WorldBoston Inc.

The World in Boston and Boston in the World

Boston, MA   |  http://worldboston.org/

Mission

The mission of WorldBoston is to foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation with peoples of all nations. As globalization increasingly shapes every aspect of life on our planet, so does our Greater Boston community increasingly experience, and even help shape, these global trends.

Ruling year info

1963

President & CEO

Ms. Mary Yntema

Main address

33 Broad Street Suite 803

Boston, MA 02109 USA

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EIN

04-2281954

NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

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International Visitor Leadership Program

The majority of our international groups come through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Hosted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program that began in the U.S. in 1940 and in Boston in 1961. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Academic WorldQuest, the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program, is a fun, fast-paced, team-oriented global knowledge competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests player’s knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures and is a powerful way for high school students to engage with international affairs. Teams are comprised of four students plus alternates who typically prepare in an after-school setting over the course of several months. The prize for the winning team is an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for the national championship competition hosted by the World Affairs Councils of America!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Great Decisions is the largest nonpartisan public education program on international affairs in the world. Created in the 1950s by the Foreign Policy Association, a sister World Affairs Council, Great Decisions engages citizens in learning about critical global issues and U.S. foreign policy.

Based on the Foreign Policy Association’s annual briefing book on eight critical foreign policy topics, WorldBoston’s Great Decisions Discussion Series presents analysis by leading experts in eight sessions throughout the year at the Boston Public Library. The series is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Lowell Institute.

Every Great Decisions event is filmed and can be viewed on the GBH Forum Network website or on our YouTube channel.

Population(s) Served

Our popular Chat & Chowder book talk series features prominent authors on international affairs and speakers on critical current events. True to its name, Chat & Chowder features a selection of delicious soups, chowder, and beverages. The intimate setting encourages discussion with speakers and conversation with other WorldBoston members and guests.

Population(s) Served

WorldBoston’s annual State of the State Department is a high-level speaking event, serving as an annual occasion to assess the strength of a critical instrument in the pursuit of U.S. national interest, within a policy context.

We initiated The State of the State Department (or SOSD) in 2018, inspired in part by distinguished current and former diplomats, including retired Amb. Nicholas Burns and Amb. Barbara Stephenson, then in active service as President of the American Foreign Service Association. They and others had written unusually impassioned and widely-read articles expressing alarm about the decline of the State Department and the need for renewed attention to diplomacy to protect and advance the U.S. national interest. In February 2018, we held our first SOSD event with Ambassadors Nicholas Burns and Barbara Stephenson. Since then, we have made it into an annual event, with Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield joining us in 2019 and Amb. Stavros Lambrinidis in 2020.

Thank you to our sponsors, Boston Public Library and the Lowell Institute, who make this special program possible. Every SOSD event is filmed and can be viewed at the GBH Forum Network or on our YouTube channel.

Population(s) Served

WorldBoston works to foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation with peoples of all nations. We use our expansive local network and deep expertise to ensure quality programming for a wide variety of groups aligned with this mission.

With more than half a century of experience in providing tailored services to international visitors, WorldBoston has built a unique and trusted network in the Greater Boston area. Our ability to meet your group’s distinct needs is a result of tireless planning and networking by our Citizen Diplomacy Programs team. From organizing professional meetings and cultural activities to detail-focused hotel and transportation bookings, we have it covered!

Population(s) Served

The Fulbright Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries." Named for its sponsor, the late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier international educational exchange vehicle. Grants are awarded on the basis of academic merit and professional promise to U.S. students, teachers, and scholars, as well as to foreign citizens, to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research.

The Fulbright Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries." Named for its sponsor, the late Senator J. William Fulbright , the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier international educational exchange vehicle. Grants are awarded on the basis of academic merit and professional promise to U.S. students, teachers, and scholars, as well as to foreign citizens, to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research. WorldBoston serves as the official “Anchor City” coordinator in Massachusetts and Rhode Island of Enrichment Programs for Fulbright Visiting Scholars (who are graduate and postgraduate scholars).

These activities allow Fulbright Visiting Scholars to go beyond their academic research to meet locals; explore "behind the scenes" of American institutions and neighborhoods; and learn about aspects of U.S. culture and society they might not otherwise encounter. These enrichment activities help further the Fulbright Program’s goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and people of other countries.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Nomination, New England Innovation Awards 2013

Smaller Business Association of New England

Affiliations & memberships

World Affairs Councils of America - Member

Financials

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WorldBoston Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeffrey Cymrot

Sassoon Cymrot Law, LLC

Term: 2017 -

James Kaufman

Federal Hill Investment Services

Irving Kempner

Kempner Family Foundation

Deborah Smith

Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Ramsay Thurber

Community Volunteer

Mary Yntema

President & CEO, WorldBoston

Henry Ancona

Retired

Jeffrey Cymrot

Sassoon & Cymrot LLC

Bennett Schwartz

Retired

Jarred Guthrie

Shell

Eric Henderson

East Horizon Investments

Ted Carr

Energyzt Development Partners

Tom Ebling

Pillar VC

Becca Gould

American Tower

Michael Green

Climate XChange

Leslie Griffin

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Joseph Haynes

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Jeffrey LeClair

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No