International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Annually, Global Ties KC brings over 250 delegates to Kansas City on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP is designed to increase mutual understanding across cultures. Global Ties KC is the sole organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to implement the IVLP program in the state of Kansas and in Western Missouri. 

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.  

Over 500 past visitors to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program are current or former Heads of Government or Chiefs of State. Alumni include:

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of The United Kingdom, President Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India, Prime Minister Tony Blair of The United Kingdom, and President F.W. deKlerk of South Africa