16th Annual International Protocol Education Forum
24-27 July 2017
The annual International Protocol Education Forum is open to members, non–members, and anyone interested in learning more about protocol. However, due to overwhelming response the 2017 Forum’s venue’s capacity was reached and there was a waiting list to attend the event. For members of PDI-POA, the Forum is a chance to reunite with friends and network with colleagues. For non–members and individuals interested in learning more about protocol, it is the perfect introduction to the protocol field and to the global impact of PDI-POA on the industry.
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The Forum provides an opportunity to refresh and enhance your professional expertise and to expand your protocol network. Engage with colleagues from around the globe. Share what you know and learn from experts. Extend your network with people who understand your issues and want to hear your ideas. Recent participants represented sixteen countries including Australia, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nigeria, Singapore, Switzerland, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States. Forum attendees come from multiple fields. These include national, state, city and provincial governments, NGO’s, Intergovernmental agencies, cultural and academic institutions, public and private corporations as well as training and consulting practices. Who will be at PDI Forums? PDI POA Forums draw protocol professionals from around the world. In recent years participants represented sixteen countries including Australia, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nigeria, Singapore, Switzerland, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States. Forum attendees come from multiple fields. These include national, state, city and provincial governments, NGO’s, Intergovernmental agencies, cultural and academic institutions, public and private corporations as well as training and consulting practices. 2018 Program Content Planning for the Forum agenda and schedule started before the closing reception of the 2017 Dublin Forum. As you all know from the events you manage, the planning and arranging will continue through the closing reception in Dublin! Our program content reflects recommendations from the Dublin Planning Committee, interviews with protocol and academic professionals in Europe, suggestions from attendees at the Dublin Forum and PDI members at large. The program will follow our familiar format allowing each person to create a customized Forum experience. There will be plenary and breakout sessions, and Special Interest/industry roundtables from which to choose. Looking for a refresher on basics or to add a new skill? We’ll have Back to Basic sessions. Looking for something to expand your knowledge in an area? Check the Beyond the Basics offerings. Want to learn how to manage a special, unexpected challenge? Look for Learning in Unexpected Ways and Situations sessions. Following is a list of some of the topics that are planned for the program. There may be additions or changes over the next few months as events occur. We will be true to our format and intention to provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world. If you have suggestions for speakers, additional topics or questions please send them to
Donna Moloney, 2017 Forum Chair.
To see the agenda for 16th Annual International Protocol Education Forum. please follow
this link. Please note that session topics and day & time of presentation may have changed. The final agenda was be presented in Dublin. The plan was to present five (5) plenary, 16 breakout, and eight (8) Industry Specific/Special sessions true to our intention to provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world. Participants were able to elect the most valuable sessions for you, ones that fit their interests and professional needs. In this way every participant could make the Forum their own!. Monday 24 July * Forum check-in * New-member and first-time forum attendee orientation * Opening reception and Silent Auction. The beneficiary of the 2017 Silent Auction is an Irish charity recommended to PDI by the US Embassy in Dublin: Bóthar, Bóthar enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty and to restore the environment in a sustainable way. To do this, Bóthar specializes in improved livestock production and support related training and community development. Bóthar also educates the public in Ireland about global poverty. For more information on this worthy cause see the
Bóthar website. Tuesday 25 July Plenary Sessions * A Royal Visit: Planning and execution of a historic royal visit * Protocol & Intergovernmental Organizations Breakout Sessions * Flags and Anthems: Avoiding common errors * Let’s Talk Gifts: Can you send a donation? * Setting up and managing signing ceremonies * University ceremonies: Similar and different around the world Wednesday 26 July Plenary Sessions * Working in a Multicultural World * You Planned the Meal and Now It’s Time to Eat (an interactive dining skills session covering everything from forks to toasts and advice for guests and hosts. Breakout Sessions * Forms of Address Fundamentals * Ministerial meetings or summits: Issues to be managed when coordinating a multi-country high level meeting * Left or Right? The two forms of Order of Precedence in China * Tools for Managing Events: From duct tape to seating software. What’s in your toolbox? * How to manage when your principal may not be welcome * Military Protocol: A European perspective Industry Roundtables/Special Interest Group gatherings * Governments and government organizations – national, provincial, regional, local * Corporations – public and private * Academia * Military * Entrepreneurs, Consultants and Trainers Thursday 27 July Plenary Sessions * Protocol & Diplomacy in the Hospitality Industry * Academic institutions as Global Partners and Resources for the Local Community: The Partnership of Dublin City University and Arizona State University Breakout Sessions * The Art of Seating * Understanding the Diplomatic Corps * Communication skills: Creating an effective partnership with an interpreter * Global Leadership and Building Trust * Thinking Security: What can we do to protect our principals, colleagues and ourselves? * Learning in Unexpected Ways and Situations: Stories of challenging experiences from our protocol colleagues.
• Welcome reception and
Silent Auction. We open the four with a reception and silent auction. The 2017 Silent Auction had as it’s beneficiary an Irish Charity recommended to PDI by the US Embassy in Dublin:
Bóthar. See the
the Silent Auction flyer for more details! • Offsite visit to Trinity College Dublin including a visit to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library • Closing reception at the Pearse Lyons Distillery in the Liberties, the historic heart of Dublin (
the 2017 offered select activities on the days when the Forum is in session for attendee guests. Guests were also be able to attend both the Monday Welcome Reception/
Silent Auction as a PDI guest, and the Thursday Closing Reception at the same cost as Forum participants.
General Registration dates for the 2018 Forum are yet to be be determined. Details will be posted here when available.
Our Forum hotel will be the
The 2017 Forum was at the InterContinental Dublin at 4 Simmonscourt Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland. NOTE: Our block of hotel rooms at the InterContinental Dublin Hotel that were offered at a special conference rate were completely filled well before the Forum. As an alternative, members considered the
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge directly across the street, about a two minute walk, from the InterContinental Hotel.