The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company. Recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the Company markets four of the world's top five soft drink brands, including Diet Coke®, Fanta® and Sprite®, and a wide range of other beverages, including diet and light soft drinks, waters, juices and juice drinks, teas, coffees and sports drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate exceeding one billion servings each day.

DLA Piper: As a global business law firm with 3,500 lawyers in approximately 29 countries and 71 offices throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, DLA Piper is positioned to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world. Our clients include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries, and they range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. Our goal is to provide the right service for clients' particular matters, whether requiring seamless coordination across multiple jurisdictions or delivery in a single location.

General Mills, Inc., one of the world's leading food companies, markets food in more than 100 countries on six continents. Consumer brands include Cheerios®, Häagen-Dazs®, Nature Valley®, Betty Crocker®, Pillsbury®, Green Giant®, Old El Paso®, Progresso®, Cascadian Farm®, Muir Glen®, Annie's® and more. General Mills is also a leading supplier of baking and other food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2015 global net sales of US$17.6 billion, including the company's $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales. Joint ventures include Cereal Partners Worldwide and Häagen-Dazs Japan. We employ approximately 42,000 employees.

McLarty Associates is a strategic advisory firm serving clients in all major global markets, from Latin America to Europe, from Asia to Africa. McLarty Associates counsels corporations, non-profits and financial institutions in the United States and abroad on strategic planning, government issues and advocacy, market access, mergers and acquisitions, corporate communication, and political and economic risk issues worldwide. In the fifteen years since our founding, we have served well over one hundred clients throughout the world, and our current clients include some of the best-known global names, as well as select emerging companies.


American Australian Association: Founded in 1948, the American Australian Association is the largest non-profit organization in the United States devoted to relations between the United States and Australia and New Zealand; with operations throughout the tri-state and the New England regions. Its goal is to encourage stronger ties across the Pacific, particularly in the private sector. The Association has an active program of corporate, educational, economic, cultural and social activities.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice: AAJC is a national nonprofit founded in 1991 to protect civil and human rights. As a national advocate for Asian Americans based in Washington, D.C., we serve our country’s newest American community by promoting justice for all Americans, empowering our communities, bringing local and national constituencies together, and ensuring Asian Americans are able to fully participate in our democracy. Rooted in the dreams of immigrants and inspired by the promise of opportunity, Advancing Justice | AAJC advocates for an America in which all Americans are able to equally benefit from, and contribute to, the American dream.

Founded in 1975, Chemonics is an international development consulting firm. In 70 countries around the globe, our network of approximately 4,000 local professionals share a simple belief: those who have the least deserve our best. So we pursue a higher standard every day to help clients, partners, and beneficiaries achieve results. Where Chemonics works, development works. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit us at

ConnectME is a women owned and founded enterprise. ConnectME's mission is to create economic opportunities, particularly for youth and women, in Palestine and the MENA region as a means to promoting fair and equal societies that integrate all groups into the region's social, economic and political fabrics.

Creative Associates International's mission is to support people around the world to realize the positive change they seek. Creative envisions stable neighborhoods, communities and regions that can develop effective institutions to provide for their people, enabling them to overcome hardship and live peaceful and fulfilling lives.

The Economic Club of Washington, DC: In 1986, the Economic Club of Washington was formed as a nonprofit corporation in recognition of the Washington area's increasing economic diversity and importance as a center of business activity, and because of Washington's unique and critical role in the national and world economies. The Club offers a forum in which prominent business and government leaders can express their views on the most important economic issues of the day and how those issues affect the city, the region, the nation, and the world. The Club also promotes a greater sense of community among business and civic leaders, government officials, and members of the diplomatic corps.

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $60 million and a staff of 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 100 countries.

The Institute for Inclusive Security’s bold goal is to change the international security paradigm. Sustainable peace is possible only when those who shape policy include women and other affected groups in the prevention and transformation of violent conflict. The Institute’s mission is to increase the participation of all stakeholders—particularly women—in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding after deadly conflicts. We do this by: strengthening the will and capacity of those who shape peace and security policy; providing research on why inclusion matters and guidance on how it can be achieved; equipping women to contribute effectively to peace processes; and building coalitions of diverse leaders who offer practical solutions to intractable conflicts.

JBS International, Inc. is a women-owned business that offers a broad and diverse set of management and information technology (IT) services to public- and private-sector clients. Established in 1985, JBS has worked with clients to successfully design solutions that focus on opportunities and address challenges—always with an emphasis on understanding the specific health, social, and educational needs of people across the lifespan and from all walks of life. Their work includes international development (subspecialties in education, gender issues, and health), creative services, management consulting, policy analysis, and research and evaluation.

Jhpiego is an international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families. By putting evidence-based health innovations into everyday practice, Jhpiego works to break down barriers to high-quality health care for the world's most vulnerable populations.

Metis, LCC has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality arena working closely with the international and diplomatic communities. Through its access to a global portfolio of diverse hotels, Metis, LLC provides bespoke services to efficiently source and select the hotel partner best suited to meet its customers' specific objectives, needs and budget.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field. Hundreds of NAFSA members volunteer to serve the association and thousands advocate for international education. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than two decades. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to establish and strengthen political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

RTI International: For 50 years, RTI International has provided government and private-sector clients with independent,objective research and technical services. By adhering to high standards, we provide our clients with science-based solutions they can trust. , ,A nonprofit research organization with a distinguished history of scientific achievement, RTI was founded in 1958. Today, we have more than 3,800 professionals supporting projects in more than, 40 countries around the world.

SID-Washington is the largest and most active chapter of the Society for International Development (SID), a not-for-profit founded in 1957 and headquartered in Rome. SID is a global forum of individuals and institutions concerned with sustainable economic, social and political development. Today, SID has over 3,000 members in 125 countries and over 65 local chapters worldwide. It works with more than 100 associations, networks, and institutions involving parliamentarians, academics, students, political leaders, and development experts, both at local and international levels. This makes SID one of the very few organizations with a holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to development. SID Washington is the most active chapter worldwide and is known as the flagship of the organization.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. The organization has one overarching mission--to strengthen the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. The International Division is a powerful advocate for international economic engagement. Our team of experts work with leaders in business and government to vigorously advance pro-business trade and investment policies.

United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems, and broadens support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. The UN Foundation strengthens and supports the UN and its causes through a blend of advocacy, grantmaking, and partnerships. Wherever possible, we align these core organizational assets behind the large-scale problems we address.

Women's Federation for World Peace International (WFWPI) was founded in 1992 and granted general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 1997.

Women In International Security (WIIS) is a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS (pronounced “wise”) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs as well as substantive events focused on current policy problems. WIIS also supports research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security.

World Learning is a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries. We envision a just world, driven by engaged citizens and thriving communities. To achieve this goal, our mission is to empower people and strengthen institutions through education, exchange, and development programs.