WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
New Video from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce!
Global Ties Arizona President and CEO Wendy Anderton explains the local impact our work, the challenges we face, and how you can get involved in the work we do to influence the world through international exchanges and Citizen Diplomacy.
Global Ties Arizona builds and strengthens relationships between its members, businesses and nations through international exchange and educational programs.
Global Ties Arizona is recognized as Arizona’s leader in Citizen Diplomacy, promoting cultural awareness and instilling an ethos of global engagement and learning.
- Practice diplomacy
- Value people and relationships
- Foster life-long learning
- Bring cultures together
- Reflect the world we want to see
WHAT WE DO
Encourage and enable Arizonans and international visitors to build ties of understanding
Build relationships between Arizonans, international visitors, and subject matter experts to address mutual challenges
Foster relevant, well-informed discourse on contemporary global affairs
Enable the Arizona business community to gain global competencies and expand networks
Support and enhance the quality and reach of the U.S. Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs
Inspire and facilitate students’ interest in international engagement
Export the best possible Arizona experience
CONTACT US/CONNECT WITH US
STAFF AND INTERNS
President and CEO
After eight years serving in volunteer and Board member capacities at Global Ties Arizona, Wendy was selected to lead Global Ties Arizona as its President and CEO. Wendy is focused on scaling Global Ties Arizona to prominence in the citizen diplomacy landscape through implementation of the mission and a values/culture based working environment.
Wendy considers herself an example of success based on perseverance. Having faced self-infliced hardship that left her homeless and addicted, Wendy has rebuilt her life on the foundations formed at the bottom-most points.
Wendy has traveled outside of the U.S. extensively, organizing spiritual tours for groups of up to 200 in both the U.S. and abroad. Her experiences in Africa, Europe and the Middle East changed her world view, and it is that passion that drives her to servant-leadership, including serving in capacities that advance causes she cares about.
Wendy was recently named the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Phoenix Unsung Hero Awardee, Presidents Choice Awardee, and Member of the Year. She served on the NAWBO Phoenix Board as Advocacy Chair. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of the Arizona Society for Association Executives, is a member of the Arizona Association of Non-Profits, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the Global Chamber, and the National Small Business Association, where she serves on the Technology Council. She also serves as an Ambassador for Project C.U.R.E and a member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee.
Wendy and her spouse, Heather, operate a guinea pig animal rescue and live in Phoenix with their three dogs, two cats, three rats, one hamster, and up to 40 guinea pigs. Wendy pursues her hobbies of fiber arts and is learning to spin yarn.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marlon attended Temple University in Philadelphia. He recently graduated with a BA in Communication Studies with a focus on global civil society. He minored in Business and French, which he speaks conversationally.
During college, Marlon volunteered with the Workaway Program through different European cities like Annecy, France Brugge, Belgium and Rome, Italy teaching English and assisting with Bed and Breakfasts. He also interned at Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia as a Communications intern where he planned delegations, monthly networking events, and the company’s annual gala. New to Phoenix, Marlon plans to continue working with International Diplomacy so he can travel to new parts of the world!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Contract Liaison for IVLP
Global Tax and Accounting, PLLC
Arizona State University
Maricopa Community College District
Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp
City of Scottsdale
Kyle Moyer & Co.