International Focus presented the monthly Citizen Diplomacy Series featuring an International Visitor Leadership Program delegation from Europe on June 23, 2017. The event hosted over 50 IVLP visitors, members and guests, including N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. International Focus partnered with the North Carolina Farm Bureau and Go Global NC to make the evening possible. Those in attendance were given the opportunity to network during a reception.
This was followed by a panel featuring the IVLP visitors. Rick Van Sant, the executive director of Go Global NC, moderated the discussion. IVLP visitors were asked to share similarities between Europe and the U.S., and were given the opportunity to reflect on their five-day-long visit to the Triangle. While in the area, the delegates visited the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the National Guard Headquarters. One visitor from Bosnia and Herzegovina noted how the United States and Europe could learn from one another through partnerships and cooperation.