SCI Global Conversations


SCI Global Conversations is a new program series designed to connect our Sister City Communities with leading global experts and members of SCI’s Global Awareness Team.

“The Sister Cities Effect:
Bringing Communities Together”

Building bridges has been woven into the DNA of Sister Cities since its founding in 1956.  Diversity and inclusion, two widely discussed topics in the post-COVID world, are byproducts of practically every SCI program.  Cross-cultural programs have the ability of bringing countries, cultures, and people together in the spirit of friendship – nobody does it better than Sister Cities.

Please join our virtual Global Conversation moderated by Ron Nirenberg, mayor of San Antonio and immediate past Chair for SCI, along with a panel of regional experts who will:

  • Highlight success stories of enriching city exchange programs
  • Share creative ideas to thrive during the pandemic
  • Give examples of how cities have created empathetic and globally-conscious citizens
  • Communicate how SCI can build relationships regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or political party


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST


Ron Nirenberg

Mayor of San Antonio, TX
Chair Emeritus, Sister Cities International


Michael Thompson

Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Mamiko Reeves

Assistant Vice President and Dean of International Programs
Northwood University

Maria Dolores Hernandez Montoya

Director of International Relations; Government of Guadalajara, Mexico

Ronda Pierce

SCI Country Representative for Tanzania
Co-Chair for Sister Cities of Durham, Arusha Committee


  • Leroy Allala, President and CEO, Sister Cities International
  • Bill Boerum,  Chair Emeritus, Country Representative for the Russian Federation