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Alushta Ukraine Sister City Delegation in Santa Cruz
Delegation of Alushta Women Leaders to Share Experience Through Open World Program March 8-15
Posted Date: 3/13/2013 9:45 AM

SANTA CRUZ, CA – An Open World delegation from Ukraine is in Santa Cruz for a week long program to promote mutual understanding between Alushta women leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Hosted by the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee, Open World delegates will explore the role of women leaders in business, government, and civic organizations.

Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center, Open World is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and free-market system. Funded almost entirely by the U.S. Congress, Open World links Members of Congress to Eurasian leaders and is an instrument for Americans engaged in citizen diplomacy.

Delegates will spend significant time with women leaders and government officials in their counterpart Santa Cruz city government departments. They will discover leadership development opportunities for all ages through the Boys and Girls Club and Chamber of Commerce. Through discussions with women business owners and banking officials, delegates will explore entrepreneurship and steps to creating a successful small business. During sessions at the Digital Arts—University of California Santa Cruz; and KUSP Public Radio delegates will consider effective communication strategies. 

The delegation includes five women leaders from Alushta, a Sister City to Santa Cruz:

  • Olha Viktorivna Barabash
    Department of the socio-economic development and investment management of the economy
  • Anna Mykolayivna Malyuta
    Editor, Private enterprise "Television and radio broadcasting company 555"
  • Natalya Valeriyivna Shkatula 
    Head of the Physical Culture and Sports Sector, Department of Family, Youth and Sports
  • Tetyana Mykolayivna Statyeva 
    Deputy director of educational work / Director of children’s theatre studio, Creativity Centre for Children and Youth
  • Anastasiya Mykolayivna Zhulikova 
    Director, Municipal institutions "Alushta Social Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children

The delegation is joined by an English speaking escort, Ms. Nataliya Mazur, Office Manager, Kuehne and Nagel, Hostomel, Kyivska Oblast. Home stays allow the Open World delegates to experience American family life. Host family volunteers from the Santa Cruz area have the opportunity to learn about life in their Sister City, Alushta, today and share American family life. Delegates will also explore Santa Cruz area attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Point Lobos State Park.

The Open World Program is a non-partisan initiative of Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Ukraine. Since its founding by Congress in 1999, the Open World program has enabled over 18,000 current and future Eurasian leaders to experience American democracy, civil society and community life; work with their American counterparts; stay in American homes; and gain new ideas and inspiration for implementing change back home. More than 6,750 American host families and their communities in all 50 states have partnered with Congress and Open World to make this ambitious public diplomacy effort possible. Open World currently operates exchanges for political and civic leaders from Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Armenia, and Serbia.

For more information about the Open World delegation’s visit to Santa Cruz contact Nancy Eidam, Ph: 831-423-2639 or World Services of La Crosse Ph: 608-781-4194. For more information about Open World, please contact Maura Shelden, Open World Leadership Center: Ph 202-707-6197