March 15th, 2019 News & Happenings Print

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Here's to another successful International Women's Day celebration!

A HUGE thank you to all of our incredible sponsors as well as our wonderful guests that all contributed to making this year's celebration one of our best yet! We will be posting the rest of our pictures soon, but click here to check out some of our photos from the VIP Reception, Pitch Compeition, and Morning Panel.


New Staff Member!

We are so excited to introduce the newest member of our team, Megan Maher, as our new Program Coorinator for International Exchanges!

Megan Maher is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s in Communications. She is also the newest member at WorldDenver and will be working in Fee for Service Programs. She is excited to be joining the WorldDenver team and is already looking forward to the programs coming up!

Our Newsletter has a WHOLE NEW LOOK!

You can now view past and current newsletters on our website by clicking here or clicking on the new link under Newsletters on our home page.

We are still looking for a Pro Bono Video Editor!

WorldDenver would like to create a short video demonstrating the impact of one of our recent exchange programs! We have professional video footage & lots of pictures, but we need outside expertise to put it all together into a short video. If you or someone you know have video editing skills and are available to help with this project pro bono, please reach out to and share an example of your work. 

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International Women's Day Recap

Around 500 enthusiasts, including 40 high school and middle high school girls, joined us for lunch to celebrate International Women’s Day and to raise funds for WorldDenver programs.  The honoree was Jill Tietjen, whose 40 years of advocacy makes her a real trailblazer for women in technology. Both Mayor Hancock and Governor Polis made remarks at the event. Our keynote speaker was Adriana Gascoigne, founder of Girls in Tech, an international organization that advocates for a greater representation of girls and women in technology. Introducing Adriana was Tania Katan, a ‘creative disrupter’ who brought energy and creativity to the room. Amidst an atmosphere of celebration, determination and sisterhood with women around the world, a specially created video conveyed the history of women in technology going back to the 19th Century.

Another 150 or so attended the morning pitch competition; the winning tech entrepreneur, Jennifer Larson, received her prize and acclamation from Mayor Hancock at the luncheon.

Many thanks to Arrow Electronics, our Titanium sponsor, whose support made all the difference. We are also grateful to Silver sponsors, especially Faegre & Benson, Lockheed Martin and Raymond James who have sponsored this event for three or more years in a row. Thanks also to the many bronze sponsors and to Microsoft who made the pitch competition possible. Together you made this day a very special celebration.

WorldDenver is indebted to a hardworking committee chaired by the unstoppable Veronica Muñoz and the pitch competition chair Alires Almon.  At the conclusion of the luncheon, next year’s theme was announced:  Women in Sports 2020.

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A Note from Our Executive Director

Fighting Hard for Soft Power

If you were present at our International Women's Day luncheon, you heard me tell three stories of global connections that illustrate what we do here at WorldDenver. Much of our work is supported by a grant from the State Department.  This week we learned that the Trump Administration submitted a budget that will cut into the bone of US diplomatic efforts by asking for a 24% cut to the State Department, USAID and other development agencies while providing a huge increase to the defense budget. 

Humanitarian assistance, anti-ebola and anti-AIDS funding and embassy security are among the targeted budgets. On Monday, 14 retired combatant generals(including Zinni, Stavridis and Paetraeus) went on record opposing the State Department cuts: "Diplomacy and development are essential to combating threats before they reach our shores.”

This kind of budget cut has been requested by the administration in prior years. We are always cheered up by the fact that Congress pushes back.  In doing so, they show how they value the programs that bring benefits to local communities as well as diplomatic wins abroad. 

But we cannot take that for granted.  Every year I join others to go to Capitol Hill as part of the USGLC's state leadership group to make our case directly. We let our delegations know the local benefits derived from global engagement as well as the business impact of those investments. We make sure they understand that Colorado voters are paying attention.

On the home page of our website you will find a status report on the battle for funding "soft power." I encourage you to use these talking points to contact your congressman, our senators and particularly anyone you know personally.  Let them know where you stand on strengthening America's global footprint and supporting the WorldDenver programs that Connect Denver to the World.

Karen de Bartolomé
Executive Director

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Upcoming Events

Learn more about these great events and register here!

US Foreign Policy and Relations with the Asian-Pacific Countries with Amb. Christopher Hill, Richard Mueller, and Suisheng Zhao

March 18, 2019
University of Denver: Sie Complex - 1st Floor, Room 1020
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This FREE event is part of a program hosted by WorldDenver for the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program for International visitors from Australia, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Tuvalu. 

WorldDenver Dines Out: African Grill & Bar (Lakewood)

March 22, 2019
African Bar & Grill (Lakewood)
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Please plan to bring $23 in cash so that the table's bill can be settled together.  

Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World with Ambassador Rick Barton

April 2, 2019
University Club
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration and Book Signing
12:00 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. Lunch
12:20 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interview with Amb. Barton Moderated by Dr. Marie Berry

Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance with Larry Diamond

April 15, 2019
Warwick Hotel
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Member-Only Reception with Speaker
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Presentation and Audience Q&A
7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Celebration for Karen's Retirement

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

May 22, 2019
Warwick Hotel
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Member-Only Reception with Speaker
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Presentation and Audience Q&A

Learn more about these great events and register here!

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Homestay Hosting Opportunities

For more information, please contact Gergana Kostandinova at

To apply to be a homestay host, please click here!

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WorldDinner Opportunities

Are you interested in the opportunity to open your home to visitors from around the world and show them just what an authentic American home-cooked meal really means? Check our WorldDinners!

Don’t feel like you have the space to host a dinner? Apply to be a co-host!

Email for more information and to apply to host one of the groups listed below:

Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability: Small Business Development

WorldDinner: Sunday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m.
One host needed to welcome three Arabic-speaking international visitors and one interpreter 
Region: Middle East

Education and Technology in the U.S.

WorldDinner: Sunday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Two hosts needed to each welcome two or three Chinese-speaking international visitors and one interpreter
Country: China

U.S. Primary Education System

WorldDinner: Friday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Two hosts needed to each welcome three English-speaking international visitors
Country: Netherlands

Teaching English as a Second Language

WorldDinner: Sunday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Three hosts needed to each welcome four Arabic-speaking international visitors and one interpreter
Countries: Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

Countering Violent Extremism: Community Strategies

WorldDinner: Sunday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Four hosts needed to each welcome five to six Arabic-speaking international visitors and one interpreter. Arabic-speaking hosts requested so that we can send smaller groups without interpreters.
Region: Near East Asia

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Upcoming Travel Programs

It's not too late to sign up for our next WorldDenver travel program to Bhutan in November 2019!

Register quick! The deadline to submit your deposit is March 31

For more information and to register, please email

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Featured Member Testimonial

Tim Martinez

Tim Martinez, global innovation manager for the City and County of Denver, talks about his trip to Guadalajara, Mexico through the YLAI program of the Cultural Affairs Department of the U.S. government. He experienced the connectivity between Guadalajara’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and Denver’s through the City to City Program of the City of Denver, and he discusses the importance of Guadalajara as a “launch pad” into Latin America.

This is a great testimonial for our incredible reverse exchange programs! Having trouble viewing the video? Click here to watch!

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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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