For two days on March 31-April 1, the Tulsa Global Alliance and Global Ties Arkansas are partnering with the University of Tulsa to host the Diplomacy Begins Here: Global Ties U.S. Regional Summit in and around historic Tulsa. OKGIT member Bob Lieser is the point of contact for this multi-day event that has participants running all over the Tulsa metro areas to promote international friendship and connections. Each trip has a cost, so contact Bob Lieser at or at 918-631-4801 for a price list.

TGA Diplomacy Begins Here March 31

Great news coming out of Tulsa yesterday as the Tulsa Global Alliance announced that Thomas Hemphill has been named as the group’s new president and chief operating officer.

“On behalf of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team, I’d like to congratulate Mr. Hemphill on his new position and pass along our best wishes for his predecessor, Becky Collins, who lead Tulsa Global Alliance so well in the last eight years,” said OKGIT Chair Ian Ogilve.

Thomas Hemphill

Thomas Hemphill

Tulsa Global Alliance’s mission is similar to the OKGIT’s, focusing on increasing global understanding and linking people and institutions globally. It is well-known for its promotion of the Sister Cities program, and was recently named that organization’s 2015 Best Overall Program for its accomplishments in advancing the movement’s goals and mission.

“Tulsa is an award-winning city in international relations and cross-cultural friendships,” said Hemphill. “I have lived and worked in many different countries and I am delighted to bring my own international experiences to Tulsa Global Alliance.”

Given Hemphill’s previous work experience and diverse international background, his role with TGA will be a simple transition.

His prior work in the non-profit sector includes stops with Heifer International, the Southern Russian Regional Center in Krasnodar, Russia, Mercicorps International in the Philippines and the National Cooperative Business Association based in Washington D.C. Hemphill comes to TGA from his recent position as the executive director of the Sancta Sophia Seminary/Light of Christ Community Church in Talequah, Oklahoma.

If you would like to learn more about the activities of Tulsa Global Alliance, visit their website here.