International Exchanges

Connecting Leaders Around the Globe

Each year, the World Trade Center Northern California (WTCNC) hosts over 1,000 international visitors to Northern California, facilitating the dynamic exchange of ideas and best practices as well as the establishment of long-term relationships across the globe. The majority of these visitors are current or emerging foreign leaders selected to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the premier professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State and Global Ties U.S.

The World Trade Center Northern California partners with Global Ties U.S. to foster international diplomacy and connect leaders from around the world with their industry counterparts in the greater Sacramento and Central Valleys and the San Francisco Bay Area. These visits reflect the international visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

The exchanges also provide local citizens the opportunity to meet and engage with the international visitors. Participating in the exchanges, either as a professional resource or a hospitality host, is a rewarding experience and offers the opportunity to expand networks abroad and build lasting relationships.

Regional Offices

The World Trade Center Northern California is a local facilitator of the International Visitor Leadership Program in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento. Learn more about the exchange programs and the impacts of citizen diplomacy:


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Through International Visitors Leadership Program, the Northern California World Trade Center has hosted hundreds of visitors from countries all around the world this year.