WASHINGTON, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC (WAC-DC) annual HONORS: Global Education Gala is an event that recognizes organizations who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to global education, international affairs, and global communications. On March 29, 2017, WAC-DC will present five honorees with Awards that exemplify the mission of the Council, which is to empower educators and students to effectively compete, communicate, and lead in our diverse multicultural nation and worldwide.
"The Council, founded in 1980 is a non-partisan, educational organization dedicated to informing and educating Americans about the international events and issues that impact the United States and its relations with the world," said Pat Gross, co-founder and former Chairman of the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC. "The HONORS: Gala is about recognizing and saluting organizations, who share our overall program mission priorities."
The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, who will also receive the 2017 Global Ambassador Award. "The Jane Goodall Institute works to inspire people to take action to benefit other people, animals and the world we all share," said Dr. Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. "We each have the power to make a difference every day and to be an ambassador of positive change for our world. I am honored to receive the Global Ambassador Award from the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC in recognition of this work."
The Republic of Colombia will receive the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award and it will be accepted by H.E. Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador to the United States. "Colombia is a nation transformed and on the path to securing a stable and lasting peace that will ensure prosperity for future generations," said Ambassador Pinzón. "We are deeply humbled by this recognition, and we look forward to building on our global dialogue and exchange of ideas with the World Affairs Council."
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting will receive the Global Communications Award that will be accepted by Pat Harrison, President and CEO. "CPB's support for public media journalism through NPR's international reporting, Public Radio International, and PBS's FRONTLINE and NewsHour programs helps to address the need of individuals in the United States and beyond to be informed, educated and connected to the world around them," said Ms. Harrison. "This is an honor we accept on behalf of public media's dedicated reporters and producers who provide trusted, accurate, fair, balanced, and objective coverage of international news."
Blackboard Inc. will receive the Global Education Award. It will be accepted by the Chairman, CEO and President, Bill Ballhaus. "At Blackboard, we are passionate about education and understand the profound difference it can make in individuals' lives and in society as a whole," said Mr. Ballhaus. "That's why we are committed to partnering with the global education community to drive student success."
Marymount University will receive the Educator of the Year Award and it will be accepted by Dr. Matthew Shank, President. "It is a tremendous honor for, and a testament to, our dedicated faculty, staff and students who strive daily to achieve the values of our vision that include intellectual curiosity, service to others and global perspective," said President Shank.
Please join us as we honor international leaders in global education, international affairs and global communications. For reservations, sponsorship and program details, call 202.293.1051 or email HONORS@worldaffairsdc.org for additional information.
The World Affairs Council-Washington DC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to facilitating collaboration throughout the global education and international affairs community by developing informed geo-political insights and critical thinking with a global perspective; and providing programs to educate, enlighten and empower students, educators, professionals, the American public and international community. To learn more about the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC visit www.worldaffairsdc.org.
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