Global Ties Akron

We provide opportunities for individuals to engage with leaders worldwide. We offer professional and educational exchange programs, speaker engagements, and special events to promote citizen diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding. We exist to build global bridges that benefit the Greater Akron community. Our programs foster cross-cultural relationships that break down barriers and reduce stereotypes.

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Global Ties Akron with international cotingincy

Why We Exist

Global Ties Akron builds global bridges that benefit the Greater Akron community.  Our professional, cultural, and educational programs foster cross-cultural understanding to break down barriers and shatter stereotypes.

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Our Core Services


Learn more about our International Exchanges, sponsored by the US Department of State, Congressional Office for International Leadership, and other credible exchange programs. Find out how you can take part by hosting a guest or event, partnering as one of our community resources, or volunteering for a visiting leaders’ group.


Find out more about our customized Global Education and Training sessions for your cultural awareness and sensitivity needs, including how-to be a citizen diplomat. We provide trauma-informed K-12 educational programs, including Know Your Community, Know Your World; university-level paid internships; and DEIA training for your corporate or nonprofit staff.


Learn more about our social enterprise that brings artisans from around the world to our local boutique. Support artists from countries such as Ghana, or from local immigrant and refugee communities.

Want to more information about Global Ties Akron programs? Please fill out our contact page and we will be in touch with you within one business day!

Where We Are Located

Global Ties Akron

Global Ties Akron Office
259 South Broadway Street, #358, Akron, Ohio 44308
The University of Akron College of Business
Department of Management
Offices open M-F 8 am-4 pm, Closed Saturday and Sunday
Subject to The University of Akron Hours, contact to confirm

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Global Threads Boutique
Northside Marketplace
21 Furnace Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
Sunday 11 am – 3 pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm

Recent News and Events

Evelyn Williams Executive Director
Welcome New Executive Director

Evelyn S (Evey) Williams, PhD, MEd, CA, joined us in May. Please feel free to reach out at

Passport to Wine and Dine
March 2025 Passport to Wine and Dine Event in Planning Stages

Passport to Wine and Dine 2025 will be in March 2025 and is our major fundraiser, a celebration of 49 years of building bridges between Akron and the world and a chance to honor award recipients.

The night will evolve in experiencing the world through wine, food and entertainment. Throughout the evening, guests will continue to be transported internationally with a selection of music, dance and entertainment representing world cultures that enrich our Akron community.


We are Proudly Affiliated with

US Department of State
Global Ties US, Global Ties Akron
University of Akron
Akron Community Foundation

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