This past year the San Diego Diplomacy Council welcomed 672 international visitors to San Diego through the International Visitor Leadership Program and other custom programs. From our local network of partners and professional meeting hosts, we have coordinated 25,358 professional meetings within the last year between our visiting leaders and San Diego city residents.
Our events and programs provide community members with unique opportunities to foster long-standing business and personal relationships, and result in a more vibrant, diverse, globally-conscious, and prosperous San Diego community.
Programs administered by our organization contribute approximately $2.7M to the San Diego area economy annually through the use of local hotels, transportation companies, and other vendors.
From our local network of volunteer partners and meeting hosts, we coordinate over 25,000 professional meetings between our visiting leaders and San Diego city residents each year. Through these professional exchange programs:
- We equip emerging leaders to solve increasingly complex challenges facing our interconnected world.
- We prepare young international professionals and entrepreneurs to be competitive in the global workforce.
- We enhance our national interests overseas by building better relationships with world leaders.
- We promote cross-cultural engagement and challenge negative perceptions of United States overseas.
Empowering our visitors to change the world
The reverberating impact of Nisha Ayub’s visit, one of the fifteen 2016 Secretary of State International Women of Courage, had far-reaching implications for social change in Malaysia. Nisha’s time in our community was used to leverage media and communities and to influence government, societies, and individuals in an effort to improve LGBTQ rights around the world. Nisha’s social justice efforts as well as San Diego’s partnership has been recognized by a prominent Malaysian news outlet, “The Star”. We have also received news from the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia that our stance of solidarity is putting pressure on the Malaysian government to reform their discriminatory policies.