International Speaker Series 2019: "Future Leaders, Global Voices"

WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series, going into its 19th season, is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. This series puts you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world. 



Our 2019 theme, "Future Leaders, Global Voices" highlights the unique impact of youth leadership on a global scale. Our speakers will engage audiences in global conversations on youth activism, gender equality, fighting extremism, and environmental justice. We hope you will join our global conversation as we cultivate the next generation of global citizens here at WorldOregon! 




2019 International Speaker Series FAQs:


Why are you choosing to focus on Global Youth Leadership in 2019?

Today, over 50% of the world’s population is currently under the age of 30. Nearly 90% of that number are living in emerging and developing economies, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. The 21st century will be defined by how well these young leaders navigate climate change, economic uncertainty, civic participation, and huge cultural shifts in the face of increased globalization.

Fortunately, youth leadership is on the rise worldwide. From the Arab Spring to the Parkland students ‘March for Our Lives’ to the global fight for climate justice, today’s youth are not waiting for permission to make an impact on an international scale. They are shifting what it means to organize within their communities and are guiding the world towards real social change.

This year we focus on "Future Leaders, Global Voices," to spotlight the powerful youth-led movements and the initiatives working to empower tomorrow's global leaders. 


How do you choose speakers?

In alignment with our nonprofit mission, we are a non-partisan organization that is committed to providing a platform for emerging speakers of the highest quality. Each year we identify important global issues and trends to assess which speakers would have the highest impact on audiences here in Oregon. This year we put special emphasis on youth-lead movements and initiatives to help emphasize the role of youth leadership on a global scale. 


Where will the International Speaker Series be held? 

We're moving the 2019 International Speaker Series to the Newmark Theatre! Less than a block away from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and one of the five "Portland'5" venues, the Newmark provides a more intimate audience experience. 


How can I purchase tickets?

Right now, tickets to the 2019 International Speaker Series can be purchased as a series on the Portland‘5 website. Series tickets are on sale until March 3rd and individual tickets to all events will go on sale Thursday, February 28th. You can also purchase your tickets over the phone at: (800) 273-1530 or in person at the Portland'5 Box Office at 1111 SW Broadway Ave. 

International Speaker Series tickets are non-refundable. While every effort is made to communicate series details in advance, specific speakers and dates are subject to change.  


How do I use my WorldOregon membership discount?

WorldOregon members should have received an email announcing the 2019 International Speaker Series line-up with the 10% WorldOregon member discount code. This code can be applied to most tickets, excluding bronze and student levels. You can input your membership code under the WorldOregon logo on the ticketing page. **Please note--the discount code needs to be entered before seat selection. 

If you did not receive your WorldOregon discount code, please contact our WorldOregon Development Manager, Marjel van Dijk at: (503) 306-5252 or [email protected]


Do you offer any other discounted tickets?

WorldOregon is a proud participating member of Arts for All. Anyone who receives food stamps (SNAP) and has the Oregon Trail Card is eligible to purchase individual International Speaker Series tickets for $5 at the Portland'5 Box Office (1111 SW Broadway Ave.; M-SA 10am-5pm). Please note: Purchases are available on the day of Series events and limited to two tickets per cardholder. You must show your Oregon Trail Card at the time of purchase and pay with cash or credit card. SNAP credit on the Oregon Trail Card cannot be used to buy tickets.


Can I choose my seat?

All seating at the Newmark Theatre is reserved, so when you book you will be able to choose specific seats at every ticket price! 

Many members of the WorldOregon International Speaker Series audience have purchased the same Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall seats for many years. The ticketing team at Portland'5, with support from WorldOregon, will help match you to seats of similar quality at the Newmark Theatre!


I have special accommodations. How do I ensure accessibility for the International Speaker Series?

All of Portland'5  buildings have accessible entrances, as well as elevators that operate between the street level and upper floors. If you need to purchase accessible (ADA) seating, please contact the Portland-5 box office at (503) 248-4335.

The Newmark Theatre will also provide Assistive listening devices (ALDs) which amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating ambient noise. Individual headsets with a receiver are available, as are neck loops for use with hearing aids and cochlear implants with a “T” switch. Ask your audiologist whether your hearing aid or cochlear implant has a “T” switch (telecoil) and how to use it with an assistive listening headset or neck loop. Portland'5 will distribute devices free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis with ID at the Coat Checkroom of each building.

In addition to ALD's, the International Speakers will be closed captioned and available on your personal cellular-connected device. 


What about the post-reception?

Patron or Premiere level ticket holders are invited to attend special speaker receptions immediately following each series event. Here you will have the opportunity to mingle with each speaker as well as fellow WorldOregon supporters while enjoying light refreshments and beverages. Receptions will be held at the Oregon Historical Society located at 1200 SW Park Avenue. Speaker series tickets or ticket stubs are required for admittance to the reception. 


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