On August 18th, 2016, we hosted our “Summer Membership Mixer” at La Fonda on Main. SACIV Members and the community gathered to welcome nineteen international visitors from Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, & Venezuela, participating in the “WEAmericas Program for Women Entrepreneurs”. We also used the occasion to honor our professional resources and thank them for their commitment to our mission. Attendees mixed & mingled and enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends & connections.
On September 22nd, 2016, in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the City of San Antonio’s International Relations Office, we hosted the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum for a lecture on “The US in the Middle East: Interests & Dilemmas”. The presentation by Dr. Eytan Gilboa, a Professor of Political Science & Communication and Founding Director of both the School of Communication & the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University, examined various definitions of current American interests in the Middle East and described strategies & policies to achieve them, which was followed by a Q&A discussion.
On November 3rd, 2016, we hosted our “Annual Dinner” at the University of the Incarnate Word’s Rosenberg Skyroom. The event was held to celebrate our 27th Anniversary; welcome our international guests, visiting from Indonesia for their program on “Political Activism, Community Organizing, Lobbying, & Campaigns”; and honor our “International Leadership Award” recipient, Ms. JoAnn Andera, Director of Special Events at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The Keynote Speaker was Ambassador Juan B. Sosa, Consul General of Panama in Houston & former Ambassador to the US, and the Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Richard Perez, President & CEO of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.