Each year, approximately 5,000 current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields travel to the United States on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to cultivate professional networks with their American counterparts. Selected alumni are invited to return to the United States to participate in citizen diplomacy summits in American cities and to explain how their IVLP experience impacted the work they do today in their local communities.
Earlier this month, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth welcomed IVLP alumna Riham Awad to Dallas, Texas. After her life-changing experience on the 2012 IVLP, A New Beginning: Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, Riham Awad started a volunteer mentor program that is creating a wave of young entrepreneurs in Egypt. She now partners with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to organize an annual employment fair that offers thousands of job opportunities for other U.S. State Department program alumni and the Egyptian public.
In Dallas, Riham reunited with Americans she met in 2012 and updated them on the continuing impact that their shared experience is having abroad. She then travelled to San Diego before heading to Kansas City, Missouri for a Diplomacy Begins Here Summit.
Join the conversation on social media using #IAmDiplomacy. For press inquiries in Dallas, contact Elaine Tricoli, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, (214) 965-8403. For inquiries on the International Visitor Leadership Program, contact ECA-Press@state.gov.