Global Lunch Forum

Join us for a luncheon featuring an IVLP Gold Star Visitor from Nigeria Ms. Chigozie Udemezue as she reflects on her experience as an IVLP alum and her work in Nigeria.

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors has selected Ms. Udemezue as one of six IVLP alumni worldwide to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program’s Gold Stars’ Tour: Alumni Connecting the World. This special initiative highlights the contributions of IVLP alumni in their home communities and countries, strengthens the network of alumni and U.S. counterparts, and recognizes the importance of IVLP’s domestic community-based partnerships.

Ms. Chigozie “Gozie” Udemezue, a practicing lawyer in the field of social justice in Nigeria, describes her participation in a 2006 U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) as “a huge turning point” in her life. Shortly after her return, she used $100 in seed funds from her State Department liaison, to found the Leadership Club for Girls which focuses on building girls’ leadership skills in rural high schools. Ms. Udemezue’s visit to the Leadership Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta inspired her to found a Martin Luther King, Jr. Club for schools in the city of Enugu, co-opting other alumni of U.S. government exchanges to spread Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message.

There is no charge for GCIV members at the Consul level and above. Fee for all other GCIV members is $10; and $15 for non-members (includes lunch).

When: Thursday, August 10, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Where: Logan Room, 100 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP below by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 8. Contact Emily O’Harris at emily@gciv.org if you have any questions.



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