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August 2020

E-Talk About Series: Saving Face – How Diplomats and Global Leaders Preserve Dignity and Build Trust

August 11, 2020: 5:00 pm

Click Here to Register! “Saving face” is a universal concept that enables you to connect with people, break down barriers, and build trust and long-term relationships. When the phrase “it’s not about the money” is used, the real issue is often about face. Face is the new social currency of our time. Face represents one’s self-esteem, self-worth, identity, reputation, status, pride, and dignity. The more face you have, the easier and faster you can get things done. Join our E-Talk-About…

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Global Leaders Online Forum: Perspectives From Global Experts on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy

August 25, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

REGISTER HERE Sponsored by Sempra Energy, the San Diego Diplomacy Council invites you to our upcoming Global Leaders Online Forum, taking place on Tuesday, August 25 from 10-11 am PST. We will convene global experts to discuss climate action and the latest developments on sustainable energy. The event will be moderated by Erin Koch, Corporate Sustainability Manager at Sempra Energy. Featured speakers include alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and local subject matters experts. Featured Speakers: Douty Chibamba…

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September 2020

Crossing Boundaries: A Traveler’s Guide to World Peace

September 15, 2020: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Get your tickets now! Join our E-Cultural Diplomacy Event on Tuesday, September 15th at 5 PM PST as Aziz Abu Sarah, author of Crossing Boundaries: A Traveler’s Guide to World Peace, expands on his novel to discuss the transformational power that travel has to heal divides, increase tolerance and make the world a more peaceful place. Aziz will provide insight and guidance on building peace and diplomacy through transformative travel. Aziz Abu Sarah is a peace builder, cultural educator, entrepreneur,…

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Vote, Run, Lead: A Virtual Dialogue on Women’s Political Participation

September 29, 2020: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

REGISTER HERE Here in the US, 2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in 1920. It was the first legislation for women’s voting rights. In recognition and celebration of this momentous occasion, the San Diego Diplomacy Council is spotlighting the importance of women’s full and equal participation in the political process for our next event in the Global Leaders Online Forum series. On Tuesday, September 29 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time,…

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October 2020

E-Cultural Diplomacy Event: Book Discussion with George Takei! ( By invitation only)

October 6, 2020: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a book discussion and exclusive question and answer session with author, activist, and actor, George Takei, author of the KPBS One Book, One San Diego 2020 selection, They Called Us Enemy, a graphic memoir in which Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. This event is for SDDC members and by invitation only. For more information, please contact jim@sandiegodiplomacy.org

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Flavors of the Philippines: A Virtual Cooking Class

October 30, 2020: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

REGISTER HERE As part of our E-Culinary Diplomacy Series, the San Diego Diplomacy Council is delighted to offer a virtual cooking class on Friday, October 30 from 5:00-6:30 PM, in celebration of Filipino American History Month. Filipino chef and business owner Tress Balch will lead you in preparing two easy-to-make, yet delicious dishes that are the hallmarks of Filipino cuisine: Chicken Adobo and Lumpia Shanghai. Opening remarks will be given by San Diego-based Honorary Consul of the Philippines, Audie de…

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November 2020

2020 Signature Event

November 13, 2020: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the San Diego Diplomacy Council and our cohost, the San Diego Chapter of International Game Development Association for an unforgettable online fundraising evening exploring how video games can promote world peace and diplomacy. The event will be held online on Friday, November 13th at 5 PM Pacific Time.  The evening will feature distinguished speakers, a video game demonstration, virtual door prizes, an optional dinner for local guests, and a private cocktail party.  Your ticket and donation directly support the…

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February 2021

Build your creative negotiation skills!

February 3: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Calling all high school students interested in cross-cultural exchanges and international negotiations! The San Diego Diplomacy Council is pleased to announce a new cross-Atlantic partnership with PATHWAYS Institute for Negotiation Education. Together we are excited to offer a unique series of virtual joint learning and exchange workshops for high school students in San Diego (USA) and Sha’ar Hanegev (Israel), as part of the cities’ sister-city relationship. The workshop series will take place on February 3,10 & 17 from 8 - 9:30 am…

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Global Leaders Online Forum: Democracy in Crisis

February 17: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In collaboration with the International House at UC San Diego, the San Diego Diplomacy Council is proud to offer another discussion in our Global Leaders Online Forum series. This time, we will discuss Democracy in Crisis: Elections, Social Media, and Youth Activism. Joining us are three esteemed panelists; Jonathan Stonestreet from the Carter Center, Alessandra Soler, a Human Rights lawyer from Venezuela and alumna of the U.S Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in San Diego, and May Thach,…

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E-Cultural Diplomacy Series: Book Conversation for Black History Month

February 24: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In recognition of Black History Month, the San Diego Diplomacy Council is proud to offer a powerful reflection of Isabel Wilkerson's book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Join us online on Wednesday, February 24th at 7 PM PST to discuss the harsh realities of a menacing Caste system that exists and may sometimes thrive in our developed world. Wilkerson offers an unparalleled synthesis of the American way of life by conflating notions of race and caste. Rather than arguing they are synonymic, she writes…

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