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Visit to Arizona of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mark Rutte
December 4-5, 2023
 

It has been an absolute privilege to work on the visit to Arizona of PM Mark Rutte and the accompanying Dutch and Flemish Business Delegations! From Protocol considerations to event and project planning, we have been thrilled to work with the team of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands based in San Francisco. Many thanks to the Dutch Honorary Consul to Arizona Odette Bakker for her support and the great opportunity. 

Events included a beautiful reception at the Heard Museum, lunch at ASU Old Main, events at Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the Arizona Commerce Authority, as well as many other side meetings' arrangements.

We look forward to working on future foreign delegations!

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3rd Treffpunkt Fundraiser
November 17, 2023

We like to say: "Third Time's a Charm." Well, the 2021 and 2022 events were a success, and we could not be happier with the 3rd edition! It was wonderful to work on the 3rd Fundraiser to benefit the Treffpunkt, the Arizona local nonprofit that promotes the German Language and Culture.  Delighted to work with The Honorable Carolin Gey, Honorary Consul of Germany to Arizona, and her team again this year to enhance foreign languages and multiculturalism in Arizona!

The Treffpunkt fundraiser last Friday, November 17, was so fun! Success is not possible without the support and commitment of entertainers, volunteers, great speakers, and benefactors.Thank you to all who helped to make sure the event was a success. Special kudos to our entertainers 15 year old singer Victoria Reiter, pianist Mark  Gelfrand, Dancer Dakoa and Magician Robert Ray. Zum Treffpunkt restaurant's Chef and his team also did an amazing job. Wonderful to work again with the Shoen family on this meaningful event, and, of course, delighted to work with Mare Biole, Dieter Bollmann, Yvonne and Tom Schwarz, and our volunteers. 

Please contact us if you need an event coordinator for your international or multicultural events.

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 The Marconi Society Awards Gala
Washington D.C.
October 27, 2023 
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**Reflecting on an Incredible Experience with the Marconi Society**

Over the past few months, our founder Flora Tromelin had the extraordinary opportunity to work with the Marconi Society team, coordinating the 2023 Marconi Society Awards Gala. This prestigious event occurred on October 27th at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Established in 1974, the Marconi Prize, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Communications,” recognizes innovators who have significantly contributed to increasing digital inclusivity through advanced information and communications technology.

This year, the Marconi Society awarded the Marconi Prize to Dr. Hari Balakrishnan for his "fundamental contributions to wired and wireless networking, mobile sensing, and distributed systems."

Every few years, the Marconi Society presents a rare Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual whose career has made a critical impact on our society. This year, we had the privilege of granting this recognition to Vint Cerf, a true pioneer of the Internet.

“Working on this project was a humbling experience. Collaborating with such an impressive group of innovators, who have made and continue to make considerable contributions to the world, was truly inspiring. I express my deepest gratitude to John Janowiak and Dennis Roberson for their exceptional leadership. I also want to thank my amazing colleagues Paula Reinman, Yem Lagunas , Michelle Klein, Donald Hale, Tori Carter, Kim Simpao, Tymia Wilson and Dustin Loup. Working with such dedicated professionals was a dream come true!” stated Tromelin.

The Marconi Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering innovation and digital inclusivity. We encourage you to visit their website to learn about their initiatives, to include the Marconi Society Young Scholar Award, and to consider supporting them through membership, donation, or sponsorship!

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 French Youth Linguistic & Cultural Trip
A partnership with Terre des Langues
June 9-30, 2023 

For 3 weeks, we coordinated the stay in Arizona of a group of French high school students. Julia, Marie-Alix, Clementine, Edouard, Gabriel, Adrien, and Nohan, were lucky to learn more about the American/Arizona culture thanks to the generosity of their American host families. 

With them, they improved their English and discovered the Grand Canyon State. They also traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada. Some of them even traveled to NYC. All of them left saying that they made new friends and that they would remember their stay forever.

We are incredibly grateful to our amazing host families without whom this youth stay would not have been a success. All of our volunteer families also said they learned from our students.

We are proud to announce that our partnership with the French linguistic company Terre des Langues has been renewed for 2024! Please reach out to us at Flora@fctstrategiesllc.com if you are interested in hosting a French student in June 2024.

