part of the largest and oldest citizen diplomacy network of nonprofit organizations implementing exchange programs across all 50 u.s. states.
Global Ties Alabama is a 501c3 nonprofit that promotes global peace and understanding through citizen diplomacy.
GTA carefully designs personalized programs of study for emerging international leaders selected by American embassies around the globe and sent to Alabama by the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Congress. The programs reflect the professional and cultural interests of the visiting leaders, while supporting the foreign policy goals of the U.S. Department of State.
These programs and services are designed to connect the diverse sectors of Alabama such as business, education, government agencies, and non-profit organizations through face-to-face interactions and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. These programs educate and inform foreign visitors and local residents of the many similarities they share, as well as many of the differences that make our 21st century world such an interesting place.
Global Ties Alabama’s portfolio includes fee for service customized cultural competency training that is designed to improve communication and collaboration between customers, constituents, and colleagues as well as refugee resettlement initiatives.
When business, non-profit, government, and academic leaders from around the world connect with their counterparts in the U.S. through international exchange programs, the relationships they forge become a powerful tool for addressing some of the biggest global challenges. For over 50 years, Global Ties Alabama has been making these connections possible.
GTA was founded as The International Services Council of Alabama in 1965 as an outreach of the Huntsville Rotary Club to welcome international military trainees to Redstone Arsenal and connect them with the community. GTA also coordinated multicultural events in the Huntsville area.
GTA is a non-profit partner of the U.S. Department of State and member of Global Ties U.S. Network, it coordinates international exchange programs and brings current and future leaders from around the world to communities throughout the United States.
The Sustainable Development Goals are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Our organization has continually grown our Diplomatic Corps of Volunteers over the past several years. We have expanded into providing programming for additional industries and academic and professional fields that we have not traditionally had the capacity for. With the emergence of Covid-19, Global Ties Alabama has also developed a robust toolkit for virtual exchanges.
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Through our growth over the years, Global Ties Alabama has continually worked to provide well-planed, efficacious programming that works to develop an increasingly global and interconnected society in Alabama and provide a foundation through which people-to-people ties can better the lives of our volunteers, resources, and participants and promote peaceful exchange across borders.
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The International Services Council of Alabama has been in existence in Huntsville since 1965, helping international military trainees at Redstone Arsenal feel at home, coordinating multi-cultural events in the Huntsville area, providing information about immigration and naturalization services to area residents, and hosting international visitors traveling to Alabama under the auspices of the U.S.Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.
Jacquelyn Gates Shipe is the CEO of Global Ties Alabama and President/CEO of SOARing, LLC, specializing in global leadership development consulting. She has worked with notable clients such as the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, Jacobs ESTS, and Nationwide. With a background in ethics and compliance, she has held positions at Duke Energy, Bell Atlantic/Verizon...
Annette Philpo’t, Program Consultant for Global Ties Alabama, has developed international exchange programs for professionals and youth for eleven years with experience in virtual programming since June, 2020 including virtual student simulation programs.
A native of Huntsville, AL, Kezia is well known in her community. Kezia served as one of Global Ties Alabama’s first outbound Central American Youth Ambassadors in 2014. She credits that experience for beginning her journey as a global citizen and love for the Spanish language.
Roxie Hipps is a new resident to the Huntsville area moving from Florence, AL in 2022. Roxie is a new member of the Global Ties Alabama team. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama in Political Science with a double minor in International Political Studies and Security
Jacob Inglis is a graduate student pursuing a degree in Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He completed his undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of Alabama with a specialty in Korean and Asian studies.
Composed of leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences, members of the Board of Directors are dedicated to propelling Global Ties Alabama's mission forward.
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