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Join us for March's First Thursday at the Skyline Room!
Join us for March's First Thursday at the Skyline Room!

Join us for a TWO-event evening with our co-hosts, the Polish Book Institute!

In March, we are excited to be highlighting our Sister City Torun, Poland. First, enjoy a presentation on Polish literature by the Ambassador to Poland, Piotr Wilczek and more guest speakers, followed by a Q&A. Afterwards, indulge with the Polish community over food and drinks.

Spotlight on Polish Literature: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 4:00-5:00 PM

First Thursday Cocktail Hour: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Skyline Room at the Parkway Central Free Library, 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost:     FREE for Citizen Diplomacy members + 1 new guest

$15 for non-members who register in advance

$20 for non-members at the door

Drinks specials will be served at the cash bar.

Dress code: Business casual.

Space is limited! On-line registration closes as soon as we hit capacity, so please register soon!

Parking: Check out parking deals at, or

Citizen Diplomats welcome Education Visitors from Djibout at  April 2017
Board Chair Brian Rankin welcomes Education professionals from Bhutan with Citizen Diplomats Randy Duque, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations; Stephanie Sun, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and immigration lawyer Joe Gordon.

Be A Part of International Philadelphia
@ First Thursday

First Thursdays are fun and interesting monthly cocktail receptions where 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. 

Each month, you will get a unique opportunity to visit a center city restaurant, private club or hotel and to try different international cuisine or experience the best of the international community in Philadelphia. You can practice language skills, make new friends who share your love for travel and make professional connections that can help you learn first-hand about what's happening internationally. 

To add to the fun, you can enter our card drop drawing to win one of our favorite Philadelphia experiences (tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Mural Arts walking tour, dinner for 2 at Chinatown's hottest restaurant). 

Join our mailing list to get the next great location.

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.

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Our 2018/19 series of First Thursday Receptions are made possible through the support of our corporate partners at Elap Services, Volpe KoenigAthena Group Intl, and generous support from the Albert W. Bader Foundation.


Thank You to our Venue Hosts for 2018-19 Series year! 

September - Sofitel Philadelphia

October - International House Philadelphia

November - Le Meridien

December  Holiday Party - Positano Coast

February - Prime Rib

March - Free Library of Philadelphia

April Annual Meeting - Science History Institute

May - TBD