiffani Lennon as our new Executive Director, effective May 13. Tiffani is a local Denverite and brings to the position strong academic credentials, executive leadership and fundraising capability, as well as international program development experience.

Since 2017, Tiffani Lennon has served as CEO & President of the Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation and earlier worked as Vice President of Strategic Development for Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO). From 2007 to 2014, she was the Department Chair and Assistant Dean of Special Projects at DU where she developed several international study and exchange programs. In addition to her undergraduate degree from Rider University, Tiffani holds a Master’s Degree from DU’s Korbel School for International Studies, a JD from DU’s Sturm College of Law and an LLM in International Finance and Economic Law from the University of London’s Birkbeck College of Law. Lennon has been a resource to WorldDenver and IIE for many years and was WorldDenver’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013.

We have found an experienced and passionate executive in Tiffani. As she and the WorldDenver Board team up to deepen and expand WorldDenver’s impact, all of us are working hard to ensure a seamless transition for our members, our staff and our partners. Our vision has always been to build a community of Colorado citizens and companies who are curious to learn more about the world and their connection to it. WorldDenver creates opportunities to actualize global citizenship through continuous learning and personal diplomacy. Confident that our future is bright, I am thrilled to see what’s next for WorldDenver under Tiffani’s leadership.

Karen de Bartolomé
[email protected]

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Homestay Hosting Opportunities

Happy Spring! As you're looking into summer travel and events, consider being a homestay host and bring the world to your home!!

Russian Business Leaders
**2 more homestay hosts needed! 

May 24 - June 17
5 young business leaders (ages 21-28)

Jóvenes en Acción Program

July 20 - August 1
12-16 youth (ages 15-18)

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

August 12 -26
12 youth (ages 15-17) and 1 adult mentor

Professional Fellows Program

October 18 - November 19
Countries to be confirmed
6 young professionals (ages 25-35)

Youth Ambassadors for Community Service Exchange Program

October 22 - 31, 2019
12 youth (ages 15-17)

Contact Megan Maher at [email protected] for more information!

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Upcoming Events

Can We hack the Climate? Should We? Geoengineering & International Security with Dr. Beth Chalecki

May 22, 2019
Warwick Hotel
5:00 to 5:45 p.m. Member-Only Reception with Speaker and our new Executive Director
5:45 to 6:00 p.m. Introduction of our new Executive Director, Tiffani Lennon
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Presentation and Audience Q&A

This will be our first event with our new Executive Director, Tiffani Lennon! We have extended the reception to begin at 5:00 p.m. to give our members the opportunity to meet her.

This event is generously sponsored by:

Learn More and Register Here!

Young Professionals Spring Mixer

May 28, 2019
The Rackhouse
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join our Young Professionals for this year's spring mixer!

Learn More and Register Here!

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WorldDinner Opportunities

Our WorldDinners program is a unique opportunity for our members to open their homes to visitors from around the world and show them what an authentic American home-cooked meal truly means.

Don’t feel like you have the space to host a dinner but are still able to provide transportation for the visitors? Apply to be a co-host! 

Email [email protected] for more information and to apply to host or co-host.

This month we have an exciting opportunity! See below for more information:

Global Government to Government Partnership (G3P) Japanese Fellow - Mr. Takayuki Sato

WorldDinner: Thursday, May 30 or Friday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
One host needed to host Mr. Takayuki Sato

Mr. Takayuki Sato is invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and the Global Government-to-Government Partnership. Mr. Sato is an auditor with Japan's Audit Agency (similar to the GAO), and he focuses on the country's foreign expenses, both for foreign assistance as well as the management of its embassies.

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Upcoming Travel Programs

WorldDenver is going to Bhutan!

We are so excited to explore the Land of the Thunder Dragon with our amazing members this November. Bummed you missed out? Not to worry! We will have more exciting travel opportunities in the coming months. For any inquiries or more information, feel free to send an email to [email protected].

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YP Member of the Month

Meet Javion (Jay) Blake, a Young Professional member since January 2019. Jay works as a Product Design Engineer and also founded Jus_Chill International. He joined WorldDenver because he likes how the organization provides a platform for globally-minded Denverites to exchange ideas and share experiences.

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Not a Member? Join WorldDenver Today!

Click here for more information on our membership programs including updated benefits and ways to get more involved.

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Unique Opportunities

Exchange Opportunity for US High School Students!

The Experiment Digital is a fully-funded eight-week virtual exchange program for high school students from the United States and the Middle East region. Designed to connect students across the globe without leaving their living room, participants interact through videos, discussion forums, online chats, webinars, and playing games together. Through these activities, participants develop leadership and cross-cultural communications skills, speak with peers from different countries, and design youth-led projects to create positive social change. The exchanges take place online, so students can participate from anywhere. We encourage students with diverse backgrounds to apply!

Started in 2016, The Experiment Digital is sponsored by the Stevens Initiative, a partnership aimed to increase exchanges between youth in the U.S. and the Middle East. Through this program, students from these regions take part in a cultural exchange to build friendships, mutual understanding, and global awareness.

By participating in The Experiment Digital, students receive a Certificate of Completion in leadership and global issues analysis, access to the U.S. Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni network, unique project funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of State, and a $400 scholarship towards participation in one of The Experiment’s programs around the world. The Experiment Digital runs for eight weeks, from June 24 to August 18, 2019.

For more information and to apply:

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