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November 16 - 20

WACA 2020

National Conference

New Frontiers in

Diplomacy and National Security


All times are Eastern Time (ET)

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20 NOVEMBER 2020


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Journalism Under Fire: Covering Crisis in China

WACA 2020 Council of the Year: Santa Fe CIR

WACA is proud to co-sponsor this Santa Fe Council on International Relations event.

1:15 PM to 4:00 PM

Leadership Day: Professional Development Sessions

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(These sessions are for World Affairs Council staff and board members only.)

1:15-1:55 PM ET | Messaging & Digital Communication: Now More Than Ever 

Digital programming requires a refinement of our messaging and an evolution of communication platforms and methods. Maryanne Maldonado (WAC Greater Houston; WACA Board of Directors) and Amanda Jolly (WAC Connecticut) are ready to meet the challenge with strategies, tools, and templates you can put to work at your own Council.

2:00-2:40 PM ET BREAKOUT | Virtual Engagement for K-12

Virtual platforms can do so much, but they have their limits, including when it comes to K-12 engagement. What makes the most sense for virtual engagement of K-12 students, and how can Councils plan for success in this critical area? Council leaders from around the country will share how they've turned the digital corner in their K-12 educational programs.

2:00-2:40 PM ET BREAKOUT | Reimagining Fundraising During the Pandemic

Sustainable funding is on the minds of all organizational leaders during this challenging time. But how does fund development, which relies heavily on interaction, work when we can't be together in person? Join Kristi Pogatchnik (Global Minnesota) and Felecia Maxfield-Barrett (Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy) for some examples of how we can adjust and fundraise, even when we can't be together.

2:45-3:30 PM ET | Beyond the Virtual Lecture

In recent months, Councils have discovered countless exciting ways to reexamine, reformat, and repackage their quality content into accessible, engaging, timely, and insightful digital programming. Patricia Preston (WAC Vermont) will guide us through digital program highlights from around the country – come ready to be inspired.

3:30-4:00 PM ET | Ask Me Anything

Bring your best-practice quandaries! In this Zoom session, led by Mary Yntema (WoldBoston), throw your Council's situation out to the group and receive tips, tricks, and offers for support in the chat.