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As a World Affairs Council member, you join a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about expanding international awareness. Members participate in world class events featuring speakers who provide the stories behind the headlines as well as special receptions and gatherings.

As a member you will have the opportunity to build relationships with other liked minded individuals and professionals that in the local international affairs community. Your membership is valuable in supporting World Affairs Council programming and student outreach in the community.

Monday, July 13th: The World: A Conversation with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations “Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert”

Monday, July 13th at 1:15 PM PST Join the World Affairs Councils of Orange County for a livestream webinar: Zoom Link: Press Here The World: A Conversation with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations “Making Sense of a World in Crisis — Through the Eyes of a Foreign Policy Expert” Moderated by Dr. Richard Downie A wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Haass is one of the most articulate, thoughtful analysts in the United States regarding global affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He will discuss how we can become more informed, discerning citizens by understanding how the world works, how international acts impact us domestically, and how we can help shape US responses. Haass will also explain how he studies world events, global politics, financial shifts, cultural uprisings and ancient and modern history to make sound, independent judgments regarding events around the globe. Finally, Dr. Haass will engage with the audience in a frank, lively Q and A regarding international challenges. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to interact with one of the foremost experts of our day on global affairs! You can purchase Richard Haass’s book The World: A Brief Introduction from Chevalier’s Bookstore here – https://bookshop.org/books/the-world-a-brief-introduction/9780399562396 -Haass : The New York Times Review:  The Challenges of a Threatening World : In “The World,” Richard Haass urges Americans to educate themselves about an increasingly dangerous planet. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/books/review/the-world-richard-haass.html?smid=em-share In Partnership With                                      

July 23rd, 2020: “Navigating the New Normal: A Port Perspective” with Dr. Noel Hacegaba

Thursday, July 23, 2020 1:15 PM (Pacific Time) The World Affairs Council of Orange Country Presents: “Navigating the New Normal: A Port Perspective” A free webinar with Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director Port of Long Beach Moderated by Guy Fox Dr. Noel Hacegaba is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operating functions of the Port, including finance, human resources, real estate, commercial operations and security.  More recently, he served as the Port’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations and was responsible for developing and executing business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth during a period of significant industry realignment.  Dr. Hacegaba’s career at the Port began in 2010 as the Executive Officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Prior to joining the Port, Dr. Hacegaba managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company.  He has also served as a chief of staff for an elected official, a business executive for a global trade company, a research analyst for a policy research group and as a management consultant.  A two-time graduate of USC, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, business administration and urban planning. He also earned his doctorate degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.  As part of his service to the industry, Dr. Hacegaba serves on the Boards of Directors of the Intermodal Association of North America and the Marine Exchange of Southern California and he also Chairs the Professional Development Board for the American Association of Port Authorities.   Zoom PMI: TBA Zoom Link: TBA 

November 18-20: WACA’S 2020 National Conference

Wednesday – Friday, November 18 – 20, 2020   WACA’S 2020 National Conference Keep checking back at WACA’s page and subscribe to their newsletters for all 2020 Conference announcements regarding topics, speakers, working agenda, and other important information. We look forward to seeing you in 2020! In the meantime, checkout highlights from the 2019 Conference!

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