of Defense, The Honorable Ashton B. Carter to deliver Keynote Address
(January 22, 2016) -- The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC (WAC-DC) annual
Global Education HONORS: Gala is an event that recognizes
organizations who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to global education,
international affairs, and global communications. On March 29, 2016, WAC-DC
will present five honorees with Awards that exemplify the mission of the
Council, which is to empower
educators and students to effectively compete, communicate, and lead in our
multicultural nation and worldwide.
are delighted that this year marks our 36th annual Global Education
Gala,” said Edie Fraser,
WAC-DC Chairperson. “The HONORS: Gala is about celebrating excellence in
education worldwide. We recognize and join our partners who are contributing to
the vital advancement of global education for educators, teachers, students and
other publics whom we serve.”
Address will be delivered by the U.S.
of Defense, The Honorable Ashton B. Carter.
Corporation will receive a Global
Education Award that will be accepted by Daniel S. Pelino,
GM – Global Public Sector. “At IBM, we think of education in terms of a
‘moon shot’ – a once in a lifetime opportunity to significantly advance a
mission with vital importance to the world,” said Daniel Pelino. “Today,
through breakthroughs in cognitive technologies such as IBM Watson, we
believe technology has the potential to personalize education and improve
learning outcomes, with the goal of transforming education and shaping its
future,” he added. “Thank you WAC-DC for the work you do to support education
initiatives around the world. Together, we can achieve so much.”
The Republic of South Africa will receive the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award that will be accepted by H.E. Mninwa J Mahlangu,
Ambassador to the United States. “This
is a great honor for us,” said Ambassador Mahlangu. “The WAC-DC Global Education
Teacher Exchange program with South Africa is a testimony to our commitment to
the promotion of education and training as a tool of empowerment for
individuals and society, as a whole,” he said. The Ambassador echoed what was
said by Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use
to change the world.”
The George Mason University will
receive the Educator of the Year Award
that will be accepted by Dr.
Ángel Cabrera, President. “The most effective people in today’s global environment have
developed the international mindset required to connect with individuals and
organizations across boundaries,” Dr. Cabrera said. “That’s why we are
committed at Mason to creating more opportunities for more students to gain the
knowledge and experiences they need to succeed anywhere in the world, from our
new campus in Korea to our growing web of partnerships with leading
universities around the world. We are appreciative that the World Affairs
Council recognizes these efforts.”
The National Geographic Society will receive
the Global Communications Award that
will be accepted by Gary E.
Knell, President and CEO. “We believe in the power of science, exploration,
storytelling and education to change the world. We are passionate
about educating the next generation — particularly geographic education.
Geography is not just about finding a place on map; it's about our interconnectedness
as a global community,” said Gary Knell. “We look forward to celebrating our
shared commitment to advancing global education, international affairs and
Vice-Chair and Chairman of the HONORS: Gala Michael
Norris reiterated the Honoree’s sentiments. “Global education is powerful.
Even basic language skills are now requirements with about 25% of
the world’s countries having two or more official languages and more the
half the world’s population being at least bilingual,” said Norris. “For
students and educators to possess an understanding of universal values and
international perspectives is a critical success factor in today’s global
Please join us
as we honor international leaders in global education, international affairs
and global communications. For reservations, sponsorship and program details,
please call 202.293.1051 or email HONORS@worldaffairsdc.org.
World Affairs Council – Washington, DC is ‘A Leading Forum for Global Education
and International Affairs’ and an institution ‘Where Learning Happens’. The
Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to expanding
awareness among the American public and international community, of geopolitical,
business, environmental and civil society issues, in our inter-connected world.
To learn more about the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC, including our
social media sites, visit www.worldaffairsdc.org.
Kristin Roach, WAC-DC Director-Global Communications, email@example.com,
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