Open World Leadership Center, Library of Congress

Open World Program

The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council was selected as a training organization to design and conduct an Open World Program, which is sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center through the Library of Congress, and administered by the Academy for Educational Development (AED).  The Open World Program is a distinctive, nonpartisan project of the US Congress. Its mission is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America's democratic, accountable government and its free-market system. Open World combines professional learning with people-to-people relationships.  Leaders and professionals are invited to participate as guests of the program from countries like Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.Over 15,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 US states since the program’s inception in 1999.

Accountable Governance - A Project for Kyrgyzstan
July 23-July 31, 2010
Sam Laber , Program Intern


Delegates with Linda Smith-Berry and Dress for Success


Delegates with Renee Filiatraut and Thompson Hine


Delegates with the Honorable Judge Sally Blankenship, Dearborn County 2nd Circuit Court


Delegates at potluck dinner hosted by Doug and Anita Todd

From July 23rd to July 30th the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council successfully hosted an Open World delegation of six businesswomen from Kyrgyzstan. The women took part in a wide array of professional appointments including meetings with: Dress for Success, Women Excel, Bad Girl Ventures, Thompson and Hine LLP, Rosie’s Girls, the office of Women’s Business Ownership, Dearborn County Courthouse 2nd Circuit Court, the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, the Northern Kentucky Regional Chamber, the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association, the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law.

Although the bulk of their time was spent conducting business, the schedule still allowed time for the ladies to explore regional culture. The women spent their free time shopping, attending local sporting events, singing karaoke, grilling out, and sharing laughs with their homestay hosts while arduously gesticulating across the dinner table in attempted bilingual conversation. The delegates also visited numerous area attractions including the Freedom Center, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Cincinnati History Museum, and the Newport Aquarium.

The GCWAC would like to thank the Snowdens, the Todds, and the Jacobs’ in particular for opening up their doors for a full week in the middle of a busy July. The Todds were also gracious enough to host a very entertaining potluck dinner and farewell party for the delegates and everyone else involved in the program. Also, we would like to thank the various escorts, Barbara Rojas, Dorothy Blake, Marilyn Richey, and Sam Laber for their terrific help in guiding the delegation during their professional appointments. Lastly, we would like to recognize Jeff Snowden for his incredible help in transporting the delegation all week and housing 5 delegates. Despite his inability to speak Russian, his optimism and humor brought smiles and laughs to everyone in the delegation.





2011 Greater Cincinnati World Affair Council