On March 15, Go Global NC held its first Global Leaders Forum, titled “Unlocking North Carolina’s Human Potential,” at SAS Executive Briefing Center. The event explored the economic benefits of family-friendly policies to companies and North Carolina. SAS Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Jenn Mann, the keynote speaker, shared the company’s philosophy for their multigenerational workforce and why it’s consistently named one of the top places to work at in the country. A panel of representatives from small and medium-sized businesses talked about programs they’ve put in place in their own companies as well as the resulting challenges and rewards. Jillian Munro, Senior Vice President for the Enterprise Cybersecurity Organization at Fidelity Investments, closed the event with a talk about her personal journey in the tech industry and the importance of keeping women engaged in the workforce.
We’re asking you to help us go Behind the Photograph. Each photograph tells a million stories and during our programs, participants take a lot of photographs. We invite you to help us learn the stories. All you have to do is to submit a photograph from your program travel and the story behind the moment. What were you learning? What made this moment stick out in your mind?
Our first Behind the Photograph is with Matt Scialdone, a participant in the Global Teachers South Africa 2016 program. Click below to listen to his story of a child demonstrating the ingenuity that he wants to teach all of his students.
A letter from Executive Director Rick Van Sant:
There can be no doubt that the United States finds itself in a period of changing and evolving global relationships. Actions taken by the leadership of our country have resulted in uncertainty about how we relate to the world. Many North Carolina residents question how these changes will affect them and what this means for our country’s, and state’s, engagement around the world.
Learning to navigate a changing world is essential to our progress. Despite the many questions and the challenges faced in this rapidly-changing climate, Go Global NC remains steadfast in our nonpolitical mission to bring North Carolina to the world and the world to North Carolina. We see opportunities for our great state to build on valuable relationships and create new ones that will continue growing North Carolina as the best place to live, work, study, visit, and call home.
Today in our state:
- More than 240,000 North Carolinians report to work at a foreign-owned company.
- International exports from North Carolina were worth $30 billion dollars as of 2015.
- 11% of North Carolinians speak a language other than English at home.
- 1 out of every 5 jobs in our state is now related to international trade.
- We have gone from 360 students to over 14,000 studying Mandarin Chinese, one of the many languages studied by 22% of North Carolina’s K-12 students.
The question of should North Carolina engage with the world has been answered – it must and already has. The question now is how North Carolina can expand on its success in collaborating and competing with the rest of the world.
For the past 35 years, one of Go Global NC’s focuses has been empowering North Carolina’s leadership in its efforts to find success through becoming more globally literate and culturally competent. We have seen firsthand how this new understanding has led to informed decisions in today’s diverse and globally connected society. We at Go Global NC remain passionately committed to the work of opening minds and growing awareness. We ask you to join us by being an advocate for economic opportunity, strong communities, globally-relevant schools, and acceptance that there can be no turning back from our future, a future that reflects our roots as a compassionate, open, and caring place… a place all North Carolinians can call home.
Rick Van Sant
Executive Director, Go Global NC
The Hickory Record featured the story of North Newton Elementary School located in Newton, NC. The school is making global engagement a priority for its students.
Principal Shane Whitener said the change also has encouraged his staff to think about their job differently.
“We know one of the focuses for all of our kids is preparing them for a global society,” Whitener said. “No longer are jobs just Newton, North Carolina. You may work in Newton, but you may be corresponding with people all over the world. Just having a basic understanding that things are different in other places opens up the door to many opportunities for our kids.”
Image: Robert Reed, Hickory Record
On Monday, March 27, community leaders joined Go Global NC for its first Global Leaders Foreign Policy Lunch-and-Learn. Our expert panelists led an insightful and educational discussion on the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe, the refugee admissions and resettlement process, the current composition and status of North Carolina’s refugee communities, and the history of Middle East-origin refugees in North Carolina.