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February 22, 2022 • Des Moines, Iowa Daytime Event 8:30-4:30 PM

Evening Event 6:00-8:30 PM Banquet & Keynote Speaker: David Ignatius Robert Ray Awards




                                                                                                            Time & Topic                                                                                                            

                                                                                                     GENERAL SESSIONS                                                                                                     

9:00-9:20 Welcome/Opening


9:30-10:45 Know Your Impact as a Citizen Diplomat

A purposeful dialogue around the challenges, successes, and key strategies of moving Iowa forward through

international partnerships.


11:00-1:00 Lunch Session:  Attracting Business to Iowa 

How Iowa has become a key player in international relations,: attracting businesses, educators, and ambassadors to our state 


                                                                                                 BREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose one)                                                                            

1:15-2:30 Welcoming Refugees

Iowa’s history and future in welcoming refugees and how all citizens can play a part 


1:15-2:30 Virtual Diplomacy During the Pandemic

Ways organizations have stayed connected during the pandemic; how virtual diplomacy has shaped future partnership building


                                                                                                 BREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose one)                                                                            

2:45-4:00 PM Diplomacy in Education

How to stay engaged with international alumni and the benefits of working relationships with international institutions


2:45-4:00 PM Business Diplomacy

Iowa’s significant role in international trade and business and the impact of these professional partnerships

                                                                                                     GENERAL SESSIONS                                                                                                  

4:15-4:30 PM Closing Remarks for Daytime Event        

                                                                                                        EVENING PROGRAM                                                                                                   6:00-8:30 PM Banquet and Presentations                

                  Keynote Speaker: David Ignatius, Washington Post

Elizabeth Allen, Assistant Secretary for Global Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State (virtual comments)    

Presentation of Robert Ray Awards    


8:30 PM Closing Remarks for Nighttime Event