Delivering the stories behind the headlines

Ensuring that Jaxsons have access to the best thinking on global issues, our three signature speaker series examine critical current topics with guests who provide more light than heat, while delivering balanced perspectives and promoting thoughtful consideration and learning. “I do believe that the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is among the top three Councils in the country.” – David Brooks

Global Issues Evenings

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa

2021 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Maria Ressa

Free and open to the public, this series features evening programs delivered by prominent speakers on a range of international issues, followed by a Q&A period. All events are co-hosted with the Distinguished Voices Lecture series and held at the University of North Florida. Premier-level members and sponsors enjoy a private reception with the speaker prior to the program and may access the simulcast suite to view the live stream presentation in a relaxed setting with food and beverage service.

Global Business Luncheons

World Affairs Council Speaker Series

Designed specifically for the business community and co-hosted by and held at The River Club, this series of luncheon speakers offers invaluable insights into international economic, business, and technology trends.

Leading EDGE Dialogues

World Affairs Council Speaker Series

Hosted by Council EDGE, our young professional group, Leading EDGE Dialogues integrate social gatherings with expert discussions to keep our members on the cutting edge of global issues that impact today and tomorrow. These evening dialogues feature a reception for networking followed by a presentation and dialogue.

Special Engagements

Education and entertainment meet when the Council hosts smaller, more intimate gatherings that provide timely presentations and spirited dialogue as well as opportunities to explore international issues in new, creative ways.


Private receptions are hosted about town throughout the season, providing opportunities to “dig deeper” into international issues of the day with the Council’s acclaimed speakers.

World Affairs Council Speaker Series


Hosted in May, the Annual Members Celebration brings together the Council’s membership for an evening of conversation and comradery, featuring hors d’oeuvres and a sneak preview of the next season’s offerings.

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