 

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We are grateful to Professor Ron Broglio
and ASU - Institute for Humanities Research - for our partnership!

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As part of their stay, our French guests and their American counterparts visited the Grand Canyon. Professor Ron Broglio and ASU, Institute Humanities Research, partnered with us and joined our group on this 1-day trip. Professor Broglio made a fantastic presentation about the history of the Grand Canyon and the National Park Service, as well as the people who lived there, its endangered species, and its geology. This has been an incredible opportunity for our French guests and their American counterparts!

Ron Broglio writes books and essays on nonhuman phenomenology and animal studies. He has curated and produced a number of art exhibitions on contemporary environmental art. Ron is the director of the Institute Humanities Research at Arizona State University. 

He is the author of Animal Revolution and Surface Encounters: thinking with Animals and Art among other books and edited collections including the recently published The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. He co-edits the Desert Humanities book series for Texas Tech University Press.

Baseball Stadium Visit with our French Youth and their Arizona host families
June 17, 2023
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Did you know that baseball is a growing sport in France? Many of the French High School students who are visiting Arizona throughout the month of June through a French Linguistic and Cultural trip with Terre des Langues were excited to learn about it!

 

Thanks to a renewed partnership with Global Ties Arizona, our French guests and their local host families have learned everything about Baseball during a tour of Chase Field Stadium in Downtown Phoenix.  The visit to this stadium, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been a wonderful way for our youth to learn about this popular American sport and American culture. Heartfelt thanks to Amador Chavez and the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chasefield teams for their generosity and an awesome tour of the stadium  Thanks to them we discovered the behind the scene operations and facilities. And the cherry on the cake: our group was invited to stay to watch the game that night!

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Welcome Reception for our  French Youth Linguistic & Cultural Trip
June 10, 2023
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They have arrived!

Our French students have landed in Phoenix and have enjoyed a wonderful welcome reception/luncheon thanks to our partners the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library and Klett World Languages.

This event has been a way to say thank you to our generous host families and to enjoy getting to know each other.
To open your heart to new friends and a new culture is a life-changing experience, and we encourage you to try it! Please contact us if you want to be involved in the future.

 
TERRE DES LANGUES and FCT Strategies LLC are grateful to our volunteers, partners, and sponsors.

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2023 Arizona Sustainability Leadership Awards
April 21, 2023

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Thrilled to have served as the event coordinator for the 2nd Arizona Sustainability Leadership Awards event sponsored by Arizona State University (ASU), on the occasion of International Earth Day 2023. It was wonderful to work with Professors Karen Bradshaw and Ron Broglio again this year.

 

 The event took place at Liberty Wildlife in Phoenix, Arizona. It involved guests rotating to stations where awardees presented on topics like wildlife and water preservation, sustainable hospitality, and artificial intelligence as a way to promote earth protection.

Congratulations to the 2023 awardees Elvy Barton, Manager of Water and Forest Sustainability at Salt River Project, Danielle Goldtooth, Owner, Dii Iina Culinary, Richard Morrison, Water Thought Policy Leader, Hasrah Thomas, Director Relam 4 at ASU and White Tank Mountains Conservancy!

Lastly, kudos to the amazing artists, speakers, contractors, partners, and volunteers without whom this evening would not have been a success.

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Visit to Arizona of the Irish Member of the European Parliament Maria Walsh
February 3-6, 2023

 

It has been an absolute pleasure and honor to work on the visit to Arizona of MEP Maria Walsh! From Protocol considerations to event and project planning, we have been thrilled to work with MEP Walsh and Ciara Archer, Director of Operations at the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix.

MEP Walsh's visit included a reception for LGBTQI+ rights with the local nonprofit one-n-ten, meetings with the Governor of Arizona Katie Hobbs and the Vice-Mayor of Phoenix Yassamin Ansari, as well as a presentation about Women Empowerment for Global Being at Thunderbird, School of Global Management, in the presence of the Dean, Dr. Sanjeev Khagram. Her schedule ended with a meeting with the CEO and team of evolvedMD, a local firm focused on integrating mental health services into modern primary care, and a reception hosted by PCFR iho Romanian Minister Sebastian Burduja.

Thank you to the Irish Cultural Center for this great opportunity!

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