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US Ambassador to Lithuania Visits CIEE

An honorary event was scheduled at 300 Fore St. Portland, with a special visit from Ambassador Anne Hall, US Ambassador to Lithuania.  As the Ambassador is a native to Maine, we were ecstatic to welcome her to CIEE to meet our 2017 Leadership Academy participants  (and what better opportunity than this to flaunt CIEE's newly-renovated reception hall). Confirmed in 2016 by the US Senate, Ambassador is a career member of the senior Foreign Service, who has served as Director of the Office of Central European Affairs, as well as the Principal Officer and Consul General of the American Consulate General in Krakow. She has managed relations between numerous countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lichtenstein, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

After an opening welcome from CIEE's C.O.O., Tim Propp, four students of CIEE's Global Entrepreneurship program in Portland, recited a warm, intercultural greeting to the audience in their four respective languages. The students then provided a dynamic and impactful presentation about the new experiences and emotions they have endured throughout their three-week Entrepreneurship course, administered by CIEE and located at Southern Maine Community Colleague. Following the presentations, we were then privileged to hear Ambassador Hall discuss her prolific career as a diplomat, her early interest in Chinese studies (in addition to Mandarin, the Ambassador speaks Polish, Spanish, Lithuanian, and Portuguese), and offered students insightful words for their prosperous futures.  After a Q&A session, the students seized the opportunity to shake hands with the esteemed Ambassador, as well as BAFF Board Member, Danguole Altman, and the Exchange Foundations and HSSA teams. 

Thank you Ambassador Hall for your very memorable visit!

Left to right: Tim Propp (CIEE Chief Operating Officer), Maggie Ivanova (Operations Manager, Exchange Foundations), Ambassador Anne Hall, Kelly Francis (Exchange Foundations Program Specialist), Laura Lyons (Director of Exchange Foundations) Denise Desrochers (Exchange Foundations Coordinator)
Students present to Ambassador
Director of Exchange Foundations, Laura Lyons, introduces the Ambassador
Ambassador Anne Hall addresses the audience at CIEE


Lithuanian Leadership Academy students; with BAFF Board Member, Danguole Altman (far left) and Ambassador Anne Hall (center)


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