Distinguished Speaker Series
Held three times a year, our popular lecture series invites members of the San Antonio community to experience lectures by prestigious experts in foreign affairs. Previous speakers include James Olson, former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence, on “Ethics and Espionage: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying”; Amb. Paula Dobriansky on “Beyond the Ukraine: Russia’s Grab for its Neighbors”; and Gen. Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency and former Director of the CIA, on “The Government, Security, and Me.”
Ambassador Luncheon Series
This large-scale luncheon provides opportunities for community members to understand a diplomat’s perspective on top issues in foreign affairs. Previous speakers include Amb. Thomas A. Shannon, former US Ambassador to Brazil, on “The U.S. Response to the Central American Migration Crisis.” As another element of our educational outreach, a number of high school students receive complimentary admission.
Foreign Diplomatic Corps Reception
This event to honor our regional diplomats and consulates convenes members of the business community and World Affairs Council members to engage with international representatives.
International Citizen of the Year Award Gala
Our annual benefit honors San Antonio citizens who have served to “bring the world to San Antonio, and San Antonio to the world,” and hosts prestigious keynote speakers. Previous honorees include Joaquin and Julián Castro, Dr. Henry Cisneros, and prominent San Antonio businesspeople like Graham Weston, chairman and founder of Rackspace. Previous keynote speakers include former President Bill Clinton and Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post.
Reserved for members joining at the Diplomat level and above, these small, intimate gatherings engage members with high-level current and former diplomats, providing insight on the internal workings of international relations.
Held in collaboration with the San Antonio Fulbright Association, these exclusive events connect our Global Leader members with unique speakers on their experiences in international relations. Previous speakers include individuals like Bashar Ahmed, former security support and translator for General David Petraeus, who shared the incredible story of his escape from Iraq.
Twice a year, the World Affairs Council organizes field trips that provide educational and social experiences. Past trips include a visit to the Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, TX, the only museum in the contiguous United States dedicated to remembering the conflict in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
An Evening with the Ambassador of Chile
May 2015 Distinguished Speaker: Amb. Paula Dobriansky
2015 Foreign Diplomatic Corps Reception
Fulbright Roundtable: Bashar Ahmed, former security support & translator for General David Petraeus