Annual Conference


Join Sister Cities International, elected and municipal officials, engaged citizens, diplomats, and business leaders in the exciting capital of Silicon Valley to discuss, “The Power of Digital Diplomacy.” Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available.

  • Attend specialized regional tracks on Asia-Pacific and Latin America
  • Meet members of the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Diplomatic Corps and hear their perspectives
  • Choose from sessions on topics such as:

              Integrating new technology into programming
              Fundraising effectively
              Programming for economic development
              Media relations and protocol
              And many more

  • Network and share experiences with members of sister city organizations from around the country
  • Enjoy a reception hosted by the Mayor of San Jose
  • Followed by a special performance by Dionne Warwick!

2013 Youth Leadership Summit Participants with San Antonio Mayor Julian CastroYOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT:

Want to engage the next generation of citizen diplomats? Invite high school students to attend the concurrent 2014 Youth Leadership Summit on international diplomacy! For more information on the 2014 Leadership Summit, CLICK HERE.


CLICK HERE for the draft agenda for the 2014 Sister Cities International Conference.


The Fairmont San Jose Hotel
170 S Market Street
San Jose, California 95113

Click here to book your hotel! The hotel cut-off date to receive this special rate is Monday, July 7, 2014.

For more information on the agenda, fees, hotel and to register, CLICK HERE.

Need to share a room? Submit a Conference Hotel Room Sharing Request!


Dionne Warwick in ConcertFull conference registration to the 58th Annual Conference includes a ticket to the Dionne Warwick concert on August 1!

Do you have friends or family who want to attend the concert but are unable to come to the full conference? Bring them along with you and experience a musical event you'll never forget!

To learn more about the events of the evening and to purchase additional tickets, visit


Sister Cities International is very excited to partner with the San Jose – Dublin Sister City Program to present The Lou Press Golf Tournament at the fabulous Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, California.  The tournament is a four-person scramble on one of the best courses in the South Bay. $250 per person entry fee includes green fee, cart, range balls, boxed lunch and tournament prizes. Players are eligible to win prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, hole-in-one and winning foursome. All proceeds will benefit the Pat McMahon Masters Level Exchange Scholarship Series. For more information, visit! You can also register and pay by credit card online at (Individual Player - $250, Four Ball - $1,000)


In a salute to our heritage as the oldest and largest national movement of Citizen Diplomats in the world, Sister Cities International and this year's Annual Conference planners are reintroducing the Parade of Flags and combining it with the City of San Jose Sister Cities Flag Raising Tradition as part of the 2014 Annual Conference and Youth Leadership Summit Opening Ceremony. But with a minor twist!
The Parade of Flags will be a parade of city/county/region flags to honor who we are as member communities in this national movement. In this regard, each member city and state or organization is requested to provide a flag for this ceremony. It is envisioned that this one time member gift to Sister Cities International will be retained for use at succeeding Annual Conference Opening Ceremonies.

For more information on how you can participate, please visit:


We thank our Honorary Host Committee for their support as we celebrate our 58th Annual Conference!

National Co-Chair: Norman Y. Mineta

National Co-Chair: Condoleezza Rice

Corporate Co-Chair: Steve Wozniak

Corporate Co-Chair: Carl Guardino

Community Co-Chairs: Mary Ellen and Michael Fox

Senator Barbara Boxer (CA)

Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)

Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-2)

Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3)

Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-4)

Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5)

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6)

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7)

Congressman Jerry McEnery (CA-9)

Congressman George Miller (CA-11)

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14)

Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15)

Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16)

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17)

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18)

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)

Congressman Sam Farr (CA-20)

Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22)

Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24)

Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26)

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)

Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28)

Congressman Tony Cardenas (CA-29)

Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30)

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32)

Congressman Henry Waxman (CA-33)

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34)

Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35)

Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-36)

Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37)

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38)

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41)

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43)

Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44)

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46)

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)

Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51)

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52)

Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) 


Please contact Megha Swamy at or call 202-347-8637.


Union Bank

Taube Philanthropies   Kintetsu International    SVG Partners 

San Jose Airport      SF 49ers  Yellow Cab

CaveDigital   MGM International

San Jose Walks and Talks   Turkish American Alliance  AMD

Philippine Airlines    Silicon Valley Bank

Intel     Azores TV  ME Fox

  Casino M8trix   Team San Jose

Metro City of Santa Cruz  City of Palo Alto

City of Union City of Mountain View Santa Clara

Duran Design Frys   SJWC

 San Jose Dublin Sister Cities    Smart America Challenge San Jose Downtown Association

Silicon Valley Capital Club The Black Chamber of Silicon Valley Vallejo Sister City Association

PG & E  Kaiser Permanente