Press Releases

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Open World Leadership Center announced grant recipients for 2017. Open World awarded grants to 12 non-profit organizations across the United States to further their programs for international exchanges.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Open World Leadership Center welcomes its fourth group of Senator Ben Nelson Fellows, six medical researchers from Russia, on October 26. The Board of Trustees of the Open World Leadership Center created the Senator Ben Nelson Fellows program to honor Senator Nelson's contribution to Open World and to improving ties between the U.S. and countries of the former Soviet Union. After an orientation in Washington, DC, the delegation will be hosted in Senator Nelson’s home state of Nebraska from October 28 – November 5.

September 14, 2016

WASHIINGTON, DC — The Board of Trustees of the Open World Leadership Center, a legislative branch agency, welcomes newly sworn-in Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to the Open World Leadership Center Board of Trustees. Pursuant to 2 U.S. Code § 1151, the Librarian of Congress appoints to the board four private individuals with interests in improving relations between the United States and eligible foreign states.

Adapted from Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February.

April 21, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - The Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, is pleased to announce the arrival of its 3,000th participant from Ukraine, Ms. Viktoria Hrydasova, age 28, from Bekhtery, Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine. Ms. Hrydasova is the general manager of Organic Systems, which specializes in the cultivation of tomatoes, grain, and industrial crops and farms 1,800 hectares (4,447 acres). A graduate of the Kherson State Agricultural University, Ms. Hrydasova is interested in learning about new harvest yield technologies in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC — The Board of Trustees of the Open World Leadership Center, voted unanimously to elect Secretary R. James “Jim” Nicholson as its new Chairman, replacing Walter Scott, Sr.

Secretary Nicholson brings extraordinary experience in diplomacy, management, politics and community service to Open World. He served as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Pope John Paul II knighted him for his leadership on human rights issues. He was also chairman of the Federal Interagency Council on Homelessness.