Welcome to Global Ties KC!

Join us Monday evening, May 1st for a reception featuring ">Safe and Secure World experts in military and security leaders from Argentina, Austria, Kenya, Macedonia, the Philippines, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand.

Global Ties KC Reception

 When: Monday May 1st, 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Brio Tuscan Grille at the Plaza (502 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO 64112)

You will have the opportunity to chat with our guests and welcome them to Kansas City over drinks and appetizers in a casual environment. At 6:00 PM, a number of delegates will make brief remarks on their professional backgrounds and time in Kansas City. Do not miss your chance to meet with these fascinating delegates!

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We are an independent non-profit volunteer service organization whose purpose is to improve global understanding and make peace through exchange programs between international leaders and their American counterparts in Kansas and Western Missouri. Global Ties KC promotes citizen diplomacy by person-to-person contacts to help shape United States foreign relations "one handshake at a time."

What We Do

Global Ties KC provides the link between prominent international leaders (including business, government, and non-profit professionals) and their local counterparts.  Through professional meetings, school visits, events, and home hospitality we connect people from around the world with Citizen Diplomats in western Missouri and the state of Kansas.


Types of programs include:

International Visitor Leadership Program: a program funded by the Department of State in hopes of promoting foreign policy through face-to-face interaction. The delegates visit many cities in the United States during their time here, and are in Kansas City for approximately 3-5 days.

Open World:  a program funded by Congress in pursuit of bettering relationships between the former Soviet Union and the United States since 1999. Visitors on this program spend between one and two weeks in Kansas City, living with host families.

Youth Programs: exchange programs aimed at empowering youth throughout the world by providing them with the skills needed to be leaders. These programs require a home stay, and Global Ties KC is always looking for interested community members!

Community Connections: sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development which targets Eurasian countries in hopes of establishing international collaboration.

What is IVLP?

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.  

Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit

Global Ties U.S. and its member organizations, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, host a series of summits across the United States that bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world. Together, we foster connections and growth in the international exchange community and celebrate the critical role that public and citizen diplomacy programs play in building a more peaceful, prosperous world at home and abroad.

2017 Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits

Global Ties KC is excited to announce its participation in the 2017 Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits. The Summits bring together local and regional leaders from cross-cutting fields to forge new connections in local exchange communities.

June 15: Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit in Kansas City, Missouri hosted by Global Ties KC

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