Who We Are


The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts was started in 1926 as a forum where its members could enrich their professional and personal lives through learning and discussing various aspects of international topics.

Today, through our Brown Bag lunches, Speakers andVisitors programs, and our Resource Guide, we have become a valuable networking tool for local companies that have set their sights on global growth, and a lifelong enrichment for individuals that want to connect with people, places, and issues beyond our borders.

We have recently expanded our mission to focus on interaction with local schools. Several hundred high school students have now participated in at least one World Affairs Council program, including teams from the International Baccalaureate Programme at the High School of Commerce that went to Washington, D.C. where they participated in academic WorldQuest, a national world affairs competition.

Business Opportunities through The Council:
• Hear first-hand reports from world leaders and experts
• Learn how to advise clients who are selling abroad
• Discover how to face competition from overseas
• Hear about intricacies of business practices overseas
• Learn how to hire people of different nationalities
• Make important business and personal contacts
• Become a Corporate Sponsor
• Contribute your expertise!

Personal Opportunities through The Council:
• Enrich your life through firsthand knowledge!
• Ask tough, one-on-one questions of the experts
• Enjoy international travel
• Host overseas Visitors in your home
• Volunteer to help our school programs
• Learn how to share your time and efforts globally
• Be a part of stimulating conversation
• Contribute your expertise!