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Arizona’s international nonprofit organizations gather for summit at Thunderbird

March 26, 2013
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to keynote the event

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) Mar. 26, 2013 - Arizona international nonprofit organizations are gathering March 29, 2013, for a summit at Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s No. 1-ranked international business school. Over 50 internationally minded organizations have been invited to come together for workshops, networking and a keynote address from Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who will talk about the future of the state from an international perspective.

The “International Nonprofit Summit,” presented by Thunderbird and Arizona Council for International Visitors (AZCIV), will allow organizations to promote the work they are doing, discover what others are doing and learn from nonprofit experts.

“This summit will raise our attention to and the stature of international relations in Arizona,” said Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D. “This is an opportunity for organizations with similar missions to Thunderbird to come together and build connections, ultimately strengthening international efforts in the state. Because of AZCIV’s commitment to building international business ties, they are the perfect partner for this event.”

AZCIV works to promote international cooperation, understanding and relationships between individuals and businesses through citizen involvement. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, it also provides current and emerging foreign leaders and dignitaries the opportunity to meet and confer with professional counterparts in Arizona. AZCIV’s intention for the summit is to get organizations thinking about how they can work together.

“For almost half a century, the Arizona Council for International Visitors has been at the forefront of citizen diplomacy in Arizona by supporting the U.S. State Department in its endeavors to provide programs for rising influential politicians,” said AZCIV Chairman John Liffiton. “Yet there are many Arizona nonprofits that are unaware of each other, that it only makes sense to have a summit so all can come together and learn about each other’s missions and support each other not only through active memberships but in their respective endeavors. Not only will each nonprofit benefit from wider exposure, but Phoenix and Arizona will benefit from a united concerted effort of nonprofits working together and supporting each other.”

The event is by invitation only and not open to the general public; however, news media are invited to attend.

It will be held on Thunderbird’s campus at 59th Ave. and Greenway Rd. in the Herberger Administration Building. The opening session begins at 10 a.m. and the summit ends at 3 p.m.

Media representatives interested in covering the event can contact Virginia Mungovan at virginia.mungovan@thunderbird.edu or (602) 978-7081.

 

About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird is the world’s No. 1-ranked school of international business, with nearly 70 years of experience in equipping global leaders with the business skills and global mindset necessary to create sustainable prosperity worldwide. For more about Thunderbird, visit www.thunderbird.edu.

About Arizona Council for Foreign Visitors

Arizona Council for International Visitors (AZCIV), a World Affairs Council, is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to hosting international visitors in Arizona in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and National Council for International Visitors (NCIV). The mission of AZCIV is to promote international cooperation, understanding and relationships between individuals and businesses through citizen involvement, and to provide current and emerging foreign leaders and dignitaries the opportunity to meet and confer with professional counterparts in Arizona. For more information, visit www.azciv.org.