Global Initiatives Week

This Years Global Initiatives Week takes place November 7 – 14, 2014 throughout La Crosse, WI.

Think Global. Act Local. The Greater La Crosse Region. 

Global Initiatives Week was celebrated November 8th – 15th, 2013, throughout the La Crosse community. Events happened at a variety of locations and times, with the purpose of:

Global Initiatives Week

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- Highlight the connections our region has with communities around the world

- Educate individuals in our community regarding global issues

- Be a catalyst for conversations, ideas and initiatives


- Inspire and motivate people to become involved in global issues locally and abroad

- Improve our community through increased cultural competency

- Contribute to our region’s economic growth


We invite all organizations and businesses in the Coulee Region to consider doing one thing Global Initiatives Weekduring Global Initiatives Week to increase awareness of global activities and issues, and encourage people to get involved!  Your event will be advertised on a centralized calendar of events for the week, but what you do is up to you.  The Global Initiatives Week calendar of events will be made available mid-October on this page.

Ideas of what you can do include:

  • Specials or discounts on cultural items or clothing
  • Live band playing international music, or show a film on a global issue
  • Host a breakfast or coffee social with a cultural/global group in our community
  • Host a cultural dance performance, or hold a cooking demonstration of ethnic foods
  • Provide information on how to obtain a passport or how to obtain vaccinations
  • Provide information on international business etiquette or host an educational session
  • Show cultural artwork in your business
  • Need more ideas?  Click HERE for a full listing.

Submit your 2014 event here

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Luncheon with Sister Cities International President and CEO Mary Kane @ Banquet Room, Waterfront Restaurant
Nov 7 @ 11:00 am
 Luncheon with Sister Cities International President and CEO Mary Kane @ Banquet Room, Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse | Wisconsin | United States

President and CEO Mary KaneGlobal Initiatives Week Kickoff Luncheon Presented by World Services of La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin, has a vibrant Sister Cities program, boasting seven such relationships and possibly more in the works. Come learn how those relationships benefit your business by joining us for lunch with Sister Cities International President and CEO Mary Kane.

Prior to joining Sister Cities International, Kane was executive director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she built business partnerships and strategic alliances. She’ll fuse experience from both posts to share ways that La Crosse’s Sister City relationships can lead to more local economic progress.

Reservations requested by Oct. 31, 2014

Global Friendship Celebration @ La Crosse Public Library
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Global Friendship Celebration @ La Crosse Public Library | La Crosse | Wisconsin | United States

Discover the world! Experience world cultures through dance, crafts, games, language and traditional attire with students from the UW-L Office of International Education. Kids can pick up a “passport” and have it stamped at each station! This special family morning is free. Ages 3+

Babies (Documentary) @ La Crosse Public Library
Nov 13 @ 4:30 pm
Babies (Documentary) @ La Crosse Public Library | La Crosse | Wisconsin | United States

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, Babies simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.

Re-defining the nonfiction art form, Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all. Showing of Babies documentary with discussion to follow.

Please contact Liz Arnold at 608-775-3833 for additional information.


  • Coulee Bank
  • Gundersen Global Partners
  • Kwik Trip
  • La Crosse Sister Cities
  • La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • School District of La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Viterbo University
  • Western Technical College