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Due to public health precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling our April and May First Thursday receptions. The health and safety of our Philadelphia community is our top priority. 

Even while social distancing, staying connected in important to the Citizen Diplomacy community. you can look for updates and be a part of our digital community  on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you for continuing to reach out to your international friends. Our work to build and strengthen international connections for Philadelphia is as important as ever. Thank you for continuing to show up for Citizen Diplomacy!

Social networking for Philly's international community.

You can meet State Department guests from abroad, Sister City representatives, international business professionals, foreign-born university students and expats from all over the world.  

Enjoy a different Center City restaurant, private club or hotel each month. 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. 

Where are we going next month? 

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Our 2019/2020 series of First Thursday Receptions are made possible through our corporate partners at Elap Services, Volpe KoenigPhiladelphia Credit Union and generous support from the Albert W. Bader Foundation.


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

April - City Winery

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.