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Even while physical distancing, staying connected in important, so all events are going virtual.
Join us and Make Friends. Make Contacts. Make Peace.

You can meet international State Department guests, Sister City representatives, international business professionals, foreign-born university students and expats from all over the world.  Practice language skills, make new friends who share your love for travel, and even, make connections that can help you learn first-hand about what's happening internationally. 


Thursday, June 4, 2020, 5:30 - 7 PM ET
Breakout conversations celebrating women leadership around the globe. Please join us for Citizen Diplomacy's first Virtual First Thursday. You can log on from home,  we can chat and grab a drink for a live toast. 


Our corporate partners at Elap Services, Volpe KoenigSpangles Custom Jewelry DesignsPhiladelphia Credit Union and generous support from the Albert W. Bader Foundation make public programs like First Thursdays and Diplomacy & Dialogue programs possible.


Thank You to our Venue Hosts for 2019 -2020! 

September - The Notary

October - Venture Cafe @ Science Center

November - Theaters at The Drake

December - Cambria Hotel

February - Fogo de Chao

March - Pipeline Workspaces

First Thursdays operate in partnership with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians to address the issue of skilled immigrant integration. More than 40% of the immigrants seeking the Welcoming Center's services have at least a college degree from their home countries. Many are unemployed or underemployed, working in low-wage jobs. The International Professionals Program (IPP) is helping highly skilled immigrants actualize their full potential and informing the emerging field of skilled immigrant integration on a national level. 

At First Thursdays, IPP participants and alumni join us for American-style professional networking, practice English language skills, and meet business professionals from a variety of industries in Philadelphia. Citizen Diplomacy members exchange ideas with professional peers from across the world, practice language skills and stay informed on international developments in business, politics, local customs and cultures.