International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) , the Department of State’s premier professional exchange initiative for emerging leaders. The short-term visits foster mutual understanding and develop cultural and professional connections. The program has over 225,000 alumni worldwide, including more than 300 Swiss alumni including Swiss Federal Councilors Simonetta Sommaruga and Karin Keller-Sutter; State Councilor Christian ... Read More»

Andreas Schädler Participates in the IVLP program Global Threat Cooperation

In Liechtenstein, the National Police are responsible for international police cooperation. Crime in Liechtenstein always has international implications and therefore international police cooperation in the fight against crime is very highly rated and international police cooperation is our daily business. In my capacity as the Head of Crime Investigation Division I am the point of ... Read More»

Mario Ramò Joines an IVLP program on U.S. Trade Policy

Participating in the IVLP was one of the most amazing and valuable experiences – both personally but also with regards to my professional career. Getting this unique opportunity of a deep dive into the U.S. view on international trade policy, having exchanges with government officials, think tanks, business federations, but also everyday people from many ... Read More»

IVLP 2020 “The Digital Economy – Transformative Technology for the Social Good”

Guest blog post by: Tim Weingärtner – Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts Participant of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) program 2020 “The Digital Economy – Transformative Technology for the Social Good” The IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) is an “on invitation only” program by the U.S. State Department with each group having a special ... Read More»

Frederike Asael Participates in the Program “Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability”

This past spring, Frederike Asael, an entrepreneur and photographer from Switzerland, participated in the three-week IVLP program designed by the U.S. Department of State entitled “Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability.” The program aims to promote small business development, innovation, and entrepreneurial acumen as paths to socio-economic wellbeing and political stability. After Frederike’s ... Read More»

Swiss Politician and Entrepreneur Andri Silberschmidt Participates in an IVLP Exchange Program to the United States

This past winter, Andri Silberschmidt, a politician and entrepreneur from Switzerland, participated in a three-week IVLP exchange program designed by the U.S. Department of State. Back in Bern, around a table of interested U.S. Embassy staff, Andri shared his experience: The IVLP program makes it possible to break down prejudices, make new friends, better understand ... Read More»

IVLP Exchange Program HiddenNoMore to Support Women in Science and Technology

In October 2018, Marion Schleifer, a freelance software developer and community organizer from Switzerland, participated in the three-week IVLP exchange program  #HiddenNoMore  designed by the U.S. Department of State. The award-winning film Hidden Figures inspired viewers across the world as well as an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) that brought 50 women leaders who represent “hidden ... Read More»

Wie der Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) die USA veränderte und anderen Staaten als Vorbild dient

Dieser Artikel erschien in Zeitschrift von Behinderung & Politik – 2/2018 – Vorwärts mit der Gleichstellung! Was machen amerikanische Organisationen anders, und was könnte auch in der Schweiz umgesetzt werden? Diese Fragen nahmen fünf Experten/Expertinnen, die sich in der Schweiz für gleiche Rechte und Chancen für Menschen mit Behinderungen engagieren, mit auf eine 10-tägige ... Read More»
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